Making a Matchbook Mural

What I learned from my first experience; designing and painting a wall mural

So this all started because I’d been having a couple of quiet days / weeks on the freelance illustration front, that tends to drive me crazy, so I need a project! Time for me to make some personal work and ping out some emails to potential clients! Caran d’ache had sent me a set of their Supracolor pencils in limited edition colours so I cracked them out and started illustrating some vintage matchbooks that I picked up in the US you can see them and my illo’s below:

 Flea market finds are the best finds!

Flea market finds are the best finds!

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That was cool and it all would have stopped there but one of the emails I’d sent out had been to Global Street Art about getting a wall space to paint on. (I’d love to paint murals to commission but I need to get some in my portfolio!) GSA were happy for me to take a wall space so now the panic started setting in; I didn't know what to paint or if I really could paint a wall!?

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I decided to do something completely new and took the small sketches I’d made and scaled each one up to A4 to see how they looked big! I always like practicing drawing something to figure out how I want it to look, plus knowing that I would need to paint these large scale made this a good exercise.

However the draw back is that it’s so easy to sneak in more detail (especially if you’re a maximalist like me!) and working in my usual medium of felt tips. In hindsight I know that these details will be hard to achieve when it comes to painting.

Plus mainly, really time consuming, how fine a brush do you really want to work with when people are seeing your art from across the street!?

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Once I’d got these sketches done and into a layout I had a plan for my wall mural and there was no more procrastination to do,

I went to see the space…

Wow! That is a big old intimidating wall! I felt scared…! At this point that I put a call out on Social Media for HELP! This wall was too big for me alone!

But I started hearing back from awesome creative ladies whose work I love and I thought well hang on instead of helping me painting my design on a couple of panels why don’t we just fill this corner with colour!?!?

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So I began turning these lovely offers of help into fellow mural artists! I also prepped the space, sorted the colour palette and started painting my Matchbooks, end of Day 1! On Day 2 Aleesha Nandhra joined which was perfect as she is a fellow matchbox lover and the theme was set! She smashed out her design in a day; absolute pro and it looks awesome…!!!

On day three wall mural regular Natasha Nuttall joined in the fun and took inspiration from the strike paper’s on the side of matchboxes and created a dotty design which tied the two walls together and seriously cheers up this little Shoreditch corner! To see the Wall Mural in person head to 10 Rivington St, but be quick! These walls get turned over fast!

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Lucky Dip Club Collaboration!

Lucky Dip Club is an awesome surprise subscription box full of fun and colour! I was so excited to collaborate with the lovely Leona of Lucky Dip Club! She had seen my plants illustrations and wanted me to create a design that would 'wrap' around the sock. The theme for the months box was 'Grow' and I was very happy that Leona also asked to use my Houseplant pattern to decorate the box! Check it out below! :D

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Women's March Exhibition

I was very excited to be asked by Unlimited shop to contribute a piece to their current exhibition 'Women's March' which opened on International Women's day; Inspired by the centenary of women's votes! My piece which is a hand painted protest poster is in great company in the show, if you're in Brighton make sure you check it out! Closes on the 31st of March!⠀See some WIP photos below!

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Palm Springs Range at Ohh Deer

I am so excited to see my collaboration with Ohh Deer hitting the shops, seeing the combination of two of my big loves; Palm Springs and Stationery come together is pretty special! You can shop the whole range here Also check out this delicious styled up shoot below; *heart eyes* I love working with brands and seeing my ideas taken further than I could take them single handedly. If you'd like to work with me please get in touch I'd love to hear from you!

Join the Papergang!

Sounds menacing right? A group that unflinchingly inflict paper based injuries on their foes...! However it is actually a beautiful stationery subscription box from Ohh Deer and this month they have collaborated with me and my Palm Springs print! You can download the print as a wallpaper here Read about my process or bag yourself a box here!

Oasis x ZSL Windows

Last weekend I took myself down to Argyll St where you can find the Oasis flagship store as I'd heard rumours of Tigers, Zebras and a very large giraffe! The rumours were correct, complete with sound effects as you walk past! I took the opportunity to get a few snaps for my portfolio as I love the way they have used my illustrations across all elements of the store! 

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