Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Ink and Stylus


I'm not sure I've seen anything quite so lovely as this print from Ink & Stylus. Louise pointed me in the direction of it on Twitter at the beginning of December and my heart started beating a little faster the moment I saw it. Happily, my sister-in-law bought me a copy as a gift, but I haven't been able to tell you about it until now, as I also bought a copy to give to a friend for her birthday (which as she reads my blog sometimes necessitated secrecy here).


I was quite delighted to see that the two copies are actually different and that the gold inking that appears on many of the Ink & Stylus prints is actually done after printing, meaning that each is slightly unique. There were also discrepancies in the ink colours between the two prints.



I love how vibrant the fabric is in contrast to the quiet serenity of the rest of the scene.

Shortly after Christmas, my husband and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary (and sixteen years of being together). He completely surprised me by giving me this print of an embracing couple, also by Ink & Stylus - I love it when he secretly takes notes.


I especially love the butterflies flying through the open door of the golden cage. I have to admit that I always prefer the suggestion of facial features and wouldn't normal drawn to masked figures, but there's something so enchanting about the colours, detail and subject matter that this fades into the background and ceases to matter (although my children initially found it odd, the highly detailed drawing style is actually very similar to that which my daughter has loved ever since discovering Sally Gardner books as a small child, so I think that she too loves gazing at these prints).


I adore Tamara's work: all of it. Do go and have a look at her shop on Folksy (and for those not based in England, she does offer very reasonably priced international postage). The Dressmaker series of prints is particularly wonderful.

My dear Mama popped around with some anniversary gifts too - a wonderful paper cut card and a proper oil burner. It's intended for the garden, but we've been lighting it inside during January.


And these old print maker's stamps bearing our initials that she and my sister bought for us in Brighton. I'd never realised before that together we spell 'if', but I am quite pleased to find that we do - it feels like a hopeful word, full of possibilities.


This morning those possibilities found us getting out of bed at 4am when neither of us could sleep and creeping down to the kitchen to bake flapjack (my husband's idea: he is always thinking of food). It seemed just the right activity to send him straight back to sleep the moment they were out of oven, happy that there would be something tasty for him to eat mid-morning. I lay awake having to resist the urge to go back downstairs and sample one. Luckily, it was too cold to risk getting out of bed for a second time.

Florence x

23 comments:

  1. Wow those pictures are gorgeous, Love them!

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  2. Aren't they! I think it's the gold inking that seals the deal for me.

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  3. Aw these prints are so gorgeous! x

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  4. Thank you for the mention. The print is just gorgeous isn't it? I have it framed in my sewing room and look at it every time I sew wishing I looked that graceful! I love the print that your husband bought you too. I haven't seen that one before. What a lovely present. I so wish I could draw. One day I will ask Tamara to do a commission for me as a treat to myself!

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    1. Yes, Louise! I'd noted the commission option too and am storing it in my head for a rainy day worthy of substantial reward! Do let me know if and when you do - I'd love to see.

      Thank you so much for sharing it with me initially. x

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  5. What nice presents! I bought a little print on Etsy last year and it got packed away in a moving-house box and now that I have not only a wall to hang it on but even a frame, I can't find it anywhere...

    Congratulations on your anniversary! Just as you two were getting married, Boyfriend and I were having our very first dates.

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    1. Oh Nina! I bet it was a particularly special place reserved for special things, wasn't it. That's exactly the way that many of my treasures go missing too.

      That's lovely to hear - I do remember it feeling like a particularly exciting time that year, so it's nice to think that there was romance afoot in your part of London too.

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    2. I think it might have been the same part of London, actually - N1. I'm 95% sure my print will be found when we eventually get all the boxes unpacked...

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  6. Thank you Flossie Teacakes for including my work and for the wonderful comments, so glad you loved your prints. Your blog is beautiful!!

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    1. Thank you so much Tamara! It's an absolute pleasure - as you can tell, I'm quite dotty about your work. So lovely to see new things appearing in your shop all the time - I will be back! x

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  7. They look lovely - and I'm most impressed by your husband. It took my e-mailing my husband my Pinterest 'want' board link for him to depart from the usual gift card for Christmas(subtlety does not work with him...).

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    1. Goodness...a want board could be a dangerous thing...I can imagine the pinning becoming increasingly wild and eventually ending in a loft conversion for a dedicated sewing room complete with in-house dedicated seam unpicker and floor sweeper for those moments when you just feel too exhausted by it all!

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  8. The prints are just wonderful - I am always eternally grateful for you sharing such wonderful finds, as I fear that I would not stumble upon them. Sitting here thinking who to buy one for I have decided upon our daughters 18th birthday this year. She has just got into fabric and lovely colours so hopefully it will be something that she will treasure. I'm off to look at the site with my coffee x

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    1. What a wonderful present - I'm sure she'll love it. What a lucky girl.

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  9. What beautiful prints ! Happy Anniversary :D

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    1. Thank you - it's always a treat to have someone else's lovely images to illustrate a post with!

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  11. so, so beautiful. I can just imagine the 3 dressmakers prints hanging, framed, side by side in my sewing room - one day...Any idea if 'pretty things for sewing room' is tax deductable?!

    I must agree with Homebird - thank you for sharing such gorgeous finds!

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Florence x