My twin nieces turned four this week. Instead of scouring the shops for greeting cards I decided to make my own. With sketchbook and acrylics piled on my garden table I settled down to an afternoon of painting in the sun. I wanted to create something unique for each of them. They may have been born on the same day to the same parents but they couldn’t be more different. Both equally adorable in their own unique ways calling for entirely different illustrations for each. And of course, my deadline was imminent- nothing new there. I had exactly a day to get the cards signed sealed and in the post.
I settled on a pink astronaut for Em. There is is just no escaping the fact- little girls love pink, but that doesn’t necessarily rule out a future career with NASA. For Lu, somehow an adventure-seeking pirate queen seemed apt. And a whale- I mean, who doesn’t love whales?
Once the paint had dried it was time to scan my images. After a little tarting up in Photoshop I printed the two images out on my faithful laser printer and cropped them to size- 110mm square each. With a few strips of double sided sticky tape I then attached them to pre-creased blank cards (135mm sq) – a box of which I stumbled on in my studio while looking for something else. Luckily this box also had matching envelopes.
And hey presto, two individual cards for two individual little people!