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The newly painted door looking mighty fine. This is my absolute favourite colour at the moment. Currently coveting @erica_davies hall and stair carpet which is a similarly lush in you face green. Check out her feed if you're an interiors or fashion junkie #emmajmcgowan #greendoor #pantonegreen #frontdoordecor #homestyleinspo

Today I have mostly been doing this. Photographing cards with @nicola_eslick - thank you for lending me your lovely light and your styling skills @bigwheelpress #emmajmcgowan #greetingscards #stationerydesign #nss2017

Prototypes popping out of the digital printer. This new card by #emmajmcgowan will have gold foil lettering on super lux stock. All @bigwheelpress cards are printed on the finest stocks by the best makers. #letterpress #indigoprint #gmund #neenahpaper

Another great night at Art Club - oil painting, collaging, and discovering the patterns inside official envelopes with @nicola_eslick and @artrix_2 #emmajmcgowan #artclubbrighton #oilpainting #artclub

Tweaking colors on our new series of cards from new our friend and amazing artist #emmajmcgowan Doing it on the screen just doesn't work. You have to get out the #pantone book and do a few press runs. And even then with the translucent nature of the inks you just have to punt. As Henry James said...we work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art. And sometimes you keep mixing ink until you have driven the pressman mad!

This lovely little package arrived in the post yesterday from @bethkempton - thank you! I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Beth for this book and a little of my story is in there, how I joined together with six other artists from around the world to create @fourcornersartcollective. I'm now enjoying a Mother's Day lie in, reading the book and feeling grateful for the fact that two years after forming, those six artists are now some of my best friends and we'll be together in New York I'm May. It really does pay to be a #freedomseeker #emmajmcgowan #illustrator #fourcornersartcollective #grateful

I had some little visitors in my booth yesterday, a bit bedraggled from exploring New York in the rain. Proud they saw my work on display at Surtex and NSS. Last day today! It's been so good, and so quick! @surtexshow @fourcornersartcollective @stationeryshow #emmajmcgowan #surtex2017 #surfacepattern #illustration #illustratorsoninstagram

As promised, my Christmas jumper selfie! Time to sign off social media until the new year. Happy holidays everyone #peace #christmasjumper #happyholidays #emmajmcgowan

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Lovely cutting and playing fun at art club last night. Good to chat and catch up after a summer hiatus. Today I'm turning these snips into geometric greetings cards #emmajmcgowan #illustratorsofinstagram #greetingcards #geometricpattern #geos #collage #papercutting #surfacedesign #artclub

This piece is winging its way to @anirowell in Australia, heading for the nursery wall of the littlest kiddo in their house. Can't wait to see it in situ. I'm pondering (I'm always pondering this) about whether to invest in a printer so I can make and sell wall art direct. Or look at drop shipping. There just aren't enough hours in the day! #emmajmcgowan #illustrationart #wallart #handlettering #positivethinking #surfacedesign #seascapes #artforkids #aqua #waves

This is one of the designs I created this week on @risedesignandshine #foliofocus2017. The brief was lettering with positive messages. Have a lovely weekend #emmajmcgowan #illustration #handlettering #geometricpatterns #surfacedesign #stationerydesigner

A sneak peek of my latest collection, inspired by the week one brief issued by @risedesignandshine on their #foliofocus2017 workshop. The theme was botanical. Check out the hashtag to see work from lots of other artists taking the class #emmajmcgowan #illustration #foliofocus2017 #botanical #greetingcards #happybirthday #surfacedesign #patterndesign #folkfloral

The kids are back at school and I have a whole day (a WHOLE day!) to work. What a luxury. So my first job this week is prepping files for a textiles client, then I'm on to designing new cards for my letterpress range with Big Wheel Press and then I'll take a look at this week's theme for @risedesignandshine 's Folio Focus course. 10 weeks of weekly themes and briefs designed to stimulate new work and build your portfolio. But first I wanted to dust down my poor neglected IG feed! Here's a recolour of an old favourite. I actually never wear lipstick but I'm always drawn to them. Maybe I'll start this year! #emmajmcgowan #backinmystudio #lipstickpattern #repeatpattern #textiledesign #surfacedesign #availableforlicensing #illustration #packagingdesign #beautypackaging

It's nearly the end of the school holidays and time to get back into a proper work routine. I'm looking forward to it but there's still time for some last minute camping in the Sussex sunshine (and torrential rain and sun and rain again etc). #camping #sussexcountryside #walktothepub #schoolholidays #emmajmcgowan #illustratorsoninstagram #dogdaysofsummer #britishweather

By George, I think she's got it!!! Our designer and Illustrator Emma McGowan is one of the most gifted artists I have ever worked with. But when we take artists down the letterpress trail sometimes they just don't get it at first. Emma is flying. She rocks letterpress. This is the first of our Chinese New Year 2018 cards. #chinesenewyear #yearofthedog #papersource #letterpress #emmajmcgowan #bigwheelpress

Apparently it's international cat day (is it really, and who decides these things!?) Anyway, today is my first work day since the kids broke up for the summer holidays and I'm working on my second collection of cards for the lovely @bigwheelpress so it's kind of appropriate to post this pic, which was the runaway best seller from our first collection. Happy day all you international cats out there #catsofinstagram #emmajmcgowan #internationalcatday #blackcatsofinstagram #goodluck #letterpresslove #greetingscards #artlicensing

Just as I'm submitting my favourite motivational quotes for @workmanpub Today Is Going To Be A Great Day 2019 calendar, look what arrived in the post! The 2018 version that I contributed to. Just the inspiration I needed. So pleased to have been asked to contribute again. Bring it on! #emmajmcgowan #todayisgoingtobeagreatday #workman #handlettering #illustration #calendarart #bringiton #motivationalquotes #stationerydesigner #paperproducts #surfacedesign

Hits from our 2017 catalog. And now we are starting on the 2018 catalog, but first the fall supplement...oh my! 2018 is the year of gift wrap and the year of the dog. #letterpress #bigwheelpress #greetingcards #2018 #etsy #etsygirl #bestseller #yearofthedog #mollyhatch #susatalan #tuccicursive #foil #emmajmcgowan

Squeezed in a little colour card cutting this afternoon to continue the #seriesofnine cut flowers theme, poppies this time #emmajmcgowan #poppies #illustration #surfacedesign #red #floralpattern #illustratorsoninstagram #cutflowers #collage

Little trip to the DIY store to choose a new colour for our front door and also to stock up on colours for more cut flowers #emmajmcgowan #colourcrush #green #pantonegreenery #surfacedesign #creativeinspiration #greendoor

So I redrew one of the paper cut flowers I did the other day. Liking how these are turning out! What flowers other than roses, tulips and peonies could I do in this style? #emmajmcgowan #seriesofnine #rosebuds #pink #floralpattern #printpattern #surfacepattern #illustration #greetingcards #stationerydesigner

Put some of those cut paper flowers into a rough repeat for the fifth image in this #seriesofnine - this would make nice gift wrap I think #emmajmcgowan #giftwrap #stationerydesigner #papergoods #illustration #surfacepattern #printpattern #floralpattern

More floral inspiration. My plan is to draw tons more flowers over the next few days and do some arrangements for different seasons. Plus my mind is turning towards the theme for my next series of nine #seriesofnine #emmajmcgowan #illustration #cutflowers #foliage #flowers

I had fun doing some 'virtual' flower arranging with this one, placing different flowers and foliage in the vase, tilting them this way and that, tucking things in behind, twitching and tweaking, adding a bit more greenery here and there. Just like you do with real flowers! #emmajmcgowan #seriesofnine #illustration #illustratorsoninstagram #surfacepattern #flowerart #floristry #floralpattern #stationerydesigner

Weekend playing, cutting up paint cards to make more cut flowers, all part of this first #seriesofnine #emmajmcgowan #cutpaper #colourchips #surfacepattern #flowerillustration #collageart #roses #tulips #greetingscards

Should really have posted this earlier in the week when we were sweltering in record high temperatures, but still, summer has most definitely arrived in the UK and the long school summer holidays are hoving into view, with all their childcare challenges! Anyway, this illustration will appear in the 2019 edition of the popular @workmanpub page-a-day calendar. Swipe to see the cover. There's an illustrated saying for every day of the year, so you can stick up or frame your favourites. I didn't do all 365, I'm one of 30 illustrators involved. Fun project! #emmajmcgowan #todayisgoingtobeagreatday #pageadaycalendar #calendars #stationerydesigner #artlicensing #illustration #handlettering #motivationalquotes

Part of my process takes place in PhotoShop and often it's where the magic happens. I'm still in the foothills of PS knowledge but even so, it's amazing what a difference it can make. Here's that earlier piece with a dark background. Swipe to see a tweaked layout with a subtle screen print effect misregistration and speckle. Swipe again for the original with plain white ground. Which do you prefer? #emmajmcgowan #ipadart #illustration #surfacepattern #darkbackground #screenprinting #botanicals #illustratorsoninstagram

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