First year favourites

Well, it’s been over a year, and over 1000 designs created since I started selling my Word Art as AliChappellUK.


I thought it would be nice to share with you some of the most interesting designs that I have been commissioned over my first year. Below I have collated my Top Ten word art designs.

I can design in many different shapes and with many different colours and details and some of these requests illustrate just how that can be done.

Just arm me with 60-ish words and I will do the rest! I love the puzzle of making everything fit.
The designs are all created using professional software, but don’t be fooled, the software does not place the words in position for me, it just ensures a quality print file at the end.
Each word is manually positioned by eye to fit the empty spaces until I have made the design into your chosen shape.


1.    The fabulous french butterfly


Well, words essentially work the same (in the Latin alphabet), no matter the language. I was approached to design a butterfly in French for a little girl. These words translate into cute words and phrases such as ‘Sing a Rainbow’ and ‘Sugar & Spice’. The design would look fab as a big canvas in a girlie playroom.

2.    Man’s best friend


When I was first asked about designing a word art for a person who absolutely pampers and spoils their dogs I actually imagined a young girl… I later discovered it was for the customer’s father – a real dog lover. For this design I included four dog’s names. The design was printed on heavy textured paper and put in a dark frame.

“You’ll no doubt be pleased to know that people still admire the piece and stand in front of it, turning their head this way and that until they’ve read every word.” – customer quote


3.    Britpop revival


This time the customer was my own husband-to-be! He wanted something really special and unique for his best man and groomsmen – all very close friends that had been with him since school. The year that always had the best memories for them was 1995. I fitted in songs, places, jokes, nicknames –  everything that encapsulated the most memorable time of their life! It was printed on canvas and stretched on a deep frame. Of course Gavin kept a copy for himself which has pride of place between his guitars.

4.    Sports team star


You know who’s the best – us not you! This sporty patriotic star contained the whole sports team, including the coaches and a few favourite phrases. This would look awesome as a banner in the sports hall facing the opposing team’s goal!

5.    Wedding of the year


Well, apart from my own wedding that is 🙂 So many special people are involved in a wedding. Friends and family all chip in and all deserve big thank you’s and unique gifts. But on your big day don’t forget to make your own special memories that last too. This cushion is filled with fun memories of the happy couple.

6.    Extended family


This was a special gift from a family in the U.K. to their family in the U.S. Included in the words were family members, pets, special moments and memories from their holiday visit. Family gifts can be treasured by so many different generations and they can come together in one place in this design. The customer liked the result so much that she bought a second one for herself!

7.    Tennis anyone?


This was a design for a BIG Tennis fan as I’m sure you can see. I was asked to include some tennis related icons so I opted for racket and ball. This is the darkest background I have ever produced a word art in and I must admit – it’s very striking! The customer printed this out as a large poster.

“Omg I totally LOVE this… so much of a tennis statement!” – customer quote

8.    Someone special


Words have so much meaning and can encapsulate a lifetime of memories, fun, jokes and adventures. This design was commisioned for someone who wanted to give a really special and unique present to his wife. Included in it are friends, family, places they have travelled, the pets and funny sayings they share. This just couldn’t be found in the shops.

9.    Love starts at home


In contrast, sometimes you don’t need many words to say something full of meaning. ‘Our love never fails’ was the only phrase apart from the couple’s names. This was printed on textured paper and framed by myself before shipping to the customer.

10.    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder



I was approached by ‘Ginvera’ to design some artwork for their stand at the UK Anti-Ageing show this spring. The words were fitted into the shape of a green tea leaf and their corporate colours were used to create this extra large poster. You can visit the lovely Ginvera website here: I can’t resist the BB cream.


11.    A spot of self-indulgence


I have cheated here. This is number 11 but I wanted to include it. I just had to have my own ‘sample’ of one of these gorgeous cushions… they are so soft and the ink is so bright… ahh, I’m in love….


Hop over to my Etsy shop to check out my latest designs here:



Home Sweet Home: personalised word art

Friends recently bought and moved into a new home and I wanted to give them a really special personalised present.

I love typography and colour and so decided to make some ‘word art’.

I gathered words related to home life, relationship, names, addresses, anything personal that I knew about my friend.

Fitting the words around the doors and windows of a simple house shape took some time!


I chose a nice homely colour scheme of warm browns, reds and creams.

My friend’s favourite things include cats, gardening, ladybirds and bees and so I also incorporated images of these all into the shape.

sun-wordart   ladybird-wordart  bee-wordart2

I printed the design myself on my home printer. I used ‘woven’ effect paper in a cream colour as it gave some additional warmth and texture.

I found a nice deep frame with a small aperture.


She was very pleased with her present, who wouldn’t like a totally unique and personalised gift?

Due to the positive response of my friend,  I decided to create a product for others who are looking for a unique housewarming gift. The design can be personalised for anybody.

Take quick look, click here and let me know what you think!



Rheebridge Open Art Exhibition – Exhibition pieces revealed

Thanks to all who attended the show this weekend!

As promised, here is a picture of the pieces I exhibited.

The exhibition saw works from 100 different artists, it was such a diverse mix, a fantastic way to see art from all over Cambridgeshire from a whole mix of skill sets and styles.


Rheebridge Open Art Exhibition – Cambridgeshire

Rheebridge Open Art Exhibition – 23rd-25th November 2012

I will be exhibiting at Cambridge’s major open art exhibition this month. I have 3 framed and 4 unframed brand new exciting pictures on display. After the event I will reveal the images on my blog.

The exhibition will displaying contemporary and traditional paintings and sculptures from 100 different artists, all for sale. This is the must see exhibition for Cambridgeshire this autumn!

Please come a long and show your support to local artists! For more information on the event, click here.

My first exhibited piece!

Atelier East Summer Exhibition: 27 July – 15 September 2012

After a multitude of useless excuses and reasons why “I don’t have time” and “no-one will like my style” and “I’m not good enough” I finally ran out of things to say and so entered a sunflower drawing into a small local open art exhibition ran by Atelier East. And guess what… it got accepted!

Even after acceptance I still had reservations and worries about the quality of my work… “Maybe when they see the real thing they will realise how bad my work is and regret selecting me?”

I got a confidence boost when I framed the picture… “Wow it actually looks quite professional in a frame doesn’t it?” Here it is all ready to be packed and sent off to the exhibition.


Sadly I was not able to make the open evening but thanks Mum and Dad for attending, as well as David Collison, the chairman of the company I work for.

So what can I say, I have learnt this month that I will never get your work exhibited if I don’t attempt to try. Try actually doing the things you always put off!

Here’s to more exhibition entries…

A rose is a rose is a rose

My latest flower drawing is a rose.

I like to study and understand how plants are built using mathematical patterns and forms as a starting point. Hence the enjoyment I get out of drawing the centre of sunflowers! Visually I see the rose as having natural and randomly layered petals. Of course if we studied how they are formed and grow, they will come from a structured pattern, but with such a fragile papery quality, they successfully hide the pattern and take on a more natural shape.

I drew the rose in black indian ink and as the flower took shape I started to think… is this going to be a rose or a cabbage?!


‘This needs colour’ I decided.


I decided to mix water and coloured ink to brighten up the flower:


The colour is an improvement. But it needs something more… a background perhaps?

It still needs more character. I’ll give you all an update when I figure out how to do this!

Bigger and Brighter

I just wasn’t satisfied with my first attempt at the colourised sunflower picture, it looked ok until the ink went over the top, but the ink is so dramatic that it sapped the colour from the rest of the picture.

So with this one I layered up the paint quite heavily on the petals, and coloured the background as sky. What is interesting is how bright the watercolours start to look, almost neon, the photo doesn’t really show how the colours glow…

bright sunflowers

I’m thinking that I can still go one step  further, this calls for something much more dramatic… something that holds up to the black ink… but what should I use next?

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