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Mermaid mural

Earlier this month, following the fun of MerMay, I found myself being volunteered to paint a mermaid mural!

I was nervous, to say the least.

Firstly, I’m very much a watercolour artist. A dabble or two with gouache is about as adventurous as my paintings get, and this was going to require never-used-before acrylics!

Secondly, I’m very self conscious about my artwork. You may have noticed a lack of videos or photos of my works in progress, I just know I would mess it up if I have a camera on me, and this was going to be in a hallway with people constantly walking past! On top of that, I would be with my Mum, who taught me everything I know about art and is an amazing artist – no pressure…

Thirdly, my art is all quite small, normally A4 is about as large as it gets, so a wall is a pretty huge canvas!

Fourthly, it was for my lovely Gran, I did not want to mess it up!

So, me and Mum arrived with shiny new brushes and paints on one of the hottest days of the year to paint a little mermaid themed wall mural. We decided that Mum would do a bright, bold and beautiful sun and I would do the mermaid.

As I stood there with my pencil in hand, I had absolutely no idea where to start, not a clue. I was so nervous about getting it wrong, that I couldn’t figure out where to begin.

Luckily, Mum came to the rescue! She sketched out a shape for a rock for the mermaid to sit on and started to outline the mermaid tail. Once Mum had made those first few marks, I could finally see how it would and should look. I put my pencil to the wall and got sketching.

Mum, the fearless artist that she is, went straight in with the acrylics for the sun.

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As Mum happily added yellows, oranges, reds and whites to the sun, I finished the sketch and finally moved on to the paints.

Honestly, I think it would have been easier to sketch over the whole wall rather than try to wrangle these acrylics into place – my gosh I found them so hard to use! Give me lovely watercolours any day! Then again, it’s not often you can draw and paint on walls without being told off by your Mum.

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As we carried on painting, passers by stopped to have a look, offer us much-needed ice lollies and I’m happy/relieved to say, they all said nice things while we were in earshot!

By the time Mum had finished the sun and added three cute little white seagull v’s to the right hand side of the sky (which are weirdly, my favourite bit of the mural!), I was still mid-mermaid, so Mum made a start on the final part, our seaweed covered rock.

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It took Mum as much time to do the rock as it did for me to finish the mermaid, and with that, we were finally done!

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It was so lovely to spend the afternoon painting with Mum and although the mermaid isn’t perfect, she’s pretty cute! Mum’s sun is so bright and cheerful, and the subtle seagulls really make me smile! It was definitely worth being pushed out of my comfort zone to do it.

Although, I must confess, I made sure the acrylics went home with Mum rather than me!

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Mermay 2017

Now that we are well into June, here’s a round up of my Mermay 2017 posts.

Starting with an oldie, my mermaid and squishy jellyfish friend! I really need to come up with a better name for this illustration, please any suggestions are welcome!

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I have this design printed on a little tote bag, and it’s so adorable, I think it’s my favourite! If you’re curious, you can find the tote bag here along with prints, stickers, cards and travel mugs.

The below sketch of a shower mermaid style is probably my least favourite one, but I couldn’t leave her out!

showering mermaid style

So far, I haven’t added her to my redbubble shop, but if she’s lucky, she might sneak into my next batch of uploads!

Next, we have otter snuggles!

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This one will definitely be added to my redbubble shop soon!

Now, we have a sweet sea horse friend!

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I really enjoyed getting carried away with her watery hair, but my favourite bit has to be that pink cutie! They’ll be added to redbubble soon with the otter snuggles.

Finally, my first and original mermaid!

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You may have seen her on one of my mugs, which you can find here along with all the usual paper-y suspects!

It’s been great having my instagram feed filled with mermaids, but I’m quite happy to wait until next May for it to happen again!

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May days

May is my favourite month of the year.

Obviously, I am a little bit biased, seeing as it’s my birthday month, and I did have a very lovely birthday!

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No parties this year (phew), but I did have two massages in 2 days and along with some lovely presents, I bought myself a super cute pair of sparkly trainers!

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Anyway, May is my favourite month as Spring is in full swing and Summer is on it’s way, and to take full advantage of that, at the start of the month we finally got our garden sorted!

This was the garden on the day we got the keys, 30th September:

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The garden* hadn’t been touched since April, when the house went on the market (*at this point, I think calling it a garden is a bit generous).

Luckily, knowing our lack of garden skills, my mum and stepdad helped tackle all of the bushes and the lawn* (again, I think using the word lawn is a bit generous), and so this was our glorious garden in April, after 6months of doing nothing:

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(bonus points if you can spot both cats)

A few highlights to note:

1. The falling down fence on the righthand side, 2. The hideous pale brown mess that used to be a lawn, 3. The weird central flowerbed, 4. The ugly and slippery sleepers, 5. The tiny, weirdly shaped patio, with equally tiny, pointless wall, 6.The strange piles of rubble dotted around the garden

Me and the boyf had spent an entire weekend on just that silly, central flowerbed by this point and we realised that we would need a bit of help if we wanted to use the garden this year.

Cue a very green fingered and patient gardener and two quick and skilled carpenters and in just over two weeks, it became:

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A real garden!

Look! It’s green! It’s healthy! It’s stripy!

It’s now 3 weeks later, and it’s still green and healthy, no plant deaths yet and the sun has come out in force! We can’t wait to finally be able to have people round to enjoy the Summer in our cute (and importantly, easy to maintain!) garden.

Right, the sun is still shining, so if you need me, I’ll be in the garden.

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March sketches

Another month down and I’m still writing 2016 everywhere!

This month seems to have flown by without me spending much time with my watercolours. Instead, I’ve been sketching and using the computer to edit photos and experiment with some digital art.

Here’s a few of the sketches from the last few months.

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‘I’ll never be like other people, but that’s alright, because I’m a bear.’ Paddington Bear

Queenie

‘But I made ’em cocoa.’ Queenie Goldstein from Fantastic beasts and where to find them

zoe and shadow

This is a sketch for a story idea I have been thinking about, with a girl called Zoe and her puss cat Shadow.

best friends sketch

and this is one of my favourite sketches, a Fox and the Hound style boy and his best friend!

Now to dig out the watercolours!

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Art prints coming soon!

I’m finally just one step away from putting my art prints up for sale!

My main goal for 2017 is to start selling art prints of my illustrations, and I’m so close to adding these to my etsy shop, I just need your help for that final stage!

Before I can set them up in my shop, I need to choose just 5 of my illustrations to start the ball rolling, then I’ll be able to offer them all up to the wider world.

So, my question to you:

Which illustrations should I include in my first print run?

Any and all of the illustrations I’ve shared on Facebook, instagram and my blog are eligible to be turned into prints. I’ll then choose the 5 most popular illustrations to send to be printed, and these will be the first ones that are ready to buy in my etsy shop.

As a thank you, I’ll be sharing a 10% discount code for my etsy shop with everyone that makes a suggestion!

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All prints will be on 340gsm textured card, as shown by this mini test print of my ‘I do believe in fairies’ illustration. They will be unframed and unmounted.

The prints will be A4, at a cost of £12 plus £2.50 p&p. I may also offer A5 prints in the future!

I can’t wait to hear your suggestions!

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and just to try to tempt you, think how cute one of these prints could look on your shelf…

test print in frame