I've had this idea tucked away in my notebook for a long time...here it is finally...a range of book cover prints by my fictitious printing company...Polka Dot Press! I just had to squeeze polka dots in somewhere! Bright colours, soft neutrals...designed with watercolour and ink...especially for book lovers big and small...
I'm all for celebrating the bookworm. I spent many happy hours as a kid wandering around my own imagination amongst the words of legends such as Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton. I used to hide behind the curtains...tuck myself up against the cool glass of a window pane in a nest of cushions...the crisp pages of an unread book were just the best thing. As I type that I seem to remember Jane Eyre doing the same thing...that's probably where I got it from! Nowadays it's less of a nose tucked into a book on a windowsill and more of a swiping at the Kindle from a doona cocoon but I love it just as much as I ever did and I wanted to create a range of prints to celebrate the bookworms...big, little and in between.
Read below the thumbnails for details...click any image for a full size gallery.
Each print is a combination of a textured watercolour wash, hand drawn details like the little book logo, and playful lettering. Colours range from a bright sugary pink and a buttery yellow through to a soft grey and a vanilla neutral. The best part is this...
- Pick a coloured print from my Etsy Store
- Pick a title...any of the nine pre-existing titles, a current favourite book title, or dream up your own. Maybe a favourite catch phrase? A song lyric? "The adventures of [insert name here]"...totally up to you!
- Pick an author name to match (Avery Lane pictured is just an example)...your favourite bookworm? their favourite author? the family pet? Or ditch the author name altogether!
- Include the details of each in the notes section of the purchase. Triple check your spelling. Make sure it's clear which is the title and which is the author :)
As always, each 8x10 inch print comes on an A4 sheet of 300GSM Museo Portfolio Cotton Rag...aka the good stuff...from a professional printer in Melbourne. I print to order and post with reinforced cardstock supporting your print, sealed in a cello bag & tough envelope...ready for you to pop in an 8x10 frame. $30 AUD via my Etsy Store with free shipping Australia wide. Further details in each product listing.
Hope you love them as much as I did creating them. I tell you what, it was an exercise for the imagination trying to come up with nine titles! I can't wait for someone to decide to customise their own just to see what ideas they have. Do you have a bookworm in mind who'd love this present? :)