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Floral inspiration




It’s not long now till the New York shows, Blueprint and Surtex.  Actually, I think I say this every time I blog or have done for the past couple of months or so! This will be my first time exhibiting in New York so naturally, I’m really excited to be taking part.

As you can imagine, I have been very busy producing work for the shows and still will be doing so over the next few days, until the shows are over. Afterwards, I’ll consider taking a mini break, just to relax my mind and take a breather, as we say on this side of the pond.

The artwork I have been producing most recently, is from the MATS Bootcamp course, run by Lilla Rogers. We have already nearly completed our third monthly assignment for this one. So, for month three, we were asked to produce a floral, journal cover. I haven’t done any florals for quite some time and was definitely up for this challenge.

We usually begin with a mini exercise and May’s mini was all about roses. As I was working on other artwork, I didn’t get to do any primary drawings. It didn’t bother me too much, as I work quickly and I actually prefer to do my research, produce initial drawings and then develop my ideas, all within a couple of days. Before starting on the final design, I prepared myself by gathering some floral inspiration and creating a moodboard. I’d like to share with you what I have collated for the assignment. It consists of a chosen colour palette, composition and flower ideas, as well as a range of techniques that I wanted to try out.

Floral inspiration


If you’re familiar with my work, you’ll notice that I love bold and pastel colours. As part of the brief, we were asked to work with darker tones, which initially, I was excited about, but with a little trepidation. I would like to expand my colour range, so it will be interesting to see how my designs look with a more sophisticated colour palette!

From the floral inspiration moodboard above, you can see that the colour scheme has  black, olive and khaki green shades, as well as a slate blue colour. Within this mix, I’ve added a few brighter colours because I don’t want to feel too much out of my comfort zone. Well, not all at once, anyway!

1_ Jonus Wood – Just love the shapes, colours and linear detailing.
2_ Dora M Batty – Beautiful composition and colours
3_ Maxine Sutton – Gorgeous abstract composition and silhouettes
4_ Zara kimono – Luscious colours and assortment of flowers
5_ Karl James Mountford – Lovely composition and controlled sketchy style
6_ Laura Kientzier – Exquisite painterly style and colours
7_ Ophelia Pang – Love the contrast in colours and leaf shapes
8_ perfectimperfectliving – Pretty flower shapes

I’ll keep you informed with how I get on at BluePrint and Surtex, and I will show you in a future post, the outcome for my floral, journal cover.

Emma Jayne x



Barbecue dinnerware set designs




It’s been mad in my wee studio and a couple of weeks since I last posted. I’m still beavering away creating new designs for Surtex and BluePrint – which isn’t too far off now!

For the shows, I’ve been working on a range of themes, including Christmas, Halloween, children’s and food. It’s funny drawing Santa’s, snowflakes and snowmen for Christmas, in May.  We’ve had such lovely weather over the past seven days, and besides sipping cocktails, all I want to do when the sun gleams through my window, is to go outside. Although I certainly won’t get much designing done if I’m sat in the sun!! I have managed to avoid the distraction of the sunshine and have produced a lot of designs for the New York shows.

I’d like to share with you my barbecue dinnerware set designs, consisting of illustrations and patterns for plates, napkins and paper cups. This range is called ‘Fresh On The Grill’.

Barbecue dinnerware set designs

As you can see, I have played with the main illustration, placing it on different backgrounds, and have produced an all-over pattern, with more barbecue themed icons. The colours are pretty much gender neutral and would appeal to both male and female chefs – depending on who’s cooking and wearing the toque!


Hope you have a good week!

Emma Jayne x

*Please refrain from using my designs. If you want to use these for your own blog, please credit emmajayne-designs. Alternatively, you can purchase them through my agent Brenda Manley Designs. Thank you  :mrgreen: