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Monday, 22 May 2017

The Excitement Is Growing!

Kingdom's Family Fair

This is it! This weekend will be my first ever time as a stall holder at a craft fair! And I am so, so, so excited!

Thanks to a few hiccups last week I did hit a point of burn out and was just so grumpy and stressed! I don't want people to think I'm running through this without any stress because I can tell you now the stress is real and my poor partner is having to deal with a nervous wreck most days XD Luckily that has passed and I'm on the final stretch and as I said, I'm super excited!

I'll be getting the products all printed up this week so that they're all fresh and shiny and ready to go to their new homes!
This is the part that's going to be both fun and insane, I'm going to be surrounded by all my illustrations, maybe even buried under them at this rate! :P

So this week expect to get ready with me as I prepare for the most exciting thing I've done with Silly Badger Designs so far!

Our Biggest Adventure Yet!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Prep, Insanity and Yays

Well I can honestly say that this week has quite honestly been insane. So much productivity and stress and oh gosh!

Last weekend I got my paws on some wooden blanks, I wasn't 100% sure what to actually do with them at first but of course, birds won. I blame watching too many Attenborough Docs! Either way a peacock and a hummingbird soon appeared. They're a more realistic style to what I normally do which was extremely refreshing. I'm really happy with how the sketches turned out and hopefully will be getting a few more sketched out and will start painting them soon!
Although I will admit that at the same time I'm also fairly worried that the moment I add paint I'm going to ruin them. I'm planning to use gouache to paint these but at the same time the medium is still very new to me and I haven't painted with anything other than watercolours or realistically for quite a few years.
But I'm never going to find out what will happen unless I try!

Last weekend was also the start of the quickest big project I've ever taken on! And it involved this fella being a model/tart for me.

So thanks to buying a new scanner that has now become one of my favourite things as it saved me at least a day or twos work I managed to finally get to work on my dog zine and after around two days worth of work... it was finished!

Okay so at the same time it almost killed me from sitting at the desk for so long and having to come up with so many ideas in a very short space of time but I did it. 

Holding it in my hand that night after a full insane day of work was the most amazing feeling. A lot of work went in to this little zine, lots of prep and plotting, taking reference pics with Riley (the model) which he was ever so good at. All the training from puppy hood paid off! And of course lots of sketches. Below is a good example of the moment I was buried under 10 illustrations of labradors... 

It was however a lot of fun and the end product is just what I'd planned so I'm not complaining. I'm hoping to get this listed soon and of course I'll also be taking a few copies to Kingdom's Family Craft Fair on the 28th.

I've also finally got myself creating a ratty birthday card! It was a complete struggle to come up with a good idea... in the end I went with balloons... I like balloons.

The design has now been coloured and printed out on to greeting cards that will also be available soon! There's going to be a good Etsy update coming up as I have at least 5 new products!

And on the subject of rats, I decided to update an old favourite of mine.

Time for tea was always one of my favourite designs that I've always been proud of and lately it's been getting a lot of love over in my redbubble shop. It got my attention and I just had to re do the design but with my evolved rat style. I might have to create a then and now post showing the difference in my ratties! I can't believe how much their little simple design has grown. Each style has been adorable but this latest evolution definitely holds my heart. Mainly because they're smiling! :)

Alongside all of that we've had prepping for the craft fair, more designs, forms, estate agents and a fun Hobbycraft trip. It's been a good yet full week and I'm blooming exhausted!

I can't wait to share more of what I've been up to and hopefully I can get even more done with this sudden burst of energy I have but for now! I shall be off to cut out some new prints!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Ratty Post!

Pet rat portrait commissions are now listed in the shop

Here's something for the rat owners and lovers out there! A custom pet portrait of your little mischief!

I offer both A5 and A4 sizes working from photos of your pets.
Prices are;-

If you're interested or want more information go to my Etsy Shop or to go straight to the listing. If you want to talk things through with me before making your order feel free to contact me through Etsy.

These portraits make great gifts, I've always done pet portraits but the ratties have been the most popular over the past year so I'd like to offer these more clearly.

They're also lots of fun to work on and I've had so many happy customers!

You can also find more ratty gifts and cards over on my Etsy shop and through my Redbubble shop, go check them out!

Have a great day!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Alterations to Pet Portraits

As you may know, one of my specialties is custom pet portraits. A lot of people have loved these and commissioned me on multiple occassions to create personal illustrations of their pets.

I have had to make a few changes to what I currently offer which I'm kind of happy about but kind of sad. I'm sad because I feel like I'm letting previous customers down as I have had to lower my prices and offer less sizes.

You can now get custom pet portraits that are created with pen, pencils and watercolours in two sizes, A5 and A4. Each option has the choice for single or more pets.

The prices are:-
A5 single - £25.00
A5 two pets - £30.00
A4 single - £35.00
A4 two pets - £40.00

I will also take other commissions featuring more pets but there will be an extra charge, if you're interested you can contact me via Etsy.

The reason these changes came about is due to potential customers not being happy with my prices and usually getting scared off. This is as low as I can charge without losing profit, I feel bad for my previous customers who were happy with the prices and were happy with their paintings (thanks for being awesome if you read this!) but such is business.

If the cost of materials rise in future I will have to raise my prices but for now they are staying here so if you're interested in commissioning me to paint your pets please go here and get in touch!

I've loved working on every pet portrait so far, it's been a fun experience and a good challenge to keep me drawing different things.

Thanks for the support!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Kingdom's Family Craft Fair! Attempt 2!

Yes, attempt 2 and this time I'm determined not to get sick! Honestly I'm taking multivits, drinking smoothies for breakfast, eating more spinach XD I wish I was joking but no. I am determined to stay healthy damnit! Mainly because I really want to attend this craft fair!

I was so disappointed at having to cancel last months craft fair which would've been my first craft fair so this time around I'm even more pumped to be attending as a stall holder!

So if you're in the Wiltshire area and free on Sunday the 28th May (in just over two weeks!) please come to the craft fair for some fun! It's held in Warminster Town Park Community Centre and will hopefully be a super sunny day!
I will also be fairly colourful that day I'm sure and covered in badgers of course!

I'll be stocking most of my usual stock maybe with the chance of a few new products that will be unveiling on the day, more info on that to come closer to the time. So next week ish!

I'm so happy to finally properly announce this! So if you're in the area and want to stop by and say hi I hope to see you there!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, 8 May 2017


A little late but I was having some technical issues with my laptop which basically meant that I couldn't actually get access to the blog.

So what's been happening!

I turned 28! Which means I can be even more childish than I was before! I'm getting much more wiser as I grow older! ;)

I got a super duper awesome desk that makes my heart sing! I cannot put in to words how amazing this desk is, I'm currently sat at it now surrounded by my business and awesome stuff. We went the the aquarium where I got inspired to paint fish (very unusual for me!), I got lots of painting done of various things mainly because I'm trying to get myself back in to the habit of enjoying painting again! We also baked cakes and I have new baby plants all over the place!

So far May has been pretty enjoyable! And I'm healthy still! That makes me happier than anything else! :P

But that's what's happened, now on to what's happening as I know I've been fairly quiet even down to my instagram. I do want to actually explain here that over the past week social networking has been a bit draining for me. I'm not a screen fan... I would much rather be drawing or outside or something along those lines but my job means that I have to be fairly active in the digital world which is lots of fun most of the time and of course I've met some super awesome people in the past couple of years but every now and then I hit a limit where I feel like I have to take a step back. It starts to drain me of happy and starts to create an addiction followed by me comparing myself to everyone which of course is the worst thing you can possibly do.
So I did that, I went down that road and it made me feel extremely depressed and had me basically bullying myself. So I had to take a step back.
I am however back to my usual and social digital stuff is no longer my main priority but is something that helps to enhance my work.

Gosh that was a bit long winded but I felt that I should actually get that out there. 

Art work is coming along nicely, I seem to have a bit of a thing for drawing ducks at the moment as I painted this image of a duck with her ducklings last week.

And I'm currently sketching out another duck image as I write this... apparently today is a day for multitasking! and ducks...

I'm also putting the dog zine that I've mentioned a couple of times on hold for now as the work involved in that is a bit too much along with the fact that I was struggling to design each page in the time I'd planned so instead I'm going to work on a much smaller zine that is going to be full of facts and pictures of... hummingbirds. Yes the bird nerd has gotten excited again after watching lots of life of birds episodes and got fascinated by hummingbirds to the extent that I just have to share. Not to mention it also gives me a very good excuse to paint lots of colourful birds.
Which is the next fun bit about this next project. Most of my zines are hand drawn with pencil and pen before being scanned in to the computer and digitally coloured, this time however I'm planning to actually paint the birds before scanning them which is going to be a fun new experience for me and will save me time on the laptop which is always an added bonus. I can't imagine hummingbirds being coloured digitally like I usually do. I want them to look much more fun and colourful.

So that's happening this week, If I get myself sorted maybe I can even have that done by the end of this week... like I said it's going to be fairly small but then again the subject matter is fairly small itself!

SO before I ramble on and on I should make an attempt to actually get away from the screen and get these ducks sketched out properly! phew!

Thanks for reading and sorry it's such a horrible mess. Surely I will get back to my normal writing self one day! 

Have a great week!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Garden Birds Colouring Book

Well it's taken a while and has been a full adventure filled with fun, excitement, frustration and finally ended with the biggest buzz I've ever had.
I've made quite a few books over the past few years, I love doing it even though it's usually a lot of work but this colouring book has taken the gold place for being the most difficult and testing.

But here it is!

Every part of this book has been made by myelf, I drew the line art, did the writing, designed the layout everything down to the tiniest detail and then I print them out myself and bind them myself and phew it's been a fun filled couple of months work! But here we are and it's looking blooming brilliant even if I do say so myself! :P

I have a few little touch ups to make and I'm considering changing the binding from staples to maybe thread binding to make it less stiff but we're pretty much done and I'm hoping to have them up on my Etsy shop at the beginning of May.

I'm also going to be at the Kingdom's Family Craft Fair in Warminster on Sunday May 28th (I will be healthy this time!) and will be bringing a few of the books with me there!

In other news there is also the chance that I may be a stall holder at a Summer Fair run by The Willow Tree shop in Cheltenham this July. I'm not 100% sure if I'll be applying as I need to work out costs as unfortunately it's a bit of a trek for me to get there but we shall see!

I'm also getting a desk! Yes a real desk! My awesome dad agreed to making me a custom built desk so I finally have a place to work and stash all of my paperwork and artwork! And pack orders and make books and package products and oh yes I am that excited! It's also starting to look awesome after I covered the top with some fun paper and painted the rest with grey paint filled with glitter... I may have a thing for glitter!

It's also my last day as a 27 year old today! I'm kinda loving that I finished off this year with an awesome bird project and I'm looking forward to what the next year might bring!
It's seeming like it's going to be a fun filled explosive year of creations, craft fairs and at the beginning of May I'm going to be doing a massive overhaul of both my site and my Etsy shop as well as Redbubble if I can find the motivation... I'm not such a big fan of the computer based parts of my job... I still use a book to keep track of my in and out goings!
So if all goes to plan there's going to be a lot of changes happening, prices are also going to have a bit of a change (in a good way, I'll be lowering a few!) and there will be a few new designs and products popping up very soon!

So I'm now going to go and enjoy my birthday and not do any work this weekend! I'm not even going to think about it, I plan to just chill out and have fun!
I hope you all have a great weekend!

As always thanks for reading and for supporting my little Silly Badger Designs!