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Turning sketches into cards

making greeting cards from my sketches

Looking around this website it may be apparent that I love sketching however it does mean that I end up with too many sketches. So I decided that I would turn my sketches into cards and sell them.

Jane sketching at The Lizard

My sketches can include sitting in a beautiful spot in Cornwall, perhaps visiting Portreath or Godrevy, and I sit down and capture the day with a little sketch.

It could be taken from one of my photographs, I love walking and taking photographs so I have a vast library of images that I would like to paint and a little sketch helps me decide whether to paint a full scale version of it.

wheal francis drawing

Style wise, sometimes I use a stippling effect, where the image is drawn using lots of dots, or it can be more of a free, quick sketch approach. The difference in these two techniques will depend on the subject matter is stippling tends to be a more accurate representation, wheras the free, quick sketch can be more dynamic, capturing the essence of a place.

The Crowns at Botallack Mine

The initial sketches are usually done when watching TV, probably a TV programme that I am not that interested in and I want to relax. I find stippling very relaxing. Then I will add the watercolour at a later date, perhaps sat in the garden or my summerhouse, which I particularly enjoy on a summers evening.

Low Tide at St Ives greeting card

I always like to revisit these sketches at a later date and decide which of these sketches other people may enjoy and I cut them down to size, around 90–100mm square and attach them to a blank card stock, usually a 6×6 inch card.

Clear waters at Logan Rock-framed

These cards can then be given as a card (they all have matching envelopes) or they can be added to a square frame. Most high street, and online retailers, have square frames that a 6×6 card will fit in and make an affordable piece of original art to either have in your own home or give as a gift.

I think this is a Win Win situation, I love my sketching and hopefully you enjoy being able to purchase a watercolour without breaking the bank. Have a look at the greeting cards that I currenlty have for sale.