Cards to colour


I’ve been having fun illustrating a few different designs for my full time work with Garnish Garden lately and wanted to do something similar for Cobalt & Kin. Of course, it stands to reason that I’d turn to a few of my favourite things: plants in pots, vases with flowers and shelves….

colouring in gift card

I’ve also liked all the adult colouring in books and thought a gift card was a nice way for people to interact with my illustrations – you can colour in the card and give it to a loved one or leave it as is for the recipient to play with. I also made the card so that once flattened it makes a little picture that can be stuck to the fridge or even framed!

Colour inspiration

If you want a little illustrators secret here’s a tip… use a restrained colour palette and try to use a few unexpected colours. I have a pinterest board with any images that have good colour combos and using the image above as my inspiration (vases from the fantastic Studio Twocan) I did a quick colour in which I think makes for a more compelling image!

colouring in card

You can purchase the card in the shop. Happy colouring!

Keeping plants alive


I’ve been keeping myself amused making hanging planters which I’m loving due to the combo of the ceramic pot, the plant and the material I use to hang them with.

There’s been quite a bit of trial and error – I found my favourite black and white hanging elastic absorbed all the water from the plant and stained it a brown colour. Not good.


I’ve also been experimenting with the type of plants which work in an indoor setting without drainage holes. Most succulents do well near windows so imagine if you will my house 2 weeks out from a market stall. Every window has two or three plants hanging around it. My bathroom has various airplants happily growing in low(ish) light and hopefully all these plants will flourish in time to find new homes.


If you’re keen to get some more plants into your home/office/man-cave/she-lair or are looking for a fun present drop by the Maker’s Market in Thirroul on Sun 16th Nov from 12 at Anita’s Theatre and get ready to be bamboozled with choice!