Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Notebooks for the new year - 2




Notebooks for the new year

It's been a great Christmas and now I'm looking forward to 2010. The first two months I will be crazy busy but it should pay off and then I'm hoping to do another mailshot promotion in March. I have a lot to do before then. I am adding things to my Etsy shop that were popular at the craft shows, starting with a few notebooks. They are all designed, cut and hand bound by me. The pages are recycled paper and the books are 10 x 15cm.

The first design to be added is Madame Rose as seen in these photos. I'll post the others as I go. If you want one you can buy one here: www.ickleson.etsy.com

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Christmas Everyone

I am completely taken over with Christmas excitement this year. I've been baking star shaped shortbread for the neighbours and wrapping presents. I am especially excited about the Gruffulo being on TV on Christmas Day (5.30 BBC1), fantastic!

Anyway I'm off to spend Christmas in Devon, I'll miss my family and a certain little lady, but I'm really looking forward to seeing the sea and snuggling up round a fire.

Happy Christmas Everyone, have a good one x x x

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Edit

I will no longer be attending the affordable art thingy, some times things just don't work out. C'est la vie. I still think it's good these things are happening in Cov thanks to my good friend Emma so if you are nearby tomorrow and looking for some thing a little different to do then pop down.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Chritmas Cards

I've sent out my Christmas cards, both real and electronic and so I thought I'd share this year's design.
I really do feel festive, it keeps snowing, all the shops are playing Cliff Richards and I've bought all my presents. So I have one last craft fair tomorrow and the affordable art evening on Sunday then that's it till the new year.
I'll be spending Christmas in Devon by the sea, so lots of long winter walks and then bundling indoors to sit round the fire drinking and talking - can't wait.
I hope you are all looking forward to a lovely Christmas too, I have a couple of friends who are having tough times at the moment but hope that it will all work out well for them too.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Affordable Art at the Lock Gallery

I took part in the Christmas Art fair at the Canal Basin in Coventry. I really enjoyed it and it was quite successful, until it rained, but for December it was a lovely day. Anyway, off the back of that there's another event, I knocked up the poster in a bit of a hurry, but I've seen the art going onto the walls so I know it'll be good.
So if you're in Coventry and looking for something a bit different to do, come and have a mince pie with us :)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Foxy Man

This is the rough design for a card I made James, it's his birthday today and I always make him a card. They're usually quite silly, but as we both quite like foxes and we have a local one that trots down our street most nights, I though a fox would be fitting. I'll have to post the finished print later as we're about to head out for a birthday lunch.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Mermaid in colour

Here is a cropped version of the mermaid in her newly coloured state. I played around with the colour of her hair but Emma has chosen brown, so brown it is :I've put copyrite on the image because really it belongs to Emma, it'll be her tattoo and I probably won't post the full image untill she has had it done. I just hope she is as happy with it as I am.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Mermaid progress

I've finally had a moment to sit down and carry on with the mermaid for Emma's tattoo. We decided the nipples were a bit much so I've opted for some star fish, once the black and white version is agreed I'll add some colour. Till then, I'm very pleased with how she's turned out.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Warwick Exhibition Centre - Craft fair

This is me, on Sunday, at the Contemporary Arts Craft Fair. I got up in the wee hours of the morning to set in my little car full of all the things I've been making over the last few weeks. I then drove off into the country side and got myself lost. I spend about half an hour thinking I should give up and go home (to save petrol more than anything else), and then I found the exhibition centre, so I set up and spent the day selling and chatting to other artists and crafters.
I met some lovely people and, although I didn't make a fortune, I did feel that the whole thing was a great success.

...plus I got to wear my Cath Kidston apron as my money belt - Woo Hoo!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Warning - nipples

My friend Emma asked me to draw a mermaid tattoo for her, so here's part of the first sketch, not quite happy with the face yet, but getting there.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ducky Swan

I'm making some adorable swans for the craft fair, but to save arguments when people call the ducks I'm going to label them Ducky Swans : If they sell well I might add a few to etsy as well.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Swirls and Butterflies

I found this old illustration whilst unpacking after our move. It was sandwiched between some sketchbooks. I thought I'd scan it so I could rework it one day, but I actually quite like it as it is. I used to put swirls on everything (not a lot has changed), I quite like how this one they're almost like ironwork around the fragile butterflies. I wonder what else will turn up...

I'm busy making things for the Christmas Craft fair again. I'll post things as I go. My favourite so far are some swans with little collars on.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Yellow Goat Giveaway

No I'm not giving away yellow goats but Yellow Goat Design is having a beautiful giveaway.

So many gorgeous things, you have the chance of winning some pretty tape and some japanese paper goods of your choice. I have a real weakness for this sort of thing.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Hectic times part two

This is the finished card that I gave out to all my Surrey friends. I made it into a postcard so that I could add a personal message to each of them on the back.
We moved last Saturday but it has taken till now to get things sorted, we had no phone, internet, TV, oven and we couldn't find anything amongst all the boxes. Things are much better now. I'm applying a fresh coat of white paint to my new garden studio and hopefully tomorrow will be able to set that up too. Maybe by Monday it will be life as normal...

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Hectic times

I am moving in just over a week but only found out today that we definitely had a house to move into. There's nothing like cutting it close... Anyway I've been working on a typography based postcard to give to my friends down here to show I appreciate them and also provide them with my new address. I won't show the finished thing until they've got them but here are some of the elements involved.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Mushie Label

This is the label I've made for the Mushies, they are going to be individually boxed with a greeting card (photos soon I promise). Then I'll sell them in the shop and at craft fairs.

Eash one will be numbered so you will know which one you've got and how many others were made before it.

I have exciting news, I'm moving in October to a bigger place so I'll have a studio at home. I'll also be closer to friends and family which will be magic.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Plant a Sunset Garden - Custom Munny

I've finished 'Plant a Sunset Garden' the red Munny I've been planning for a while, she's all varnished and re-assembled and here she is:
I'm so super proud. Doesn't she look just perfect next to 'Plant a Moonlight Garden'? They have been lots of fun to do, am really tempted to paint more.
They are both available in my new shop - ickleshop.com

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Owls Glorious Owls

Don't know if you remember this post well here is the finished project:
A collection on little owl pots, each with their own character. I'll be adding them to the shop soon and they will come with small owl gift cards. They just make me smile. I'll let you know when they're in the shop.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Plant a Moonlight Garden - Custom Munny

Here is the finished Munny, he’s been finished a while and has stood looking out of my front window. 'Plant a Moonlight Garden' is my first Dunny custom, painted in acrylics, in delicious blues, greens and purples. You can see my brush strokes but I prefer it that way - signs of how something was created and the hands that did it, if I wanted a more polished and slick version then I would buy a mass produced, machine printed Munny designed by someone else... this little guy however was lovingly customised by me. I really enjoyed painting him so much that I’ve decided to paint a friend for him, in red, and I have a few Dunnys to play with too. Huzzah!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Sneaky peaky

I've been spending a lot of my time just painting at the moment, I'm really enjoying it. I seem to spend most of my week on the computer for one reason or another so getting my hands dirty (well, painty really) is supremely satisfying. Here we have some more mushrooms and a Munny I'm working on. Don't worry - the Munny will have arms eventually.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Logo's

I've been working on a couple of logo's recently. More will be revealed soon but for now, here they are:

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Holiday Highlight

The best bit of the whole holiday was walking to and from ‘Watersmeet’ which is a spectacular valley leading to where two rivers meet before they head to the sea. I think it is one of my favourite places. There are lots of little waterfalls, deep still pools and then areas where the water just babbles along over the rocks. We stopped at ever bridge and cove to take it all in and sat on rocks watching the water run by. At the point where the rivers meet there is a beautiful picnic area and National Trust Shop. It was great to see so many people just enjoying the area after our long walk during which we hardly saw a soul.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Hols

Well I have returned from one of the best Holidays I’ve ever had. It was so good I’m going to find it hard to summarise it for you. We went to Lynton and Lynmouth in North Devon where we walked the coastal paths and ate glorious food in old pubs. Monday we went to Woolacombe where James went surfing whilst I sat day reaming and doodling on the beach. On Tuesday we took a two hour boat ride (across a very choppy sea) to Lundy Island where puffins live. I didn’t see any Puffins but I did see Dolphins chasing the boat on the way there and the way back. I also saw wild black rabbits who were very cool but camera shy. There are not many people who live on Lundy and it is a very craggy island facing out into the Atlantic which gives it a really eerie feel.
Weds we headed down to St Ives in Cornwall where the Modernist artists used to live and work, it is now an incredibly busy but pretty harbour with beach coves on either side and fabulous winding streets that allow you to peep at different views. There are still a lot of artists studios there so it was very inspiring and I found a fabulous Flea Market where I bought this.
We ate a fabulous fish restaurant on the harbour side and drank cocktails late into a glorious summer night. Thurs I explored even further whilst James soaked up some sunshine on the beach.
Friday morning, we went for a lovely horse ride along the Doone Valley (where the book ‘Lorna Doone’ is based). I had a lovely stubborn pony called Maggie who had a fab side parting which made her look extra moody, she didn’t like walking through mud and took a different route to the other horses and just really wanted to eat the Ferns. I admired her character though.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Oh I do love to be beside the seaside… tiddly um pom pom

Well I’m off on holi-bobs tomorrow. A four hour drive to Devon to the land of sea, goats and ponies. I’m really ready for it, it will be my first whole week off since Christmas – Woo Hoo!
I’m going to St Ives Cornwall for an overnight stay on Weds, hoping to visit the Tate and soak up the arty atmosphere: http://www.tate.org.uk/stives/art-in-stives/ and knowing me I won’t want to come back. Sigh…
And we have a two hour boat trip planned to Lundy Island on the promise of seeing puffins, porpoises, seals and such like… sadly no penguins but I’m secretly hoping to see a great blue whale – surely that’s not too much to ask for J

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Art deco adventure

On my way down to Brighton yesterday I stopped of in a little seaside village called East Preston and wile I was there I found this amazing old garage - Manor Road Garage.It's been empty for years and is decaying and shabby but to me this is what makes it all the more beautiful. It still has it's original sign and pumps. How cool!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Many Pies...

I am doing a wide variety of things at the moment, trying my hand at different crafts (like the crochet) and also new mediums like customising Vinyl toys. I've been inspired by Lunabee and Small and Round, if you don't know their work you might want to have a look. It's great fun to try new things and exercises the creativity muscle.

But anyway, I bring you my first Custom Dunny - Star Vine:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

When I'm not drawing...

When I'm not illustrating, I work for English Heritage and I was really lucky to go on on two site visits. Saltwood Castle, where I actually went up the scaffolding: And Westenhanger Castle in Kent:

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Planning the Fututre

I've been starting to dream of living by the sea, somewhere relaxed but with plenty of creative people to meet. I know exactly where I want to be - BRIGHTON. We were actually planning on moving there when we ended up in Guildford, but now I think we're going to work out a plan to get there. Some shots from my weekend visit
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