Tuesday, 10 May 2011


Usually my studio is pretty tidy, but last week it looked like this! Massive illustration project nearing completion, deadline looming, panic setting in. Plus I had bought my new monoprints home from the print workshop a little early, meaning that they needed to be spread out to dry. 

So every area that wasn't covered in illustration work, paperwork and half drunk cups of tea had prints drying, but they did look quite nice!

The illustrations were 49 small pen and watercolour pictures of Cardiff: people, places, vehicles and even a fish for the river. I am being subcontracted on this one, so I will share the product with you when work is completed by all parties concerned, and I have a copy of the finished item... but it is all quite exciting. I have never been to Cardiff, but now could confidently choose it as my specialist subject on Mastermind.

The illustrations look like this:

The finished Monoprints are much bigger, and look like this:

This meant that I was finally able to set up my latest project... a shop on Folksy. If you haven't heard of Folksy it is the British version of (American) Etsy. If you haven't heard of either, basically they are a way for crafters, designers and artists to sell direct to the public. Want a one off, hand-made bag, some vegan soap, or hand-crafted gold ring? Find it on Folksy! The main worry is that I will spend more than I earn, as the site is full of such beautiful stuff, and sellers tend to also buy from each other. So now you can...


Finally, that crazy cat has done it again; bird bothering that is. I came back from teaching my Saturday art class to find boyfriend with the hoover out. Yes Gimlet has not only learned to use the cat flap, he has learned to drag living things through it. (Actually this one got away, but left a big mess behind, we can only hope it lived.)

A 'Liberator' collar has been ordered from ebay, it beeps as the cat pounces, so fingers crossed, his murderous ways are soon to be a little under control, although apparently it only works for birds, not rodents... we shall see.

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