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hand painted charity gift cards

My hand painted gift cards which were so popular during 2020 when visiting loved ones was so difficult, are now available for you to send again.

They proved very popular during 2020 when visiting loved ones in person was so difficult or impossible due to the pandemic travel restrictions.

Thanks to sending out hundreds of cards we made over £300 for the NHS last year which was amazing.

This year I am supporting the charity Kindred Scotland with these bespoke gift cards. Kindred are an Edinburgh charity close to my heart, as I have benefitted from them in the past.

Kindred provide practical information, advocacy, emotional support and guidance for families of children with complex needs. You can read more about them HERE.

One of many charities working hard that provide vital help to those who need it at a time when they need it most. A charity you hope you never need but if you do then you are so glad they are there.

Learn more about this 30 year old Edinburgh charity by visiting their facebook page below and if you can make a donation to help support the amazing work they do.

Kindred Scotland facebook page

You can order your original gift card now via my etsy shop and 10% of all sales will go to the charity. Each A6 card will be sent direct to your loved one and you can request a message to be handwritten to both the front and the inside. Plus you can request a flower or object of your choice for me to draw on the front.

Order your original gift card here.

West End sketching in the sunshine

Last weekend I had a workshop with gift card and stationary shop, and Edinburgh institution; Paper Tiger.

I have run workshop tours from the Stafford Street shop before but not at the shorter time of 90 minutes so I was a bit nervous of how I would fit in my usual amount of drawings.

I needn’t of worried though as we had a plenty of time to start a few sketches and for me to pass on a few of my tips and tricks to get people started.

The group of around 12 people all created some great work and also we had a quick shot of the watercolours and waterbrushes which I usually take around with me.

Here are some photos from the afternoon and if you would like to join me on the next one, which we will be theming around creating bespoke Christmas cards then check the link below to see if there are places available.

Plus each ticket comes with a goody bag form Paper Tiger including a Moleskine sketchbook so you can keep drawing after the event!

Moleskine Christmas Card Workshop with Edinburgh Sketcher ‘Sketch Your Own Christmas Cards’ – 6th October 12.30pm – £25.00

Moleskine Christmas Card Workshop with Edinburgh Sketcher ‘Sketch Your Own Christmas Cards’ – 6th October 2.30pm – £25.00

Self made Christmas cards

Hand drawn cards printed in numbers can make beautiful personal Christmas cards.


HarveysCard EviesCard

I love a hand made Christmas card, and this year I have been lucky enough to receive a few of these hand drawn but professionally printed cards that many nurseries and primary schools are now making for their students.


It’s a very personal card but one you can send to many friends and family members. And like putting a sketch behind glass, seeing your drawing printed on a card can makes it look more professional.


These two are by Harvey Bilsland and Evie Hudson. Thanks and well done, they look super.


Seeing these has made me more determined than ever to start the ‘Guest Sketcher’  part of my sight. Something I have planned to do for sometime, highlighting an amateur artist for a month at a time and giving them some space on EdinburghSketcher.com in which to show their work.


More to come soon… but if you are interested in showcasing your doodles leave me a message below.


Merry Christmas!

Kindergarten sketcher

Tonight a commission from a couple of months ago that I forgot to post, a montage of images from a Kindergarten in Australia, whose manager commissioned this illustration for a long term member of staff when they retired.

I created the montage from photographs sent to me and added the children’s hand prints and the nursery logo in the centre. Keeping the sketch in black ink I thought the use of a single colour picked out the children and made the separate images more recognisable from each other.

A possible new client contacted me recently about a similar commission but for a backpacking expedition, with images from their travels made into a montage. A great idea and one that could be adapted to suit any memory.

If you would like piece of art created from your memories or photographs or would like to discuss further then please get in touch on my email address; contact@edinburghsketcher.com