Illustrated orange poppy seed cupcake recipe

 

Mar
13
2017

 

 

Spring is finally here and, as part of week five on the Rise Design and Shine course, we were asked to illustrate a recipe to celebrate this pretty season. The recipe is for They Draw And Cook.

I adore the warm colours of spring, and how nature’s creations wake up. It is lovely to see newly grown flowers and bees buzzing around the garden. Yes! I’ve seen a few bumble bees already. I have produced an illustrated, orange poppy seed cupcake recipe, which I saw on Martha Stewart’s blog. However, Martha’s has used buttercream poppies in her recipe, whereas I liked the idea of scattering edible flowers on my cupcakes. Here is my final illustrated double-page spread.

Illustrated orange poppy seed cupcake recipe

 

I wanted to emphasise the citrus orange flavour and the celebration of spring, especially after the miserable ‘grey’ winter period! Can you tell I’m not that keen on the cold winter season?

You can see the final, illustrated orange poppy seed cupcake recipe on They Draw And Cook website.

I’ve even baked the cupcakes, and oh my!, they are super delicious!

 

 

I love the orange flavour and poppy seed texture combination; they’re so yummy!! The pretty edible flowers make for great decoration.

When making my cupcakes, I decided to replace sugar with sweetener, and whole cow’s milk with almond milk, as a healthier option. I like to avoid calories wherever I can. That helps me avoid feeling guilty when eating them!  Altogether, this recipe makes 19 or 20 mini cupcakes. If you want to use larger cake cases, then you might get 10 to 12 from the cupcake mixture. I will try that, next time I make them.

 

Happy spring and enjoy your orange poppy seed cupcakes!

Emma Jayne x

 

 

Summer geometrical apparel prints

 

Mar
06
2017

 

Summer geometrical apparel prints

I love fun prints full of colour and for week four’s Foliofocus geometric brief, I created a range of summer geometrical apparel prints that are just that!

To begin with, I experimented with collage shapes, line and colours. This was my warming up exercise, which I always like to do before embarking on any new project. It helps me to get my head into the right space.

Here are a couple of pieces which I created as a starting point.

 

 

I start off with a shape, then build up a composition with colours and lines that contrast, yet compliment each other.

The colours I have selected are a mixture of brights, pastel and flat tones. These remind me of summer, so I thought I’d paint a variety of fruits i.e. bananas, watermelon, kiwi,cherries and pineapple to sit alongside the geometrical shapes.

Here are my final designs. I think they have a bit of an eighties vibe, with the black textures and white background. The black is quite stark, but fit well, as they do with these retro style patterns I have seen recently, which use black as a dominant colour.

 

 

I’m really happy with how my final designs have turned out, with each pattern design having geometrical shapes and fruit. They’re all quite different, yet fit as a collection.

Here are my patterns, including an extra design on fashion items.

 

(I’ve applied my patterns on to a skirt, pumps and tee-shirt images from Zara, and also on to a tote-bag I found through Google.)

I’ve had quite a few people asking if these are sold in my Etsy shop! That would be lovely one day… hmmm…food for thought!

 

Emma Jayne x