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Studio sale lucky dip boxes

***PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE NOW SOLD OUT, thanks so much for all of your orders!***

I’m going to be moving to a new studio soon (yay!!!) and in an attempt to get organised I’m having my first ever studio sale!!! Over the past few years I’ve made changes to my packaging and products, and because of this I have quite a lot of perfectly lovely items in boxes taking up room. I am now selling lucky dip sample boxes for £10.00 each which will include a random selection of items adding up to a value of at least £30. You can purchase one here and it will all be beautifully packaged in a box for you. Here’s an example of what you might find in your box:

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A drawing a day…

Over the past few years, as I’ve got busier and busier with the day to day running a business side of things, I’ve really struggled to fit in time to draw. I’ve always kept a list of ideas for drawings which is added to much much quicker than I’ve managed to work through it. I’ve decided enough is enough, it’s such an important thing to me and my business that I’m going to make it much more of a priority. I’m going to aim to do a drawing every day, even if it’s just a small one. I’ll be posting pictures over on my Instagram if you want to follow me there. I’m really looking forward to getting back to my sketchbook!

Day one: a spider plant!DRAW_spider_plant

Lake District trip

As I mentioned in a previous post, this has been a really hard year, so a couple of weeks ago I took a week off, which has done me the world of good. We hired a car for the whole week and had a few day trips, including a drive out to Ribblehead for a walk by the viaduct. Another day we packed the bikes in the boot and headed up to Ripley and cycled into Harrogate along the greenway for lunch. Then back to Ripley for an ice cream and a bit more cycling, it was such a sunny day, really lovely. Then we had a little trip up to Grassington with my mum for a wander around and a fancy meal, then home in time for pub quiz!
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On Wednesday morning we packed the car and headed across Yorkshire and over to the wonderful Lake district for 3 nights. On the way we made a little detour to stop off at RSPB Leighton Moss, the sun came out and we had a lovely walk around, we had lunch in the woodland picnic area with the bullfinches, nuthatches and coal tits. Then we wandered around a bit, we got some great views of the red deer, a nice view of a water rail, there were a few waders around too and it was a lovely day. We then headed up to Ambleside, our base for the next few days.
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On Thursday we got up for an early morning swim and sauna, then headed out to Langdale for a walk. The weather turned out to be really great and we had a brilliant day, stopping off at Grasmere on the way home to pick up some gingerbread, making it back in time for another swim and a dip in the hot tub before going out for dinner.
On Friday we were expecting the weather to be bad, we had our morning swim and then headed up to Grasmere for a little walk (and a failed attempt to see some red squirrels!). We drove up to Keswick for some lunch, stopping at Thirlmere for a little walk where we spotted a big frog! After Keswick we drove down via Ullswater and stopped off for a little drink at the Kirkstone Pass Inn, before heading back to Ambleside.
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Saturday morning we checked out and headed back to Grasmere for coffee with some friends, then we went down to Tarn Hows where I freaked out when we came across a MASSIVE bull! Afterwards we set off home, getting back to Otley in time to go out for our friends birthday. Here’s some waterfalls (I love waterfalls!!!)
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The Lake District was the perfect place for our relaxing trip, the landscape was absolutely beautiful and I came back inspired and raring to get back to work. I’m hoping to soon be able to add a Lake District print to sit alongside my Yorkshire Dales one.

New A6 notebooks

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Following the success of my A5 notebooks I’ve had some of my favourite designs from my pocket notebook range printed and made for me by a local company. They are still 100% recycled too! They also now have squared paper inside, my favourite paper for writing notes on! I’ve kept the design the same for the Birdwatcher’s and Garden ones but have redesigned the allotment one to get more vegetables on there and I’ve added a new travel notebook! (I used one of these myself for planning our  recent trip to the lake district!).

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Allotment notebook. Squared paper. £4.75

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Birdwatcher’s notebook. Squared paper. £4.75

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Garden notebook. Squared paper. £4.75

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Travel notebook. Squared paper. £4.75

Chris Broughton (1949-2015)

The past six months have been incredibly tough, I’ve spent a lot less time on my work than usual and more time with my family. In August my dad died, he was an amazing illustrator, my biggest inspiration and a really great friend.

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Dad was a regular contributor to the New Arcadian Journal since 1986, as well as being a freelance illustrator, and a lecturer in illustration at Bradford college. In the last couple of years he’d been drawing mainly on his iPad and in the months before he died, he was still drawing, as much as he could, often in the middle of the night, he hadn’t lost any of his enthusiasm for his work. He was really excited about his website which my brother has made for him, though there’s still a lot of his work to put online, you can see what we’ve added so far here.

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Hello September!

I can’t believe it’s September already! I’ve had a very busy year so far and I’m just about to take a short break to relax before I head into the madness of Christmas preparation (eek!). When I get back though I’m going to be really organised and will be starting up my monthly newsletters again, you can sign up for that here.

Also I’ve added a lovely bee design to my A5 Notebooks!

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Temporary Tattoos – 2015

I’ve been making temporary tattoos of my designs since 2010, but this year I’ve changed the designs a bit and I now get them printed by a local company in Leeds. The new tattoos come in 7 different sets: birds, bees, cocktails, owls, craft, woodland animals and whales.TATTOO_IMAGES They are in the shop here.

 

Lucky Dip Club & Folksy collaboration

I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in this brilliant collaboration between the amazing Lucky Dip Club and Folksy. You can order a box here at 7am Friday 5th June (there are only 300 boxes and they will sell fast!). Each box will have 5 handmade treats in the box, each made by one of the 15 designers involved. I can’t reveal what I’ve made for the box yet, but every item is exclusive to this box and can’t be found anywhere else! So set your alarm for 7am on Friday 5th, head over to Lucky Dip Club and try and bag yourself one of the exclusive boxes!

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New Yorkshire Dales print

I moved back to my home town of Otley over a year ago and I have been absolutely loving being back here, having the amazing Yorkshire Dales National Park so close by. I recently bought a lovely new set of watercolours and what better subject to test them out than painting my favourite parts of the dales! From some of my watercolours I’ve made a new print of the Yorkshire Dales, it features my favourite landscapes and some of the wonderful animals you can see there.

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The illustrations on the print are: a peregrine falcon, Swaledale, a Swaledale ram, Malham limestone pavement, Aysgarth Falls, Malham Cove (where if you are lucky you might see a peregrine falcon!), Hardraw Force, a red squirrel (there’s a red squirrel reserve at Snaizeholme, Wensleydale), a curlew, and ribblehead viaduct.

I hope you like it!

 

Spring is coming!

I don’t know about you but I’m eagerly waiting for spring to arrive this year, I love the winter but I’ve pretty much had enough now, . To get into the spring spirit here’s the latest addition to my range. This British Wild Flowers print  features 11 of my flower illustrations and is available in A4, A3 (on archival matt paper) and 13″x19″ (on archival watercolour paper).

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The flowers included are bindweed, meadow buttercup, snake’s head fritillary, dog rose, bluebell, primrose, ox eye daisy, corn poppy, red campion, musk mallow and yarrow.

And whilst it’s still a little cold to get out into the garden here’s a couple of prints to add a little greenery indoors:

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