My impish little niece turned three yesterday. Here are a few quick sketches of her looking all sweet and innocent!
A very exciting parcel turned up this week containing the first batch of my printed greetings cards! I finally pressed print last week after many hours spent wrestling with endless decisions about colours and paper types, followed by a nail-biting wait as I imagined various disasters that could have occurred.
To my relief – once I’d plucked up the courage to open the box and peek inside – I found all was well and I’m happy to say they look pretty fab. The heavy, uncoated paper is beautiful and the colours have come out even better than I’d hoped- a rare feat. Hurray!
Now on to the next phase- photographing my wares and setting up shop.
Since my family don’t like to throw anything out, you never quite know what might be uncovered when – in a fit of madness – someone feels compelled to have a bit of a tidy up. After one such recent freak event, my mother brought over a collection of ancient family passports with hilarious – I mean lovely – black and white photos. Well, when someone hands me something like that, they have to accept that it’ll make an appearance on this blog at some point or other.
And since it’s April’s birthday today, I thought I’d start by drawing this one from her 1973 passport. Although I thought I’d drawn enough passport photos to last me a while, some things are just too good to pass up, so I’ll be adding a few more to my collection.
I’m just back from a lovely few days of camping in Dorset, where we spent our time swimming in the sea and trekking along the beautiful Jurassic coastline.
Snorkelling around the shallow rocky ledges, we saw pink and green anemones waving about and dozens of sea hares happily munching away on seaweed. Judging from the lobster pots too, there were probably a few lobsters lurking around the depths keeping well away from inquisitive swimmers.
Here we have the brittle star- a fragile and lesser-known relative of the starfish.
Update: My brittle star illustration is now available to buy in my etsy shop.