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Month in Review // June & July 2016

A lot of my work over the past little while has been a bit more behind the scenes (to be released over the next few months), so some of the 'new' things I've released have been older work.

I’m also playing around with what I post here on the blog, introducing a new Friday Faves column, and making Loved LinksCreative Spotlight and Wish List a little less regular. I’m hoping that over the next few months, I’ll be posting more of my own content here (not just products), but for now, onto what June and July has meant for me.

Clio - Watercolour Illustration of a Pink and Blue Haired Girl with Stars by Karen Murray of A Rose Cast
Cats. Books. Life is Good - Watercolour Illustration on a Wooden Brooch of a Blue Tabby Reading a Book by Karen Murray of A Rose Cast
Fan Art of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, from sci-fi epic Star Trek: The Next Generation - Watercolour Illustration by Karen Murray of A Rose Cast
Watercolour Fan Art Greeting Card of Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds of Joss Whedon's classic sci-fi/western Firefly

New Creations

Watercolour Illustration of a Girl with Purple-Blue Ombre Hair, for the Day in the Life of Karen Murray of A Rose Cast blog post, on Made by Mrs M's Blog

Day in the Life

The lovely Made by Mrs M featured me in her Day in the Life column. If you want to see what I do on a typical day and my process for creating new illustration work, go have a little read. Thank you so much, Kate for featuring me!

Wish List // 6 Places to Buy Lovely Notebooks & Notepads6 Places to Buy Lovely Notebooks & Notepads
Loved Linked // 6 Colour-Filled & Playful Printables for Summer Parties & Get Togethers
Creative Spotlight // 6 Wonderful illustrators to Follow on Instagram

What I’ve been Loving and Lusting Over

A Fashion Nerd on Instagram. Colourful and inspiring fashion photography
Don't Dream It Be It! Rocky Horror Picture Show Lapel Enamel Pin on Etsy
Friday Faves - The Blogtacular Goodie Bag
Pink Wall with Succulents in Mexico City
Cute dogs and pastels on runnerkimhall's Instagram account
Tiny Embroidery by ipnot on Instagram

I Feel Pretty - Rose Gold and Wood Necklace of a Ginger Cat with Flowers on Instagram
Birthday and Congrats Greeting Cards Featuring my Watercolour Girl Illustrations on Instagram
New birthday card design of girl with purple-blue ombre hair on Instagram
Blue door, pink house in Notting Hill on Instagram
Monty caught using my book as a pillow, once again … on Instagram
Books. Cats. Life is Good - Wooden Brooch with a Grey British Shorthair Reading a Book on Instagram


  • A rose gold and wood necklace version of my I feel Pretty illustration, based on my ginger tom, Toby
  • My current line of birthday and congrats greeting cards, available on Etsy
  • A new birthday card design of girl with purple-blue ombre hair. Can’t wait to add this piece to the listing above!
  • Blue door, pink house in Notting Hill, that I came across on our Blogtacular photo walk around west London
  • Monty caught using my book as a pillow, once again …
  • He has a thing for books, so I created this wooden brooch as an ode to the rascal
  • Keep up to date by following me on Instagram

Other Happenings This Month

  • Reading // The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. I picked up this one when I was at Daunt Books (sooooo pretty!) back in February, and I’m loving it. Though I’ve made slow progress as I just don’t seem to be making enough time to read this month sigh (Follow me on Goodreads)
  • Watching // Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It’s a Tiny Fey show, so a must watch for me. I think it took me a few episodes to get into, but now I’m really loving it. I’m so happy Carol Kane plays such a big part as she was one of the first kooky personalities on TV and film I connected to as a kid in the 80s. And that intro is too damn catchy.
  • Listening // Nothing new this month! But I’ve gone back to listening to some of my fave Japanese artists, such as folk rock singer Cocco (Official English Site).
  • Playing // I really need to get started on a new game …
  • Eating // Trying to get myself to like natto. If you know anything about this food, you’ll understand.
  • Learning // Yoga, in order to focus on strength and balance.
  • Doing // Creating a proper shop for this site! Hopefully this will be live soon.

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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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