19th September 2017


My oldest friend, Kim Rose, is an incredibly talented artist. She has just launched a new line of work creating on customised paintings of children. She sent me a painting of my twin girls and I was completely amazed at how well she captured my girls. It is a very treasured artwork in our home and I am sure my girls will feel like that many years down the line.

We interviewed Kim to find out a bit more about the Little Rose Collection.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I live in Newlands, Cape Town with my husband, son, and two dogs. I’m a stay-at-home mom to my 3 year old son, William, and I work part-time as an artist/illustrator. I LOVE my job and the variety of work that I do. I’m a real homebody and love walking on the mountain and  in Kirstenbosch. If I’m not doing the above, I’m probably drinking tea with my nose in a book. 

Tell us about the Little Rose Collection

The Little Rose Collection offers custom-made character artworks for nurseries and children’s rooms. The paintings are nostalgic and aim to capture the simple joys and moments of a childhood filled with wonder. 

It came about quite unexpectedly this year when a friend asked me to create four artworks for her daughter’s nursery. She’d been inspired by art she’d had in her room as a child, vintage french illustrations, childhood memories, beautiful clothing and she had a few reference artworks for me. We worked together in creating four seasonal artworks – she gave me input on clothes and the activities she wanted the character to wear and do. LRC grew from there.

This is a new focus for you as an artist. What inspired you to create this collection?

I loved the process of working with a client to create something uniquely special for their family. My other art requires quite an isolated and insular process (which suits me) but it was great doing something different, more playful and colourful. These days capturing memories or moments of childhood is so easily done with a phone camera. Instead of losing those pictures to a file on your computer I  loved the idea of taking a collection of photos and special moments/toys/outfits to combine them into one or a few paintings. It’s something that you can treasure for a long time – your own child or children as characters of their own life story. I am very much inspired by children’s book illustrators –  like how Christopher Robin’s imagination and toys were captured forever in the beautiful original illustrations from Winnie-the-pooh.

What is a key difference between these artworks and your beautiful botanicals that you are known for?

My process is quite similar. The one difference I can think of is that I create two drawings (a sketch and final drawing) in making a LRC artwork and I always send the sketch to the client for approval before I begin painting (like in any illustration process). Whereas in creating the botanicals my sketch and final artwork are the same thing.

What are the different artwork offerings available?

I currently offer originals only. I mainly create custom-made artworks which can be theme-based, although I do have a few originals for sale on my website that are not commissioned. I would like to offer prints of a set of characters in future (I’m working on it!).

Your customised offering is really special. If some one would like to order one, how does it work?

They would need to contact me via  email, Instagram or Facebook. We’d discuss size,content, colour and any other inspiration for the artwork . I would ask for reference pictures and information on the ‘character’ to be created. The more information given to me, the better. For example if the child has a favourite toy, outfit or activity, or if there is an activity/item/season that is special to your family.

Are there different options to choose from?

Artwork sizes are standard 13 x 13cm however I do make larger sizes if requested.

Do you have tips for choosing the photograph to be painted?

There are two ways to go about it. I can work directly from a photo (if it is a good one – I’d need to approve it). Otherwise I can take bits from a collection of photos and piece them together (this is quite fun actually). If I do work directly from a photo, ideally it should be taken at eye level with the child – not from above –  and in natural light. I also like to include the whole body.

Typically how long does it take?

The whole process usually takes about a week (from contact to sending it off). It does depend on how busy I am. I only work from 8 30 to 12am during the school calendar week, and occasionally on weekends. I can be working on a few pictures at a time though. If the client is quick to send pictures and give feedback on the sketches it definitely helps.

What is the cost of a customised artwork?

For this year 2017 my prices are set as follows: Unframed custom original (13 x 13cm) R750. Framed custom original (SA only – 24,5 x 24,5cm frame size) R1100



We are so excited to be doing a give away with Kim and the Little Rose Collection. You can win the a customised framed artwork of your child. To enter, like Little Rose Collection on Facebook and Instagram, and comment below telling us why you would love to win this prize.

Give away information:

Value of prize -R1200 (shipping included)

Size – artwork 13x13cm frame 24.5×24.5cm

Open to South African residents only

Painting limited to one child

For more information on The Little Rose Collection, and to keep up to date with Kim’s beautiful creations, follow her on:

Instgram: @littlerosecollection and @ellenkimrose

Facebook: @littlerosecollection

Or visit her website:

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  • Reply Mariette 20th September 2017 at 6:48 am

    Would look lovely in my little girls bedroom

  • Reply Lucy 20th September 2017 at 7:17 am

    I would love to win this prize because there is something quite magical about capturing ones child in a format other than photography-timeless!

  • Reply Angela Rea 20th September 2017 at 7:25 am

    I have been following A Little Rose collection for some time. I am blown away by her artwork. I lost my husband when my toddler son was 7 and a half months old in a firefighting helicopter accident. I would love to have an artwork done with my little son bringing in some elements of his father. My little boy also looks a lot like The Little Prince and I would love to have that incorporated as well as I think it would go so well with The Little Rose Collection’s style. I loved reading this post on the process of how they come about.

  • Reply Carla 20th September 2017 at 8:07 am

    This is something really special and unique. With Nikolaas becoming a big brother he will soon move into his new room. A piece of artwork from this collection will be the perfect addition to his wall of art. Well done to you Kim!

  • Reply Adele 20th September 2017 at 9:28 am

    Such a special gift! I would love one as its something to be treasured! My son is soon going to be a big brother and this would be a very special gift to him from the baby

  • Reply Sarah Ronbeck 20th September 2017 at 11:26 am

    Ooooh! I’ve been desperately wanting one of these beautiful artworks since I first spotted Kim’s work a couple of months ago and I’ve been admiring each new artwork as it comes out on Instagram, each as enchanting as the last. In fact I was in email contact with Kim and have just been saving up to be able to order one. I have a little girl of almost two and a baby boy of four months and their rooms would be complete with a LRC piece.

  • Reply Cara 20th September 2017 at 2:40 pm

    These are just exquisite! I would absolutely love one for my newborn son’s nursery 💚

  • Reply Kelly Geldart 20th September 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Would absolutely love one of these amazing art works for my daughter. She loves art and would absolutely love this.

  • Reply Carolyn Augustus 20th September 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Would love to win cause it’s such a unique idea and would definitely be a priceless piece for anyone to own.

  • Reply Samantha de Lange 21st September 2017 at 4:17 am

    Gosh I just love what you do with these! I love the thought behind it, the information you get from the client, the planning and the style. I love that it has a whimsical, vintage feel too. Beautifully illustrated. Would adore one of each of my girls! Beautiful keep sake ❤️ You are very talented x

  • Reply Jackie Downs 21st September 2017 at 9:50 am

    Something special to welcome my new baby. I havnt got the space for a nursary – this will make the home feel special

  • Reply Lauren Yaldwyn 27th September 2017 at 11:09 am

    Not so easy finding such gorgeous artwork for the walls of a little boys room – and I have 2 of them! Would absolutely love to see one of Kim’s illustrations in my home everyday😉

  • Reply Tanya Ferreira 27th September 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Wow, This would be the perfect addition to personalize my girls’ new bedroom, as they move in together when little brother arrives in January.

    Well done Kim, such unique and special artworks.

  • Reply Elisabeth Laidlaw 27th September 2017 at 4:41 pm

    This would be such a special, beautiful keepsake and would look gorgeous in our home. I follow Kim on Instagram and just love her work, I’d be over the moon if she could capture my little girl in a painting.

  • Reply Bridget 2nd October 2017 at 9:43 am

    Simply because her artwork is beautiful.

  • Reply Anel 2nd October 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Would love to win this prize as I am busy decorating my son’s nursery and this will add a special and unique touch

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