Sunday, 7 September 2014

Original paintings

These new little original paintings are now available in my shop! Before now I've always been too shy to sell any of my originals as I usually edit my work to perfection on Photoshop & Illustrator. But lately I've been pushing myself out of my comfort zone & trying not to rely on my iMac so much. I've also been training myself to paint smaller. Believe it or not only a few years ago the smallest size I could paint was A2 (I know I'm weird). So I think I've come a long way to be able to paint this small but to be honest I still feel a bit uncomfortable doing it.

These artworks are painted with a mixture of acrylic inks & acrylic paint. I also like to add in smaller details with pen, pencil & the odd bit of collage. All of the paintings are signed in pencil either on the front or reverse and they measure approximately A6.








Mountain brooch collection


Look totally unique this autumn with a quirky Mountain brooch! This is a one off collection & there are only 10 available in my shop, so act fast if you want one. Each brooch has been hand painted individually onto laser-cut wood, varnished and finished with an easy fastening brooch back.


What do you think? Which brooch is your favourite? This is my first ever attempt at making jewellery so I would love to have some feedback!











Thursday, 3 July 2014

Oh Comely magazine: garden postcard

Oh Comely magazine, have asked people to make & send a garden themed postcard to celebrate their new issue that is due out later in July. All postcards will be displayed in Oh Comely's pop-up in central London. Plus if you've entered, you could win a one year subscription to the magazine - very exciting!


Just for a bit of fun, I painted & sent my postcard this afternoon. The deadline for entries is 4th July so it  might not get there on time!

Monday, 30 June 2014

Lucky Dip Club


At the end of May I discovered something pretty awesome - Lucky Dip Club. An amazing world of handmade & vintage fun packed into monthly lucky dip boxes, curated by Leona Thrift-ola. Each box so far has sold out in the first 24 hours of being available to buy. So if you want your own box you'll have to get in early at the next launch (tomorrow morning) & grab one quick! If you're really keen you can go for a monthly subscription that ensures that you will always receive a surprise filled package in the post each month.


Disappointingly, I missed out on the Vintage Florals package for May. So I eagerly snapped up my own Tutti Frutti box very early in the morning of the launch on June 1st. My fruity package arrived on Saturday afternoon. Above, you can see the quick picture I took over on instagram before I opened it all. Everything inside was so beautifully packaged, it was a treat to unwrap!


I was really impressed with all of the bits & bobs included but my favourite thing by far was the personalised pineapple necklace, I can't wait to wear it!




The next box's theme is Pet Parade & it launches tomorrow morning at 7am..... think kitsch kitties, retro  bunnies & budgies with bow ties. I'm definitely going to get my hands on one if I can!

Friday, 6 June 2014

Ink & Thread



Exciting news! My work is now being stocked at Ink & Thread. It's a super cool shop based in Derby that supports and celebrates creative British design. They stock bold, colourful design that has been produced to a really high standard. The thing I love about Ink & Thread is that they put a lot of thought into what they sell. They believe that buying products made by creative, British businesses is good all round; good for the economy, good for the environment and good for people.

If you are out and about in Derby, Ink & Thread is definitely worth checking out. Otherwise, take a peek at their online shop

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Morning sunshine!


Morning sunshine!
I cant believe it's the 1st June tomorrow and that I've been running my little business for a whole year now. The business has come such a long way since last year and I'm so grateful for all of your amazing support. To say thank you, there will be lots of extra special treats and giveaways throughout next month. So keep your eyes on my social media pages for fun surprises!

I'm making and organising your treats this weekend so let me know if you have any ideas...

Friday, 30 May 2014

MoonKo


I'm pretty excited about having my greetings cards stocked at Moonko! They're one of the first to get their hands on my new Father's Day card designs. Why not pop down and say hello this weekend if you're in the Sheffield area. It's a beautiful shop that supports emerging illustrators and designers. They sell lots of colourful homeware and accessories that are created by super talented creative businesses. MoonKo have some truly amazing products made by the likes of Donna Wilson, Louise Wilkinson, Death by tea and Stephanie Cole - just to name a few!

Friday, 23 May 2014

NEW CARDS

I have been working very hard recently on lots of new card designs for my stockists & online shop. I have really enjoyed creating them and I've loved illustrating my own typography - its been super fun! A couple of the designs would be perfect for Father's Day coming up on 15th June. 


All of the new designs are now available on my online shop. If you are a retailer & you're interested in stocking my cards please send me an email at nikkimilesillustration@hotmail.co.uk










ARTISAN BREAD ILLUSTRATION


Here's an illustration I did this month for The Skinny Magazine, the article was about artisan bread. 



Sunday, 4 May 2014

GIVEAWAY - MINI COLLAGE PACK



For as long as I can remember I have always hoarded lots of little things & managed to build up a *huge* collection over the years.

I have been meaning to do something useful with it all for quite a while now so last week I finally got round  to it! These new Mini Collage Packs are full of old stamps, stickers, postcards, textures, cuttings from books & magazines, train tickets, receipts - all sorts!

To celebrate that they are now available in my Etsy shop, I am doing a free giveaway. If you fancy winning one of these Mini Collage Packs you can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below!

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