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Month in Review // January 2016

Finally the dark days of January are over. When I finish work each day, there is actually still a bit of light in the sky, and in a week I celebrate my birthday! Yay for February.

But January has been a very good month for me. I’ve been hard at work for a new exciting prospect starting this March. (Which I’ll be revealing very soon. It will especially be of interest to any of you in Northern Ireland.) And I’ve been producing some work that I am incredibly chuffed with. So here’s a little recap of this past month.

Freebie Project // Cat-Themed Celebration Wallpapers for the New Year / January 2016
Illustration Project // Watercolor illustration of Haruki Murakami's novel 1Q84 by illustrator / artist Karen Muray of A Rose Cast
Illustration & Jewellery Project // Blue-Haired Nautical Meredith with a cupcake by illustrator / artist Karen Murray of A Rose Cast
Illustration & Jewellery Project // I Feel Pretty | Wooden Brooch of a Ginger Cat with Flowers

New Creations

Wish List // 6 Cute and Wonderful Items for Cat Lovers
Loved Links // 6 Downloadable Freebies to Help Cure the January Blues
Creative Spotlight // 3 Watercolor Illustrators You Should Be Following

What I’ve been Loving and Lusting Over

A sneak peek of my February 'Take a Leap' Printable Freebie on Instagram
Redoing an old piece of work for a book cover on Instagram
Creating blue ombre hair for a new portrait illustration I'm using for a greeting card on Instagram
Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, just off the coast of Hiroshima on Instagram


  • A sneak peek of my February ‘Take a Leap’ Printable Freebie (Get it here!)
  • Redoing an old piece of work for a book cover. Feeling much happier with it now
  • Creating blue ombre hair for a new portrait illustration I’m using for a greeting card (and maybe more)
  • Another photo from my journey to Japan back in November, this time of the breathtaking Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, just off the coast of Hiroshima. If you are going to Japan, you MUST visit this island!
  • Keep up to date and see sneak peeks of new work by following me on Instagram

Other Happenings This Month

  • Reading // Hear / Pinball by Haruki Murakami. So happy to finally have the chance to read my favourite author’s first two novels. Take a look at my watercolour illustrations of Haruki Murakami’s novels, including these two (Follow me on Goodreads)
  • Watching // After waiting FAR too long for more than the first season to be shown on TV channels we have access to, we crumbled and bought the first four seasons of Game of Thrones on DVD. Now up to the start of the third season (still so behind) and wondering who’ll be the next to die.
  • Listening // Skunk Anansie’s new album, Anarchytecture. Long time fan, so always great to have new stuff from these guys.
  • Playing // Monument Valley. I don’t know why it took me so long to play (especially as I have a friend who works for UsTwo), but I really loved it. Beautiful is an understatement. And I guess I’m not as bad at puzzle games as I thought. Maybe my brain just doesn’t understand Zelda.
  • Eating // Marks & Spencers have released cherry flavoured ‘jaffa’ cakes. They are unbelievable!
  • Learning // How to design packaging suited to physical stores (I’m used to selling online where the smaller the packaging the better!), and all about wholesale
  • Doing // Now that the major work has been completed in our flat, now it’s onto the fun stuff, such as putting pretty stuff on the walls!

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Karen Murray of A Rose Cast

Hello, I'm Karen

I'm an illustrator & designer from the UK, producing my own products as well as custom illustration for clients, both big and small.

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