Sneak Peek of New Feminist and Book-Inspired Products Coming to A Rose Cast


It's been a little while since I've added a new item to my store. In fact, there have only been a handful of new additions since last October when I relaunched A Rose Cast. So I've been working hard on a few new additions, focusing on ideas that will hopefully plug a few holes I've noticed in my product range; namely more book related items, especially where literature and feminism meet.

Lettering illustration of the Virginia Woolf quote  “I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.”

 “I ransack public libraries, and find them
full of sunk treasure.” - Virginia Woolf

I'm hoping to add a few of these new items in the next few weeks, so that they are ready for both my online customers and for my wholesale clients (if you want to stock any of A Rose Cast's items for wholesale, please head over to my wholesale page to learn more and view my catalogues). But until you get the chance to see the finished pieces, here are a few sneak peeks.

The sketches for these illustrations and lettering for these pieces have been created in Procreate. I love playing about with my ideas digitally as it allows me more freedom than when I sketch with pencil. On paper, I worry so much about trying something new and therefore accidentally messing something up so badly that I can't go back to an earlier version that I preferred.

Lettering illustration of the Women's March quote "A Woman's Place is in the Revolution"
A Woman's Place is
in the Revolution
Lettering illustration of the feminist quote "Girls Just Wanna Have Fundamental Human Rights"
Girls Just Wanna
Have Fundamental
Human Rights

I could just get another sheet of thin paper, trace over a design I like, do alterations, safe in the knowledge I have the original to return to, but just duplicating a layer in Procreate is so much easier. And less messy; fewer pieces of paper scattered all around. It's also a great way to play about with potential colour combos.

I do still sketch in notebooks, especially at the idea generation stages, but when I'm refining an idea, using the iPad and iPencil means I can sit and sketch anywhere, whether on my sofa or in a coffee shop, and in more comfort. (I need to do the coffee shop thing more often. I definitely spend too much time in the house ...)

Lettering illustration of the feminist quote "Smash the Patriarchy"
Smash the Patriarchy
Lettering illustration of the Suffragette quote "The Young are at the Gates"
The Young are
at the Gates

The next stage for these pieces is to print out the designs, trace over them on paper (marker paper for the lettering, watercolour for the illustrations), and then get the markers and pencils out. Afterwords, everything will be combined in Photoshop (and Astropad if anything needs tidied).

Everything here will be added to my collection of art prints, but a few will also double as stickers.

Lettering illustration of the Louisa May Alcott quote "She is too fond of books, and it has addled her brain"

She is too fond of books, and it has
addled her brain - Louisa May Alcott

Which one of the sketches do you like the best? And, yes, I do collection tote bags from bookstores from all around the world; these are only a few of them 📚🤓


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About the Book Nerd Brand

If a well-read woman is a dangerous creature, then let’s get reading. The Book Nerd range celebrates woman who use their knowledge to make this a brighter world.

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About the Girl Gang Brand

When the world feels like The Handmaid’s Tale, Girl Gang is a feminist range for those nasty women who persist against sexism, intolerance, Trump and alt-Right Nazis.


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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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