The red gate

Cashmere Road business card 2015
© 2015 Della and Gordon

The brief was to design a business card to advertise a self-contained studio flat for rent in Cashmere, one of Christchurch’s prettiest suburbs. The flat is separated from the main property by a fabulous wrought iron gate. I was asked to make this gate the main feature of the design.

One of my photographs of the property.
One of my photographs of the property.

For the curious, this is what the gate and geranium sketch looked like prior to adding the red and green watercolours (painted, scanned and edited) in Photoshop:

Cashmere Road sketch 2015

And for those wanting to visit Christchurch and stay in a beautiful location with friendly hosts, here is the link to the Cashmere Road Studio Flat.

Make mistakes

John Lennon poster 1 — digital illustration, 2011
John Lennon poster 1 — digital illustration, 2011

John Lennon poster 2 — digital illustration, 2011
John Lennon poster 2 — digital illustration, 2011

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams

The first image was created by following a tutorial on Tuts+ (the design is based on street artist Shepard Fairey’s Obama campaign posters). The second image was a mistake* I made when messing around with layers in Illustrator.

*Visit this post if you would like to know what I really think about mistakes.

Not so sure

Beat book cover, detail — student project — mixed media, 2011
Beat book cover, detail — student project — mixed media, 2011

“…it’s easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent (like thinking) and it’s also easier to do little things we know we can do than to start on big things that we’re not so sure about.” John Cleese

I’m raiding the vaults to find images to illustrate some of my favourite quotes ― and there are plenty more where this came from.

Wearable art and a confession

Hello. My name is Anna and I am addicted to creating Etsy treasuries.

Since my first treasury (i.e. a gallery of items for sale on Etsy) six weeks ago, I’ve put together more than a dozen of them. Why is it so addictive? I get to design mini galleries based on any theme I choose, I’m getting to know other sellers on Etsy, I’m finding lots of inspiration AND I get to go shopping. Naturally, my treasuries feature a lot of art and photography, but they are full of other stuff too ― things that catch my eye that I think are beautiful, interesting, well designed or just a lot of fun.

The one below is from a few days ago. Check out those Versace boots!

‘Wearable art’ by annacull

50% SALE Haute couture gold …


Rare vintage/antique eyeglas…


Art Deco Snake Bracelet . An…


Vintage Rare 1990s GIANNI VE…


The Art of Vogue Covers 1909…


Vintage 50s Clutch Hand Bead…


ART DECO Print of Three High…


Antique Art Nouveau Period 1…


Vintage 1950s Hat Black Desi…


Art nouveau earrings with dr…


Vintage Art Deco Beaded Bag/…


Paris Metro Sign, Paris Phot…


Vogue magazine cover 1926 Le…




Antique Victorian 14k Gold M…


Floral Enamel Earrings – Art…


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