A few weeks ago I received the sweetest email from Jessica Antoinette Doré, introducing herself and her new business to me. She was so sincere and so excited to share her gift with you all that I was instantly won over.
Watercolour Heart takes your photograph, a perfect memory, and turns it into a unique illustration, a work of art. The images are hand-drawn and painted by Jess, and then scanned into a computer where they are touched up to ensure that they are of the best quality for you to have printed.
She asked if she could turn one of my special moments into a unique image to show me what she could do.
Keeping the business digital keeps costs down, which means the illustrations are much more affordable. It also allows people to email, post and share their illustrations online and on social media. This combination of hand-drawn and digital illustration gives you the best of both worlds; the authenticity of an original with the quality of digitalisation.
Jess became involved with art through her grandmother, who she describes as a phenomenally talented artist. “She began painting with me when I was about six years old. I am the youngest of four children and none of my siblings or parents are artistic, so I developed a very special relationship with my grandmother, as she coached me through my first acrylic, watercolour and oil paintings.”
The inspiration to start Watercolour Heart came from a very family-orientated place. Jess’s parents and siblings are all talented in their own fields and are very entrepreneurial. “We grew up in a home where hard work and determination were key, coupled with the teaching that if our dreams didn’t scare us a little, they weren’t big enough.”
The idea of Watercolour Heart started with a box of watercolour paints Jess received after her grandmother passed away. “With them I fell in love with illustrating special moments, and sharing in the special images of others. I started this business to encourage creativity and caring in everyday life. I am passionate about art and people and hope that Watercolour Heart will share and spread this passion.”
Although Jess is just starting out, she already has big dreams for her business. “The long term goal for my business is to create a reliable, accessible and affordable platform for people to include creativity in a very unique and special way in their everyday lives. At the moment the business is limited to digital illustrations. However, I see Watercolour Heart developing into an online decor and gifting shop with the use of personalised illustration.”
All Jess needs to create a gorgeous piece of art for you is your favourite photograph. You can choose whether you want a plain image or wreath, which you can personalise with any two elements; whether you want it in black and white or colour (1-3 colour options) and whether you would like to add text. They take 2 – 3 days and are only sent by email to maintain their high quality.
And this week you can win a beautiful personalised illustration of your beautiful little person or people from Watercolour Heart!
How to enter…
1) Like Watercolour Heart on Facebook
2) Like Pregnant in Cape Town & Ever After on Facebook
3) Share this post on Facebook with the super easy buttons at the end of the post
4) Comment below to let me know where you have shared & shown the love
If you belong to one of the Mamahood Groups, you can enter by…
1) Liking Watercolour Heart on Facebook
2) Liking Pregnant in Cape Town & Ever After on Facebook
3) Sharing the review from the Pregnant in Cape Town & Ever After Facebook page once you’ve liked it
4) Comment DONE WITH THE HASHTAG #pictwh on the giveaway post in the Mamahood Group (IF you comment on the Mamahood group, you don’t need to comment here).
You can earn an EXTRA entry by following each of the below. If you follow all the steps you would have a total of 5 entries to the competition
*You can see how I do the draw here.
1. Post the photo you would have Jess Illustrate for you with #pictwh on the Pregnant in Cape Town & Ever After Facebook page.
2. Follow me on Twitter (you can just click my sweet little pink birdie button)
Follow Watercolour Heart on Twitter
Share this post to Twitter with the easy share button below, add the hashtag #pictwh
Comment on this blog post with your Twitter handle (your entry is only counted if this is done)
3. Follow me on Instagram (you can click on the little camera icon below)
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The winner will be announced on Thursay the 6th of August. Good luck everybody!!
Sending all the love xx