GillianLancasterArt

Original designs with a British feel

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · 193 Sales

GillianLancasterArt

Original designs with a British feel

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 193 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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How about an iconic black London taxi card? A great reminder of a happy visit to London or to celebrate an upcoming visit. Who do you know that this would be perfect for?!
Did you ever visit Buckingham Palace and watch the changing of the guard? If so, this card will bring back happy memories for you - and those with you. Get this card to remind them of a lovely day out in London!
Do you have a stationery lover on you gift list? This sweet set of unlined journal, mechanical pencils, sticky notes and bookmark will make their heart beat faster! Green tropical floral cover design and theme makes a perfect stocking stuffer gift!
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About

Gillian Lancaster is an Artist?

Ever since an art teacher got cross with me for being unable to draw "his way", I shied away from doing any kind of art. I've continued to enjoy crafts and hands on arts, but picking up a pencil or paintbrush places me straight back in the shoes of that 12 year old girl who heard she was no good at art.

Fast forward to 2015 when I came across a story about a '100 days' project. The goal was to commit to doing something creative everyday for 100 days, and then post the results to Instagram. I'd recently found a Udemy course on watercolor for beginners, and liked the "no foul, no fault" approach of the teacher, and it started to unknot the school girl fears. Clearly I was never going to be a great artist, but I could paint at my level, and that was oddly liberating.

I joined the project, agreeing to create a watercolor painting of a flower every day for 100 days. I've always loved flowers, and so thought this was a project i could handle. The first painting surprised me, and the warmth of the response I got from other people was very encouraging. (You can see my work here: https://www.instagram.com/gillianlancasterart/)

This encouraged me to try other kinds of art, and when the opportunity came to be included in a juried art show, I decided that it was time to own the title, "artist" and create art to submit. I was already playing with canvases, light strings and handmade paper textures, and wondered how it would work to add a drawing over the top? I began sketching in pencil, then went over the lines with a watercolor brush, but it wasn't as crisp an effect as I wanted. I picked up a nearby Sharpie, marker, and suddenly I was getting the effect I desired! In time I found Sharpies in different widths, and used them to create different effects. The art you see on this site was the result.

I loved the art I had created, and immediately realized it had the potential to be used in different ways. I scanned and photographed the art, then working in Photoshop, cleaned up the images to create simple outlines. I then used this digital art to create the calendar, greeting cards, prints, and luminaries. I was thrilled to find the items sold well at the art show, and decided to open this shop to make my art available to a wider group of people.

Shop members

  • Gillian Lancaster

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    I am a graphic designer, compulsive creator and newly minted artist. When not seated in front of my iMac or at my work table covered in paint, I am an NPR listening, coffee drinking, New York Times crossword-aholic.

Production partners

  • CreateSpace

    Charleston, SC

    Print on demand service

  • Printed Mint

    Phoenix, AZ

    Printed Mint prints my designs onto items for me.

  • VistaPrint

    Boston, MA

    Prints designs on to finished items.

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Last updated on May 16, 2018
Frequently asked questions
What if my card gets bent in the mail?

Unfortunately once your card is in the hands of USPS, any damage caused is their responsibility. Most cards arrive in great shape when sent in a plain envelope, but if you prefer to upgrade to a rigid mailer it will definitely protect your card better.

To get a small bend out of your card, try ironing it from the back on a low temperature - but DON'T USE ANY STEAM!