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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.