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Who is the mysterious Mister Mista?

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Highway & Ozzie wall Stickers
Some of the popular designs we feature on Chocovenyl are from an artist known only as Mister Mista. He brings us a strange and kooky world of floating eyeballs, gorgeous retro cars and spooky alphabets.

Monsters Height Chart ArrrghTo Z Wall Stickers

But what kind of a mind could have created such odd and wonderful designs?

Well, Mister Mista has nothing to do with the 80’s pop group with the same sounding name – remember ‘Broken Wings’?

No, it is the name of the company set-up in 2007 by a top Australian designer called Travis Price. As a freelance designer he has worked for a host of big name clients such as Mambo, Sony, Vodafone and Intel.

Travis Price aka Mister Mista

It was during his childhood in Victoria that his love of skateboarding and graffiti developed into a passion for cool designs. Despite now being one of Australia’s most renowned designers, he can still be seen whizzing around the streets of Victoria on his skateboard.

He set-up Mister Mista with his wife Renee; shortly after the couple had their first child. The idea was to create a quirky and off-beat range of designs which were especially for kids – not adult designs which have been scaled down. Travis provides the artistic vision for Mister Mista while Renee handles the business side of things.

Travis home

Travis more home &  prints

How did you find your way into illustration as a career?

I guess like most I grew up as a kid loving to draw. But once finishing high school it made sense to go off to uni to become a graphic designer. I quite enjoyed it but after 10 years in the design industry I decided to make the switch to become a freelance illustrator. Five years on I couldn’t be happier…I love it. Technically design gave me the perfect tools and experience to make a smooth cross over.

Travis prints

What inspires you?

Ohhhh this is hard…..If you look at my commercial folio you’ll see a few styles running through there. I’m inspired by a diverse range of things.In regards to kids I love Richard Scarry  and Asterix. I also love the old fairy tales that always had that sense of scary evil darkness to them…sadly I think that missing now.I have always been inspired by skateboard design….especially the 90’s with guys like Jim Phillips. Really enjoy the hotrod illustration scene too.I love all things retro……my secret is House Industries

Saying all that, when it comes to Mister Mista…our kids have been our inspiration. Our products are normally themed around what they’re into.

Travis kids

What is Mister Mista brand about?

At its inception we just felt that the boys sector was missing that gritty silly boy fun. It was missing that kookiness that boys bring to any family. Boys weren’t made to match your decor….they’re into dirty pirate ships…not preppy nautical sailing vessels!!! This is what we are about.

What is your favourite subject matter to draw?

I love character design. As you see all our products are based around characters. True character creation should exude a sense of personality!!! I also like for characters to have imperfections too.

How was your bedroom decorated when you were a child?

Ha Ha it was mainly the 80’s…chinese style puma doona cover (to protect me from monsters). Sesame street sheets. Early Micheal Jackson and Star Wars posters along with pristine tonka toys….never left in the sand pit!!! Oh and Castle Grey Skull was in the corner!!! Really it was a mismatch…but it was awesome…..I love that interior design seems to be heading back to a more eclectic aesthetic.

What are your fondest memories from childhood?

Going to see ET at the drive in theatre. Got to stay up late in our pyjamas, wrapped in blankets in the back of a little orange Datsun. Think I may have cried at the end.

Will your designs find their way onto your child’s walls?

Ha Ha yeah there’s a few of my designs scattered through out the house but we have pictures all through the house by different artists. We love the idea of being surrounded by illustration and the kids love it. You can buy so many great prints from illustrators over the internet. My favourite is some Nate Wragg prints.

Nate Wrag
Vintage prints we own.
Travis likes oldies

Where can reader’s find your work?

You can check out my work at www.mistermista.comMister Mista Facebookwww.travisprice.com.aubyprice Facebook

Keep your eyes peeled for more work from the odd and wonderful world of Mister Mista – that’s if Travis can find time between his young family and skateboarding.

Dino Wonderland

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Did you realise that it’s 15 years since Jurassic Park was first released – it’s enough to make you feel prehistoric.

But the great thing about dinosaurs is that they never really get old. Our kids love them now just as much as us bigger kids loved them back in the day. And here at Chocovenyl we’ve been walking in a dino wonderland recently, inspired by some of the amazing dinosaur goodies we’ve collected together on our Pinterest board.

Dinosaurs Chocovenyl Pinboard

There must be something about dinosaurs which gets the creative juices firing. Something we really loved was using cardboard and a bit of imagination to help transform your cherubic child into a snarly Tyrannosaurus Rex. Or you could make up your own prehistoric creature – you just need to add ‘-osaurus’ to the end of any name.

There are also plenty of dino themed designs here on Chocovenyl as well to help create the perfect bedroom for any budding Brontosaurus – and you won’t have to spend the $63 million it cost to create Jurassic Park either.

We have the gentle vintage inspired charm of Belle & Boo’s Dino Ride designs.

Dino Ride Wall Stickers

Or the wonderful illustrations of Brighton illustrator Jillian Phillips and her Dino Fun collection. And even dinosaurs need to know when it’s time to got to bed, so we also have the Dino Stick-A-Clock designed by your very own Chocovenyl.

Dino Fun and Dino Clock Fabric Wall Stickers

If all this dino talk has sent you into a frenzy, then you might want to organise an adventure to hunt down some of these fearsome beasts. A good place to start your family’s quest is the Dinosaur Adventure Park in Norfolk. This has everything an aspiring dino hunter could want: dinosaur trails, creepy crawlies, mazes and lots of rides which end with “-osaurus”.

The other destination you will want to track down is the Natural History Museum in London. This has free entry and offers one of the best collections of dinosaurs fossils in the world, including the 105 foot long Diplodocus, known affectionately as Dippy.

And if you can’t decide whether to go or not you could turn into a Staygosaurus. Sorry, that was one dino pun too far…

Giveaway Competition.

Tell us what children’s theme you’re interested in and what Chocovenyl wall stickers are your favourite and comment here and on our Facebook page.

The winner will be randomly selected on 27.4.12 and will choose a Mini set from our collection. We ship internationally.

 

Fairytales with Chocolove

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Thanks for stopping by at Chocovenyl’s blog, a kingdom of mod patterns, bold colours and a good helping of whimsy.

This week I’m thinking Fairy Tales.

” Mirror, mirror on the wall…move over. We need the wall space, because there’s a new princess in town. And something tells me she’s not going to be running away from a wicked witch any time soon, because she looks pretty self-reliant, despite her noodle arms.” – Delilah, coolmompicks.com

Princess Fabric Wall Stickers by Chocovenyl

Another all-time favourite from a design hero Helen Dardik is Little Red-Riding Hood. I just love a good villain and they don’t come much more villainous than a Grandma-eating Wolf!Red Riding Hood fabric wall stickers by Helen Dardik

Fairytales sink deep into our children’s hearts and stay there forever; teach them the importance of making the right choices, ignite imagination and feature some pretty sassy Princesses too! We wanted to capture the beauty and essence of fairy tales, so we created a selection of wonderful wall stickers to bring a little magic and sparkle to your walls. Head over to our site to see the full range.

Fairy tales often feature the great outdoors and nature; forests, talking animals, poison apples, frogs and fairies, need I go on? At Chocovenyl we want to protect nature and the stories she inspires, which is why our wall stickers are as eco-friendly as possible. They are made with PVC-free fabric, are biodegradable and are printed with eco-inks.

Now let’s have some eco-friendly craft fun.

You can recreate your favourite fairy tales at home with some of these simple craft DIYs.

No Prince or Princess is complete without a crown or two…

Toilet Roll Crown

These photos belong to Lilla A

These little gems are made using toilet roll inserts, so simple and a great way to recycle all that cardboard. For more pictures and information head over to Lilla’s blog here.

Or, perhaps you have some cereal boxes to use up and fancy something a little larger. Follow this link to the amazing  Joel’s blog for a tutorial.

Cardboard Crown

The image is from madebyjoel.com

For something a little different, how about recycled crayon crowns? Kids can create a right royal masterpiece using these eco-friendly crayons. Or even recycle yours!

Recycled Crayons Crowns

These are from Etsy sellers Mucky Pup Crayons and Crayon Mavens

And for a craft idea fit for a Queen: try this Princess Bed DIY using repurposed cardboard boxes. That same blog post has a great tutorial for a castle too and other brilliant ideas.

Cardboard Princess Bed & Castle

These are from declutterorganizerepurpose.wordpress.com/

Your fairy godmother of bare walls and easy bonding Make Do ideas.

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Pssst….have a nose about the home of Helen Dardik here, I know you want to…

Interview with Jillian Phillips

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We have a very exciting blog post for you today; the first in a series of interviews with artists. We are thrilled to welcome the wonderful Jillian Phillips, graphic designer and illustrator to the blog.
Jillian is the artist behind many of our beloved wall stickers, including Dino Fun, Apple A Day and Owls.

Owls PVC free fabric wall stickers by Jillian Phillips

Jillian creates whimsical worlds that transform any plain wall into an endearing wonderland of colour. You can find all of the wall stickers designed by Jillian here.

Owls, Rainbow Toys, Dino Fun wall stickers by Jillian Phillips for Chocovenyl

Today, Jillian talks nature, Tokyo and tips for illustrators.

How did you find your way into illustration as a career?

I did a work experience placement for 3 weeks with a design company as part of my college course, and enjoyed it so much I knew that was what I wanted to do from then on!

What inspires you?

All sorts of things! I travel to Tokyo and NY, visit museums, flea markets, vintage stores, read other design blogs, inspiration is all around you.

Who are your favourite contemporary artists?

I am a huge fan of Camilla Engman, as well as many Japanese illustrators whose work I discover on my research trips.

What is your favourite subject matter to draw?

Nature really inspires me, I especially love creating fun animals, and I find myself drawing tons of girl characters!

What is your fondest career memory?

Walking into Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and the Moma shop in New York on the same day and seeing my work in there! It was an amazing feeling. I never ever dreamt I would experience that.

Do you have any tips for budding illustrators?

Work really hard and put the hours in (to really get good at this job, you need to spend hours and hours practising, trying new things out, and creating new work). Develop your own style and spend as much time as you can on a Portfolio you can show to potential clients.
It can take years to really get your career going, so don’t feel deflated when things don’t happen immediately. Write to everyone, send a sample of what you do (copyright it!) and show how much you want that job! And lastly, write a blog, it’s a great way for people to find you and see what you do, especially if you can’t afford a website in the early days.

Where can our readers see your work?

I work with Paperchase, Marks and Spencer, Galison, Madison Park Greetings and many more, and my website  and blog

Thanks so much Jillian!

Children’s photos by Barbara Decre.

With Chocolove

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Hello.Thanks for dropping by.

Why don’t you kick off those shoes, grab a mug of something warm (we’d recommend something chocolaty) and have a quiet peruse around? We know you’ll feel better afterwards.

Mug Cake and Tea-bag Biscuits

Trend allert  Microwave mug cake & Tea-bag biscuits.

Don’t worry about whatever it is you should be doing, that can wait. Sometimes you just need to kick back and nourish the soul with some nostalgia. That’s why Chocovenyl now has its own little pocket on the Internet, because we knew it was needed. A little pocket of chocolove.

Chocolate Party Spoons & Potted Cupcakes

Trend allert  Chocolate Party Spoons & Potted Cupcakes surprise. Yes! Good to eat.


Here, on Chocovenyl vintage & charm caresses modern walls, sprightly characters entertain blank spaces and empty play rooms come to life.
We have a delightful collection of fabric wall art that mummies, daddies and kiddiewinks are head over heels about. Illustrations the most tallented artists have found themselves a new home on beautiful, movable, PVC free fabric. And, it’s just sitting here, waiting patiently to be enjoyed…

Birds PVC free movable fabric wall stickers by Ellen Giggenbach for Chocovenyl

Oh, so sweet.. Birds movable PVC free fabric wall stickers by Ellen Giggenbach, inspired by an eclectic mix of simple 1950’s and 60’s shapes, European folk art and traditional romantic imagery. Photo by Barbara Decré.


Just like our latest website addition, this quirky little blog soon to be brimming with indulgent inspirations, artist interviews and other charming handiworks we think you’ll be partial to.

Please do pop along again; we’ve got lots of chocolove to share.

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  •  Super easy Microwave mug cake. A brilliant fix! Easy to customise to your taste. Kids love to make and decorate. Many versions and flavours can be found on the internet.
  • Tea-bag biscuits. Makes a lovely homemade gift. The recipe is from French blog Le Pétrin , you can easily translate with Google. Or make your own version with shortbread pastry and a good quality chocolate.
  • Potted Cupcakes surprise. First I spotted this idea done by Heston Blumental. This recipe is from Norwegian blog, you can easily translate with Google.
  •  Chocolate Party Spoons. This recipe is from Sweetapolita blog. Lots of dipped spon recipes our there from sophisticated gourmet made with fine silver spoons to sprinkles happy kids version. Pop in cello loot bag, very pretty.

Easter Round-Up

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Easter is upon us, can you believe how time flies?

I’m welcoming spring and all she brings with open arms and what better way to celebrate her arrival than with a little Easter post.

Boo  PVC free movable fabric wall sticker

Boo by Belle and Boo

This little guy comes from a series of illustrations by artist Mandy Sutcliffe and has been charming the hearts and walls of children for some time now. Boo just adores this time of year. Now, I’m not suggesting he’s the Easter Bunny, but this is his busiest time…

Add some Easter cheer to your walls with this repositionable sticker, £15 . We now offer free shipping to UK, USA & AUS, don’t miss out!

Easter Door Decor

Easter Door Décor

Talking of welcoming spring, why not greet your guests with a little festive door décor.
The umbrella decoration is a rustic nod to April’s fondness for rain. Stuff it with seasonal blooms and some hand-painted egg shells for a delightful Easter adornment.

This is a really easy DIY project that can be made with items you have round the house (and garden).

Full details for making these and more are available at www.bhg.com

Easter Eggs with a Difference

Why not try something a little different this Easter? The following recipe is a fun and unique twist on the traditional Easter egg. Make it with the kids or surprise them with a colourful breakfast on Easter morning.

Jello Easter Eggs

Ingredients:

  1. 1 box of jelly
  2. 4-6 Eggs, raw

Take 4-6 medium raw eggs. Carefully make a ¼ inch hole in one end of each egg using a sharp needle. Empty contents of egg and rinse shell well, let stand in egg box to dry for 24 hours. Once dry, prepare jelly according to instructions on box, leave to cool for 10-15 mins. Carefully pour the liquid jelly into eggs and leave to stand, hole-side-up in the refrigerator to set. Crack, peel and enjoy! More in detail with lots of pictures here.

Easter Pinspiration

Pinterest is an absolute dreamboat of inspiration, you can plan a wedding, get interior design ideas, pin recipes and find craft DIY’s, all in one place. We’ve been pinning festive Easter images like there’s no tomorrow, here’s a little peak at some of our favourites. You can find even more Easter loveliness on our dedicated pin board.

Pinterest Easter

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Happy Easter from all here at Chocovenyl!