Advice & Tutorials

Encouragement and guidance based on my years of experience in illustration, design and crafting.


How to set up postage for your online shop.

Friday 2nd February 2024

When you first get started, setting up your online store postage can be really daunting. Over the years I’ve had to reassess and change this system several times, including when moving to a new website or marketplace. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the options available to you, and...

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Clare’s top 5 tips for making stickers.

Sunday 31st July 2022

Stickers are a great product that can get your illustrations out there. They’re low-cost, fun and versatile, meaning that they’re great both to sell and to purchase. Below I’m going to go through my five top things to consider when creating your designs.

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How to create a repeating pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

Tuesday 19th May 2020

In this repeating pattern tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a pattern that seamlessly repeats in a grid fashion. This guide is suitable for people who already have a basic understanding of how Adobe Illustrator works and how to create artwork. It’s quite straightforward to make an illustrated pattern...

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What is illustration copyright?

Tuesday 21st April 2020

Copyright is a simple term in that it means exactly what it says: the right to copy. The concept, however, can cause some confusion about what is and isn’t allowed, what clients have and haven’t paid for and what constitutes a breach. This fogginess can lead to some clients demanding...

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Creating good relationships when working with clients.

Wednesday 25th March 2020

We’ve all been there. ‘This isn’t anything like what I asked for!’ ‘I’m not paying for this.’ ‘Why is it going to take so long?!’ Unfortunately, some clients just don’t get it. Things take time. Illustration costs money. I have bills to pay too. I do know what I’m doing. It’s...

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How do illustration licences work?

Monday 24th February 2020

Whether you’re a freelance illustrator or commissioning illustration from artists, it’s important to understand how illustration licences work. The purpose of this general guide is to help to alleviate some of the uncertainty that businesses may feel when commissioning an illustrator, as well as give illustrators the confidence to use...

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