Monday, July 20, 2015

peacock illustration

Ive been meaning to add a peacock to my ever growing menagerie of bird illustrations, and here it is!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

floral cushion experiment

I think one of the best things about creating textile patterns is the moment a whole lot of random elements come together and form something that is partly deliberate and partly a lovely surprise!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Cushions!


I have had big cushion making session! It's always lovely receiving a batch of fresh printed panels, sewing them and seeing them transformed into cushions! (If you happen to be a retail outlet looking for cushions, please email me: ellengiggenbach@xtra.co.nz for a catalogue of my latest designs along with my prints collection.)

Friday, June 19, 2015

another scarf design!

as you may have noticed by now, this horse design is featuring alot in my work!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Silk Scarf art


I'm having fun designing scarves, I hope to have 10 to start with.
A question: do you prefer long or square?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

new art






I've been working on these on and off for a few weeks now, I quite like coming back to them and giving each a little tweak here and there.  it's a matter of knowing when there are no more required!

Friday, May 22, 2015

new art series



before the weekend I just want to show you 2 out of a series of 8 new graphic prints available soon!
I really love playing around with solid shapes and fine lines, it's such a signature of mid century design, which as you know I love!

Friday, May 8, 2015

birds of all seasons, latest art






Here are my latest series of birds! these are a real mix of handmade and digital, I had so much fun!

Friday, May 1, 2015

FREE PRINTABLE LITTLE LOVE BIRDS PAPER CRAFT TUTORIAL

MY FIRST FREE PRINTABLE FOR YOU TO DOWNLOAD AND MAKE!!
This set of 2 little birds will look lovely sitting on a shelf or hanging gently in the breeze.
They are the best of  friends and show their affection by giving gifts of handpicked flowers.
This is a super easy and quick project to make, especially for beginners. With a little adult supervision they are a great paper craft for kids too. Have fun and print as many as you like, they would make a lovely little gift.

INSTRUCTIONS:
You will need: scissors or a craft knife, double sided stick tape or glue, cotton thread if you would like to hang your little birds.





STEP 1:
Download the blue bird here
Download the pink bird here
Print each little bird on 8.5 x 11 or A4 size inkjet quality paper, set your printer to 100% size,
inkjet quality print.
Alternatively you can take the files to your local print shop.

STEP 2:
Using scissors or a craft knife cut out your 2 little birds.

 STEP3:
Carefully crease along the bottom of each bird as indicated.
 STEP 4:
Apply a strip of double sided tape to the top inside of your little birds head.

 STEP5:
If you are wanting to hang them, now is the time to add your length of cotton by sticking it onto the tape or glue (I have indicated where the cotton should  be positioned)

Finally glue the two halves of each head together,

Finished!

Enjoy making but remember to make them for personal enjoyment only (do not sell them)
Let me know how you go, I hope it works ok (the downloading part!) It's very new to me but I'm learning!

Remember you can find tons more papercrafts here! 

This craft will be free for a limited time, then I will sell it in my Etsy shop, don't worry I plan to add new designs regularly!

Happy Birthaday and Happy Easter card designs


it's fun designing cards from time to time, it's an excuse illustrate bright and happy!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friends for ever print

now it's computer time
A little sketch
then it's time to cut (the letters are hand cut too)
Starting to take shape




it can be fiddly!
Sunny days, best friends, what a joy!  there's more to come!


(I tore my hair out trying to drag the photos in order, it was impossible, have you found this too?)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Be who you are, wear flowers in your hair, prints


Sometimes I just have the urge to create something very, very girly, these little ladies exude joy!
Our world could always use more, so here we are!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mr Owl revised design



I woke this morning and had a fresh look at my new Mr Owl paper craft. I came to the conclusion that I really needed to make him a little more manly, so I have substituted the flower with simple diamonds, it's better I think.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mr Owl paper sculpture paper craft





I know Owls are everywhere! But they are just such wonderful birds that I couldn't resist making one!
You can too if you visit my Etsy shop!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Pretty swans geo bowl, printable



I LOVED making this! it's available now as a printable in my Etsy shop!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mosaic




I thought it would be nice to let you know what I have been up to in the last few days. As they say variety is the spice of life so stepping away from my home studio into my dear friend Nancey's lovely sunny studio has been both a treat and a whole lot of fun!
Next week sees the grand unveiling of 10 large mosaic features that we have created to be installed in the foot path in our little village Eastbourne.
They all depict New Zealand native birds. It's been a huge project that we have been working on in between other projects.
Just when we thought we had completed the project we where asked if we would like to design and make one more for the spot where a little plinth talking about them would be erected.
I designed a 2 meter wide half round  showing our beautiful native Pohutukawa flowers,
here it is nearly finished.
I'll show you the rest soon!