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In conversation with Ella from Painted Flame

Author Editor - 3 minute read
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, we’re putting the spotlight on inspiring female creative talents. From marble artists to candle painters, we’ll be showcasing their creative talents, proudest moments, female inspirations and more.

Our second female creator is London based candle painter Ella. She is the founder of the unique hand painted candle brand, Painted Flame. Her fresh take on the lockdown craft is becoming Instagram's biggest interior trend. We caught up with Ella to explore her story, creativity, and biggest achievement.  

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Ella, can you tell us a little bit about yourself...  

I am Ella, I live in London and work full time in a Media agency and solely run Painted Flame, my painted candle business which started just over a year ago!

How did you get into candle painting? 

Like many others over lockdown, I found myself returning to old hobbies to make my Saturday nights a bit more entertaining! I found my old paints and stumbled across some candles that my grandma had given me. I then spent my evenings painting candles with different floral designs for my family, friends and neighbours as little lockdown gifts. This then grew through word of mouth and I began to supply most of my street with candles. Painted Flame was born. 

From your candle designs, which one is your favourite & why? 

My favourite is the Daisy Green candle - this was my first design that I painted on one of my grandma's candles and reminds me of holidays in the countryside, and brings a bit of cottage core style into our London home!

How would you describe your style of candle painting? 

I like simple patterned designs with complimentary bold/pastel shades. I also love personalising the candles with dates, names, initials - I think they make the perfect, thoughtful gift and each one is unique.


Where is your favourite place to get creative? 

Alongside returning to painting over lockdown, I also returned to running. I love going on a long run through our local parks and I find it the best way for me to think of new designs. As soon as I am back home, I'll scribble them on a piece of paper so I don't forget! And then trial variations with different candle colours/paints.



What advice do you have for any aspiring candle painters? 

Start simple - the best designs are always the simplest! And always paint from the top of the candle to the bottom, twisting it as you work downwards to get an even coverage. 


What’s been your biggest achievement/proudest moment/career highlight so far?  

It may seem small, but just the fact that my candles are stocked up and down the country in beautiful shops makes me smile everyday! I started Painted Flame as a bit of fun for friends and family, so knowing that strangers are buying, gifting and displaying my candles just blows my mind a bit!


What Does International Women’s Day mean to you?  

IWD is a day of celebration, but also a day to remind ourselves that there is still a lot that needs to be done to elevate women's positions and provide them with the same opportunities and treatment that men receive. We are grateful in this country that we have come a long way and women do have the opportunity to do amazing things, however this is certainly not the case worldwide. IWD is a day of celebration and education. 


Is there a woman that has inspired you most in life/your career? 

My grandma (whose candles were the first I painted) inspires me everyday to be the best person I can be for myself and others. She had this ability to make everyone around her happy as she was just a ray of sunshine. Whenever I am in a tricky situation, I always think, what would she do? and I immediately feel calmer and happier. If everyone was a bit more like her, the world would be a great place. 


What’s next for you? Anything exciting plans/projects for 2022?  

This year I am looking to expand our homewares offering, particularly candle holders. I get asked numerous times a day where to source cute holders for the candles, so that is next on the stocklist! I will then look to offer bundles with holders and candles as a tablescape set to make it easier to dress your table.



Quick Fire Round

 Autumn winter or spring summer...  Has to be spring/summer - can't beat the sunshine!

Describe your fashion sense in 3 words… Scandi, simple and timeless


The three essential items in your wardrobe…  A leather jacket, Mom jeans, and a black wrap top

What's the one thing you can't live without? My phone... I hate to say it, but it's true! I could never have grown my business without social media. 

When I'm not marbling, I’m… with friends! I have the best group of gal pals who are so supportive.