Emma Ball - Accessible Art
How I First Found Emma Ball's Artwork
I first encountered the art of Emma Ball while I was on holiday in Cornwall, in the South West of England. This was in a lovely little town with winding narrow streets, called St Ives, the sort of place you can wander around for hours going in and out of little independent shops (stores) browsing. St Ives has a lot of gift shops full of nicknacks, yet Emma's art stood out with its vibrancy of colour and all round charm.
Before I knew it, I had acquired a couple of tea towels, some tins, stationery - I had made a good start on my Christmas present list though it was only May. And I could not resist adding a couple of items for myself. Since then, my own collection has grown a little and now includes oven gloves, a biscuit (cookie) tin, small storage tins, two tea towels and a really useful tray.
UK readers - there is product information here for you too, please see the separate sections, such as here.
Who Is Emma Ball?
About the Artist
Emma is an English artist who graduated from Nottingham Trent University in Graphic Design, and now lives in Nottinghamshire, where she creates beautiful watercolours. Her subjects include animals and birds, flowers, the seaside, boats, and British beauty spots, but she also paints such diverse subjects as the streets of Paris, buses and camper vans!
I love Emma's seagulls which convey the knowing look that a seagull can give you, especially those that hang around on the quay at St Ives, like this one I photographed in 2012.
Image: copyright - writer's own photo
Book Illustration - Children's Picture Books, Available on Amazon
Emma has illustrated a growing number of children's books. Not all are available in the US, but here is a selection. She also sells them from her website, which you can find a link to later on.
There's no description on Amazon.com, but the UK site says "Albert is a Seagull, who likes an adventure and is a little vain. He decides to go on a hunt for a pair of slippers after seeing people coming out of the local shoe shop!!" As slipper limpits are a kind of shell fish, it sounds as if Albert gets his wires crossed.
A collection of short stories about creatures that live beneath beach huts by the sea. Written by Cathy Watts.
Another in the series by Cathy Watts.
Emma loves "Anything involving the sea and I love to paint harbour scenes, boats and seagulls." She also loves architecture, and these are the two main subjects of her painting. She does not plan pictures, but paints as the spirit moves her.
Emma Does Puffins
And I Love 'Em
You can find Emma's puffin designs on storage tins, biscuit barrels (cookie tins), notelets, notebooks and tea towels. I have succumbed and bought a few items, as they combine two of my favourite things: puffins and Emma Ball's artwork. They are such cute birds, full of character. Some people think they have a clownish appearance because of their brightly coloured bills and mask-like white faces. I just think they are absolutely charming.
See the photo below, taken by myself, for an illustration of this part of my collection. In my defence, I do actually use the tea towel and have now found things to put inside the tins! I also bought a couple more tins which made nice enclosures for Christmas gifts for a friend who also loves puffins.
Emma Ball Puffin Items I Couldn't Resist
Emma usually produces a number of different calendars including those with scenes of the British countryside, including one on Scotland and one on Cornwall. The US Amazon site at the moment has just this one on a food theme at present, though you can order direct from Emma's own site (link lower down in the article).
Slim calendars like this which have a line per date on each individual month-page can be useful for jotting a quick note and don't take up much wall space.
Emma Ball Items - Some Items Available on eBay
This is the US site and has quite a good selection of stationery and tea towels. The UK site is even more well stocked.
UK Readers - Some Items for You
Illustrated by Emma Ball
On Amazon UK
As shown above, Emma has illustrated a number of children's books. Here are just a couple you can find on Amazon UK, and if you can't find the one you want, you can always get it from her own website, which is included in the links below.
Watch Out For the Sandies
Albert and The Slipper Limpets
Other Emma Ball Items
Some more items from Amazon UK
These are just a few of the items you can get from the UK site to give you an idea. There are notelets, storage tins, tea towels, trays, shopping bags, you name it! Better not succumb to any more tins or tea towels as I already have two of each. Bags though ... hmm.
Emma Ball Deck Chairs Tin
Emma Ball London Montage Tea Towel
Emma Ball By The Seaside theme PVC Mini Tote Bag
More Information on Emma - Useful websites
Emma sells her products on her own website too, especially useful if you live in the UK and can't get a particular item from the usual channels. If you live outside the UK, you will need to contact her as postage costs are individual depending on the item(s) you order.
- Emma's own website
As above, you can see what Emma is doing at the moment, and the latest products featuring her artwork, that are being released. These include a number of 2015 calendars - some are already available on the UK Amazon site, but sadly only one is on the
- Emma's Guest Blog Post on The Children's Society website
Emma supports The Children's Society as she explains in this post.