Cushions with cats on!

Aaargh, five months since my last post, oooops! How have you all been?

GUESS WHAT! For a limited time (until 20th November 2017) you can get your paws on these yummy cushions featuring Bob, Dave, and the new cat on the block Maggie! Look – aren’t they plumpcious?!

I’ve entered the designs into the “Pillow Fight” competition being run by the fabulous Ohh Deer – so if you don’t want to buy one, could I beg for your vote? It’s very quick and easy! There’s a teeny tiny registration involved (to make sure people don’t vote more than once for the same design) and you can vote for as many designs as you like (but only once per design). You can see all three cushions here – just click on the images to take you to the voting pages. Simples!

If you do fancy buying one, here’s some info…

The cushions are handmade in the UK (by Ohh Deer – my sewing skills haven’t progressed to neat zips yet!) from super soft vegan faux suede and come complete with a fibre insert. The covers are 43x43cm with a 50x50cm insert to keep it plumpcious. They’re machine washable and have a grey back with a zip fastening. Oooh, and if you live in the UK, shipping is free! Hurrah! They cost £29.95, or £28.45 without the insert.

I reckon they’d make super-cute Christmas gifts for sofas, bedrooms, children’s rooms or home offices – but remember, they’re only available until 20th November (unless I win the competition and get taken on as an official Ohh Deer illustrator!) so don’t delay with your votes or purchases!

Big advance thanks to anyone who votes!

In other news, my “Dave Bakes A Cake” illustration is now available to buy from my Etsy store in the form of jolly birthday cards

…and Maggie will be available as an enamel pin in a few weeks time, yay!

Thanks for reading, I’ll try not to leave it so long until my next post!

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Win a Dave stationery bundle and enamel pin!

Yo! Long time no see, how are you all?

Remember back in December I showed you a stationery subscription box I illustrated for the lovely folk at Paperhaul? Well, I have a spare one up for grabs, hoorah! AND I’m throwing in a Dave hard enamel badge too!

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is head over to this post on my Instagram page and leave a comment – it’s that easy! You have until midnight GMT in Tuesday 16th May 2017 to enter, so don’t delay!

In the stationery bundle you’ll find a birthday card, postcards, gift tags, stickers, wrapping paper, and a notepad, featuring Dave and a massive birthday cake he made all by himself!


And here’s the yummy enamel pin I’m throwing in too!


I’ll be drawing the winner’s name out of a hat on Wednesday 17th May.

Good luck everyone! 😸

Further adventures in screen printing…

Hello hello hello!

Last time I posted I’d just had a go at screen printing for the first time.

Since then I invested in a higher mesh count screen and had another go, this time printing on to gorgeous Bockingford watercolour cardstock.

I made a new screen, once again hand painting the images with drawing fluid onto the screen with a fine brush:

  
…and this time managed to coat the screen with filler in just one pass, yay!

  

I mixed some yummy coloured inks – for this first run I decided to pink, lime green, orange and blue:

  
A great tip I picked up somewhere on the internet was to mix ink on a sheet of glass over white paper. There’s something very satisfying about slowly folding the colours together with a palette knife, all gloopy and shiny!

I had to trap myself in the house with a pasting table to lay out the prints to dry – it’s a good job no-one knocked on the door as I wouldn’t have been able to answer it! 
   

Once I’d printed the colours, I moved on to the black – slightly nerve racking as I had to get the registraion right or I’d mess them all up! I printed the first black image onto tracking paper taped at one edge to the base of the screen unit, positioned one of the coloured prints under it and marked the edges as a guide. And off I went! 

On a scale of one to ten in squeeness, lifting the screen to reveal the first card in all it’s glory hit about 999!

  
I might have squeaked aloud and bounced around the room a bit!

Here are finished cards in the four colours I chose (thank you everyone on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for your colour suggestions!) – each card comes with an envelope in stupidcats orange (another thank you to Facebook folks – particularly Etsy Resolution group members – for their feedback on envelope colour!), and they’re available singley, in a pack of four (one of each colour), or in pairs of various colours:

  
My technique has definitely improved – this time I didn’t once flood the back of the screen (yay!) and found that perfect angle to draw the squeegee over the screen when pulling prints (most of the time…!).

As a finishing touch, I hand stamp my logo on the back of each card:

  
I’ve also introduced a new set of badges – four little pin badges to match the cards (big thanks to Peter at John E Wright in Nottingham for being so patient making sure the output colours match the cards as closely as possible, despite intermittent power cuts!). Each badge is hand pressed on my dinky badge press and assembled by hand. 

  
I decided to retire my Badgebook theme, as it they just take too long to assemble (I might bring them back if I find a quicker way), so I’ve repackaged my other badges to match these new ones:

   
 
Cards and badges are available from my Etsy store, and ship worldwide, hurrah!

I’m sooooo chuffed to finally be able to print my own cards! 
Next I need to try printing onto fabric so I can make tote bags. I’ve hand-painted a sample bag to get an idea of size and positioning, what do you think?
  
Spot the black blob where I dropped the brush! The next step will be to hand paint a screen and try printing some.

These bags will initially be available in orange, pink, blue and lime green, hand printed in two colours – watch this space! 😸

Ooooh, ps! In my last post I told you about Cobden Place, and their Kickstarter campaign to raise £8,000 to start a School of Print in Nottingham. Well, they not only hit their target, but also made their stretch-goal of £10,000! How brilliant is that? I upped my pledge at the last minute, and am so excited about attending a screen-printing workshop there later this year, with Tom Camp who used to be the print technician for none other than Rob Ryan! 😸