Live Painting Demo with Este Macleod

If you're anything like us, you love to catch a look a creatives' processes. You probably also find it mesmerising to watch them work. This afternoon (4 pm UK time) you can catch Este Macleod's Instagram live painting demo. I've watched her work before and it's very addictive and informative, well worth tuning in or catching the replay! 

Click this image and Follow @EsteMacleod to catch her live & for more lush posts

Click this image and Follow @EsteMacleod to catch her live & for more lush posts

Time to Shine: Elena O'Neill

Today I'd love to share with you this gorgeous new line of fun, painterly tea towels...


"My name is Elena O'Neill and I am an illustrator, pattern designer and product maker specialising in watercolour! I am from Wiltshire, England and have the drive to create patterns featuring anything and everything, which I love to apply to handmade products! 

I usually create pencil cases and makeup bags from my patterns, but I have recently created a new range of tea towels in preparation for my first solo craft stall! 

I am looking to continue to extend my product range in the future into more homewares, and I am really excited about"!

You can shop the full range of tea towels and other goodies, in Elena's Etsy shop:

Video Designer Spotlight: Brooke Glaser

Grab a cuppa and tune in for this week's Designer Spotlight with Illustrator & Surface Designer, Brooke Glaser.

We talk about where Brooke finds inspiration, her design process and have a good old catch up!

Watch the video below, or play the podcast:


Time to Shine: New Card Line by Christine Gardner

This completely adorable set of birthday stationery was designed by Christine Gardner. Starting with a pattern collection, Christine then applied the characters to these wonderful cards. 

"I have just launched this new collection which I was only brave enough to complete after taking your FolioFocus course! I was never confident with characters at all but enjoyed that week on the Folio Focus course so much I thought I would give it a go! I came up with the pattern collection first and then added the characters to cards. I'd like to combine the two soon and create a character pattern." - Christine Gardner

These and many other beautiful designs are available to buy on Christine's site:

After Show Meetup - NYC

Hello Rise Design and Shine friends, we are fast approaching Trade Show season and as many of you will be heading to NYC for Surtex and Blueprint, we thought it would be great to arrange a little meetup. 

This will be a chance to celebrate a successful first day of the Surtex and Blueprint over a drink or two, mingle and swap notes about the two shows. It's a gorgeous venue with pretty NYC skyline views, perfect for catching up with old friends and meeting new ones :)

Please add anyone coming to either show to this invite yourselves, and feel free to share in other groups. All are welcome to join us (exhibitors, walkers, partners friends, the more the merrier).

The lounge operates on a first come, first served basis, so check back a couple of days before to see if anything has changed. Guests must be 21 and over

Hope to see you there!

BLUEPRINT Preview Part 2: Surface Design and Print Trade Show May 2017

It's May and the print and surface pattern trade shows are coming up fast! Here we have some more luscious art in the second part of our Blueprint show preview. Enjoy! And best of luck to to everyone showing, we can't wait to meet you :) 

Emma Jayne Designs

Agency: Brenda Manley Designs


Kaz Lammie

Exhibiting at Blueprint Show 1 & 2  with Cinnamon Joe Studio 

Natalie Williamson Design

Blueprint Show2: 21st-23rd May, represented by Dot and Flow Design

Lucinda Kidney

Blueprint 18 - 20 May 2017

Exhibiting at Blueprint Show 1  with A Fresh Bunch

Olivia Gibbs

Exhibiting at Blueprint Show 1 & Show 2 with Cinnamon Joe Studio

Pencil Parade Art Collective

Blue Print Show #2, May 21-23

Betsy Siber, Brooke Glaser, Katherine Lenius, and Megan Dunagan

Rachel Schafer

Exhibiting at BluePrint May 21-23

Sareka Unique

Blueprint 21-23rd May

Kimberly K Carter

Blueprint Show 2: 21-23rd May

Cindy Willingham

Blueprint Show #2

Revel Designs

BLUEPRINT Preview Part 1: Surface Design & Print Trade Show, New York

Angel Gerardo

Blueprint May 18-20

with Brenda Manley Designs

Exhibiting at Blueprint 2
Zesti - Ine Beerten

Metka Hiti - Hiti Design represented by Dot&Flow

Exhebiting at Blueprint May 21-23

Nastja Holtfreter

Exhibiting at Blueprint Show 2: May 21-23

Dot and Flow Design

Exhibiting at Surtex, 21-23rd May

Designs from:

Natalie Williamson

Metka Hiti

Sareka Unique

Gabriella Buckingham

Hollie McManus


SURTEX Preview Part 2: Art Licensing Trade Show May 21-23

Shannon Hays Design & Illustration

Showing at Surtex

Show exhibiting at: Surtex Booth #2723

Emma McGowan

Surtex Booth #2723

Exhibiting with Four Corners Art Collective


Surtex Booth 2723


Kimberly Shrack: Manayunk Calligraphy

Exhibiting at Surte

Lisa Kirkbride
Showing with Finch & Foxglove Art Collective at Surtex

Leticia Plate

Surtex, NYC 2017 Booth 3235

Shannon McNab

Surtex Booth 3037

SURTEX Preview Part 1: Art Licensing Trade Show May 2017

Good Morning, as the countdown to Trade Show season continues, it's our pleasure to give you a taste of the eye candy that will be on display (and available for licensing and purchase) this May from our insanely talented design community! Two key shows: Blueprint and Surtex, will be running next month in New York City.

We're kicking off today with some designers showing at Surtex - enjoy! 


Agency: Brenda Manley Designs


Courtney Beth Keller

Surtex: booth 3026

Member of the Finch & Foxglove

Elizabeth Silver

Exhibiting at: Surtex (#2917) and Licensing Expo (#H94)
Represented by Jewel Branding

Finch & Foxglove members showing at Surtex booth 3026: 

  • Adriana Bergstrom
  • Bryony Clarkson
  • Courtney Beth Keller
  • Laurence Lavallée
  • Lisa Kirkbride
  • Natasa Kaiser
  • Sharon Montgomery

Angel Gerardo

Surtex May 21-23 with Brenda Manley Designs

Lizzie Clark Designs

Exhibiting at SURTEX

The Pattern Social: Jessica Hogarth and Jules McKeown

Exhibiting at Surtex

The Patterned Peacock

Exhibiting at Surtex