Flowers · Pesticides · Thoughts

Update & Flower list and when they bloom

Been mostly creating for the last two months so any research has been through doing, hence the lack of posts recently. As an update (more for myself), I am creating a digital booklet on InDesign with a screen printed poster on the reverse to be used as a guide to which flowers you can plant year round to help bees thrive.

The booklet will contain the illustrations i originally did, which started this idea in the first place, and information on when to plant seeds to get an annual bloom (hopefully). The illustrations, including the screenprint, are all completed and ready to be made, so all i have to do is design and make the InDesign document. Easy.

I need to develop a list of flowers im going to look at in my book and research them a little so this post is that research.

Daisy-like flowers that can bloom year round, depending on the type of flower. Plant the early to mid spring in full or partial sunlight. Can be eight inches or eight feet tall, again depending on type of flower. Comes in a variety of colours.

Goblet-shaped flowers that can bloom year round depending on the type of flower. Plant in early winter months in pre-fertilized soil that drains well and is in full or partial sunlight. Grows 2-4 inches tall. Comes in a variety of colours.

A bright yellow/orange flower that can grow year round with the correct care. Plant seeds in early spring in soil that drains well and is in full or partial sunlight.

Grouped open flowers on a stem that flower april-may. Plant bulbs in early autumn in well drained soil in full sunlight. Comes in a variety of colours

Come in a variety of colours and heights and flower april-june. Plant seeds indoors early spring and move outside to well drained and fertilised soil in full sun once its warmer.

A self-seeding bright yellow weed commonly found in pastures, lawns, orchards and so on. Flowers in may-june and possibly again in autumn months. Help it thrive by not using/restricting the use of pesticides and weed killers in your garden.

A very easy, usually purple, plant to grow that flowers in may-june. Can thrive in any soil type and should be planted mid-autumn.

A tall spire of flowers in different colours that blooms in may-june. Seeds should be planted in late summer/early autumn and will flower year after year.

Available in different shades of pinks and purples, this flower should be planted in late spring. The robust plant has bunched flowers that bloom from may-sept, giving a long flowering period.

Tall, large bright yellow flowers that bloom in june-july. They should be planted in mid-spring roughly 30 inches apart to allow room for growth. Can grow up to 3m tall.

A self-seeding herb that grows up to 30cm tall and had edible leaves. They bloom in june/july and should be planted in spring. Has blue flowers and dark green leaves.

Ranging from white to deep purple, these flowers bloom in June-Aug. They should be planted in late summer/early autumn and be placed in fertile soil.

Can come in orange, red or yellow. These flowers should be planted in early spring and bloom from june-sept. Plant them in well drained soil in full or partial sun.

These flowers should be sown indoors at first and be lightly pressed into fertile compost, not buried, as they require sunlight for germination. Plant outside in early autumn (or early spring if they are not large enough) for a bloom in june-sept. Comes in a variety of colours.

These should be planted in spring for a bloom in june-sept in full sun and moist but well drained soil. Available in a variety of colours.

Can be planted as seeds in early spring or planted as ripe cuttings in late summer for overwintering under cover. Blooms in july-august. Available in a range of blues and purples.

A common weed that produces pale pink/purple flowers. Should be planted in early spring and bloom in july-august. Help them to thrive by not using/restricting the use of pesticides and weed killers in your garden.

Small bright yellow flowers on yellow stalks that bloom july-august. Can self seed and should be planted in early spring in full sunlight.


These are the flowers I’m using and the general information i’ll need for each one. Now i just need to get designing.


Change in research methods..

I’ve noticed some older blog posts I’ve done are now missing their images and I cannot seem to rectify the issue.

SO from now on, if I’m doing any research on something visual rather than textual, I’m going to put it into a research sketchbook or file and talk about it there. That way I can avoid adding images to this blog and stop this problem from recurring.

It makes it a little more annoying having to have my research in two different places, but if thats what it takes..

OR I could make more use of pinterest???


Getting back on it; UPDATE

I’ve not done any work for a while due to health reasons but I’ve been spending today going back over everything and getting back on track. Onwards and upwards from here; I think my health problems will not be problems for much longer.

I’ve began designing ideas for my mini book series “plant these to help the bees” and I think I’ve finally decided upon a design and format: It will be an artist’s book, or book of sorts, as opposed to a zine and will likely be screen printed and editioned (though I’m not sure how many). I’ve decided I’m going to try and sell them with the aim of giving 50% or so profits to a bee charity (I will need to get into contact with one to discuss this, and will also need full prototypes before sending any real ideas to them).

The books will be a continuous A0 illustration that will be transformed into a book using the “foldy” book bind. It will consist of one large layered screen print as opposed to different pages, allowing for easy and cheap(ish) reproduction.

I think from this point onward I finally have a focus and an aim to work towards. I was feeling uneasy and very uncertain this last month about everything so REALLY needed this day to just sit down and go through everything.

I’ve got a project description FINALLY: “A collection of handmade books and prints, highlighting the importance of bees. These will aim to raise awareness and educate people in an effort to save the endangered species.”

As for the title, I’m working on that. I think “Save the Bees” perfectly sums up the entire project but it is a bit boring, a bit vague and unoriginal. I think the title needs to get as much attention as the work itself does, otherwise no one would give it a second look.

From this point out, I’m going to treat this project as if it were for a real client (even if no one wants to get on board with my ideas) and just focus on producing factual, engaging and illustrative books and prints to sell on behalf of a bee charity/organisation. I can still donate the money myself even if they do not want to get involved.

Now I’ve just got to gain the courage to email people and produce work to show them! I’m still going to update this blog in a seemingly random way as I tackle through my research and discover new things.

Wish me luck!

Book · Bookbinding · Example · Thoughts · Zine

Zine examples from UoP’s Zineopolis


A5, 8 page stapled book containing a collection of illustrations depicting humorous events and nonsense jokes. The zine contains hand drawn illustrations and type, printed with an inkjet printer on whit paper and glossy card for the cover.

This book is purely for the enjoyment of the reader, giving them something to read and laugh about. Nothing else. It is simple, quirky, humorous, crisp and clean and can be enjoyed by a variety of audiences. The bind has been considered as it does not affect the pages or the opening of the zine. Nice use of spot colour to emphasise a joke or a pun.
I chose to look at this zine as it shows how a zine can simply be used to spread joy and bring laughter into someones life and nothing more.

“He bought me  ANOTHER soda and he tried to molest me in the SAME parking lot AGAIN”

A5, 28 page saddle stitched book containing illustrated song lyrics that get stuck in your head all day. The zine contains hand drawn illustrations and type printed in black and white or colour on a laser printer. It has a textured and hand painted cover with end papers on the reverse.

I think this zine is beautiful and funny. Again it is purely for the enjoyment of the reader as it’s only purpose is to share funny illustrations and popular song quotes that everyone gets stuck in their head. The bind allows the zine to open easily and the size comfortably fits in your hand. The cover offers a different texture to the rest of the zine and adds to the fun. This shows that zines can be fun, a bit odd and a laugh. It doesn’t have to be a serious subject choice.

“Dead End Jobs”

20×20 cm, editioned zine containing illustrations of dead end jobs, paired with a “Dead end job Survival Kit”, which contains a miniature version of the zine, a wage slip, matchsticks to keep your eyes open, cotton balls to stick in your ears and paracetamol. The zine has hand drawn illustrations and type which have been screen printed in black and red onto thick and warm white paper.

I love the addition of the survival kit – adds something that you wouldn’t usually get in books. It is playful and imperfect, which I think sums up zines quite well. I love the thought of hand printing my own zines as I am very keen on printmaking, or even adding bits of prints to it. The use of red and black dot monotone throughout helps blend the artworks together (this is a collaboration) and is very engaging.

“Pick your nose”

A7, 6 page single sheet “foldy” bind containing a continuous illustration throughout all pages. It is entirely hand drawn and screen printed onto a piece of paper, which is then cut and folded to create a book. It is held in an opaque and fitted plastic covering.

I chose to look at this zine as a good and bad example of design. The bad is simply the plastic sleeve the zine is placed in; it is such a tight fit that it is difficult to remove the zine without tearing the stitches on the cover, which has unfortunately happened.
The good, however, is the clever design utilising a single illustration over 6 pages, a cover and a back cover. It is very small scaled, showing again that zines are not necessarily a specific size.


All of these zines are NOT my work and are part of the University of Portsmouth’s Zineopolis collection, found here   —->

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Social Awareness Leaflet example

National Trust Leaflets; text by Adrian Tinniswood, designed by Bob Linney.


A Series of leaflets from the same organisation, same illustrator and designer, looking at similar but different subject matters. Shows that they belong to a series, as a set or part of something bigger, an organisation or event perhaps. Collectible?

These are all beautifully made with detailed illustrations and hand drawn text. They’re quirky and fun to look at/read, which is perfect for engaging the audience – it could appeal to both younger and older generations as the images could stand alone in explaining each page.

The whole design, how it opens, how it feels and even smells is just beautiful and coincides with the purpose of the leaflet – it is even printed on 100% recycled paper using a limited palette.

As I am thinking about producing a leaflet/booklet for a social awareness issue, I need to consider these elements in order to be successful.

Each one is or looks screen printed so can easily be reproduced quite cheaply and quickly.
Things to consider:

  • The look of the leaflet/book
  • The format
  • The size
  • How it will be produced
  • Will there be digital elements
  • Will it be available online
  • The paper/card/etc type used
  • Colour Palatte
  • Tone of the writing
  • Packaging (if any)
  • Possibility of a series
  • Audience
  • Distribution
  • Purpose
  • All hand-drawn, digital or a mix

Lots to think about!



I’ve been a bit slack recently.

For some reason I keep on getting ill at the moment so feel like I’m always playing catch up. This oddly makes me not want to produce work, then before I know it the week is over and the next one is here.

I need to give myself a kick up the ass basically!

A list of things I need to research:

  1. Metamorphosis
  2. Bee decline
  3. Bee extinction implications
  4. Trophic Cascades
  5. Calligraphy
  6. Artist Influence
  7. Zines
  8. Digital elements in books/zines/etc and how to do them
  9. Digital publishing platforms
  10. GIF making

I need to begin creating work, even if it is just doodles. I’m going to aim to do a drawing a day (even though to me this seems literally impossible sometimes with work) but I’m going to do it. I’ve said Im going to do it several times now so JUST DO IT ALREADY.

Need to get inspired – go look at some art and ideas to get inspired.