Friday, April 15, 2011

giveaway time: "whale" print up for grabs!

I am rapidly approaching another milestone in my Etsy shop: 500 sales! To celebrate, I have a very sweet little "Whale" print looking for a loving new home. Hand pulled with delft blue and black water based ink on 220gsm Daler Rowney paper. Size: A3 - 42cm x 29.7cm. Edition of 45 signed prints.

Q: How do I enter?
A: Keeping up with the prospective Summer Holiday/Royal Wedding Festivities/Happy Vibes, please leave a comment stating where you would go/what you would do for your DREAM SUMMER HOLIDAY! Yup, we can all do with a well deserved break. Please remember to leave your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly and entries are welcome worldwide.

The winner will be announced shortly after I've reached that 500 sale mark. So excited, can't wait. Thank you for all the support from my readers and customers. Couldn't have done it without you.

"Whale" is also available in chartreuse and grey and can be purchased from my Etsy shop.

once upon a time

We are now exactly two weeks away from the biggest event of the year here in the UK. Yes, the holy matrimony of Wills and Kate (in case you haven't heard). The excitement here in London has almost reached fever pitch, with all of the shops filled with Union Jacks and Royal memorabilia. On the morning of the wedding, I will be getting on the Eurostar to Luxembourg via Brussels, so I will miss out on the big event. Maybe I'll record the whole thing on Sky? Will you be watching?

Anyway, as cheesy as Royal memorabilia can be, there's some pretty sweet and quirky things out there on Etsy to celebrate the special day.
William and Kate Royal Wedding Commemorative tea towel by Taylors Type at Etsy

Royal Party Parade Tape by Belle and Boo at Etsy

Royal Wedding Breakfast tea towel - neon pink

Westminster Abbey Cushion by Helena Carrington at Etsy

love bird commemorative tea towel by Heartzeena at Etsy

Thursday, April 14, 2011

wish list: our workshop

Our WorkShop is the place to come to find beautiful, interesting and quirky design gifts. Formed by London graphic design duo Pui Lee and Gemma Stanton Love everything about this site. My favourites: 

London Tray by Swedish illustrator, Maria Holmer Dahlgren

Small Apple storage container for your bits and bobs.

Vintage Palissy Coffee Pot from the 1970s

Vintage Turi "Market" Design Coffee Set from the 1960s. 

Mango Wood Bowl, made by hand.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

in the studio

Yesterday, I went to the studio to print a second edition of my very popular "Tiny Towers" print and decided to play around with the camera and also show you guys more of my work process. My studio is a shared space in Kew Gardens, West London. It is a really lovely spot and I drive through Richmond Park to get there from my home near Wimbledon. What I love most about screen printing is the quality and intensity of the colour on the paper and that each print is truly unique. Hope you enjoy this blog post and that it will give you a better idea of what I do!

I printed the first orange layer of the Tiny Towers design the day before. 

I always mix my own acrylic ink with screen printing medium and it takes a while to get the perfect balance. I love playing with colour!

The pink ink of the second layer is spread over the exposed photo stencil on the mesh screen. With a second firm pull, the ink is forced through the fine mesh and onto the paper.

A clear Mylar sheet is taped to the printing table. The first pull of ink with the rubber squeegee goes directly onto the clear sheet and this will act as an indicator where to place the paper underneath the screen.

After the ink has gone through onto the paper, the hinged mesh frame is lifted.


Hello freshly printed second layer of "Tiny Towers".

Carefully hang them up to dry. No smudges and inky fingers!

Wash out all of the ink in the mesh screen with a power hose and leave to dry. 

Messy shoes. Messy floor.

This is me in my happy place.

"Tiny Towers" framed and ready to be displayed in your pretty home.

 "Tiny Towers" can be purchased online in my Etsy shop. Click here to view the listing. Also available in a blue and lime colour combination

Monday, April 11, 2011

this image makes me think of my "manor garden" print

"steeple chase" - image from
The image above is the original ink illustration that I did for the screen template for "Manor Garden". The hand pulled silkscreen print is available in my Etsy shop in forest green and bright red. Maybe I should do a black or grey version? You can have a look at the original prints here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

grey retro roosters print at pattern & print

Love this image that Emma from the online shop Pattern & Print took of my Retro Roosters silkscreen print in grey.

"Retro Roosters" limited edition silkscreen print in grey
Detail of "Retro Roosters" in grey