She said “…I never print the photos off Amanda. I never know which to choose, there are so many lovely ones of him”.

The photo gallery on my phone has 994 photo’s in. Mostly of the kids and our days out and days in. I will not be printing 994 photos off of my children, because I am not a fully fledged nutcase.

About 14 of them will make it onto social media. 2 or 3 from the days out, 1 or 2 cute ones at home. 6 or 7 I will forward to the hubby on messenger. 3 or 4 to my sister. I could probably delete 226 of that lot leaving me with about 774 available to create an amazing digital photo album. I will get round to creating that masterpiece at, quarter past NEVER!! That’s way too daunting. What happened to getting 35 glossy 6×4″ photos developed at BOOTS, 16 of which were blurred or had a strange yellow light anomaly on them. ( I’m showing my age now right? ).

I guess once our phones are jam packed with memories, and have no memory left, we might delete a few and  eventually be forced to upload them to the cloud. Or down load them to our laptops; obviously to print and frame at a much later date…maybe once the youngest leaves uni, or when retirement arrives!

Where are all our lovely funny pictures going, except into the dusty whirring magical depths of hardware.  When will we sit down and have a slide show of the thousands upon thousands of images of our growing cheeky chappies and posing princesses?

Well I have the answer…it ain’t happening. The jobs too big, the worlds too digital, the gallery’s keep growing. We keep snapping. Well my friends, my customer came up with a brilliant solution.

“Can you paint my Grandson in a picture please?” she asked.  “Yes” said I. And the first customer sent me loads of cute and funny photo’s of her grandson. In a wave of a digital wand, I had 20 great images I could use to create one great painting of their grandson Ted. It became a lovely framed KEEPSAKE, an original watercolour. A classic gift, to be treasured, of her little treasure, forever.

“I love it” she said “can you paint me another in a couple of years please?” she asked. “And I can create a wall of paintings, marking his journey as he grows. I never print the photos off Amanda. I never know which to choose, there are so many lovely ones of him.”.

So together we have started to create a real gallery, her own personal art gallery, a beautiful wall of memories in her home.

More and more customers have gone on to do the same, sending me some fantastic photo’s over. I have created a toddler with the Gruffalo, 3 brothers swinging from a tree, 2 knights in armour with their furry brother, ( the black Labrador puppy).

Make memories from your digital memories and commission a KEEPSAKE painting today. Send your own pictures over and watch me turn them into a fantastic, colourful, fun and bright classic KEEPSAKE, never to age. Let’s mark their journeys together.

To see more KEEPSAKE commissions CLICK HERE.

Amanda x




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Dog & Duck

Amanda Reynolds Artist. ACRDesign Folksy shop. Dog and duck yorkshire greetings cards and gifts. For him. Yorkshire dialect. Humourous greetings cards for him. Dog and duck collection by ACRDesign. Greetings cards by Amanda Reynolds Artist. British Artist Great Design

Focus, focus, focus… that’s the challenge for myself, in 2017. And focusing itself, for any creative mind is a challenge in itself, I think. But, I have tried my hardest, so I can develop a theme for my greetings cards and a small product range. I’m trying to get organised, I’m trying to sort my sh*t out, that’s a pretty tall order!

I started by visiting The Spring Fair in the NEC, way back in 2016. I did a bit of snooping at my competition, checking out the artist’s stands and quality of work. Mostly I admired them for being so focused and some I thought ‘I can do this. I can do this better than that!’ I approached the greetings cards agents and licensing exhibitors and found the general consensus to be a lack of male orientated cards that are funny.

So I spent the next few weeks trying to come up with something ‘manly’ something ‘for him’ something I could relate to, something my husband could relate to and something we both found funny. But the ideas weren’t appearing, the theme wasn’t even off the ground by an inch, it was still flat as a fart, laid down, hugging the ground like a bloody Michelin tyre with full tred!  I was officially crap at this.

Then one morning, it was actually 3am in the morning. Some call it witching hour…it’s more like twitchy legs and need a wee hour, in our house. But anyway, Dog & Duck came to me in a flash. I actually went and got a note pad and pen from downstairs; after my wee that is; and scribbled my silly ideas down.

And as they say, Dog & Duck was born, into the rolling hills of Yorkshire.  A comical, countryside duo who’s friendship includes taking the micky out of each other, giving the odd slap on the back and generally being mates!

I was so excited to get started, I could barely get back to sleep that night. But I had to prepare myself for the standard day ahead of me, which consists of; everyone being fully dressed, washed and fed, the dog being walked and everyone being in the right nursery or class room on time and me being sat at my part time desk job trying to look fresh!

But I managed it and I focused and in between raising three very lively youngsters, still working part time and keeping the husband clean and the house happy…hang on, is that meant to be the other way round. I have worked diligently sketching and scribbling and laughing to myself as the countryside duo developed and got up to many antics.

I have created 20 designs so far in the greetings cards range and just got them all onto the website. They will be available to buy soon. The calendar will be designed next, ready for sale for 2018. And soon, very soon I shall be sipping from a mighty mug with Dog & Duck on and resting it on a coaster of dogs sniffing bums! I never thought I would be so excited about a dogs bottom…but I am.

Can’t wait to officially release everything for sale and start trying to get it into some outlets in the big wide world. All in good time though…now where did I leave the kids?

Amanda x

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Big Heart ART

“What’s a commission Amanda?” I was asked the other day.

“Well, it’s about you” I replied “your family, your friends, your loved ones and little ones. You customising, tailoring a beautiful original painting, through me, the artist. Creating a completely unique gift, that no one else in the whole world will ever have. A gift you can put some thought into, reflecting the person you order it for amongst the designs. It’s so unique, it’s made just for that person. ”

Any personalised gift is very special, but you can use an artists talents, to convey so much more in a painting. I choose only to use traditional skills and techniques I was trained in and high quality paints, sable brushes and artist’s materials. Because I respect the customer, and want to produce something that looks and feels luxurious and ‘Gallery Quality’. I choose to take my time, no rushing at 100 miles per hour to knock it out, because you can see if an artists work is a quick production and it kills my whimsical and modern style. I can add in any toy, pets, hobby, character or pretty much any idea my customer has, because I’m another tool to be used so they can produce their own personalised piece with me.

A customised or commissioned painting says,  “I love you. I love that you cannot sleep without your little white bunny. That you love your red wellies so much, you won’t take them off for bed. So look, I had them both painted in a picture forever, just for you sweetheart.”

A painting says, “My little pirate is gorgeous. I love how you wear your pirate outfit to the shops, wielding a sword! And when you grow up, your going to be a pirate and I can come on your pirate ship. Thank you for being you. Look, I had you and your ship painted in a picture for your bedroom. Sweet dreams.”

A painting says to a close friend, “Your new baby is beautiful, I’m so blooming pleased for you. I know how special she is to you, so I had an artist paint this just for her, for the nursery.”

Creating a painting with me, is to say, “Happy Birthday Munchkin. Happy Christening Day Gorgeous. Merry Christmas Monkey. Happy Anniversary Honey. I love you, we love you, thanks for being you.”

It’s about you and your loved ones. I often get messages back to say, “Amanda thanks, it’s so beautiful. Her parents loved it, I love it. It made them cry.” Grandma G

“Amanda, thank you so much. My son loved it, he can’t wait to show everyone he’s in a painting. It’s really lovely.” Mummy H

“Thanks again Amanda, my best friend loved it. She’s been trying for a baby for ages, this meant the world to them.” Lisa S

It’s great fun working closely with customers at Amanda Reynolds Designs, to create a painting together. Their ideas are great, and it’s fun to get to know someones personality through all the little things I am asked to add in. Like a fox, to represent the surname Fox or someones favourite teddy, or a bunny rabbits because they simply love rabbits. The family pets always love an appearance too, I get sent lots of photo’s to help with the designs. It’s so much fun turning a photo into a character.  I created one for someones wedding anniversary for their wife who loved tennis and baking and all these things were added into the painting…she loved it, husband scored a few brownie points too.

My paintings answer the question, “What can I get them that’s really good, not just another bracelet or toy, something they can remember their special birthday or Christmas by?” It’s perfect for that really special choice, the paint never fades away on the paper I use, it lasts a lifetime and more…just like love. Amanda x  

Amanda Reynolds Designs…Gallery Quality ART Family Friendly Design

This beautiful watercolour is sat on the background of a pink candy striped heart, typically girly and sweet. A pink ribbon weaves throgh the hear and a variety of characters is shown as an example of what the artist, Amanda Reynolds, can do for the customer. A fairy paints the letters on, a little ginger tabby sits and cleans his paw, a lovely little girl hugs her Labrador puppy and a teddy rabbit swings in the background. The wise old owl oversees the characters. The colourful lettering is created in an old English font and there is an area for a special date to be added. Roses and forget me knot flowers and small hearts are dotted around and two little blue birds watch on.
Personalised Art Gallery


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