Today’s post is part of a series of features on blogs and Etsy shops that I love. This time it’s the turn of Valerie from the Etsy shop LilyandVal!
I’m not sure how I first came across Valerie’s work, I think it was in a treasury or an Etsy email or something. Anyway, I favourited one of her pieces, and then when I was googling chalkboard art (for an idea that never came to fruition), all the best designs I clicked on were hers! She’s very talented, as you’ll see for yourself.
Here’s Valerie to tell you all about it…
Describe your shop in one or two sentences.
Lily & Val offers hand-drawn and illustrated chalk art by Valerie McKeehan. The whimsical designs are produced on an array of products including note cards, prints, wrapping paper and real chalkboard signs.
What has been your most popular product to date? What is your favourite?
The “Love You To The Moon & Back” design has been my most popular item. I think the moon really lends itself beautifully to chalk. My favorite item is the “Hot Cocoa Recipe” design. It really brings a sense of comfort and nostalgia when displayed or sent as a card.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I gather a lot of inspiration from everyday objects as well as vintage/antique styles. I recently drew a design that was inspired by an antique mirror and decorative wallpaper. I love depicting simple subjects like coffee and cooking.
What is your favourite part of the creative process?
I love that moment when everything seems to “click”. The inspiration is flowing and in an instant I know exactly what I want to create. It’s exciting! You don’t know how the piece will turn out at that point, but it is an exhilarating feeling. It is a need to create and express what’s in my mind.
What has been the highlight of your business so far?
It was truly an honor to be the Etsy Featured Shop in July.
What do you like to do when not working on your business?
When I’m not working on my business I love visiting new places with my husband. We recently moved to the city of Pittsburgh and we are having a great time exploring.
What are you currently working on? Anything new coming up?
I am working on new and exciting products featuring my artwork. I hope to have mugs released in time for the holiday season.
I’m a sucker for beautiful lettering and I think Valerie’s artwork is amazing! I hope you think so too. Head on over to LilyandVal to check out the full range of products.
Thanks for reading!