Time to Shine

FolioFocus Week 8 Round Up

This week, our FolioFocus Classmates had the task of creating some inspirational quotes with lush lettering!

Created by Uli Kilinger-Barta

Created by Uli Kilinger-Barta

Bright colour palettes and bold lettering give these motivational motifs some added zest!

Here is a selection of what our classmates created.

These inspirational iterates will be sure to put some pep in your step.

Designed by Rachel Schafer

Designed by Rachel Schafer


Want to see more from our classmates? Follow on Instagram and check back here next week.

FolioFocus Week 7 Round Up

Last week, our FolioFocus Classmates were given the task of creating illustrated recipes for They Draw and Cook - an online community which homes a massive collection of illustrated recipes from artists around the globe!

Designed by Debi Hudson

Designed by Debi Hudson

Our classmates used their knowledge of the 'food and kitchen' class theme to produce meal time pictures and recipe cards.

Bright and colourful illustrations of kitchen utensils and delicious food items were assembled to 'cook up' a world of inviting recipe ideas.Here is a selection of what they created.

Mmm, so tasty! If you happen to give any of these a try, be sure to let us know.

Thanks for stopping by!

Show Your Work: Meet Classmate Anya


What class are you currently taking?

FolioFocus Spring 2018

Tell us a little about you: 

My name is Anya Kopotilova, I live in Denver suburb, USA with my husband and two children. I work with a variety of media including watercolors, markers, soft pastel and digital applications. I was not always an artist, but  I truly believe it’s my calling and every day doing art is an adventure.

What brought you to the course?

Classmates from a different course were suggesting I join Folio Focus and I was so glad I did! I was and am attracted to the idea of 10 weeks of exciting and marketable assignments and contests. The community is fantastic- very kind and helpful.

Can you describe your process for us?

My process is inspiration driven, as soon as an assignment or prompt gets clear, I find part of it that catches my attention and start sketching out the ideas, they are then formed into an illustration or a pattern. I may start working on paper and move on to digital or do everything on my iPad from start to finish.


How did you go about working on this week’s project?

This week’s project took my breath away immediately – it is such a darling concept to draw objects from an old house. I had a quick look around on Pinterest for old houses and jumped straight into sketching, I first drew a simple outline of a room (I attach a floor plan I made for the little house I'm illustrating), then added furniture and little things, coloring them as I drew. I am working completely on my iPad Pro this time, trying to work as fast as possible before the ideas escape me. I have a very clear image in my mind and maybe even a little story.


Is this how you usually work?

I do work fast, I try to focus on an idea and see how it develops further. Sometimes it even takes me to a completely new direction and I want to try and hold on to little details that pop up in the process. Also, time is precious for me and I try to make use of every minute.

What are your favourite design tools and or programs?

I adore Procreate application for iPad Pro and work mostly in that, I also like Adobe Illustrator, though I am still learning it and it’s a long process. For non-digital media, I especially love gouache, markers and soft pastels.

What are your ambitions for the future?

Illustrating children’s books is my ultimate goal. I am also hoping to create an apparel or home decor collection one day.

Where can we find you online?

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You can find me on Instagram:


and on my website

Wraptious Student Designs now Available to Buy!

Cushions from our talented FolioFocus classmates are now available for purchase on the lush design community website, Wraptious - How exciting!

Abstract Marble Cushion By Elise Chevry

Abstract Marble Cushion By Elise Chevry


About the Art

Following a design brief from FolioFocus, classmates used their own perspective of 'Waves & Washes' to create these works of art.

Abstract, vibrant and playful colour palettes were the focus on week 4 - the classmates captured the surf and swell within their designs and created beautiful soft furnishings with some added charm.

Spruce Up Your Sofa

If you fancy getting hold of one of these gorgeous cushions; you're in luck. They're available for a limited time only, so be quick!

You can find the cushions on sale, exclusively for Wraptious here.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to see more gorgeous inspiration and classmates' work!

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:

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: christinegardner.co.uk/shop-1