We love Isla Simpson’s illustrations and are hugely excited to hear we can now learn from the master thanks to the launch of her new digital course. Sign up now and learn how to use Procreate 5X, an iPad-based drawing app that allows you to scribe names and addresses, draw illustrations and paint pictures using Procreate brushes. The course takes 4-6 hours to complete and it’s advised you tackle it across a weekend, during which time you’ll learn how to create a menu and place card, recreating two of Isla’s favourite designs and adding your own personalisations too. Then there’s advice for printing, as well as tips for creating and executing your own designs from scratch. The course costs £140 and access lasts for a year but you can currently get 25% off when you sign up to Isla’s newsletter, and use the code prelaunch25 when booking before 9 October. The perfect way to spruce up your table settings this season.
And for little ones this month’s LOLA box is particularly recommended. Fantastic Faces looks at the work of Johannes Vermeer, Chris Ofili and Frida Kahlo who all painted portraits but at different times in history in completely different places around the world. It plays with the idea how how we perceive ourselves and others. If you haven’t signed up to Lots of Lovely Art, this a great kit to start with.