Another work-in-progress Inky pet portrait... This little lady is a tiny Dachshund, which is super fun to say. Fancy your own? Get in touch!
My amazingly techno Grandma is turning 80 soon, and asked for some pointers on designing her invites. I couldn't resist going a bit nuts and sending her lots of tea-party friendly ideas. I hope she has a day as lovely as she is!
You might be able to spot the very subtle name and details change to keep her identity top secret...
Sometimes it's so refreshing to break out of what you usually do for no particular reason. So for a recent run of family cards (birthdays, anniversaries etc) I've been trying out papercuts.
It's been fun! Some aren't loads structurally sound though, I got a little scissor happy!
My Inky Animals have been my most faithful sellers, I owe those furry faces a lot! I've been meaning to expand the range for a while, and have finally had a bit of time to do so. They'll soon be able available as cards, phone cases and maybe some new products that are in the pipeline!
I still have a couple I'd like to work on, like a dog and a cow, which I think would be fun... Any suggestions to expand the range? I do take requests!
Just spent a rather marvellous snowy weekend with mates, just relaxing, eating, drinking, rediscovering Thunderbirds, and pushing the limits of crayons...
First up, sticking them to a coffee frother to replicate old school Spirographs. Uncanny, no?
Next we considered involving heat, and things started to get fun! I spose I should say, don't try this at home or without grown up paws helping and all that jazz, but meh! My bro has a mini blowtorch for "cooking." It also works really well melting crayons- either by setting the paper wrapper on fire and letting the wax drip, or shaving crayons with a knife (if you're going to make art dangerous, you may as well do it properly!) and melting the shavings directly onto a well water-soaked piece of paper. We also used a hairdryer to melt the crayons directly in a slightly less dramatic fashion.
Finally we used the Aga hot plate as a toasty desk, and drew onto paper resting onto it. It's amazing how painterly the melted crayons looked. Definitely recommend for punchy colour fun.
Not that bambinos are on the horizon yet, but I like to think that when they do appear, we'll find plenty of hands on fun things to do like this weekend. Maybe swapping wine for non-fermented fruits... And maybe less fire, maybe...
It was lovely to hear from a happy Etsy buyer who bought one of my hand carved bamboo pens...
Thanks for my bamboo pen, I love it! It's so nice to use something so natural to draw with! Gave you a mention on my lettering blog.
Check her out! Below shows the "first attempt" that she posted - most impressive! If you'd like a pen of your own, you can order through the shop here, Etsy or Folksy. You might even pick up a bargain on eBay if you look hard enough!
Last year I submitted a design to be considered for a community mural at a school in Brackley for children to undertake. I didn't hear anything of it, so was most surprised when I bumped into it today parking somewhere I've never been before! They must've liked it after all.
Although generally speaking, I'm fairly handy at the ole Photoshop, I've finally conquered my fear of the Pen Tool! Slow to the game no doubt, but it's opened up a whole world of curvy goodness! To celebrate, I turned some of my birds in Custom Shapes and plonked them on Etsy to spread the love.
Wonderfully inspired by the new BBC David Attenborough documentary called "Africa" I felt like sketching a cheeky leopard to unwind on Sunday evening... What do you reckon? Pet portraits on the wild side?
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