New Products So Far in 2016


I just wanted to write a quick blog post featuring the new products that I have launched so far this year in my Etsy shop.

Patterned Notebook

This notebook has been printed onto recycled paper, has 48 lined pages and the pattern on the cover was designed by myself using some simple drawings that were edited using digital software.  That's something I'm quite proud of since it's a wonderful feeling seeing something you designed on the computer, finally printed onto a product.

The size of this notebook is A5 which is approx. 148 mm x 210 mm or 5.83" x 8.27" and very handy for handbags and desks and at the breakfast table in the morning.

My new notebook is for sale in my Etsy shop here Stacey-Ann Cole Art

My new notebook is for sale in my Etsy shop here Stacey-Ann Cole Art

Hand drawn Clip Art Set

Another product I launched is a new downloadable clip art set.  This set would be suitable for bloggers to use as decorative elements for their banners or blog posts.  It is also perfect for scrapbookers to use for their layouts and basically for anyone who would like affordable, easy to use digital art.  Other uses could be to design invitations, greeting cards and calendars to print at home.  Here is what the set looks like and it is also available in my Etsy shop if you'd like to take a look.

Handmade Brooches

Brooches are the latest product that I launched.  They are made using shrink plastic printed with some of my illustrations and although it took me quite a few tries to perfect the technique, I finally cracked it!  I'm pleased with how they turned out and I'm really pleased to have sold a couple of them soon after launching.  They are quite small at about 4cm x 3cm each but are still very cute :-)  Here's what they look like:

These small handmade brooches are available here in my Etsy shop Stacey-Ann Cole Art

These small handmade brooches are available here in my Etsy shop Stacey-Ann Cole Art

I'm working on some more new original art, art prints and more affordable illustrated products.  When they're ready I'll blog about them here too.  Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  

Do you have any new products, new art or new anything that you would like to share too?  Just post a comment below and I'll be happy to take a look!

Inktober Drawing Challenge

So I was invited to join in with Inktober a few days ago by talented artist Chanel Christoff Davis and on a whim, I said yes.  

It's basically just committing to draw 31 ink drawings in 31 days for the month of October with just a few rules:

Rules for Inktober (copied from the Inktober website):

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it on your blog (or tumblr, instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)

3) Hashtag it with #inktober

4) Repeat

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.

I quite like drawing in ink and I have several ink pens so I thought that this would be a nice daily drawing practice for me to take part in.  Any excuse to draw!  

Here are my first two ink drawings posted on my Instagram so far: 


Inktober Day 1 Drawing



Inktober Day 2 Drawing

I'll keep posting everyday, even on the days when I don't feel inspired, which I think is what creativity is all about actually.  I've learned that its important to push through, especially on the days when the ideas are not flowing and these drawing/art challenges that I sometimes take part in, really help me to do that.

Current Project

Here's a little update on one of the projects I'm working on.  Through some online courses that I'm taking, I'm learning about how to put surface pattern collections together including main designs with co-ordinating pieces.  None are finished yet but this is a little peek into how it's going:

Main Design - Retro TVs

And here is the co-ordinate pattern that I'm working on to go with it:

I'm enjoying working on this retro themed collection, especially the colours, and I'd like to do a couple more co-ordinates and a couple more main patterns too to complete the collection.

When I've got some more surface patterns to show, then I'll post them here on the blog.

What's everyone else working on?  I'd love to see!  Please post in the comments if you'd like me to visit your blog :-)





New Surface Pattern Design Skills

Recently I've been taking a couple of online courses so that I can learn surface pattern design and new digital art skills.  The classes have been so much fun and funnily enough this new way of working is giving me lots of inspiration for my watercolour paintings  In fact, the two disciplines seem to feed each other.  Here are a few of my pattern designs that I created recently:

                                                   Meadow in a Jar Surface Pattern Design © Stacey-Ann Cole 2015

                                                   Meadow in a Jar Surface Pattern Design © Stacey-Ann Cole 2015

Here is the same pattern in another colourway:

                             Meadow In A Jar Surface Pattern Design (Buttermilk Colourway) © Stacey-Ann Cole 2015

                             Meadow In A Jar Surface Pattern Design (Buttermilk Colourway) © Stacey-Ann Cole 2015

And here is a completely new pattern:

                                                       Scattered Leaves Surface Pattern Design © Stacey-Ann Cole 2015

                                                       Scattered Leaves Surface Pattern Design © Stacey-Ann Cole 2015

One of the things I love most about these new digital art skills I'm learning, is that I can still do lots of drawings and just import them into the software to edit and colour digitally.  So it still feels as if I'm being quite hands on with this way of creating art.

Keep checking back here on my blog for more of my digital artwork as well as my other work too.





Line Drawings, Typography & Playing Catch Up


I'm back from my break (more info on that in another blog post!) and have been playing catch up with a lot of admin and behind the scenes work that has piled up since I've been away.  So that's why I've been so quiet and not posting to Facebook or Twitter.  The last week and a half has seen me replying to enquiries, tidying and organising, making lists and plans and updating my accounts.  The UK Online Tax Return deadline is fast approaching so I've been working towards that too.  In addition to these, my youngest has been poorly and off school the last couple of days so this week has definitely been a challenge!

This all means that I've had little time for actually making art but I do like to find little pockets of time to be even a little bit creative. Since I started taking Lisa Congdon's Line Drawing Basics class, it has reignited my love of drawing, patterns and lines. The fact that it is self paced and there are no strict deadlines has been great too. Here are a couple of the drawings I completed as I followed along with Lisa's videos in the class.  They were actually more or less done before I left on my break, so when I came back I just finished off the little bits that were left:

Patterned Letters

I've finished the class now and it has certainly been fun.  Patterns and line drawings are already creeping into my watercolour paintings and I have some Works In Progress to show you in my next blog post, so stay tuned for that.

Until next time,