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1. confessions of an obsessive sketchbooker

It started with a girl on a train. I had to start it somewhere, so it started there.
Then I got into work and it grew (I still have to pinch myself that I go into work to draw).
I was trying to cover up the mess of the marker pens that had bled through the previous and following pages. I love marker pens, they are my new favourite thing. But they do not like sketchbooks. They do make a right old mess. Although I kind of like that. I like the challenge and, actually, you could look at it in a totally different way; the stains/mess give you something to work with.
Yeah. Plus, it really suits the way I like to create my sketchbook drawings these days. You see, this chaos and mess expresses much more about what goes on inside my head than any of my earlier 'perfect', serene, calm sketchbook drawings did. Sure, I get that I was looking for that at the time - a kind of peace - and that's what I was hoping to achieve from drawing, but, for along time I denied the mess. Not any more.
There are no rules to this kind of drawing. Nor rules or restrictions to making these kind of spreads. They're just a sprawling stream of things that are happening multiplied by a stream of consciousness. That, at this present moment in time, is my favourite way to create my sketchbooks. And, is the most interesting way too.
Okay, there's just one rule. Spotted it?
Yeah, never leave one millimetre of paper untouched!
There is still a little time to order from my shop for Christmas. Inspire someone you know, to draw their lives, with my zines or books. Or treat yourself. You can find my goodies, all created with love, HERE.

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2. TEA TOWELS - mel smith

Designer Mel Smith has been busy working on her new Travel Bug collection - an ongoing range of designs and illustrations which are inspired her own trips. Mel started with her home town of London and followed with her next destinations - Marrakech and Amsterdam, and most recently has added New York to the mix. These designs are featured on tea towels, art prints, cards, mugs, coaster sets and

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3. raining cats and dogs

Still keeping up with #inktober (just about) and the last few days have been all about cats and dogs.
Not sure where it came from, some dark recess of my mind no doubt. Actually this poodle has been trapped inside trying to get out for ages. 
I've also been trying to work outside of the sketchbook. Not that I'm giving up in the sketchbook. NOOOOO way. I'd never do that, my sketchbooks are my favourite places to draw and that was the problem.
I just felt I couldn't draw outside of the sketchbook. And when I feel like that about some drawing related thing, these days, I challenge myself to....well....challenge the 'I can't' thoughts and feelings. 
So, with that in mind, I've decided to use up all of the scraps of paper I have around the house. It started with my bicycle challenge (the one where I felt I could never draw a bike so I drew fifty in a few weeks. Actually, I'm not sure I've blogged about that yet) I gathered every bit of blank paper in the whole house and have started drawing on them. 
A friend of mine bought this 1920s music paper for me so I drew on that. I drew on the cardboard backs of sketchbooks. And on brown paper. On old water colour pads. Anything that's been hanging around. It's getting drawn on.
 Like this poodle, if it's a bit of paper that can be drawn on then it won't be hanging around for long. It's going walkies.
Cat and dog drawings available HERE.

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4. Teoh To Me (a reference you'll only get if you're British, unless the Chuckle Brothers have gone global)

Check out this lovely review of my book by Teoh of Parka Blogs. For those of you who haven't yet got a copy it'll tell you all you need to know about the book. Apart from the bit about me being French. I'm not. I've just always wanted to be!
Thanks so much Teoh.
You can get hold of a copy of my book HERE.

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5. i got the blogging blues

No matter how many good intentions I have, I just can't keep  my blogging up. I sometimes even forget it's here. I can Facebook, Tweet, Instagram and even Flickr, but I just can't get into a blogging habit. 
Here, I bring you some flowers to apologise. Thanks to those of you who still visit. I'm not sure why you would. I hardly ever seem to. For those of you who keep up with yours; HOW do you do it?
Flowers for sale HERE

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6. Happy Fall!!!

celebrating my second favorite season (winter being the first, of course-snow lover here....) by having a SALE on EVERYTHING in my shop. prints, compact mirrors, original paintings and drawings are all included in that 20% off. why not do a little early Christmas (yay!!!) shopping now?! from a girl who is always ahead of the game, Christmas shopping in late September sounds very appealing....but then again shopping always sounds appealing to me. ;)

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7. this little fire starter....

serafina~fire goddess
11x14 acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel 2015
i thought it might be fun to take on the four elements (in between commissions), so i began with a self-portrait of sorts...the true definition of a fire sign.

meet serafina, the goddess of fire. PRINTS (AND SUCH) can be found through the shop links here. also, the ORIGINAL PAINTING is FOR SALE. contact me if interested and please place the word SERAFINA in the subject line so i don't mistake it for spam/junk mail.

i'm hoping to get to the remaining elements (air, water and earth) SOON! :) currently working on a couple commissions.... Read the rest of this post

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8. Maidenhair

A small pencil drawing I just popped in the shop.

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9. Girls Who Wear Glasses


I'm knee-deep in summer-ing at the moment. There's been the requisite swimming, some mighty fine cold brew and nights spent reading late, as it's too hot to sleep (not that I'm complaining, mind you).

In addition to things of a seasonal nature, there's been plenty of experimenting going on. I'm finishing up some stickers (see above), working on pins and making assorted things for the shop and fall Open Studios. I'm getting ready to burn a screen, hopefully to print up some tea towels (fingers crossed). And I'm sketching new things, playing with different media, using some downtime to stretch myself creatively.

So all in all? I give Summer a solid five stars.

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10. CARDS - hooray today

One of my favourite card companies I have discovered in recent times has been Hooray Today. This fab stationery company was founded in 2014 by illustrators and product designers Allison Black and Alyssa Nassner. The fun duo love confetti, designing colourful fruit, and creating vibrant happy typography that really brings fun and humour back to everyday celebrations. In their online shop and

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11. ETSY SHOP - maggiemagoo

These beautiful patterns are from MaggieMagoo Designs, aka Leeds based surface pattern designer Carole Fenwick. Carole named her business after her mischievous terrier Maggie and creates contemporary homewares and original screen prints. The MaggieMagoo Etsy Shop has only just opened with a lovely selection of tea towels, notebooks, and art prints. The prints were inspired by nature, mid

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12. Coffee and Tea

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13. 100 Bicycles

Here's another of my current projects and obsessions. I'm not entirely sure where it came from but it's quickly taken over. Bikes, bikes and more bikes.
 It probably really took hold when I visited the Eroica Britannia festival this year. It's a festival and celebration of cycling. The cyclists ride through the gorgeous Peak District on pre 1987 bikes. So lots of wonderful vintage, classic and iconic bikes to look at and draw.
 The thing, I find with bikes is they are not easy to draw. With all their angles and proportions and round wheels and whatnot, they are difficult little blighters. But I love the challenge of something difficult. Once you get to grips with it and start getting it right there's a great feeling of satisfaction.
So, I think that's where this all started. The bike thing. I always remember reading, when I first started drawing, that you've never really got the handle on drawing something until you've drawn it a hundred times. Now I'd probably agree with that.
 And so in September I'll be holding an exhibition, with a friend of mine artist Kate Yorke, called 100 Bicycles. Yes, the title pretty much explains it. We'll be exhibiting one hundred bicycle drawings. Sketches mainly.
I really can't stop. I really mustn't stop. And while I'm loving it why stop? I'm adding some of these sketches to my Etsy shop at very reasonable prices (cheap!) so if you're into bicycles grab yourself a bargain HERE. You'd better hurry though, they're going quick!
 PLUS, for this weekend only, anyone who purchases my Andrea Joseph Bumper Pack will get a FREE bicycle sketch. Check that out HERE.

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14. just a reminder....

summer is flying by....and so is this swimmingly sweet sale! 

EVERYTHING MERMAID (from compact mirrors to original paintings)...20% off throughout the remainder of summer! so, float on over to my etsy shop and pick up something special for that little mermaid of yours! :)

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15. Round and Round


I turned this...


...into this.

I've almost finished sewing up some infinity scarves and should have them in the shop by end of this week. They're made of a rather delicious organic cotton knit and truth be told, I am having an awfully hard time not keeping one for myself. The muggy temperatures, however, are dissuading me from any such theft (rest assured).

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16. CARDS - pattern lounge

These cards are from the new 'The PL collection' by Bindya at Pattern Lounge. The designs are inspired by henna designs, Indian culture and colours but with a modern twist.

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17. Spring Tulip Fairies

Working to incorporate the patterns I have so much fun drawing into fairy dress design. With spring upon us too, tulips and little weed flowers inspire me.

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New Originals On Etsy

Tomorrow I'm listing these cute original watercolor pixies for sale in my Etsy shop. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to see the exact time they'll be going up!

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18. tamping!

My new zine, The Tamp, now has an advert. yes, I've hit the big time. This minature zine is not only a tiny newspaper but also a puzzle. The puzzle is putting the thing together and specifically getting the pages in the correct order. It'll only make sense if they are in the right order. I say 'make sense'...
The newspaper has a tiny comic strip, a tiny film and book review, tiny classified ads. So, as the man says 'READ ALL ABOUT IT!'. Limited print run, get your copy HERE.

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19. SBI Website Revealed

A big project that's been underway since December, my website.

I have many goals for what it can provide my customers and potential clients, yet until all those goals are met, there are a few that have been reached and I feel the site is ready to be revealed.

What Does My Site Offer Now

Goals For the Site

  • List all of my original artwork for sale, paintings and drawings
  • Move prints from Etsy to personal site
  • Offer more licensed gifts such as figurines, mugs, puzzles, etc. 

It would mean so much if you could take a visit and see what's new. Enjoy! :)

Visit the new SaraB Illustration site

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20. Etsy Shop Owner Creates a Kanye West-Themed Bible

Book of YeezusPeople throughout human history have invented a great number of deities from Zeus to Odin to Allah. One creative has decided to put a new spin on the book of Genesis by replacing every reference to the name God with that of controversial hip hop star Kanye West.

The Etsy shop owner behind “the Book of Yeezus” calls his “novelty coffee-table book” a “Bible for the New Age.” Each unit sells for $20.00.

Here’s more about the item: “In a sense, Kanye’s awesome and orchestrated spectacle is truly a religious experience. In a foreword, we explore our consumerist, quick-fix, and information-culture, and celebrate Kanye and the outsized significance he plays in our lives. All of this, bound in a black, hard-cover gold-leaf imprinted book.” (via The Hollywood Reporter)

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21. Gathering

It's Friday -- jazz hands!

And I've just finished restocking my Etsy shop -- there's a few new prints over there, including this woodland maid.

Happy Weekend!

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22. Wednesday - In the Artist Studio

Made it to the middle of the week, and we're all still alive! Norah is getting some rest, and hubby stayed home, now sick too. Thankfully, I still haven't been hit with it, just a scratchy throat and runny nose..... allergies?

Wednesdays I try to make into web work days and painting if I can squeeze it in. I work on my Etsy shop if it needs attention, my personal website, and the Iowa Watercolor Society website...which I volunteer my time to do.

Today it was updating my Etsy shipping profiles to now allow calculated shipping costs. Yay! I really hate over charging people for shipping, and now I don't have to worry. Thank you Etsy.

I have also discovered today that I may need to invest in covered trash baskets.  >_<

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23. How to Do It (self publishing) Yourself

Here's another of my passions folks. Zines. I am a fully fledged zine maker. A zinester, to use the technical term. What is it about making zines I love? Well, it is the whole process. But the main main thing is that it is DIY publishing which means you only answer to yourself. You write, draw, play, create whatever it is that you want to. Totally and utterly authentic. Nobody else has any say, influence or sway over what you want to produce. What can be better than that? Well, making money out of it would be nice. But, that's never the starting point. You'd be sorely disappointed if it was. They are a labour of love. No, the starting point is 'I'm going to make this because I want/need to'. 

It does, however, mean that sometimes we have to flog our creations. So, here's a bundle of my five current zines. Each has a run of 1000. No more no less. And, I've put a SALE on. Normally $50 but I've knocked 20% off so until the end of the week they're just $40.

This is the perfect inspiration kit for anyone who loves drawing or just loves to look at drawings.
Molezine 2
A collection of some of the drawings from my travel themed Moleskine sketchbook. Limited stock.
 How To Draw Like a Loon
Created with nothing but a four colour ballpoint. This zine is all about drawing and handwriting. Filled with lots of exercise for you to try. Including how to make a zine! Very limited stock.
An Idle Daydream
A zine that reviews my favourite (and not so favourite) pens. Also includes some of my favourite blog images from the last eight years.
How to Draw Like a Barmpot
Another tutorial zine. This one focuses on drawing with your imaginations. Includes lots of little exercises to get your imagination working.
The Daily Tamp
A tiny cut-out-and-make newspaper full of stories, film reviews, classified ads and all the usual features of a big full sized newspaper but just tiny.
If you'd like to purchase, or read more about this zine bundle you can do so HERE. You will be supporting an artist to create more publications that you won't find on the supermarket shelves.
Many thanks for listening.

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24. Eloise Renouf

Eloise Renouf’s Etsy shop
features lovely prints of graphic leaves, trees and creatures. Her work quickly demonstrates her passion for nature. Her elegant use of texture and color make work that is instantly recognizable as her own voice. One of the unique strengths in Renouf’s pieces is her ability to create pattern-centric compositions that stand alone successfully as prints.

Not only does she sell work through her Etsy shop, but she has collaborated with companies like Cloud9 Fabrics, Land of Nod, Uppercase Magazine and Target. Some people have even gone so far as to use her work for tattoos!

You can connect with Eloise via Etsy, Facebook and Instagram.









Post written by Bryna Shields.

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25. a woman after my own heart....

"ribbons undone"
©the enchanted easel 
for sure!

this little treasury is everything. anyone who curates a treasury based on Tori Amos songs, well that's someone i just instantly have to show some love for! and, including MY tribute painting to Tori? happy...and humbled. :)

this painting form last year, entitled "ribbons undone" (named after the Tori song of the same name, of course) is one of my favorites. visit my etsy shop to purchase a print of her or a cute little compact mirror (only ONE left...) . also, over at fine art america, you can purchase this piece on a multitude of awesome products....from tote bags to duvet covers.

and, just because we are talking about Tori here, well here's the inspiration for this piece....:)

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