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1. Freebie Friday!

New addition to the blog!


I’ve been obsessing over creating cute little clip arts lately. Mostly ’cause I never have any handy when someone asks me to make invitations, birthday cards, etc. In doing so I thought I’d share a free downloadable file to you every friday. Here’s this weeks download:


click here to download


I thought this would also be the perfect time to announce
I have a new store on Etsy!

Beautifique Digital is where you can find all sorts of digital downloadable goodies.
It’s a little bare right now, but come visit me often. More updates on the way!



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2. DESIGNER - Graffik Heart

Amanda Shufflebottom is a graphic designer of twenty plus years, based in the south west. In the last few years Amanda has been attempting to crossover to more 'graphic illustration' and is hoping to progress into getting some of her works licensed for the giftware/stationery market. Amanda has also produced some kitchenware samples such as large magnetic notice board and worktop savers. You

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3. "Summer Nightsong" from "If I Could"

A few years ago I was asked to create illustrations for a lovely poem/story called "If I Could" by Susan Milord. The story had few details and once again my art director at Candlewick press gave me the freedom and support to produce a series of images that were personal and captured those special moments shared by a little one and his/her parent or grandparent. I loved this project and brought so much of my personal experiences to the finished art. The beach is the one just down the street from the studio and yes, I have bundled up in a blanket with my own kids and watched the stars!
This original painting was just posted at my ETSY shop. 

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4. here is a song for you

Here's a new drawing. Well, it's a new old drawing. You may well have seen it before. Quite recently actually.

I have a string of half finished drawings hanging around the house. I come across them all the time. In the strangest of places. Drawings that I've given up on for various reasons. Now and again though I'll try and breathe new life into them. This is what happened here.

This drawing must be at least three years old. It actually had a shoe print on it that I had to erase (I really do find them in strange places). I remember that I'd had this great idea of drawing each and every one of my pencil cases. I got half way through this before realising what a rubbish idea that was.

There was, however, another reason that I resumed this drawing; for a long time now people have been asking me if I'd considered making a film of me in action (drawing that is). When I came across this drawing I felt it could be used to show how I go about cross hatching. So, that's what I did - I say that's what 'I' did but I actually mean that's what a friend with the technology and know-how did.  Thanks Tim!

You can see the film in my last blog post or HERE.

Plus, you can get your hands on this drawing, and film star (haven't you always wanted to get your hands on a film star?),  as it is for sale in my little Etsy shop HERE.

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take a peek....

and everyone have a safe and happy labor day weekend! :)

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6. Etsy Shop Update!

Etsy Shop Update!

Yes, it's finally happened: an actual update to my Ward-O-Matic Etsy Shop with NEW prints! Amazing! Here are the three prints that are now available (top to bottom, L to R): Vinyl Kid, SX-70 Camera Boy, SX-70 Camera Girl.

Prints shown above are the 5" x 7" size. All three are available in 8.5" x 11" as well. Yay!

Here, let me hold them for all of you to see (again, these are the 5 x 7" size):

Etsy Update: Vinyl Kid print

Etsy Update: SX-70 Camera Kids

The link: The Ward-O-Matic Shop

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7. How Etsy Is Using Vine and Stop Motion to Build Its Brand

Vine, Twitter’s mobile looped video app, is less than a year old and still remains a new frontier. Not everyone is sure how to use it and like most of the Internet, the common subject matter of Vines center around cats, babies and high school kids. For that reason, the people who are experimenting with the capabilities of Vine as a medium truly stand out.

Etsy has recently produced a handful of stop motion Vines that are not only fun to watch, they reinforce the DIY aesthetic that defines the online market’s brand. Etsy’s initial Vines were a product of Hack Week, an event where the company’s engineers are encouraged to abandon their regular work and focus on any project of their choosing. Nicole Licht and Clare McGibbon, one of Etsy’s in-house designers and support staff members, respectively, decided to take advantage of the event. “The goal for us during that week was to jump start Etsy’s participation on Vine, experiment, and collaborate across teams,” Licht told Cartoon Brew.

Even though the team had no experience in stop motion animation, they set out to make at least one video a day. Prior to each shoot, they sketched out their ideas and gathered craft supplies, but kept their agenda loose. “We found that improvising and seeing how the materials responded in the moment made the most sense,” said Licht. With just natural lighting, a lightweight tripod, and an iPhone mount, the process of making a single six second vine took anywhere between one and four hours. “We really had to just go for it once we started shooting,” added Licht. “With Vine, you either post or not. There are no editing or saving functions, so we never reshot.”

Few other companies, thus far, have discovered how to effectively use Vine. They could certainly take a lesson from Etsy, where employees are given the freedom to take new approaches and experiment with ideas and tools along the way.

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8. TEXTILES - sarah waterhouse

sarah waterhouse is a sheffield based designer who hand prints all her own fabrics in her studio using organic inks, hemp and cotton. last year sarah starting printing by the metre and plans to add upholstery weight fabrics to her collection. sarah has an etsy shop and a great blog showing the creation of the designs and printing process.

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9. little olivine...

featured in this lovely mermaid treasury found here:

i love how humbling it is to be recognized by other artists and i love the opportunity etsy provides by allowing artists of all types to share their gift with the world. 

as for little olivine here, i am so emotionally attached to this little mermaid. i mean art for me is always an emotional attachment. i sometimes wonder if you have to be another one of *us* to really understand that. that feeling of if you can't paint/draw/create, that you can't survive. that is how i feel every single day of my life and i live and breathe to do it and i do it to live and breathe. without it there is nothing. not for me anyway. no amount of money or anything/anyone could take it's place. it's not only a part of me...it is ALL of me. 

with that being said, when little olivine sells, i will shed some tears for sure. bittersweet ones, knowing that she will be making some little girl very happy. besides, she can't live in my studio forever...and she's always in my heart because that's where she came from to begin with :)

such a sap, i know...

speaking of mermaids, i'm still working on the whole series, just having some neck and arm pain right now so trying to take it easy a bit. which is something that does not come easy for me.

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10. printing workshop

After a busy week of helping out with science projects and play practice, I settled in for some drawing, painting and making in the studio. The weather is amazing, and the sun is pouring in my windows.
I carved some stamps and a small plate for printing, and helped carve another little stamp to illustrate a science experiment. - don't worry, these were behavioral studies :)

This note card is a linoleum print with collage flowers. Since I actually left town this week - hurray! - I stopped at a craft store and bought some screen printing supplies: drawing fluid and screen filler. I've been playing with paper stencils, and I'm ready to make something more permanent. Very exciting!

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11. ~HaPpY MaRcH~

well, the first day of March has officially arrived, which means spring is not too far off. happy for most people right? not so much for me, as winter is my favorite season and we seem to have gotten shafted of yet another really snowy winter (which makes the arrival of spring even harder for me to digest) :(

anyhoo...my beautiful aquamarine hued mermaid, Beryl, has been featured in a treasury over at etsy welcoming in the new month. take a peek at some of the other interesting pieces she has featured in shades of the calming and peacefully beautiful aquamarine.

below are some crops of March themed illustrations and their links, where you can purchase prints of them. 
oh, and Easter is early this year (March 24th) so i believe there may be a CUTE little bunny FOR SALE in my shop as well, an ORIGINAL PENCIL DRAWING. check him out, if you will....:)


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12. VALENTINES 2013 - thimblepress

valentine's day is fast approaching and one place to find something stylish and original is the thimblepress by kristen ley's etsy shop. here i have picked out some of their beautiful prints and a whole selection of valentine's cards.

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13. NEW WORK - jane ormes

it has been so hot here in england for the last couple of weeks that this sun print from artist jane ormes seemed very appropriate. the screenprinted design is called 'bring me sunshine' and was one of her new pieces for the exhibition printfest, along with these two charming owls below. jane also has lots of other new gocco prints currently for sale in her etsy shop here.

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14. Splat!

I managed to fall down my stairs and land on my right knee SPLAT! Ouch.. Ouch... Ouch!! I hit so hard it knocked the wind out of me. I don't get along with my stairs (I seriously fall up them as well). 

Here is some artwork I added to my Etsy shop today.

Happy Friday

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15. ETSY SALE - roddy and ginger

roddy & ginger are having a 25% off sale in their etsy shop until 20th july and this gave me the perfect excuse to showcase some of their latest designs. i especially loved the mid century colours and pattern of 'twister' shown above and below.

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16. Postage Stamp Pendant - Edward Lear

from   bookshelvesofdoom 

UK 32p Edward Lear stamp encased in glass. This stamp features an entry from his alphabet book, and is part of the 1988 Edward Lear set. The glass pieces are wrapped with foil and soldered (with lead-free solder), then a pendant bail is attached with epoxy. 

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17. The lighter side of art…

As many of people know, while I do draw cute things, they tend to have a darker side.  I have been lately working on some art that is more on the cute side without the twists and darkness.  That is not to mean I am giving up my dark, whimsical view of fairy tales, but diversifying my art.

The Sweet Little Mermaid

So I would like to introduce my new line of art known as Little Fairytale Art, a new line of prints and jewelry brought to you by Diana Levin Art.  I have decided to run this line as a separate etsy store, starting with three pieces that will gradually expand over time.  This store will run in conjunction with my regular etsy store, allowing me to show the two sides of my art, growing each store individually while having some crossover.  As the lines progress, they may merge into one store or each may grow into further different directions becoming even more unique collections.

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18. Knitting cables

Its knitting season!

I've had a knitting shop on etsy for a while, which I haven't "worked" much. At all. In fact, I've emptied it out altogether more than once, and left it sitting there, abandoned, for long periods of time. 

But I have all this yarn. A lot of yarn. Seriously. I'm a yarnaholic. Some of you might like beads, or colored pencils, or fabric, or something else. You know what I'm talking about. Your 'thing' is on sale somewhere, and its calling out to you. You never need it, you just have to have it. 
Well, that's how I am with yarn.

Sometimes I just can't commit to doing a whole big project, like a shawl or big scarf even, because of time. So I've been trying to come up with something small I can make, that's fun and cool.

I love love love love cables, so starting playing with some ideas. How could I make a 'stand alone' piece of cabling, not attached to a sweater or something? Usually you see cabling done within a panel, with plainer stitches on either side. I wondered what would happen if I just isolated them. What would it look like? Sometimes you try these genius ideas and end up with a hot mess.  

But this time my idea worked. I actually started with a much more complicated braided piece, then edited it down to these simpler ones. And having it look like a bow tie was a happy accident! My intention was to make an accent pin - something you could wear for a pop of color or texture on a sweater or jacket. The larger ones just happen to look like a bow tie.

So I sewed a pin back to the back of each one, and voila! We have Cable Knit Bow Tie Pins and Mini Cable Knit Bow Pins.

It was fun to make the little cards to pin them to. Taking the pictures for the shop is never my favorite thing, but a necessary evil. (I always wonder about the people who do the pro photo shoots, with models and all. How on earth do they manage that?) So I do the best I can.

There are 25 new pieces in the shop, mostly all Fall-ish colors. Christmas and holiday ones are in the works. I hope to do some hair clips and other little goodies too. How cute would these be on pet collars? If you have an idea for one, or would like to commission me to make some for you, please let me know! 

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19. Showing some of my influences at ETSY.


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20. More art for sale

Had to get the dust rag out for my poor blog here. Figured I'd better post something, anything, just to keep things going. Its amazing how much time goes by before you realize "hey! I haven't blogged in forever."

I decided to list a few more (OK, quite a few more) pieces on etsy. Prints, and originals too.

There's some picture book art ~

Mad Cats

Cozy Quilt

Bedtime Story

and some dark ones too, just for fun ~

Dark Nutcracker

And also some food, of course ~

Not From Around Here

and especially chocolate ~

Heath Bar

Chocolate Buttercream

there can never be too much chocolate ~

Hazelnut Truffle

Tootsie Roll

Slo Poke

I've done more than these, and there are more queued up to be listed over the next few days. Christmas is coming, and I figure people might want to give some nice art for presents. Hope so, anyway. I'm sure I could squeeze in a commission or two before then, so if you're thinking of giving an original piece of art, please give me a holler!
I also have some drawings of yarn and knitting, which I'm thinking of putting in the knitting shop, just to jazz it up over there a bit. {{ In my free time. }}

As I write this, that horrible Frankenstorm is threatening the East Coast. I shudder just thinking about it. Praying everyone will be safe and sound, and all the critters too. Its been lovely here, with just the right amount of sun, and just cool enough at night for cozy jammies and blanket. And a cat or two. 

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well, because i LOVE SNOW so much (and it's clearly SNOWING right now....) i've decided to run a little FREE SHIPPING sale on all print orders from now until december 31st at midnight (EST).

visit my shop here and treat that special little one in your life to some cuteness and enchantment :)


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22. PRINT THEME - tribal

from time to time i post up a print theme and this time it focuses on tribal designs which can currently be seen on all manor of fashion items, art prints, and phone cases. the inspiration for this theme comes from aztec and navajo type motifs as well as nordic influences and a recent trend for all things triangular. to demonstrate the theme i have picked out some products and designs from etsy

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23. Original Art For Sale

Looking for the Real Thing?
Purchasing an original is a big deal. 

Not only is the price demanding, but you're investing in something unique, one of a kind, fragile, and ultimately an asset to you and your legacy.

Sounds deep, but art collecting truly is just that.

My goal this year is to make my originals more obtainable to you. Throughout the year you will find them on Facebook in a photo album, here under Art for Sale, and hopefully soon on my website.

The blog is the simplest way to purchase an original. Visit Art for Sale (found at the top of this page), find the piece, and click Purchase.

It goes through Paypal, and if that doesn't work for you, please Email me and we can make an arrangement. If you've ever done business with me, then you know I'll do whatever is in my abilities to make it work for you.

Buying art isn't like buying something from the store, it's an investment...remember? I make that investment too by serving you, getting to know who you are, and if possible check in and see how that piece is working for you and your home.

I also create Custom Work 
If you're interested in owning an original, but don't see one you'd like to purchase simply request a custom piece by visiting my Etsy shop and contacting me through the "Request custom item" link there, or email me.

Please be sure to read these Policies first before you ask for a custom piece...as it should answer most of your questions.

New works will be added often, so keep your eye on the Art for Sale page by bookmarking it!

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24. Hostess Cupcake

How could I not draw one of these? 

5.5" x 4.5"-ish on 8"x 8" Stonehenge paper

If you don't know, its a Hostess Cupcake. Its an iconic American snack food. We all remember eating these as kids. And recently, Hostess announced they were going out of business. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
So there was a run on these at the stores, and I managed to get the last package at my local grocer's. 

I have a fond memory of touring the Wonder / Hostess plant here on a school field trip in about the second grade. The place smelled so wonderful! And we were all given a wee tiny little loaf of freshly baked Wonder Bread to take with us. I always loved driving by the place, rolling down the windows to catch that heavenly freshly-baked scent. But now, alas, its quiet and empty and there are no more fresh bread smells. Very sad. Very sad indeed.

So I drew a cupcake for posterity. (I also have a loaf of Wonder Bread and some other goodies in the freezer that may become drawings as well, we'll see.)

I scanned this a few times along the way as I was drawing it, so you can see how it developed.
I started with Coloursofts - this was a layer of Brown Earth.

Then I added more browns, and a layer of Loganberry. 
The icing is Polychromo Bistre, Cream, and Ivory.

Then a layer of my beloved Polychromo Caput Mortuum. I love love love that color!
And more of the same on the icing.

To finish off the top I added some PC Sepia and Burnt Sienna.
The icing just got "more".
The cupcake itself was a combination of all the already mentioned colors, just done to look like cake instead of frosting.

I'm not really a fan of burnishing, just because once you 'go there' there is no turning back. And doing a lot of it can hurt your hand (well, mine, anyway). But to get the frosting to look really smooth, I had to burnish a bit. Then the rest of it had to get burnished as well, just so it all looked the same. So this piece was pretty fussy, but it was still a lot of fun to do.

I've put it up for auction on ebay, here. I started the bidding high, because I'm rusty on 'ebay-ing' and couldn't find the reserve listing thing they used to have (with that, you can start bidding low, but set a reserve price so that if the bidding doesn't go high enough, no one will get it). I don't want it to sell too cheap. It may not sell at all! And if not, I'll put it in my etsy shop.

I did do prints in the etsy shop though.

Not sure what's next - maybe a Twinkie? All I could get on that last day were chocolate cream ones, not the white gooey ones, so I'm dithering about whether to do them or not. Wait, I think I have some Ho-Hos ...

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25. love me doodle

Posting a couple of oldies here, whilst I get my head around Photoshop and while I tackle (struggle with) my tax returns. It really is the worse job of the year. Made only worse when you leave it until the last minute.

These drawings are both on sale. And, are both on a sale (?). Excuse me for peddling my wares but yes, I'm skint again. It seems being a professional doodler isn't the most lucrative way of making a living. The original, of the drawing above, is on sale at a ridiculously cheap price. One of my gorgeous friends said that this drawing was like 'jewellery flotsam, a tide-line of trinkets' and, you know, that's exactly the effect I was going for. The price has been reduced, by a third, and you can buy it HERE.

The print of this, probably my most famous drawing, is also currently on sale. HALF PRICE! And you can get your mits on it HERE.

The day started so well. Me, and this drawing, are featured in the London Metro today. In a piece about doodling. If you'd like to read it here's THE LINK. To be honest, just being mentioned in the same article as Larry David has made my day, week, year.

Something tells me, though, that today's going to go downhill from here. Right then, *rolls up sleeves* come on you tax returns. Let's be having you.

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