Get Arty with Cath Kidston: How to Paint Bluebells Initial Print
One of the most loved of British flowers, bluebells blanket forest floors and park boundaries left to nature as soon as spring takes hold. Their bloom is fleeting and precious – nature’s nod that winter is finally behind us.
Our bluebell print was inspired by an antique wallpaper sample, found amongst an archive of curated wonders at a vintage textile collectors on Golborne Road, London.
Ridge block printing creates a new texture for us, in sharp apple green, blush pink and inky blue. It speaks of craftsmanship, of artistry, of made-by-hand – like each inch of the print is unique.
To bring our print to life, just in time for Mother’s Day, our print designer Frankie is showing us how to make beautiful personalised painted print for you to make with love for your Kindred Spirits.
About to celebrate her first Cath birthday, Frankie is our Print Design Assistant, and spends her days helping create our beautiful hand-drawn prints and supporting the team season-to-season. She loves seeing the prints come to life to be loved by our customers all over the world and in her spare time is enjoying being a new Auntie and squeezing in some yoga after a long day at her desk.
What You'll Need
- Paper or card
- Paints - watercolour or gouache
- Palette or plate
Roughly sketch out the initial outline of your choice in pencil, and fill with bluebells, varying in shapes and sizes
Start to add light and dark greens to the bluebells, making sure to spread the colour evenly around the letter
Next add in the pinks! Using both pale pink and soft cream shades
Now add in your blues, they are bluebells afterall
Then add the green stems and leaves to the bottom of each bluebell
Finally rub out all the pencil lines, and you’re done!