Moths & Butterflies : Part Two

Monday, 30 November 2015

Walking through the city where I live right now is like walking knee deep in honey surrounded by angry bee's. Armed with oversized shopping bags and stares that could kill, swarms of shoppers are hitting the high street in search of that gadget he will use once, and those things she will never wear. 

So, I was relieved to escape and spend some time at the studio last week putting together some limited edition prints for The Old Farmhouse Studio Shop in Dorset (which by the way is opening next weekend! But more on that later). I had some serious fun working on these guys :



Art prints of the whole collection seen here are now available from my Etsy shop in A4 and A3 sizes. Buy all four prints for an eye catching display with a Natural History feel that even Sir David Attenborough himself would surely approve of (oh, how I wish he would!) ahem, anyway, I'm off to prepare for the Christmas shop! Stay tuned for more about that over the coming days!


New Stockist! Atelier Indrukwekkend

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

I placed the box down on to the scales, it's seams bursting with hare's, sausage dogs and chubby little hedgehogs (cards that is). I proudly smiled at the post office cashier and said :

"Morning! This one to The Netherlands please!"

I was met with little enthusiasm, as expected, packages are sent to Holland and beyond every single day. However, at this point in time nothing, no nothing, could burst my bubble. Because my friends, *Artist Not Included is now available from Atelier Indrukwekkend in The Netherlands!

 Atelier Indrukwekkend is a studio and shop based in delft, The Netherlands. In their studio they create bespoke stationary, wedding invitations and T-shirts staying true to traditional printing techniques. They also teach workshops including Lino, Etching and Screen Printing as well as offering open access to artists.
 In their shop they sell hand printed cards and gifts. Not only that, for all you printers out there, check out their Etsy shop for their own brand of inks, squeegee's and various printing tools! I mean (I'm going to geek out here for a minute here okay?) LOOK! Look at the colours!
And this! This kit would make an amazing Christmas present! Look at the crate for goodness sake!


Indrukwekkend translated means Impressive and I think it's rather fitting, don't you?

For more information about Atelier Indrukwekkend please visit their website here : www.atelierindrukwekkend.com and to go on a neon screen printing ink spree you can visit their Etsy shop here : www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Indrukwekkend


Moths & Butterflies

Monday, 16 November 2015

When I think of winter, I think texture ; knitted wool jumpers, rich wrinkled leather, and those fur headbands which I never really understood (I think you need have been Made In Chelsea to pull these off!). 

Anyway, for my latest project I decided to create a collection of Moths and Butterflies in pen and ink, and these winter textures have been a big influence when creating them. 

Moths and Butterflies are fleeting works of art,  trend setters of repeated pattern and if studied closely covered in a plush layer of intricate fur. I worked on every little detail with this collection to create a 'fluffy' effect, and next week these little guys will be turned into large multi coloured screen prints which will be available to purchase from my Etsy shop. So stay tuned!

For more information about Moths and Butterflies please visit The Butterfly Conservation website : www.butterfly-conservation.org







New Prints Available Now!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The other day a man stood next to me at a pedestrian crossing. I waited patiently for the green light as he started to bellow out "Fairytale of New York" at the top of his voice. He was alone, I was alone, it was a mixture of startling and very awkward. However, after this I started to feel more like Christmas is on it's way (so, thank you loud gentleman!) therefore it's about time I shared my new prints with you.

These lovely A4 prints are available in 6 different designs ; Walking Pheasant, Running Hare, Chubby Hedgehog, Mr Cockerel, Mr Duck and Mrs Duck. My Favourites have to be Mr and Mrs Duck that can be matched together to create a lovely gift.



The prints are screen printed by hand from my original hand drawn illustrations onto 350gsm recycled card, signed and sealed in a biodegradable sleeve. I personally think that these prints would look best mounted in a 'Shabby Chic' style white frame. So, for something slightly different this Christmas please visit my Etsy shop. Kick off your shoes, make a nice cup of tea and come on in.



Etsy Shop Update!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

My head has been firmly planted in my sketchbook the past few weeks working on new designs that are to be revealed by the end of this month. So, I apologise if I've been a little quiet, but I am hoping it will be well worth the wait. However, this little guy never get's forgotten especially around Christmas time, and I am excited to say I have some new colours for you that are now available from my Etsy shop!

First up we have "Hot Dog Mustard" (pun very much intended) printed in a bright mustard yellow with black line detail. Then there's the brooding and ever so slightly cheeky "Mr Grey" (again, pun very much intended!) printed with an ice grey background. Both prints are available as A3 head and tail sets and as always, each piece is screen printed by hand from my own hand drawn Illustrations and completely made in Hampshire, UK.

So, it's back to my sketchbook for now but I will be back very soon to show you what's been keeping me so occupied! And if you like what you see then please visit my Etsy shop by clicking here.

Beetles, Moths And An Unexpected Visitor

Sunday, 20 September 2015


Well, work is well underway on my new collections and I wanted to share these little critters with you. 

As you may have noticed, I love Illustrating creatures of all shapes and sizes. I particularly like drawing natural structures and repeating patterns such as feathers and scales, so insects are particularly attractive to me. 


Beetle shells are amazing when you study them closely. The geometric sections join together like a suit of armour, and the colours of some of them can only be likened to sequins. Even the matte black of a Lesser Stag Beetle is fascinating for it's depth. I only wish their exact colours could be bottled!

Then there are moths, like winged warriors of the night (apart from some species of Hawk Moths that also fly in the daytime). The symmetrical patterns on their wings allow them to blend like beautiful wall flowers, but they are far from the shy retiring type to me. Their russian hat style heads (please refer to the Festoon Moth) make me think of theatre costume or high fashion winter attire.

These lovely creatures will eventually be part of a large screen print illuminated with bright colours under the black detail so stay tuned!

On a side note: Whilst I was drawing I was surprised to meet this lovely cricket who crept up onto my plate to hoover up the last of my cracker crumbs.

After some research I found out that this is a Dark Bush Cricket. She has obviously been in a bit of a tussle having lost one antennae and a foot at the front. Hopefully, she will be up and hopping again pretty soon. However, in the meantime she has inspired another bug Illustration, so thanks for stopping by!


New Stockist - Selfridges

Monday, 14 September 2015


It's very exciting here at *Artist Not Included HQ (a.k.a my desk) today, as I can now let you know that the *Artist Not Included card range is stocked in Selfridges! Eeek!

If you are interested in becoming a stockist then please get in touch to request a catalogue: artistnotincluded@gmail.com.


New Stockist - Designers Guild

Monday, 7 September 2015


I am so excited to now count Designers Guild as one of my stockists!

I first discovered Designers Guild when I lived in Bristol. Their Clifton store was my go to for gifts and special homewares. I would often float around in a dream like state, thinking how wonderful it would be to one day stock my work here. Then, it actually happened!

Exciting Times!

www.designersguild.com 



















Christmas 2015

Friday, 4 September 2015


Yes, it seems crazy, but the *Artist Not Included Christmas range is here! Then again, is it really ever too early for dog's in Christmas Jumpers? This range has been a long time in the making, it all started with a Whippet, then the lovely Brinkley from The Dorset Finca came along (inspiration for the Lakeland Terrier design) and it all spiralled from there.

The cards are screen printed by hand onto heavy weight recycled card, teamed with luxury gold envelopes, and sealed in a bio-degradable cellophane bag. The designs are printed from my original Illustrations in black ink, with zingy Christmas Jumpers in neon coral and ice green.

The cards are available to pre-order as early as you like from my Etsy shop now! The cards are made to order so they will be delivered hot off the press to you by set delivery dates (All of which are listed on my Etsy page).


So, that's Christmas sorted then! I've already got my head down again though working on lot's of exciting prints for my Etsy shop coming soon! And, just out of interest, have you noticed the shiny new Pet Portraits button I've added recently? Oh, you haven't? Well, whilst your here you might as well put the kettle on and take a look!

Collaboration With Jackdaw Bindery

Sunday, 16 August 2015


Some use theirs to jot down idea's for that book or a film script, others for doodles of dogs (ahem) or as a place for daily ramblings. Some say using one stretches your IQ, boosts your memory and even improves your self confidence. In my opinion, everyone should try keeping one at some point in their life, I am of course talking about, The Journal.

I had a very special gift to get recently, I had done an Illustration of that persons favourite bird, dreamt up the idea of printing it onto some leather and getting a bespoke journal made. The problem is I dream up these idea's all the time, like when I go shopping, I dream up a dress, go searching for it, but I never find it. However, in this case, my dream could become a reality when I found Jackdaw Bindery.

As soon as I found Jackdaw Bindery on Etsy I knew I was in the right place. Shop owner and bookbinder (very talented lady!) Louise Knight, was enthusiastic about my idea from the start, and after trialing of inks, sampling of leathers and holding my breath with each pull through the screen, this beauty arrived!


I couldn't ask for a better shopping experience with Louise, she guided me through every stage of the process and her passion for book binding is infectious! She took my idea and not only made it a reality, she took it to a whole new level! I was totally blown away and as for the person who received it, well, let's just say, it was emotional.

Of course, now that I know what Louise can do, I have visions of more journals! Sausage dog journals! Pug journals! Owl journals! The possibilities are endless! So, watch this space!

Bespoke Journal by Louise of Jackdaw Bindery: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JackdawBindery
Illustrations and screen printing by Charley of *Artist Not Included
Photography courtesy Jackdaw Bindery

'Brinkley' The Lakeland Terrier

Thursday, 6 August 2015


So, I have been a bit quiet lately, sat at my desk creating my, Christmas collection.

Yep. Christmas collection. 

Even though the sun is shining out there, I am trying to get into the mind set of itchy Christmas knits and mince pies. Crazy.

I am nearly finished, but there is one last design on it's way, and that is where 'Brinkley' The Lakeland Terrier comes in.

If you haven't heard of 'The Dorset Finca' before, then you need to go there now (just click on the link) because put simply it is a beautiful blog. 'Brinkley' is The Hound Of Finca, he's a Lakeland Terrier and he's gorgeous.

When starting a new design, I grab my sketchbook and do speed sketches. The lovely thing about this is I totally let go and see what happens, my only restriction being time.

The results of speed sketching is hopefully; fun, energetic sketches that can be developed into a final design. Most of the time when doing this exercise myself the results never see the light of day ( a lot of very strange looking creatures lurk between the pages of my sketchbook!) but this time, I couldn't resist showing you these. 

Poppy Greens Home - Wells, Somerset

Wednesday, 1 July 2015


I am delighted to announce that Poppy Greens Home in Wells, Somerset is now a stockist of the *Artist Not Included card range! Located on Broad Street in the beautiful Cathedral City of Wells, Poppy Greens Home is an Inspiration for any home stocking: Chalk painted furniture, period and industrial lighting, traditional handmade soap and vintage garden accessories. 


If you are a fan of Annie Sloan chalk paints this shop will leave you spoilt for choice stocking the full selection of paints, brushes, books, gold size, craqueleur and decoupage varnish. However, if you can't make it to Wells don't worry, you can shop online at www.poppygreenshome.co.uk!


To top it all off, Poppy Greens Home also offers courses in ; Cupcakes and easy sugar craft, Annie Sloan techniques, Flower arranging and many more.
The courses are suitable for complete beginners so you can roll your sleeves up and get stuck in without feeling out of your depth, leaving inspired with plenty of techniques under your belt.


www.poppygreenshome.co.uk / 16 Broad Street, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2DN / 01749 678 912




Two Sisters Home, London

Sunday, 21 June 2015


Two Sisters Home recently became a stockist of the *Artist Not Included card range and I am very proud to think of them sitting in this beautiful shop in London.

With a shared love for interiors, sisters Natasha Sharpe and Jane Duffy-Lynch opened Two Sisters Home in Wimbledon village in September 2011.


Everything in the shop is hand picked by Natasha and Jane who source their stock from vintage fairs, large and small independent suppliers in Britain, Europe and further afield.

The result of their combined tastes is an eclectic mix of modern and classic designs of both furniture and home accessories. The shelves are full of French and Italian glassware, British textiles and ceramics, whilst the ceilings are decked with pendant lights making you feel as though your ideal home is very much at your fingertips.


If you don't live in London Two Sisters Home is also online: www.twosistershome.com and these are just some of my favourite pieces :

Vintage Orchard Ladder £150
Pastel Patterned Vase from £10
Paris Salad Bowl £18
Last but definitely not least, no summer drink, not even juice at breakfast time (maybe that's just me?) would be complete without one of these little beauties:
Cocktail sets from £15
However, if you do find yourself in Wimbledon Village make sure you pop in to this gorgeous shop as you will, thanks to these two sisters, feel completely inspired and very much at home.

Two Sister Home, 3 Church Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 5DW / 0208 605 2441




New Card Collection

Saturday, 13 June 2015


Over the past few weeks you would have seen me slowly piecing together my designs for my new card collection. Well here they are finished and ready to go!

I wanted this collection to have an Industrial look, this Idea came from studying the sharp edges and uniform pattern of birds feathers, reminding me of armour. With this Idea as my inspiration, I decided on a grey recycled card and and teamed it with a rusted gold envelope.

Armed with my blank cards I headed off to the studio, set up my screens, mixed up a pot of rich black Ink and pulled through hundreds of; Owls, Cockerels, Ducks and Dormice.

After the cards were printed it was time to shoot! As you will see from my previous collections, I like to style each shot in a simple way with a few props.

I found some lovely little embroidery scissors at a Haberdashery, I then went to my local florist and came out with a couple of small echeveria plants, a bunch of beautiful pink peonies and blue thistles, so it's safe to say I had plenty of options!

In the end the peonies won hands down, the fluffy petals reminded me of endless layers of soft feathers, and the colour looked just right.

This collection will be available from my Etsy shop from next week and If you are a interested In becoming a stockist of this range then please visit my stockists page for more information.

Duck

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Well, my final design for the new card collection is now finished, with an Illustration of a male Mallard Duck.

At first glance Mallards look as though they are made up of very simple colour block sections; green, black, grey and brown. When you look closer however,  they are incredibly detailed, made up of multiple layers of patterned feathers. I made sure to work on this to create plenty of volume!

However, capturing the characterful walk of this delightful bird was my focus, and I wanted to make sure that he was caught in action lifting one foot up on his way somewhere. And those are some feet!

I am definitely going to develop this Illustration further as the colours are too fantastic not to be explored. I have another card collection to finish first, but after that I am concentrating on developing a print range of the best from my collections this year. So stay tuned!


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