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Zoe's Zen Art Etsy shop is open for business!

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I've done it! I've opened my Etsy store and have prints of some of my drawings available to buy, like the seal drawing above. I've already sold two and need to sell a few more before I can restock, so if you like something get in there quick before someone else does! You can visit my Etsy shop here: Zoe's Zen Art Etsy Shop
I've had various suggestions that perhaps I should have these drawings printed on cards or tea towels or aprons. What do you think? Would you buy them? I'm totally new to producing prints and having an Etsy shop and I am very open to ideas. All feedback is gratefully received. If you would prefer to email your feedback rather than comment feel free to contact me on zoeszart@gmail.com - thank you!
As I mentioned in my previous post, for every print sold until the end of September 2017 I will be donating £2 to Zero Waste Week. Zero Waste Week starts on the 4th September this year and there isn't long left to go - so don't forget to sig…

The proofs are in the post and an exciting announcement!

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Ever since I started this blog, my plan has been to sell prints and to make them as eco-friendly as possible. I've been researching materials and  came to the decision to get some of my drawings printed on bamboo fine art paper using the Giclee method. Giclee means that the print is printed from a high resolution digital file, onto archival quality fine art paper and using long lasting inks, which should last for years. It also means using a specialist ink jet printer. 
Compared to other art printing methods there is limited waste, as each print can just be printed off as and when needed. Any offcuts are recycled by the printer and these prints should last a lifetime if cared for well. I chose bamboo paper because it is the most eco-friendly option available at the moment. Other fine art giclee prints are often printed on cotton. Cotton is very pesticide and water intensive, which is not good for the environment and bamboo is fast growing and needs less in the way of pesticides.�…

Kitchen tile art

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What have I created here? I think it would make a nice kitchen tile! I drew it when I was on a lovely relaxing weekend away with my husband without the kids. We booked a gorgeous Airbnb place in a little hamlet near Henley and I was experimenting with filling a page. One section was inspired by a chest of drawers - see if you can spot it. 
If you have a spare weekend, Henley is a great place to visit in summer time, especially in the run up to the regatta (or on the regatta weekend). We went the week before and there were loads of rowers training hard for the big day. It was fun to walk along by the river, watch them train and do a bit of duck spotting! There is also a bandstand by the river in the other direction to where the rowing happens. I really enjoyed sitting in the sunshine listening to a band play and do a bit of drawing out and about.
Where's your favourite place to go away for a weekend in the UK and what can you see in the picture?

Baby bird

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After I drew this picture I immediately thought it looked like a baby eagle or an ugly duckling. It doesn't really look like either, but it does look like a misfit, not too pretty, a bit at odds with itself. Something that could turn into a thing of beauty, which even before then is still beautiful in its own unique way. If only it knew it! I always loved the story of the ugly duckling that turns into the beautiful swan. Nature is incredible at times. The fact that a tree can grow from a tiny seed and that tree can produce food and shelter for all manner of creatures for years always amazes me. 
Can you see an ugly duckling in this picture or are you seeing something else?
Look out for my drawing coming up next Thursday which in a break from tradition so far is not any type of creature. Although you are welcome to draw your own conclusions from it!

Blue bunny

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Is the rabbit a friend or a foe? I think my bunny impression looks pretty cute and cuddly, but in the UK we are over run with wild rabbits and they are chomping their way through fields of crops. Plus they can cause all kinds of problems when they burrow under roads and buildings (read more here Disease Resistant Rabbits ruining farmers crops) We are already leaving enough food in the fields to go to waste because it isn't perfect enough, we don't need to lose it to rabbits too. Especially when we could be eating the wild rabbits instead.
Rabbits are prolific breeders, are native, are not protected in any way and are actually considered a pest. From an environmental perspective it would make a lot of sense to eat them, but I don't see rabbit routinely sold in shops or offered in restaurants and I wonder why that is? Is the cute and cuddly thing holding people back? Have you ever tried eating wild rabbit or would you consider it? Note: in my googling I found an article sa…

Eagle winged goose

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Of recent drawings, this is probably my favourite. I drew it with a blue pen and shaded in some parts with a yellow pencil. I saw the goose head and my son saw the eagle on it's back. What is much more cheery about this combo than my last post - the dodo cassowary, where one bird was extinct and the other is endangered, is that geese and eagles are doing pretty well. 
In fact there is an eagle success story going on in America. The bald eagle 'no longer needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act because its population is protected, healthy, and growing' - according to US Fish and Wildlife Service.  Isn't that great. It just goes to show that species can be brought back from the brink!

What can you see in this picture - what does it say to you?

My next drawing is not bird related, but I think it does look like an animal. Look out for it coming up next Thursday!

A dodo cassowary cross?

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Hello and welcome to my new site! I am going to be sharing my doodles, my thoughts on those doodles and once I have worked out an eco-friendly way to produce prints I will be selling limited edition prints of each drawing.

One of the things I love about my doodles is that you can look at them from different angles and use your imagination to work out what they look like. From this angle I think this drawing looks like some kind of strange legless bird with a dodo's beak and a cassowaries crown! What does it look like to you?
Cassowaries live in Australia and are in need of rescue - this site Save the Cassowary (which I am in no way affiliated to) has plenty of information on these very interesting large birds and how you can help them if you so desire. Let's not let them go the same way as the Dodo!

The next picture I am going to share on this blog I think also looks like a cross between two birds so watch out for it coming soon!