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Artist Tip 1

The image is a photograph taken of a gorgeous, brightly coloured elephant family, personalised print. The family print is framed. The elephants are beautifully illustrated and vary in colour. There is a blue elephant at the front. The Daddy elephant. He is blue with stars. Behind him is the large pink elephant. This is the mummy elephant and she is pink with stars on. Behind her is the first sized child elephant. They are blue with stars on to represent the eldest boy. Holding onto the tail of the child in front is the second son in a green colour. He is a smaller sized green elephant with stars. The third child is an even smaller elephant. This baby elephant is pink with stars on and is holding onto the tail of the child in front. Her brother. The elephants are connected and march together to form this bright and colourful image of a family. Above the elephants is the families surname and the date when the family was establish in. Established since. Above the surname is some colourful bunting with stars on to match the elephants with stars on. The elephants are available in different colours to reflect the different families that will order the print. Below the elephants and finishing of the family print is a garland of stars.

As an artist or creative designer. when you are designing a new theme for a collection, like the new Marching Elephant Family Print I have just launched, it is really important you allow lots of time for studio work or in most cases bedroom desk or kitchen table work. Which ever it is, it really doesn’t matter as long as you can get busy and get your ideas sketched out.

Take Your Time: Sketching out ideas, choosing a colour palette and trying to create a story, a theme or a connection really helps to bring a new collection together. I have learnt to research a lot more than I would have in the past. I don’t know if it comes with learning to be more patient as I get older. But taking your time instead of rushing into it like a greyhound off a leash can be really helpful.

3am Wake Up Call: It’s quite common for creative folk to get wide awake at 3am with a load of ideas flashing through their mind. It’s a completely inappropriate time to have eureka moments but that seems to be how creative sparks work. Roald Dahl, the famous children’s author, said when a flash idea came to him he would write it down immediately. His famous book the BFG came to him when he was driving down a country lane. He pulled over his car but had no pen or paper so wrote a reminder in the dirt on the back of car. I love that story about Roald Dahl. He understood the importance of how creative minds work and how easy it is to forget a brilliant idea. I always advise people to keep a note book at the side of their bed. Should you wake up with the next ‘amazing thing idea to change the world’ do a rough sketch with words and pointers to remind you of your big idea in the morning. Most creative ideas flow better to a relaxed mind. When we are so busy with a million things to do and we don’t know what to do next, is exactly the time to STOP and sit for 30mins and let everything wash over us. I guess it is like meditating. If you can meditate holding a pencil…even better. However if that’s not really happening for you, like most of us, especially if you have children, a cat or a dog or even a housemate with a desire to listen to soft rock really loudly for 12 hours a day, just try to get some downtime when you can. It really does induce creativity.

Draw What You Love & Love What You Draw: I love elephants, I have no rational explanation as to why I always revert back to drawing elephants but this is what I do. It must be a soul connection thing…I don’t know. What I know is I get in the zone, I love to research them, see all the images of them in the wild, learn about their gentle, matriarchal nature, their loyalty to their family, how they grieve for their dead and so on. The more I find out about them, the more I love to draw them. So when I thought of what type of Family Print I could create for families I created something I wanted on my wall, and The Marching Elephant Family Personalised Print came about.

Doubting Thomas: I noticed there were no other prints like this. So then I thought ‘Oh it won’t work. No one else does it. No one will like it’ and went through the whole doubting Thomas conversation in my head. I know we all do this, some of us worse than others. And when it is your artwork and your design that you are daring to share and put out there the doubt can grow. But over the years I have learnt to trust in myself, trust in what is different, not follow everyone else and give it a try. So tell that Doubting Thomas to ‘Shut Up’ there is only one you and only you can deliver and create in the way that YOU do. So let’s get on with it. Just so you know, when I launched the Family Elephant Print it got over 1000 views on the website within 2 hours. The highest viewed product, quickest selling, that I have created so far!

Experiment: I experimented with lot’s of colours and patterns. Bold and pretty colours and colours that would go with most interiors. I wanted the children elephants to be vibrant, much like our own children.

No Family Is Standard: It was important to me that the elephants are all interchangeable and that the little child elephants link trunks to tails so they stay close together, like a family. I made sure there are numerous choices for each family to choose from. Colours and sizes, so their Family Print is Personal to them. It was important to my design that the colours can be different because not every little girl wants to be pink and not every boy wants to be blue. And it was important that the title can change to anything to suit a family, it doesn’t have to just have a surname because not all family members have the same name. I really wanted it to be an accessible personalised print for everyone. Not everyone is married or have the same Mummy or Daddy. Like one of my favourite adverts on TV says, there are Mums that are Dads and Dads that are Mums or two Mummies. Or Granddads that are Dads and sisters or brothers that are from another family. That modern mix makes family a family. It’s not the blood line it’s the love line and I wanted my Marching Elephant Print to reflect this.

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A Quick Cuddle

This is a beautiful simple image of a young girl in her stripey purple pyjamas giving her big, brown cuddly dog a cuddle in his dogs bed before she goes to bed. That quick cuddle before bed. The dog is curled and comfy and has his eyes closed. The girl has her eyes closed with the sheer joy of this simple moment. The dogs teddy has an eye missing from his enthusiastic chewing and his green dogs blanket drapes over the side of the bed.
Commissions make fantastic wedding present and birthday presents. They are perfect for pet lovers as Amanda creates pet portraits. Personalised wedding gifts. Nursery paintings. New baby gifts. Really special presents. Ideal gifts for grandmas. Ideal gifts for those who have everything. Pet portraitist for dog lovers. Pet portraits for cats lovers. Family portraits. Paintings of families. Paintings of pets. Paintings of babies.

As we wave a positive farewell to 2017 I wanted to use the newsletter to say a huge THANK YOU (in shouty letters) to the supporters and customers of the ACRDesign face book page and new online store, this last year. Thank you for loving the art ranges and for all the repeat custom, you will love what is to come I’m sure of it.



Each night before bed I seek out the dog, to wish her a goodnight. I’m not on my own of course, and that love of animals has really shone through you all out there, this year. The Pet Portrait service has really taken off…like a Greyhound off lead. This will be continuing and really helps people who are on the lookout for ‘Something a little bit different and very special as a gift’.

Commissions make fantastic wedding present and birthday presents. They are perfect for pet lovers as Amanda creates pet portraits. Personalised wedding gifts. Nursery paintings. New baby gifts. Really special presents. Ideal gifts for grandmas. Ideal gifts for those who have everything. Pet portraitist for dog lovers. Pet portraits for cats lovers. Family portraits. Paintings of families. Paintings of pets. Paintings of babies.

The established connection with our local professional printers CDS, is also helping commissions go to a new level this year, as your paintings can be printed onto mugs.  How cool is that? Your own illustrated pet on a mug. Yey. I want one!

The commission’s order list is currently open. So if you have a pet that needs painting or a portrait for someone very special then Get Organised and Get On That List.

Plan ahead though; there is a waiting list of around 2 to 3 months. Ask yourself;  Who is it for? When is the date it’s needed by?

I would really hate for you to miss out on a fantastic opportunity for an amazing birthday, wedding or Christening gift.

2017 saw the launch of the new online shop 

ACRDesign shop for gifts, home ware, personalised prints by Artist Amanda Reynolds. Dog and duck greetings cards. Dog and duck gifts. Dog and duck stuff. Dog and duck mugs. Dog and duck coaster gifts. Wild Art framed prints. Zebra framed print. Watercolour zebra. Gifts for zebra lovers. Love zebras. Giraffe framed print. Watercolour giraffe. Gifts for giraffe lovers. Love giraffes. Elephant framed print. Watercolour elephant. Gifts for elephant lovers. Love elephants. Rhino framed print. Watercolour rhino. Gifts for rhino lovers. Love rhionos. Wild beautiful African prints for the home. Dog and duck collection. Mugs with dog and duck on. Mugs for dog and cat lovers. Countryside themed gifts and cards. Inspired by the British countryside that surrounds Amanda in the rolling hills of Yorkshire. Beautiful countryside and beautiful art. Products for people looking for cups for dogs. Gifts for dogs. Gifts for dog lovers. Gifts for ducks. Gifts for duck lovers. Countryside walks and countryside lovers.

Dog & Duck greetings cards and small gifts are selling well and we SOLD OUT  of the calendars.

A donation was made from selling the calendars and given to The Guide Dogs Association (a charity close to our hearts). As I become more established I want to see more money going to charities as a gift, as gratitude for the gift I have been blessed with. I know it sounds a bit cheesy, but I believe it helps to serve others when we are able to.

Finally – If you love a big elephant and bright bold wild life images, you may be as excited as I am about the Wild Art products now available in the ACRDesign Shop.

African gifts. African art. Elephant prints. Elephant gifts. Gifts of elephants. Zebra paintings. Zebra products. Products with Zebras on. Giraffe art. Gifts with giraffes on. Rhino art. Gifts with Rhinos on.

I am currently developing my first home ware range of products for the home. These will be launched later on in the year and available from the online shop and through the ACRDesign FACEBOOK PAGE.

Happy New Year have a magic one and remember ‘Abracadabra’ ( What we speak we create)


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ACRDesign Shop British Artist – Great Designs

Welcome to the fantastically new ACRDesign shop. Full to the brim of luxury greetings cards and perfect presents for friends and family with a sense of humour and an eye for great art.

If you love Yorkshire, you will love the new Dog and Duck Yorkshire cards and gift range, full of the comical antics of best mates Dog & Duck.

If you love good quality artwork and delightful quintessential designs check out the Birthday Cards collection.

If your looking for a high quality ‘Personalised Print’ you can check out the Personalised range of prints for that perfectly, luxurious very special gift to make special occasions extra special.

All designs have been created exclusively for ACRDesign by British artist Amanda Reynolds. You can view more from Amanda at – she takes private commissions too.

British Artist – Great Design

Enjoy shopping at ACRDesign today.

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