Tuesday, 31 December 2013

FREEBIE - calendar

I made you all a new years present! The first three months of a 2014 calendar! :)
Feel free to share, download, print off, put up in your office, kitchen, anywhere you like. I tried to make it as ink friendly as possible!
Don’t forget to post pics, i’d love to see what you do with them. :)

Happy new year folks! 

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Lucky dip 100% recycled sketch-books

I  made some sketchbooks this after noon, perfect little stocking fillers for that creative person in your life! (starting at £1.25)

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Sleeping Tabby - Process

Recently i started working with Lino again, after some issues with my screen printing set up not working well with my new apartment in the Isle of Man.

So Yeh i hadn't done this since my first year of Uni, and apparently this was a lot longer time ago than i realised. So I use tumblr almost constantly, so if you follow me on there you will get the WIP process as it happens, This is usually done through Instagram as well. I only ever post to Blogger a wee time after everything's done.

So right, this lino cut; here's the initial sketch

And here is that loosely translated on to lino:

By the way i made a big mistake of using permanent marker on brown lino. It appears that if you are using waterbased inks, it's best to avoid as it adds a greasy residue onto the surface of the lino that makes the ink 'salt' and bubble up and not print a perfectly smooth black finish.

Here is an example of this:

I thought it was because i needed a new roller, the brayer i was using for some reason when i was still at uni, i thought it would be clever to roll acrylic with it and not wash it off instantly. This resulted in a weird acrylic paint texture to it. I really really don't advise this! So that roller got demoted to rolling the back of lino and that's it. Had to buy a new one. 

This is the one i got, for some reason i went for a 2" one, i guess at the moment i'm working small out of fear of wasting lino, so a smaller roller seemed the best choice, and they're easier to store, and less cumbersome. i kept making a mess with my old 4" going over the sides.

So after asking around a fair amount to print makers i know and randoms on the internet i realised that it might be the permanent marker, so first thing i tried was white spirit to dissolve it. it worked a bit. But it was still really evident. I started applying loads more ink to the plate as well, and this helped. At this point i realised that print making is practicality 99% trial and error. So i has no other option at this point i had to literally sanded it down lightly. This i can assure you was terrifying. 

But it kinda worked., i felt that the image didn't warrant 100% perfect coverage as it actually added to the fur texture, i was happy to start printing, i chose 100% recycled brown and 'eco-natural' card to print on.

And my living-room temporarily turned into a drying rack

I printed a run of 25 on brown card stock, and a run of 25 on a beautiful 160gsm fine grain cartridge paper A5 with a large boarder.

You can see here on the back i added my information and a note of "100% recycled". This was simply done with my ink jet printer

The greetings cards are available from my big cartel, but they are limited I may do additional runs on different substrates in the future. If there is demand.

I really enjoyed getting back into lino, and since cutting this, I've actually done a load more stamps that i'm using for my personal Christmas projects. These will go on sale next October/November (2014). (so as not to spoil anything for my friends and family :) )

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Trip back to the UK

So last week i went back to the UK for a wedding and visit my family

I made a sketchbook to take with me:

I made it out of a random selection of papers, bound with a couple of heavy duty staples, and a nice charcoal grey cover.

I embossed the front with a little message:

I was quite excited, i'd never flown on my own before. And of course, by excited i mean worried everything would go wrong and fall apart!

So i did quite a bit of sketching mostly when i was traveling. Which i did a lot of. reminded me of how much i hate trains. so glad there isn't any here.

Saturday, 19 October 2013


i have a few things up for grabs on my big cartel! 

All items are limited edition, and will only be available until November-ish when i switch the stock around for some more festive items! (and or they sell out… which ever happens first… i think we know which one will happen first…)

We’ve got a tote bag, and a lorra greetings cards for the moment with some tea-towels and fabric goodies to come.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Ghosties - Spoonflower competition

I’m entering my first Spoonflower competition, and im going to pick one of these

You can find my fabrics here

oh and here's a silly little gif i made of the ghosts

Saturday, 12 October 2013


My new pattern, using water colour sketch paintings of the tiny flowers that make up the Buddleja flowers. More commonly known as the butterfly bush.

available on spoonflower: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/2484236?view=

Monday, 7 October 2013


A quick calendular for a friends birthday - HOW IS IT OCTOBER ALREADY?!

Sunday, 6 October 2013


This is the pattern that greets me when i enter my building. 
I’ve seen this on a few houses here in the Isle of Man, but i don’t know if it is specifically Manx. If you’ve seen it before, let me know :)

I made in the same way as my ‘morocco’ pattern

Friday, 4 October 2013

A new collaboration - Bourne Creative

Playing about with making drawings translate to screen print, for tote bags hence the canvas texture.

Two colours, 
1 Beige/sand half-toning
2. Black line-work

The half-toning is two different patterns, Dots for the face, lines for the clothing.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Ask and you shall receive

I asked some random strangers to tell me what to draw: 

my cat:

A fox and a peacock:

and an ice queen:

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Cream of mushroom soup

I do love my mushrooms

so was just having a bit of a play with some fine liners, and here you go:

available on spoonflower:


Friday, 27 September 2013


Another sketchdaily task - flamingos

which i then turned into a wee pattern

Available on spoonflower: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/2484000

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Unusually bright patterns

some new patterns i’ve been working on today 

- started from a tile i found whilst making things for my other blog definepattern - here is the actual post

- i don’t know where the colour came from, just grabbed a bunch of pens, pencils, and my water colours and went to town on it.

and of course theyre available on spoonflower! 
Purple : http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/2435109
Orange: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/2435157

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Manx Sandcastles

Orignally a sketchdaily task, i kept it going a bit...
clockwise from top left
1) Falcon Hotel - Douglas
2) Castle Mona - Douglas

3) Tower of Refuge - Douglas

4) Peel Castle - Peel

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Sketch Daily - Fox

SketchDaily 14/09 - Foxes. 

I wanted to learn how to do hair… so i looked up some tutes, and… well…. this happened.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Chinese 1, pattern 40.

My version of a classic, from a classic The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones.
Chinese 1, pattern 40.

available on spoonflower: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/2374220

Manx Flora - Hydrangea #2

Manx Flora #4 - Blue Hydrangea,
been pressing some of the local flora to have a play with, 
It’s weird, i thought hydrangea were like a litmus paper plant, thats’s what we used to call them when we were kids… but here, you get every colour imaginable.
available on spoonflower in as little as 8x8" squares

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Chinese 1, pattern 10

My version of a classic, from a classic The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones.
Chinese 1, pattern 10.

Available on spoonflower http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/2372873

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Mushroom Gang all together in a pattern

So the Mushroom Gang are all together now, and available on Society6 and Spoonflower
Really enjoyed this mini project, lately i’m getting to draw things i like, not what clients want, and its sweet. :D

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Shells Sketch

It’s feels good to be able to draw for the sake of drawing again, for fun, for experimentation, not for coursework or clients. 

Friday, 23 August 2013

Tuesday, 20 August 2013