Creating the Storybook Garden in Autumn

The first stage of any artwork I create is to sketch out the shape of the piece in a light 2B artist’s pencil.  This allows me to see how the image flows across the large A3 poster.  My aim is to create pockets of interest throughout the page.

I then put out a request to the online community for suggestions of their favourite autumn sights for me to include.  Below you can see the tiny fly agaric and wheelbarrow full of pumpkins and squash that were sent in as requests.

Gradually, the giant poster starts to fill with outlines and swirls.  I work from home and have five children so sometimes a fairy might decide to take a nap on my pencil case.

The perspective in my work often skews in different directions. The aim is to try and give different vantage points, as if the viewer is taking a walk around the drawing and seeing everything from lots of different angles.

Once the outline is complete, in this case after thirty hours of drawing time, we take a careful scan so that we have a “colouring sheet” copy.

Afterwards, I highlighted just the suggested items and laid out lots of little labels with each person’s name next to their request, as a thank you for taking part.

Then I gradually inked-in the rest of the poster.  In this particular piece there is a lot of sky, weaving pathways and green spaces, so I tested out different tonal graduations to prevent large blocks of the same colour.  This stage takes around twenty five hours.

 After 55 hours … the poster is complete; it is time to scan the finished artwork and start to design the products for the Storybook Garden in Autumn Collection.

www.tinypotager.shop

If you would like to colour in this giant poster yourself, wherever you are in the world, you can download it from our shop for just £2.50. I would love to see how it turns out if you do 🙂 Every sale helps our tiny family business grow x

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  1. Fascinated with your artwork, patience and with 5 children too. It is a picture you can spend hours look and walking through. Blessings

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    1. Thank you so much ✨🌟 I find it ever so calming to sit and draw 🙂 It’s very much my aim that people can get lost in the miniature world x

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      1. You achieve this very well.

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        1. Thank you! ☺️🌟

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  2. Jo Shafer says:

    Fine detailed work can be so calming, and I love to do it. I used to sew church altar linens, doing white-on-white embroidery. Colored pencils are fun to use in paper art, such as a Monet coloring book I bought a few years ago.

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    1. White on white embroidery is such a skill!

      I use pencil crayons and brush pens, sometimes watercolour. I would love to try one of those watercolour brush pens where it draws up the paint 🙂

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  3. Widdershins says:

    Abso-bloody-lutely brilliant!!! : ) … I love detailed work too, so I can appreciate the time and attention a piece like this takes … well done. : D

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    1. Thanks very much! I find them everso calming to do 🙂 I’m just finishing off a Halloween one at the moment – which is the most detailed and crazy one I’ve done to date x I’m 70 hours in so far 😮🙃

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  4. Oh my goodness that artwork is AMAZING! So much to look at and going on – well done!

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    1. Awwr thank you so much Tierney, I am such a fan of your crafts, so that means a lot to me 🥰

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  5. Color me impressed! I had no idea you did this sort of thing. You’re very talented, here and in the garden as well. Being an American, I have no idea what size an A3 poster is. Would you translate…into inches, if possible? (Or I can translate into inches online.) Beautiful. I love the tote and cup that appear to have your design on them as well.

    janet

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    1. Hello! In the US I think the closest size is Tabloid or Ledger? A3 is 11.7 x 16.5 inches – though my picture will also print out at A1 (double A3 size). Thank you for the feedback – we’ll add the measurements to the download description for our USA friends 🇺🇸 ❤️

      I really appreciate you taking a browse around my little shop! -Beck x

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      1. I also missed a link to find the download location in the original post. Was that just me? 🙂

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        1. Hello!

          I’m not very good at a hard sell … I tend to talk about the art and then forget to mention I even have a shop 🙃 The link to the colouring downloads is …

          https://tinypotager.shop/collections/instant-downloads

          Thanks so much for looking at my little art shop 🌟✨-Beck

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  6. Dad4Gracie says:

    This is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your creative process with us.

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  7. Nancy says:

    I am in awe… absolutely amazing of all the details. You have patience my friend.
    Have a lovey day!

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  8. Sandra says:

    Beck, this is amazing! Thank you for sharing the process with us as well as sharing your talent. And congratulations on the shop! I can’t wait to see the next collection 😊 🍂🍁x

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    1. Thanks so much Sandra! I appreciate your support so much 🥰❤️ I’m hoping to finish Halloween in the next few days …. and then I’m making some teeny tiny commissions – hand-sewn dolls house books – before I start the huge Santa’s Workshop Christmas Poster 🎅🏻 🎄

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  9. This looks beautiful. I love that you showed the process and how much time is involved from start to finish.

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    1. Oh I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you very much ☺️

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  10. TanGental says:

    Well blow me over with zephyr. Marvellous, blooming marvellous

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    1. Thank you! So sorry for the late reply! There was such a hurry to get everything set up with the little art shop in time for Christmas, but I’m back on track now and hoping to be back blogging and writing too throughout winter. Hope you are keeping safe and well x

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  11. This is beautiful. I love how you included the community too. You are so talented. Bet your kids love having a creative parent like you, they can color all the time. I will have to share this with my followers in my monthly updates. Just too pretty not to pass onto others.

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    1. Thank you so much – that is so kind x I really do appreciate your support and cannot wait to catch up with your blog now things have calmed down a little here! 🙂

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  12. What a fun coloring poster! I didn’t know you were an artist on top of all your other skills. I’ll have to share this with some children I know.
    http://www.suzanklassen.com

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    1. Thank you so much SuZan! I’ve been drawing for years but only secretly – my husband put one of my hand-drawn maps online over the summer and that escalated to a little online art shop and commissions. I can’t quite believe it x I hope you are having a lovely start to Advent and are keeping well and safe xxx

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  13. This is so so good 😀 a beautiful drawing and a great blog post ✨

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    1. Thank you! I really appreciate all of your kind words and support – both here and on Insta x Hope you are having a lovely start to Advent x

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  14. Mrs. N in Japan says:

    Wow ! That’s beautiful and I’ll bet it’s loads of fun! I admire your patience. I wish I could draw- so many cute little things here in Japan. I imagine a beautiful tapestry of Japanese seasons 😊

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    1. Thank you so much! I love Japanese artworks and am heavily influenced by them when I draw flowers 🙂 I would so love to visit Japan one day.

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  15. Wow! Can you imagine this as a puzzle?! 😊

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  16. Anne says:

    What an amazing poster this is. I enjoy seeing the process too.

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    1. Thank you very much! I love taking photos as I go along – I’ve just finished another huge piece, which I’ll pop online soon, of Cambridge in the Spring. It was for a very special family and made up of photos they sent to me – a real labour of love.

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  17. You are so talented!! Beautiful. Thank you for sharing how you go about completing a project like this.

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    1. Thank you so much! I’ve just completed a huge art commission and now I can catch up on your beautiful blog – hope you are having a wonderful start to the winter season and keeping safe and well xxx

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      1. You must feel happy to have completed your art commission! How wonderful. I had no idea you were an artist and had an online shop. Wonderful items for gifts and home!!
        I hope you have a good start to December and you are staying healthy and well.

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        1. Thank you! Admittedly, I have been drawing all my life and keeping my drawings in my wardrobe 🙂 My husband put one of my maps on his twitter feed over the summer and everything escalated from there! It has been such joy to start making a little living from something I love so very much x I hope you and your family are all keeping well and enjoying this strange and unusual Christmas season x

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