This summer I have given into my children and worked very little. And you know what? QuirkyLime survived, I survived and my children survived too. I did the minimum possible like sending orders out and receiving an award!! Not any award, but a super Bronze Junior Design Award, I may call QuirkyLime an award winning business, now how cool is that!Read More
Bic KIDS pens and Mumsnet have a great competition running this summer. Your child's drawing could be one of the 10 lucky winners to have their masterpiece displayed on a billboardRead More
QuirkyLime was contacted earlier this year by a family who was spread out over the world. Three brothers living in Sydney, London and Winchester wanted to create a memorable gift for their mothers 70th. Between them, they had 9 children, ranging from 1 to 13 years old.Read More
I have only recently come across The Muddy Stilettos, the ‘urban guide to the countryside’. As QuirkyLime is now a finalist, hooray!! I have looked at the finalists' list, and it is a great way to find out about new local businesses, many I had never heard of though I seem to be quite familiar with the finalists in the best bar category.Read More
print and framing
The giclee print will be printed with vibrant inks using the latest technology on heavy smooth art acid-free archival paper. The inks are pigment inks, which are archival quality and fade resistant. The unframed print is wrapped in tissue and will be sent in a solid cardboard tube.Read More
Currently, we are offering a variety of different print sizes. I am researching options to go bigger and bolder so watch this space!
This is the vital and core ingredient of a Junior Masterpiece. On the whole, any drawing you love is possible of being transformed into a masterpiece. Below I have included a variety of drawings we have used in the past.
Most importantly is how you supply me the art. We can work from either your child’s original artwork or from a scanned image, please contact us if you are unsure or would like some more guidance.
Images or portraits can be drawn on separate sheets of A4 as we can assemble one picture from multiple drawings. We recommend adding names, a date or a title to enhance your print to give it a place in time, collate all this and after placing your order, email your scanned drawings to email@example.com
Please scan all artwork in colour at 300-600 DPI (dots per inch) at 100% as a jpg, jpeg or pdf format. We will notify you if we have any issues with the quality of the scanned artwork.
We are going to try a new angle. I have had parents say, ‘I never get my children to draw’ or ‘I can’t draw, how can I do it with them’. First off all, don’t let your children hear you! Kids are amazing drawers, their mind is free and have no boundaries.. which is why I love their drawings, honest reflections of their vision!
We are organising a workshop this Friday at the Consortium, for those who would love a family portrait but can’t get their children to draw! You have to stay on the premise but we have tea and you can have a browse at Mint Tea Boutique and the Consortium while we draw with your kids.
They only thing is you have to commit to buying a print, which will be ready for fathers day. It doesn’t need to be a family portrait it can be whatever you desire. Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me 07880578496 to book a time between 10-4 this friday the 2nd of June 2017.
This image needs more words. It is a milestone in 2017 for QuirkyLime & me. The year started with a few milestones, the NOTHS was a big milestone in terms of recognition I had an idea and other people saw the potential.
Milestone two was being awarded Winchester Business grant to get financial support for professional photography. Which was the third milestone, Yeshen Venema gave me the biggest boost with his magical photography. Having photos which brought out the best in the Junior Masterpieces was really good.
I then fought words, paragraph and comma’s for weeks trying to get the product descriptions right for the Not On The High Street’s shopfront. That was the biggest battle for me this year. It was a big achievement ‘going live’ on NOTHS.
The last massive milestone, which was again a confidence booster, was creating the gallery outside my studio. My office/studio is above a cool shop in town, I am on the 2nd floor. The ground floor houses The Consortium, a great shop, and torture to walk through everyday. The first floor has the cool Mint boutique, which has great clothes. And then there is the gallery, up the stairs to my studio. I have used all the prints I needed for the photography shoot, and they hang with pride on the wall.
The big milestones, have really been boosts of confidence to myself. You are building something you belief in. I have this belief, that I have a good idea. My own belief, people confirm this by commissioning me. But in the end I have to believe in me.
Every now and then you come across doubt and wonder, why am I doing this? I could just work somewhere and get a paycheck at the end of the month. This route is not the easiest or financial rewarding (currently). I am manager of all, product development, marketing, production, PR, social media, designing, admin, finance. You can only be one at a time, so it is one step forward two steps back.
My main enemy is my own optimism of the time, I expected to have all this done in March. I should always double the time I expect it to take. We have help three days a week with the girls, but I could work on it all day long, every day. Not the right balance, I know. But it is so exciting, there are so many things to do, ideas to try out. I carry on when the girls are in bed and then I do more.
I don’t know why I do it, I don’t know if it will work, I don’t know what drives me. But I am going to give it a good go, and hopefully, my persistence will pay off. And there are a lot of friends who have helped me, mainly with correcting my grammar, having Dutch as my first language - makes my English not quite as good as I would like. You know who you are, and without you, I couldn't be where I am, thank you...
My first photo shoot.
I left Winchester at 7. 2.5 hours later, I unpacked the huge amount of products, frames and props I had brought. The studio was so much smaller than the photos I had seen online, but it was also so much more homely than the photos, there were plants everywhere. I looked like a plant rescue.
I had a stylist and the photographer for the day, so I was going to take notes on all the expertise and experience these people had. I let them do their thing, I bit my tongue a few times, but I remembered I was here for their expertise. And I am so glad I let them to their thing. The stylist Mugdha had the coolest job. with the props, she told a story with each print. The more we photographed the freer it became. MT tape stole the show, all the props were used in many different ways. it was a great learning curve for me.
Next time, I will have a list of photos I want. The top shoots were the most fun. Having the camera high up so you can create an image on the floor, this allows you to defy gravity in your photos, and you create amazing images. I think I might try it myself at home.
Lighting and consistency were key. if you look at my updated website you can see the consistency and coherence of the images. They all have the same chimney breast and the same grey wall. As the products were similar but different, so you could go wild on the props.
I will now set twice as much time to do photography as I would have had done otherwise. I will put on the french radio and take my shoes off like in Yeshen’s studio and hopefully, we can recreate the peace and calmness of the shoot… ah and I am going to buy some more house plants, that reminded me of my home in Holland.