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Meet Louise Lockhart of The Printed Peanut and her beautiful greetings cards. Take an inside look at the wildly colourful life of an illustrator through her favourite Insta posts.

An image of Louise Lockhart founder of The Printed Peanut.



5,596 posts


1,311 following

Meet Louise Lockhart of The Printed Peanut and her beautiful greetings cards. Take an inside look at the wildly colourful life of an illustrator through her favourite Insta posts.

Scissors on top of cut out bits of brightly coloured, illustratedpaper.

I always start my designs by cutting shapes from paper. I like how it’s less predictable than drawing with a pen or pencil. I love these fancy scissors my mum got me for Christmas (and they are from Yorkshire like me).

Louise Lockhart of The Printed Peanut sat in front of a number of brightly coloured framed Printed bPeanut pictures.

Colour and pattern are such a huge part of my life and I try to infuse it in all my work. I usually use just 2 or three colours in one picture, layering them on top of each other to get further colours. I want my creations to look handmade and imperfect. I do use a computer but wouldn’t use something like a drawing tablet because I want to keep it as hand done as possible, keeping some of the mistakes and wonkiness you get when doing things manually.

An image of a flower stall full of spring flowers.

I’m always looking for inspiration in everyday things that might go unnoticed, like handwritten signs on shop fronts or market stalls. I took this photo on an old film camera on a holiday to Nice last year. What an amazing market that was! I’m right back there when I look at this picture.

A card with an illustration of a smiley, pink and white striped cat.

When I was a child I would spend all my time drawing cats. I couldn’t have dreamt that I would be making a living from doing it 30 years later!

A desk filled with colourful flowers, stationary, trinkets and books with colourful framed Printed Peanut pictures on the wall behind.

This is my desk, my creative space in my studio on the ground floor of my house. I live and work in an old converted cotton mill in Yorkshire. I love surrounding myself with inspiration and things that I have collected on my travels.

a card of a brightly coloured ice cream shop front.

When you draw what you love people really connect with it. I learned a while ago that it’s pointless to try and make things that you think people will like - just do it for yourself and you can’t go wrong. The two top things on my list of things I love to draw are shop fronts and ice cream, so this new card brings me joy.

An image of a kitchen surface with toaster and cookbooks and a shelf full of coffee and tea pots and flowers.

To get a break from working, I head to the kitchen (usually for biscuits, they are my weakness.) I love a coffee in the morning and tea throughout the day. I fit work around looking after my two children so it’s always very hectic and busy in my house. I feel like I never have any time to finish anything and I’m always spinning plates!

An image of a few greetings cards in really bright colours of neon pink, yellow and blue.

I created the images on these cards inspired by found packaging. I first made them as risograph prints and loved the neon pink ink so much! When I turned them into greetings cards, I know I had to recreate that, so I got the neon pink printed as a pure Pantone on top of the lithograph, so they really pop.

An image of Louise Lockhart wearing a dress with a bright yellow flower and bird print hanging a Printed Peanut picture on a wall.

I love to see my designs on all sorts of surfaces and love this dress my mum made from my fabric. I am a freelance illustrator and have worked with loads of interesting companies that have applied my drawings to everything from pyjamas to sweet packets. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of seeing something that you have made out there in the real world. That is why I love selling my products to small independent shops too, you never know who is going to pick it up.

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