Bespoke Children’s Illustrations from Scarlett, Tulip & Co.
It was only the other day whilst attempting a bit of decluttering that I wondered what I could or would do with the ever growing masses of drawings and artwork that Isabelle produces. She draws every single day and I’m completely loathed to throw them away, especially now that she puts so much detail into them.
Mermaids are the thing that she’s drawing at the moment, with lovely long tails with amazingly detailed scales and big booby shells!
Anyway, the purpose of the post is to highlight this amazing new business that was featured in our local paper where local Artist, Sim Dagger inspired by daughter Scarlett recreates your childs drawings into a bespoke watercolour painting or pen and ink drawing which can be treasured forever. I think you’ll agree that these are pretty special.
Over to Sim, Helen and Scarlett……
Who are you and where can we find you?
Hello, We are Scarlett, Tulip & Co, a small family business based in Exeter run by Sim Dagger, an Illustrator and Graphic Designer and his partner Helen Kidney. They are joined on board by Scarlett-Ivy their 5 year old daughter and Tulip the family cat. You can find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/scarletttulipandco/ and on Instagram @scarlett_and_co or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What gave you the inspiration to start your business?
Sim came up with the idea one day when he found a monster drawing that Scarlett had created in one of his sketchbooks, he decided to draw his version of her monster next to it. He didn’t think too much about it but when he showed it to Scarlett she was so excited by it, he decided to share it on his FB and IG accounts. People loved the idea and asked if he could do some for their children. He offered a few to Scarlett’s friends, and shared these on FB again the children and parents were so excited by this we decided to set up a business offering this service.
We called it Scarlett, Tulip & Co as a thanks to Scarlett for inspiring us, and she thought it would be a great idea to include her pet cat Tulip in the name too. Sim and I are the Co J.
When did you start the business?
We are a very young business, We started the business on the 12th January this year, Sim has been an illustrator and a designer for over 10 years and has a particular interest in children’s illustration and design.
What do you offer?
We offer families a chance to turn a favourite piece of their children’s artwork into a treasured piece of art that can be kept forever.
We create gorgeous bespoke artwork for families to keep forever based on their children’s drawings. We create “one off” watercolour paintings and pen and ink drawings which are supplied professionally mounted and framed in a choice of wooden frames. We also offer an unframed option for those who wish to frame the artwork themselves.
We take a child’s picture and Sim reimagines them using watercolour paints or simple pen and inks to give them his own twist, whilst ensuring that the artwork still retains the childlike essence of the original picture. We explain it as not being an attempt to improve the already talented artwork a child has created; it’s a collaboration between the unfiltered creativity of the child’s mind and then reimagined in the equally childlike mind of the illustrator. Sim begins by sketching his imaginations, and sends photographs of the process at each stage to ensure people are happy with the direction of the artwork, when he has the approval from the family, he adds the paints and inks to complete the painting or drawing.
We can work with any image, from any age, our youngest artist so far was 2 years old, and we have created a vast range of paintings and drawings so far, including a dinosaur world, fairyland , a maniacal princess ,family portraits, and even a zombie with fire coming out of his head. One painting had a more poignant reason behind it such as a drawing a boy did of his granny who had just passed away.
We can also create bespoke artworks as presents for children based on their interests. For example we created an illustration of a car for a little boy who loved cars, Sim was able to add a picture of the little boy driving the car, personalising it by adding his initials to the number plate. If you have an idea get in touch and we can chat about what we could create for you!
As you can see, they are pretty amazing.
I may have to choose one of Isabelle’s mermaids to be painted for our Family Wall.