Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015

My latest book "My House"









One of the best things about illustrating books (I've just finished my 12th one) is receiving a printed copy quite some time after its finished. It's like looking at it for the first time. I often think, wow did I do all that work! This title has to have been one of my favorite to create with "Templar" They are so great to work with, I really do have complete creative license to go wild, it has a retro feel..... of course! There's everything you need in a home, even a little toilet with a flowery lid!
If you want one (they're not just for kids!) simply click here

Sunday, August 9, 2015

New Greeting Cards







It's been a while since I created some new greeting card designs, I am planning to make a whole collection, here are the first 2 of 12
It's fun working on designs that just need to make you smile!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

3 houses shaped pillows



I had a sudden desire to make 3 little shaped pillows! and here they are, well nearly... I still have to get the fabric and make them! as soon as I have I'll show you! they will be available in my Etsy shop!

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!