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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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 ...! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป
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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 ๏ฌnished 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
๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ 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. ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ฏ 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 ๐Ÿ’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
Really pleased to show you our #penguin print now completed in our classic #graffitiart style! Our #pastel #watercolour version of this has been a real hit, so we're hoping these guys get just as much love! โค๏ธ .
#printdesign #printark #etsyartist #etsyart #graphicdesign #handmade #mixedmedia #animalart #animalprint #penguinart #graffiti #abstractart #ukartist #createart #createeveryday #makersmovement #makersvillage #nurseryart #homedecor #homestyle #interior123 #interiordesign #homeinspo #decorforkids #decordailydose #instaart
Did you know, Pygmy Marmoset monkeys can weigh as little as 140g?!?! #monkeyfacts
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This little fella is produce entirely with paint and paper, using my trusty #winsorandnewton #squirrelhair brushes and #royaltalens #ecoline paints.
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Which do you prefer? The elephant 2 posts back? Or this? The #elephant was created by generating bespoke #paintbrushes in #photoshop using scanned paint samples.
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It's really interesting to me to see the difference between the #traditional and #digital methods. .
#printdesign #printark #rainbowprint #animalart #monkey #monkeyart #etsyartist #etsyart #graphicdesign #abstractart #digitalart #handmade #watercolour #watercolourprint #etsyuk
I played around a lot with a sort of quasi-digital set up yesterday. Each drop of paint on this #raindrop๐Ÿ’ง is a #handpainted #watercolour shape. These were then scanned and rearranged/duplicated/re-sized to create the whole picture you see. 
There are a whole load of pros and cons to this method. It's neater, but takes much longer. It is far easier to correct mistakes ... but does it take away from the 'creative process'?! There's way more control over the final colour range, and the lack of wasted paper also feels environmentally more sustainable ๐Ÿƒ
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The #mockups I've been using recently are available from @whitehartdesignco - Lucie produces a beautiful range of cohesive and coordinated #flatlays and #mockups - providing a range of files in a free library, and a vast array of beautiful images for purchase and download.
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#colourfulart #childrensillustration #decordailydose #walldecor #decorforkids #watercolourillustration #digitalart #photoshop #homedecor #kidstyle #kidsroom #childrensinteriordesign #digitalwatercolor #creatorslane #ecoline #talens #winsorandnewton #
This was the outcome of my 'clear desk clear mind' policy today. I'm quite pleased with progress, and excited for what could be in store for this little #elephant family. Doing more #rainbow coloured #designs also reminds me I've yet to map out my colour wheel reference sheet on paper ... tomorrow's warm up perhaps?! Goodnight all!
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#colourwheel #nurseryprint #nurserystyle #nurseryinspo #nurseryart #etsyart #etsyuk #decorforkids #walldecor #walldecor #decordailydose #development #childrensillustration #animalart #animalprints #abstractprints #colourfulart