The Owl and the Pussycat

I’ve been working on a new illustration lately which I filled with pattern and painted textures.


I particularly wanted to use a pattern that was based on a paisley design. I painted this in acrylic, using the head of a pin dipped in paint to add in the dots.

I like the contrast of painterly areas and textures against smooth clean shapes, the stripes shown below were done using an edge of card dipped in paint, I also use textured art paper which I paint or spatter using a toothbrush to get the effect that I want. I can change these textures into different colours and add them into the final artwork.

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7 Responses to “The Owl and the Pussycat”

  1. birdface Says:

    ooooooo – this is my favourite illustration of yours ever i think – marvellous!! x

  2. Lynn Says:

    I love your designs. I found this on the internet (outside your blog) under The Owl and the Pussy Cat when I was looking for ideas for an art quilt to hang over the tub for my grand daughter’s bath.I went ahead and made it. I will not be selling it. Just giving it as a gift. I would like to show it on my blog however, giving you full credit for the original design if you give me permission to do so. Hope to hear from you soon.

  3. Laila Hills Says:

    Hi Lynn, That’s fine, you have my permission to go ahead and post the quilt for your grand daughter on your blog, please send me a link so I can have a look! Laila

  4. Lynn cohen Says:

    Thank you so much. May I post this photo of yours too to show where I got my inspiration?

  5. Laila Hills Says:

    Yes please do, its got my copyright line so as long as that shows.

  6. mummymakescakes Says:

    Hi Laila, I love this picture – last year it was my inspiration for my daughters birthday cake. I have a link to this page in my blog but was wondering if I could show the picture? http://jaisee.com/mummymakescakes/birthday-cake-decisions/
    Many thanks

  7. Laila Hills Says:

    Hi, that’s fine, I hope the cake tasted as good as it looked! Really interesting to see this design on a cake. Laila

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