Louise Lockhart’s Printed Products and Cut-Out Characters

Louise Lockhart founded The Printed Peanut as a platform to house the beautiful products she applies her illustrations to, and creates all manner of printed and crafted goodness there.

Louise has developed a wonderful mixture of cutout and printing techniques with which she is able to create her unique aesthetic.

It’s rich with interesting shapes and layers of colour and texture, all working together to form something special.

She tells us more about why she established the site, what inspires her, and what she’s currently working on.

“I am a freelance illustrator and run a small business called ‘The Printed Peanut’.”

“I wanted to find a way of having a more steady income as illustration jobs can be a bit sporadic. I absolutely love designing new products and applying my designs to a variety of surfaces and using different print techniques. I’ve recently made some silk scarves and I love the idea of wearing a bit of art!”

“My main influences are old print ephemera and things that I see in everyday life, such as plants, animals, street scenes and people.”

“I like to create my own little worlds where cars are more old-fashioned and men still wear suits and hats.”

“I usually start my designs by creating paper cut out shapes which I scan in an add colour, drawn lines and texture on Photoshop. I am using the iPad more and more but you still can’t beat holding a real pencil.”

“I love the way you can create an image on a computer but then have it printed by a more analogue machine. Risograph is my favourite because I like using a limited colour palette and I love the little dotty texture you get on the paper. It reminds me of lovely old printed packaging such as matchboxes.”

“I’m currently working on 3 books at the same time which is quite a challenge but I much prefer being busy than idle.”

© Louise Lockhart, 2018

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