Squirrel & Ink

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Mama of two. Artist.
Lover of neutrals & pastels. Wannabe letterer and lover of all good type.
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samantha@squirrelandink.co.uk

http://www.squirrelandink.co.uk/

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Day 6 of #showmeyourflorals with @stephaniefehrenbach and @thehappyevercrafter - I had completely planned to post each and every day of this week but utterly failed, with lots of half-finished pieces and catching up a lot yesterday!! πŸ™ˆπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨
It's been a fun challenge; sometimes doodling really is more fun than planning big pieces. I'll post some more of my output from this challenge over the next week or so.
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#homeworkoverdue #late #poorstudent #florals #watercolourillustration #backtobasics #art #peony #ecoline #drphmartins #watercolourartist #artscience #dailyart #createeveryday #colourscience #floralart #development #upskilling
I've really enjoyed working with a client this week on some custom rainbow-based pieces. This one didn't make the cut, but I've become fond of its simplicity and will be printing a copy for my own home. .
#kidsinteriors #interiordesign #smallbusiness #shopsmall #rainbow #wallart #childrensprint #homedecor #fabercastell #gelato #crayon #multicolour #customprint #customorder #ideageneration
Playing around with these Colour Splash! Watercolours from @ssworldwide. I originally purchased these to play with my daughter but I'm pleasantly surprised at how vivid they are! An absolute bargain at less than Β£10 for the set - I highly recommend for any newbies to liquid watercolours / watercolour brush lettering who don't want to fork out the Earth to get some materials. .
#learning #learningthroughplay #liquidwatercolour #watercolour #painting #childsplay #brushlettering #goodtype #watercolourart #rainbow #coloursplash #sponge #naturalsponge
I love this pretty little rainbow print and its pastel shaded sister. .
We are having a re-think of our sales process at the moment and will shortly no longer be using our Etsy store. If you like any of the prints on our feed and would like to buy one, please DM to enquire about prices and options. We can customise anything and even create commissioned pieces. .
Hoping to have an online shop up and running again soon. .
#smallbusiness #shopsmall #britishbrand #ecommerce #nurseryprint #rainbow #watercolour #gicleeprint #interiordesign #childrensinteriors #kidsdesign #interiorsforkids #homedecor #abstractart #watercolourprint
Finally feeling organised and calm enough following the fourth (and final!) member of the household arriving to start creating some more pieces, so I thought I'd share a picture of my new calm workspace. Beautiful print by @lucindaburman hanging on the wall and a truly calming Fiddle Leaf Fig that I finally took the leap to buy after reading @swoonworthyblog blog piece pointing me in right direction for a stockist (House of Plants if anyone is interested, amazing selection!). .
I'll keep you updated on whether I manage to keep it alive ...! 🀞🏻
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#workspace #neutrals #create #design #interiordesign #interiors #homeinspo #succulents #houseplants #monkeylamp #homedecor #inspiration #type #goodtype #lettering
We received this beautiful teething ring as a gift for Milo from my office. They are made by Fox's Felts @foxsfelts (can be found on Etsy, NOTHS, and their own website www.foxsfelts.co.uk) and are really fab.
I have a particular love for all things wooden and neutral when it comes to kids accessories (no bright colours or plastic please, unless it happens to include some sort of rainbow!)
Their rings are non-splintering birchwood sanded smooth and hand finished with natural beeswax and olive oil polish. Attached to the wooden teether is 100% cotton fabric bunny ears with cuddle soft backing, making it easier to grasp and absorb dribble. The fabric is easy to remove wash and clean.
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This isn't a sponsored post in any way, I just love love love the product, finish, concept and ... erm, packaging (aren't we all suckers for some good presentation/marketing?!)
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#foxsfelts #kidsaccessories #neutrals #natural #birchwood #teethers #newbabygifts #woodenteether #smallbusiness #buysmall #britishbrand
This rainy weather day is perfect for brainstorming new website content. There's a bit of a change afoot ... all documented in my fab new teal @leuchtturm1917 notebook. Watch this space!!
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@urbancottageindustries do fab personalisation of these and a whole load of @moleskineofficial notebooks too. Go take a look.
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#newbeginnings #neutralhome #neutrals #orchids #rainyday #brainstorming #blogging #creative #typography #typespired #goodtype #thedailytype #brushlettering #smallbusiness #homedesign #interiordesign
🌈🌈 RAINBOW LOVE!!
Trying out some new techniques using a micro syringe and liquid watercolours.
It's proving much more difficult to find the time to get new designs down on paper with  my new little man distracting me, so I'm spending some time just playing around with new techniques for now. 
#rainbow #syringeart #splatterart #wallart #watercolourillustration #watercolour #watercolourart #gelato #fabercastell #drphmartins #royaltalens #ecoline #naturalsponge #abstractart #ideageneration #bright #colourful #createart #createeveryday
... and we are back!!! After a week adjusting to life with not one but two little dictators around the house, I'm settling down to work on some new projects. Benefits of having had family staying include a head start on the studio renovations. Very excited to have a calm environment to work from. Next step ordering our @muralswallpaper artwork for the wall. πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ’― Decor game will be strong.
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#workspace #officespace #studio #artistsstudio #officedesign #interiors #homedecor #business #mumboss #graphicdesign #wallart #createeveryday #moderncalligraphy #brushcalligraphy #applemac #imac #orchid #drphmartins #talensecoline #fliqlo
I've been a bit quiet on the design front this weekend ... but I think I've got a fairly good excuse this time. It's rare for me to post anything other than print-related posts, but I couldn't resist introducing you all to the newest member of the Squirrel & Ink team - Milo! All wrapped up snug in his cosy @mamadesigns blanket at 18 hours old. These cosy blankets are fab. We've got two and I πŸ’œ them already! .
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#newborn #mamadesigns #milo #family #newfamilymember #watercolourprint #nurseryprint #nurseryart #watercolourillustration #createeveryday
I've taken a bit of time this week to look over our archive of doodles, sketches, etc. and take a step back to get some perspective. 
For those of you who don't know, I'm currently 40 weeks and 3 days pregnant. The looming due date has meant me frantically designing as many pieces as possible over the last month; thinking I needed a really large, coherent collection of work in place before the big day arrives.

I've gotten myself in all kinds of knots trying to get to a place I was comfortable with, and I've realised this wasn't the point of starting this venture. So, I've put my Etsy shop in 'holiday mode', re-visited some of my favourite pieces to see how I can improve/develop and now plan to use the next month to enjoy our new addition, consolidate on the work that we have already produced at a comfortable pace, and be ready to 're-open' in July. 
#qualityoverquantity #enjoytoday #enjoythesmallthings #paceyourself #smallbusiness #etsybusiness #mumpreneur #mumboss #abstractart #watercolourprint #watercolourillustration #nurseryprint #homedecor #wallart #design #creative
#gorilla #gorillaart #animalart #jungleanimal #drphmartins #talensecoline #royaltalens
Slowly but surely building up a collection of these #designs. Still unsure on what their final purpose will be. Flashcards? Milestone cards? Greeting card images? Postcard prints? I'm desperate to put something together that can be combined with some #brushlettering or #pointedpen #calligraphy
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#nurseryart #decorforkids #decordailydose #interiordesign #newproject #kidstyle #kidsdecor #watercolour #watercolourprint #watercolourillustration #animalart #childrensillustration #childrensinteriordesign #childrensroom #createart #giraffe #savannah #rainbow #abstractart #smallbusiness #mumboss #mumpreneur