All the 2022 calendar pages

Every month (with the support of patrons) I make a printable (and colour-able) calendar page. (You, too, can support the calendar, receive the files early, and get occasional alternative colourways here: patreon.com/tanaudel).

Here are all the designs for 2022:

12 tiled fairytale patterns

To view the art larger, as a gallery/slideshow, click the images below.

Many of the designs had multiple colourways in the original posts (and a few extra for patrons). You can see those, and descriptions of the process, under the calendar tag or here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

I’ve also made a colouring book of the line-art for patrons at the stationery level.

A Year in Fairy Tales: 12 Colouring Pages from 2022

Note: Want to support the arts? This calendar is made possible by patrons, who get it a little bit early, along with other sneak-peeks and behind-the-scenes art (patron levels start at very low amounts!): patreon.com/tanaudel. It is also supported by those very kind people who throw a few dollars towards it via the tip jar: ko-fi.com/tanaudel. And many of these designs are available as prints, clothes, cases, etc on Redbubble, as fabrics and wallpaper on Spoonflower, and as prints in InPrnt

January 2023 Calendar — unrolling tales

Bands of trees, flowers, colonnades and castles on a dark background.

These calendar pages are made possible by patrons, who get them a little bit early, along with alternative colourways, and other sneak-peeks and behind-the-scenes art: patreon.com/tanaudel. It is also supported by those very kind people who throw a few dollars towards it via the tip jar: ko-fi.com/tanaudel.

For January 2023, here is a calendar of various borders for a fairy tale. (I’ve included a turquoise version, in case the coloured image uses more black ink than you have in your printer.)

I’d been wanting to make a series of repeating bands that I could develop further for border edgings and ribbons, etc.

Two versions (with a turquoise and a paper-texture background) are now up on Redbubble as cases, scarves, notebooks, etc.

And below (for personal use) are the printable versions — pre-coloured and to colour in yourself.

If you like these and/or like supporting artists, you can contribute to the calendar (and get it and other behind-the-scenes things early) at patreon.com/tanaudel (starts at US$1/month) or tip me a few dollars through Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/tanaudel. Either is greatly appreciated! And of course many previous designs are available as prints etc on Redbubble and Spoonflower.

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And happy new year!

Bands of trees, flowers, colonnades and castles on a dark background.
January calendar. Bands of trees, flowers, colonnades and castles on a turquoise background.
Line art January calendar. Bands of trees, flowers, colonnades and castles.

December 2022 Calendar — Carousel

carousel animals (horse, zebra, unicorn, ostrich, shark, lion, dog, dragon, kangaroo) on a cream backround

These calendar pages are made possible by patrons, who get them a little bit early, along with alternative colourways, and other sneak-peeks and behind-the-scenes art: patreon.com/tanaudel. It is also supported by those very kind people who throw a few dollars towards it via the tip jar: ko-fi.com/tanaudel.

Here is the December calendar! A carousel of various improbable animals, of course, because I was finishing it at the last minute (due to travel, deadlines, etc), and thought “what will be simplest?” and chose incorrectly.

And also because I like carousels. Not just the design, but the experience of soaring and swooping aloofly around a whirl of mirrors and metal and music, almost like flying without the imminent terror of my second-favourite ride, the chair-swings.

You can see the illustration process below:

  • First, loose sketches in conference notes. At that point I’m following lines into an idea, then feeling out whether there’s enough to sustain a full design, and then using the page to collect enough animals and variations to play with/select from later.
  • Then I start working out the layout — I’d been playing with an ogee shape for some other ideas, and thought it might work for a more formal arrangement of images. Here and on some following pages I worked out the rough dimensions I liked, and some ways to repeat/alternate within that framework. You can see several of the creatures are already in place here. I was still thinking of putting hints of mirrors and floor behind them, but in the end that made everything look too crowded, so I discarded that idea. Because I was going to put frames around the creatures, I discarded the ones which sat flat on the deck (e.g. the swan), because they’d break the pattern.
  • Next, I used the mirror-assist tool in Procreate to simplify sketching the repeating frame. sorting out an ogee shape to contain the creatures, then sketching them (using the mirror-assist in Procreate to simplify drawing that shape), then inking it in layers, then deciding it looked rather nice without the curvy borders and leaving them out.
  • Finally, I inked the calendar. I kept the border on a separate layer because I wasn’t confident the swooping lines would go down smoothly (and as it was, I kept sticking my thumb into the wet ink). It’s quite thick paper — 250gsm — but it’s on a lightbox here.

After scanning and tidying the inks, I went through quite a few colour schemes on the way to the cream design! Patrons got all of them, because I like to outsource my decision-making where possible.

Design of carousel animals (horse, zebra, unicorn, ostrich, shark, lion, dog, dragon, kangaroo) subdivided into several colourways

I am adding this to the list of images I want to make into repeating designs, and will post when I’ve done that!

But for now, below (for personal use) are the printable versions — pre-coloured and to colour in yourself.

If you like these and/or like supporting artists, you can contribute to the calendar (and get it and other behind-the-scenes things early) at patreon.com/tanaudel (starts at US$1/month) or tip me a few dollars through Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/tanaudel. Either is greatly appreciated! And of course many previous designs are available as prints etc on Redbubble and Spoonflower.

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December 2022 calendar with carousel animals (horse, zebra, unicorn, ostrich, shark, lion, dog, dragon, kangaroo) on a cream backround
December 2022 calendar with carousel animals (horse, zebra, unicorn, ostrich, shark, lion, dog, dragon, kangaroo) on a turquoise backround
December 2022 calendar with carousel animals (horse, zebra, unicorn, ostrich, shark, lion, dog, dragon, kangaroo) - line art

November 2022 calendar — iconographies

A design of yellow motifs of skulls, mushrooms, cats, foxes, goblets, pomegranates, etc on a blue ground.

These calendar pages are made possible by patrons, who get them a little bit early, along with alternative colourways, and other sneak-peeks and behind-the-scenes art: patreon.com/tanaudel. It is also supported by those very kind people who throw a few dollars towards it via the tip jar: ko-fi.com/tanaudel.

For November, and my sore elbow, here is a set of tiny motifs — I drew them half-size with a different pen than usual (a Kuretake Zig Mangaka flexible pen, instead of a Hunt Crowquill 102 dip pen), to spare my arm.

My heart is still with the dip pen, and I will return to it as soon as my elbow mends, but I do enjoy the graphic qualities of these images.

Sketch for a design of yellow motifs of skulls, mushrooms, cats, foxes, goblets, pomegranates, etc.

I was also trying to use a different colour scheme, but managed to circle back around to my old favourite blue and gold.

Patrons also got a bubble-gum and raspberry version.

Cropped section of design of bubble-gum-pink motifs of skulls, mushrooms, cats, foxes, goblets, pomegranates, etc on a raspberry ground.

I’m planning a repeating pattern, but I’m also in transit at the moment, so that will probably be a little while away.

Below (for personal use) are the printable versions — one pre-coloured and one to colour in yourself.

If you like these and/or like supporting artists, you can contribute to the calendar (and get it and other behind-the-scenes things early) at patreon.com/tanaudel (starts at US$1/month) or tip me a few dollars through Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/tanaudel. Either is greatly appreciated! And of course many previous designs are available as prints etc on Redbubble and Spoonflower.

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November 2022 calendar with a design of yellow motifs of skulls, mushrooms, cats, foxes, goblets, pomegranates, etc on a blue ground.
November 2022 calendar lineart with a design of motifs of skulls, mushrooms, cats, foxes, goblets, pomegranates, etc.

October 2022 Calendar — danse macabre (ish)

Dancing skeletons on blue background among scattered blue-purple flowers

These calendar pages are made possible by patrons, who get it a little bit early, along with alternative colourways, and other sneak-peeks and behind-the-scenes art: patreon.com/tanaudel. It is also supported by those very kind people who throw a few dollars towards it via the tip jar: ko-fi.com/tanaudel.

For this October, here are some dancing skeletons! What more can I say, except that any incorrect choreography is because the skeletons learned their moves from the movies.

Dancing skeletons on hot pink background among scattered blue-purple flowers

Here are the early sketches — first roughly working out the movements, then filling in the bone structure (and referring to previous skeletal designs, so I could be inaccurate in the same ways).

And the design is up — in blue and pink — on Redbubble as prints, scarves, bags, cases, etc (along with other Halloween designs).

Below (for personal use) are the printable versions — one pre-coloured and one to colour in yourself.

If you like them and/or like supporting artists, you can contribute to the calendar (and get it and other behind-the-scenes things early) at patreon.com/tanaudel (starts at US$1/month) or tip me a few dollars through Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/tanaudel. Either is greatly appreciated! And of course many previous designs are available as prints etc on Redbubble and Spoonflower.

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September Calendar: Faces in the leaves

Design of faces peering through leaves

These calendar pages are made possible by patrons, who get it a little bit early, along with alternative colourways, and other sneak-peeks and behind-the-scenes art: patreon.com/tanaudel. It is also supported by those very kind people who throw a few dollars towards it via the tip jar: ko-fi.com/tanaudel.

Still on the enchanted forest theme, September is brought to you by the feeling of being watched among the trees.

Other influences included: hunting for green-man roof bosses in Devon, and admiring Iris Compiet’s astonishing sculptures, browsing Oakapple Designs‘ replicas of cathedral carvings, attending the Once and Future Fantasies festival in Glasgow, and drawing acanthus leaves (these aren’t acanthus leaves anymore, but Bearbell’s workshop got me thinking about scrolling longer leaves, and generally drawing too many of them).

Here’s a first test of the idea, using a fine brush pen (the final image was loosely inked with an actual brush). I still like the clusters of berries, the hints of woodgrain, and the little fox-ish face, although it isn’t in quite the right style. I’d like to approach this design again, with these additional elements. And I can think of some other takes that would be fun.

hand holding early, very detailed, version of design of faces among leaves, including a fox-ish face

Then sketches and layout and making sure it would plausibly repeat. However, I quite like these yellow and black sketches — they remind me of the covers of 1970s Shakespeare paperbacks. They make me want to write a little nonfiction text on characterisation in fairy tales, or something.

Sketches for faces and leaves — yellow picking out the faces

I have begun the repeating design, but it isn’t quite finished yet, due to me becoming abruptly and vilely ill earlier this week. I’ve put up the single image as prints/cards/shirts on Redbubble, and will update this post when the all-over design is available. In the meantime, many other designs can be found as prints, cases, fabric etc on Redbubble and Spoonflower.

Below (for personal use) are the printable versions — one pre-coloured and one to colour in yourself.

If you like them and/or like supporting artists, you can contribute to the calendar (and get it and other behind-the-scenes things early) at patreon.com/tanaudel (starts at US$1/month) or tip me a few dollars through Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/tanaudel. Either is greatly appreciated! And of course many previous designs are available as prints etc on Redbubble and Spoonflower.

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September 2022 calendar with design of faces peering through leaves
September 2022 calendar with design of faces peering through leaves

August calendar: Enchanted forest

Green trees with jewelled leaves on dark background

This calendar is made possible by patrons, who get it a little bit early, along with alternative colourways, and other sneak-peeks and behind-the-scenes art: patreon.com/tanaudel. It is also supported by those very kind people who throw a few dollars towards it via the tip jar: ko-fi.com/tanaudel.

Here, for August, is an enchanted forest, its branches ringing with improbable leaves.

I will be putting it up as a repeating pattern very soon (and last month’s Hind Girls are now up on Redbubble), so stay tuned. UPDATE: This design is now available as prints, cases, scarves etc on Redbubble in a few colours: Malachite (the green one above); Daylight (the oatmeal colour below); Folk Art (no lines); The Night Forest (bare branches)

White trees with jewelled leaves on oatmeal background

Below (for personal use) are the printable versions — two pre-coloured and one to colour in yourself. If you like them and/or like supporting artists, you can contribute to the calendar (and get it and other behind-the-scenes things early) at patreon.com/tanaudel (starts at US$1/month) or tip me a few dollars through Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/tanaudel. Either is greatly appreciated! And of course many previous designs are available as prints etc on Redbubble and Spoonflower.

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August 2022 calendar: Green trees with jewelled leaves on dark background
August 2022 calendar: White trees with jewelled leaves on oatmeal background
Line art August calendar - trees with jewelled leaves

July 2022 calendar — Hind Girls

Girls with antlers, flowers and knives frolic on a green ground

This calendar is made possible by patrons, who get it a little bit early, along with alternative colourways, and other sneak-peeks and behind-the-scenes art: patreon.com/tanaudel. It is also supported by those very kind people who throw a few dollars towards it via the tip jar: ko-fi.com/tanaudel.

Here is the sequel to the June calendar — antlered hind girls, who appear from time to time in the world of Angela Slatter’s enchanting Sourdough books (these include the collections Sourdough, The Bitterwood Bible, The Tallow-Wife, and the novels All the Murmuring Bones and The Path of Thorns). The hind girls are perhaps not quite as gentle as June’s wolf boys.

Below (for personal use) are the printable versions — two pre-coloured and one to colour in yourself. If you like them and/or like supporting artists, you can contribute to the calendar (and get it and other behind-the-scenes things early) at patreon.com/tanaudel (starts at US$1/month) or tip me a few dollars through Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/tanaudel. Either is greatly appreciated!

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Girls with antlers, flowers and knives frolic on a green ground
Girls with antlers, flowers and knives frolic on a green ground
Line art: Girls with antlers, flowers and knives frolic

June 2022 Calendar — wolf boys

Yellow background, with grey-toned images of boys wearing wolf-skin cloaks (and possibly turning into wolves) playing

Note: Want to support the arts? This calendar is made possible by patrons, who get it a little bit early, along with alternative colourways, and other sneak-peeks and behind-the-scenes art (patron levels start from US$1): patreon.com/tanaudel. It is also supported by those very kind people who throw a few dollars towards it via the tip jar: ko-fi.com/tanaudel.

Here is the June calendar! It’s the first of two calendar pages I’m working on with a lighthearted allusion to some of Angela Slatter’s characters. June is wolf boys, for her novel The Path of Thorns, which will be launched next month.  These are perhaps slightly gentler souls than the ones in her novels, but I’ll offset that with the other piece of art.

Photo of hand holding The Path of Thorns book with purple foil lettering
Cover design by Julia Lloyd

The Brisbane launch will be on 17 June — it is free to attend, but you will need to book online here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/meet-angela-slatter-brisbane-square-library-tickets-342553305157

Angela Slatter's The Path of Thorns is beautiful and vicious. Although it is a ruthless, Gothic tale, bright and bitter as poison, cold as a crypt, its chinks are stopped against the bleakest wind with deft, jewel-toned tales, and at its bruised heart, it is as loving and warm as a wolf curled around her cubs.

Here’s a bit of the process behind this calendar art — first rough sketches and then tidier pencils on the iPad, inks with a dip pen and ink. I chose the yellow and grey colour scheme because of a nice 18thc-style pattern in these colours that I managed to find on a doona cover a few years ago. It’s faded now but I found it striking. (It had a design of birds in nests, not wolf boys).

Rough sketch, pencils, inks of the calendar art line work

And here (for personal use) are the printable versions — one pre-coloured and one to colour in yourself. If you like them and/or like supporting artists, you can contribute to the calendar (and get it and other behind-the-scenes things early) at patreon.com/tanaudel (starts at US$1/month) or tip me a few dollars through Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/tanaudel. Either is greatly appreciated!

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June 2022 calendar. ç
Line-art of June 2022 calendar, with images of boys wearing wolf-skin cloaks (and possibly turning into wolves) playing

May 2022 Calendar — small treasures

Note: Want to support the arts? This calendar is made possible by patrons, who get it a little bit early, along with alternative colourways, and other sneak-peeks and behind-the-scenes art (patron levels start from US$1): patreon.com/tanaudel. It is also supported by those very kind people who throw a few dollars towards it via the tip jar: ko-fi.com/tanaudel.

Here, for May, is a calendar of small fairy-tale treasures, variously defined.

Pattern of leaves and small treasures. Pink background.

Here’s a glimpse of the sketch I used as a base. It’s drawn on an iPad in Procreate, which is proving very useful for adjusting sketches, moving components, and checking that repeats will work.

Photo of sketch of curled cat on iPad screen

This is what it looked like when I was checking that it will join up as a pattern, in due course.

Rough sketch of repeating pattern with motifs roughly coloured

Then I printed the sketch and inked it, as usual, with a dip pen, while listening to the Disaster Girls podcast.

Photo of hand with dip pen inking branches

I do want to work it up as a repeating pattern, but I need to jostle a few leaves around and time has been slightly compressed by events. I’ll update this post when I get the repeating design up — in the meantime, there are many other calendar designs available as prints, scarves, cases etc on Redbubble: tanaudel.redbubble.com.

Snippet of calendar art with black and white images (toy horse, ring, key) on deep rose background
An alternative colourway, for patrons

And here (for personal use) are the printable versions — one pre-coloured and one to colour in yourself. If you like them and/or like supporting artists, you can contribute to the calendar (and get it and other behind-the-scenes things early) at patreon.com/tanaudel (starts at US$1/month) or tip me a few dollars through Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/tanaudel. Either is greatly appreciated!

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Printable calendar page. May 2022 calendar on left. Pattern of leaves and small treasures on right. Pink background.