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Flowers, fairies and fancy dress – meet artist and illustrator DaisyWings

by Camilla

Meet the Maker: Tina Martin from DaisyWings

Tina Martin from DaisyWings is an illustrator known for her whimsical art and cards. Her cheerful colour palette, light touch and lively depictions of flowers, fairies, trees, bugs and everything in between would brighten up even the gloomiest of days. As part of our Meet the Maker series, Tina talks sheds with embroidery artist and fellow Folksy seller Victoria Matthewson and tells Victoria what inspires her, how she started her business and what advice she would give someone starting out on their own creative adventure…

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I love drawing whatever makes me smile.

Hi Tina, I love your beautiful paintings. Can you introduce yourself and describe your work?
Hello! I’m Tina and I live in Berkshire with my hubby and two grown-up children. I create bright and cheerful art, mainly using pen and watercolour. I do occasionally return to oils and I use acrylics for painting my stones. Most of my artwork is very colourful, although I also like to create monochrome pieces with just a touch of colour.

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When I had my children and found myself spending more time at home. At that point I started using watercolour paints and the learning continues!

Much of my original art is reproduced on greeting cards but some of my designs are created specifically for greeting cards, which I print myself at home. I’ve learnt so much about printing by producing my own cards as I only had a basic knowledge of printing before from my years working as an administrator. I’m still learning! Last year I started printing on recycled cardstock and I plan to keep using more eco-friendly products for my cards and packaging.

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I create bright and cheerful art, mainly using pen and watercolour. I do occasionally return to oils and I use acrylics for painting my stones.

Have you always been creative?
I’ve always drawn, as most people do, and I would have loved to go into a creative career from school but circumstances at the time didn’t allow that to happen. I painted with oils in my teens for a few years but continued primarily with drawing until I had my children and found myself spending more time at home. At that point I started using watercolour paints and the learning continues! Watercolour is lovely to work with as it is so delicate and translucent.

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I’m inspired mostly by nature, both my garden and the local countryside.

Can you tell me how Daisy Wings first started and where the name came from?
I first turned to selling online when I found Folksy. It seemed like such a great opportunity to be able to create whatever I wanted and have my own little shop. The Folksy community is so supportive.

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I was drawing lots of fairies and flowers and found it difficult to think of a name that matched my artwork. After a lot of mulling over, my daughter came up with the name ‘Daisywings’ and it felt like the perfect fit.

The name was a much trickier thing to decide on. I was drawing lots of fairies and flowers and found it difficult to think of a name that matched my artwork. After a lot of mulling over, my daughter came up with the name ‘Daisywings’ and it felt like the perfect fit.

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My advice to anyone thinking of starting their own craft business would be start small and don’t expect it to take off straight away – success takes time. Social media is also really important. Learn to connect with other people and get involved in the community. There’s such an interesting and exciting creative world to explore, so just have a go and see what happens. It’s so rewarding.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I’m inspired mostly by nature, both my garden and the local countryside. My garden is my passion and where I grow many varieties of flowers that I can draw and paint, and as we live on the edge of town near to the Kennet & Avon Canal, getting out into nature is easily accessible.

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Watercolour is lovely to work with as it is so delicate and translucent.

Are you self taught?
Yes I’m completely self taught, apart from a few little things my mum taught me about light and a few tricks about drawing people that a great teacher called Mr Ellis taught me at primary school.

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I’m completely self taught, apart from a few little things my mum taught me about light and a few tricks about drawing people that a great teacher called Mr Ellis taught me at primary school.

Are there any artists who inspires you?
The artists that I admire the most are Quentin Blake and Van Gogh. Quentin Blake because of his brilliant, humorous and seemingly effortless illustrations and Van Gogh because his colour palette is just my cup of tea. I try not to look at other artists’ work too much though, so I don’t get distracted from my own.

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I work from my shed in the middle of our garden, where I can think and work without being distracted. It’s my happy place.

I see you are a fellow shed worker. Can you describe your workspace?
I am! I work from my shed in the middle of our garden where I find peace and quiet. It’s where I can think and work without being distracted. I can also watch the birds, which is one of my favourite things to do. Who doesn’t love a little birdy? My shed is insulated and I have a heater for when it’s cold and an industrial-sized fan for when it’s hot. It’s my happy place – as I’m sure other makers feel about their own little spaces.

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One of the artists I admire the most is Quentin Blake because of his brilliant, humorous and seemingly effortless illustrations.

Are there any other crafts that you practise or would like to learn?
When I was at school I was quite good at hand embroidery and smocking, mainly because I couldn’t manage a sewing machine and I was fascinated by different types of stitches. I really love glass and every now and then I’m quite tempted to have a go, although I know very little about it. I’m also tempted to try using a potter’s wheel but I think I know just how that will end.

What is your favourite thing to draw?
I’m not sure that I have a favourite subject but I do enjoy drawing and painting nature, from flowers and trees to bugs and everything in between. As well as nature I like to draw fairies, children and children’s designs. Creating and posting my Christmas ‘Children in Fancy Dress’ advent over on Instagram throughout December was really enjoyable. I love drawing whatever makes me smile.

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When I found Folksy, it seemed like such a great opportunity to be able to create whatever I wanted and have my own little shop. The Folksy community is so supportive.

Do you have any advice for someone wanting to start their own craft business?
My advice is to just do it! Start small and don’t expect it to take off straight away – success takes time. Social media is also really important. Learn to connect with other people and get involved in the community. There’s such an interesting and exciting creative world to explore, so just have a go and see what happens. It’s so rewarding.

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10% discount on Daisy Wings

Get 10% off all Daisy Wings art, card and stationery with the code DAISY10 (for a limited time only). Shop Daisy Wings on Folksy https://folksy.com/shops/DaisyWings


Meet the interviewer

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The maker asking this questions this time is embroidery artist Victoria Matthewson. Shop Victoria Matthewson on Folksy –folksy.com/shops/victoriamatthewson

Read our interview with Victoria here – https://blog.folksy.com/2019/04/01/victoria-matthewson-embroidery-art

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