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April Desktop Download

Happy Easter Weekend!

I hope wherever you are you're spending some quality time with family or friends doing something fun. I really enjoy painting eggs and tomorrow Chris and Huxley and I will head to the park to check out the egg rolling. If you haven't heard of it, it's a funny tradition in Scotland where you paint eggs and then toss them down a hill. I won't be throwing mine - I worked too hard on them! But it's fun to watch everyone else. Poor Huxley will have to stay on his lead though, since last year he decided they made good snacks! 

This month's desktop wallpaper is styled after one of the patterns I painted on my eggs this year. There are lots of sunny daffodils and pastel colours to celebrate Spring finally arriving! I hope you enjoy it and it brightens up your work space. 

April Desktop Wallpaper with daffodil and lilac pattern

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March Desktop Download

It's March, although you wouldn't know it here!

Glasgow is beautiful and snowy, but all the crocuses that have been popping up are hidden away for the moment, so it's time to make some colour of our own while we wait for the signs of Spring to come back. 

I love painting flowers and lately I've really been enjoying experimenting with a folky sort of style in my artwork, so this month I've painted some colourful blooms for your desktop. I hope you enjoy it and it makes your space a bit brighter while we wait for the sunshine and blossoms to return. 

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Folksy Printable for your Valentine or Galentine

Folksy Printable for your Valentine or Galentine

Happy Sunday! 

Are you celebrating Galentine's Day this week?

I wanted to make a little something to send to my best friend, but then I realized that there are quite a few important women in my life who also deserve some appreciation! And wouldn't it be even nicer to share this online so that you can celebrate the women in your life too.

So I've painted a pretty folk-inspired design that you can print at home! Just open the pdf and click 'print' or download to your desktop first to save for future occasions too. I recommend printing this on a bright white card-stock for best results. Then trim it - a craft knife and steel ruler work best - fold, and write a personal message inside, easy! 

Download the PDF here and let me know if you enjoyed it, or better yet, tag #huxloveshoney on Instagram so I can see your card in action! 

 

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February Desktop Download

Hello and Happy February!

As usual, I'm a little behind on things - it's always hibernating weather here in Glasgow - but I made a desktop wallpaper to share with you! There are little snowdrops and crocuses popping up here and there around the city, so I thought painting something that looks forward to Spring would be perfect. I hope you enjoy it and it makes your space a bit more cheerful! 

Spring flowers on blue background

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New Korean Gouache-Hybrid Review!

Shinhan gouache swatches

I ordered some new gouache paints from an online art shop a few weeks ago, and I think I might be in love with them!

The brand is called Shinhan and is based in Korea. They usually make watercolours, but they have a “watercolour and gouache hybrid” paint called Shinhan Pass that is meant to result in really vivid colours. I chose a palette of pastel colours plus one darker green since I use green in pretty much every painting ever.

Now, bit of honest talk here, these were on sale for £1.80 online (minus the Cobalt Green, which was closer to £4 I think, but that’s still cheaper than the Winsor Newton brand) so I wasn’t confident that the quality would be very good. After swatching my colour choices though, I’m so happy with my purchase and am definitely going to be adding more to my collection!

Shinhan gouache tubes

The large, main swatches are just the paint out of the tube with water mixed in – I found you have to add a lot more water to this paint to get the right consistency. They are only one layer of paint. Seriously. In my experience bright, vivid coverage in the first layer doesn’t actually happen often. The only exception was the Hooker’s Green, which came out patchy, and would need an extra layer or two, but that’s pretty much the norm for similar colours in the Winsor Newton range too.

After testing out the colours on their own, I mixed a 50-50 tint using my usual WN Zinc White. I like to stock up on any of the big tubes of white gouache when they’re on sale, so right now I have WN and a Daler Rowney Zinc White as well. Any how, it plays just fine with other brands which is also a plus, and the tints are even better pastel colours if you want that nice soft effect they can have.

Shinhan gouache swatches with paint tubes

Have you tried these paints before? What colours did you try and what did you think of them?

If you haven’t, I highly recommend trying out this brand if you can get your hands on some! Especially if you’re just starting out with gouache and need a cheaper option. If you already have a good-sized collection I think some of the colours can make nice compliments to what you already have too.

 

*Disclaimer: I wasn’t paid by Shinhan to create this post, I bought these paints myself out of curiosity and thought I’d share my opinion of the brand with you :)

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Free Summer Floral Wallpaper Download

Floral Desktop Wallpaper

Hello everyone, happy weekend!

As usual, I haven’t been keeping up with the Hux Loves Honey blog since I’m busy working on lots of new things for the shop and some shows that are coming up! I promise there will be sneaky peeks on here soon, but following along on Instagram is your best bet for seeing things first.

Now, I work on a Mac lap top that is pretty much ancient by technology standards now – it’s old enough that Apple doesn’t make parts for it anymore and I get laughed at by shop staff. It is also dying a slow, slow death and trying to get any work done on it takes hours longer than it should. The patience you need for getting anything done is kind of like going back to dial up, if you’re old enough to remember that. Personally, I think the sound alone is forever embedded in my memory!

Mock up of floral desktop wallpaper

Anyways, it’s decrepit and inefficient and the plan is to get a shiny new iMac this summer. In the meantime I decided to pretty up this old beast, so I put together a colourful floral wallpaper from a painting I did recently – you might have seen it on my Instagram account already. And, since I’m not the only one who appreciates a pretty desktop I thought it would be nice to share it with you guys! If you want to see more free wallpapers let me know, it’s my first time making one, but they’re fun to put together.

You can download the desktop file here.

And the iphone file here.

Just right click to save the image, then once the file is on your desktop, right click again and select “Set Desktop Picture” – simple as that! If you’re on a PC you may have to go into your settings instead.

Now go enjoy your pretty new tech!

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April Favourites & Huxley’s Egg Rolling Adventure

So March got skipped over – I was so busy that I kind of forgot most of what I actually did that month… but April was great, so here are a few of my favourites from last month!

Illustration of favourite things in April

1. I made some more hand-blown Easter eggs! The one with the boxing hares is my favourite of the three I painted this year.

2. Egg rolling at Kelvingrove Park! It was my first time ever and Huxley made it the funniest experience! He loves eggs, so he ran after the first egg that went down the hill and immediately started eating his snack. Then he noticed more eggs tumbling down the hill around him and started going from one to another eating them as fast as he could, he probably thought he was the luckiest dog in the world. We ended up picking up as many as we could, but he still managed to eat 5 or 6, which really can’t be that good for a little dog… he seemed happy enough though.

3. New plant friends! I love being out in the forest or on a beach and since that isn’t always possible due to the weather here, it’s nice to have some of the outdoors inside too for those days I’m stuck at my desk. I ordered a few plants from Perfect Plants – highly recommend! They are really healthy, good quality plants and there was only one broken leaf. They also have a great selection, so I have a little wish list going now. I got a little maranta (aka prayer plant) from a shop around the corner too and I am in love with it. I’m still not bored of watching the leafs fold themselves up at night.

4. I brought my empty Lush containers back to one of the shops and the girls marvelled at the French on some of the labels! I’ve been collecting them for a while, so there are a few from Canada. Apparently there was at least product they actually don’t make anymore so I guess I need to bring the pots back more often… Anyways, I got a free face mask in return for this long-term recycling project and I chose the BB Seaweed. It smells like lavender and seems to be gentle enough for my sensitive skin.

5. Pierogis! It’s been years since I last made any and I made a batch of cheese and onion and another of bacon (which were kind of like if a baked potato was in a dumpling) and it took about a day and half from start to finish. Never again am I making dumplings on my own unless it’s a tiny batch, which I don’t seem to be able to do… I’m also pretty sure I managed to bruise my hands…

6. Wax melts from Candelle & Co! I met Danielle at the Pop Up Shop in Kirkintilloch back in March and have only just finally gotten around to trying out some of her wax melts. They are amazing – I’m currently in love with the Salted Caramel and Pistachio.

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Hand-painted Easter Eggs

Happy Easter Weekend!

Last April, I made a tutorial on how to create hand-blown Easter eggs. You can find the tutorial here if you’re interested in trying it yourself. This year, the only things I did differently was to spray paint the white base-coat on the eggs. I highly recommend doing this since it saves a lot of time and it dries quickly so that means you can start doing the fun painting sooner! I also used gouache instead of acrylic paints this time, since I could use up the leftover paint from some of my palettes.

Here are the results:

Hand Painted Easter Eggs with tulips

If you’ve painted eggs this year leave a link in the comments, I’d love to see them!

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Spring Sale & a Mother’s Day freebie!

It’s only 3 days into Spring here in Scotland and so far it seems a lot like where I’m from in Canada, which means rain and sun and snow all in the same afternoon! I love all the daffodils and narcissists that are growing absolutely everywhere here despite the weather though, they’re a little bit of cheer amongst what can turn out to be a grey and dreary day.

Our cards and notebooks are so very bright and happy too, so to create a bit of cheer ourselves we’re having a one day sale in the Hux Loves Honey Etsy shop this Sunday 26 March! Use the code ‘SPRINGAHEAD2017’ during checkout to receive 10% off your order.

Stationery Sale Banner

It’s also Mother’s Day in the UK on 26 March! With our move at the beginning of the month I unfortunately wasn’t able to get the Mother’s Day cards finished up and sent to the printers in time. Luckily I made a postcard last year that you can download and print for free though! Find it here.

Lastly, if you’re in the area we’re at the Regent Centre in Kirkintilloch until Saturday for a Pop Up event! Come by to say hi, peruse some lovely local talent and have a taste of my first attempt at homemade tablet – don’t worry, it actually turned out well enough that I’ve been asked by a few people if I’m selling it!

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