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Shadow Nap Watercolour Cat Painting

I’ve had a ton of fun working on all the rugs lately, but it feels so good to get back to painting! I painted this gorgeous tabby cat to practise with edges and balancing structured fur texture with loose painting. I think I could have pushed the contrast in the body a little more, but I enjoy the fuzziness and didn’t want to risk covering it up too much. Definitely gotta experiment more with fuzzy, out of focus subjects!

This piece is available for sale TODAY at the Capital Art Sale!

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May Exclusive Jumbo Sticker – Rainbow Lynx!

Another month means another sticker! I’m trying something new this month by releasing jumbo stickers as a limited time item on Etsy, so now you don’t have to subscribe to my Patreon or Ko-fi accounts to get one. Hopefully that’ll make collecting jumbo stickers a little easier for some people. The regular sized (2.5”) stickers will still be available as usual.

Canadian lynxes are my all time favourite wild cats! Their dramatic ear tufts, huge feet, and little nub tail are all just too cute for words. I tried to really maximize the rainbow on this cutie, because it’s a stand-alone sticker. I think it turned out really cutely!

Etsy link: https://squidtartsart.etsy.com/ca/listing/1709793488/may-exclusive-jumbo-rainbow-lynx-vinyl

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New Sticker Pack! Rainbow Hippos!

Here’s a new sticker pack to ring in Spring! And what could be more springy than hippos??
I’m really pleased with how these guys came out. Mid-tone animals without markings are usually really difficult for me to rainbow-ify, but I think this set looks really nice together!

These vinyl stickers are now available on my Etsy and here on my personal website!

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Screm Hippo Sticker

With their massive mouths, you know I had to do a scremming hippo design! I was really indecisive on how thick to make the legs on this little guy. In the end, I felt like thinner legs helped the jaw feel bigger, even though it’s a little inconsistent with the other hippos in the sticker pack.

The final sticker pack will be dropping on Monday!

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Grumpy Hippo Sticker Design

It’s time for another sticker design! Here’s a grumpy little hippo, because hippos are probably the world’s grumpiest animal. Everyone feels grump sometimes, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less loveable! Just ask before giving them a little squeeze.

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Swimming Hippo Sticker Video

Here’s my newest sticker design, and my newest tutorial topic: A swimming hippo!
I have the full, real-time tutorial version of this painting available on my Ko-fi and Patreon pages. There’s also a shorter version with less technical knowledge, but an added discussion about how I find inspiration, over on YouTube!

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Cutie Hippo Watercolour Sticker

Here’s the first sticker for my next watercolour sticker pack: A hippo being extra cute! You guys know I loooooove pink and yellow together and squishy animals, so this is really just the ideal sticker design for me haha! I’m really pleased with how this came out; it feels very soft and friendly.

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Serious Business Duck Watercolour Painting

I painted this little rubber ducky as part of a Secret Santa exchange hosted by Ko-fi. This is Rubberduckvba’s rubber ducky mascot in its Serious Business suit.

I had a loooot of fun painting this! Experimenting with painting water has been a goal of mine for a while, and their request for something charcoal grey made this as easy as possible. (But it was not easy haha!)

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Freebie Sticker 2024!

Here’s this year’s freebie sticker! One of these gets sent out with every order through my website or Etsy shop. This is pretty much the only time I get to paint Tarts, the bobtail squid, but it’s always super fun. I love this little guy.

There are two versions of this little guy. The top one is actually the second one I painted and the final design I ended up printing. I tried to focus on keeping the piece feeling watercolour-y and light, which is something I really struggle with when painting purples and blues. The bottom painting is the first version I painted. I was experimenting with using more realistic colours for the cherries to help Tart’s slight rainbow gradient pop, but it just felt too dark to me.

Which version do you like best?

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