Fabrics and wallpapers: Enchanted forests and musical skeletons

Rolls of wallpaper with skeletons and trees

Samples have arrived from Spoonflower, which means the enchanted forests and skeleton orchestra designs are now available as fabrics and wallpaper!

row of fabrics with enchanted trees in various colours
(photo taken in haste on my mother’s striped ironing board!)

This grasscloth wallpaper is gorgeous, by the way — extraordinarily textured and very crisp.

I highly recommend ordering swatches first. Spoonflower has a variety of fabrics and wallpapers, which means colours can print subtly differently — for example, the cottons tend to be a bit more muted, the velvets are more saturated (and the Celosia velvet brings out yellow tones), while the wallpapers have crisp lines on a range of textures.

Malachite-green enchanted trees on velvet

You can find them all at my Spoonflower shop — and as well as allowing you to buy lengths, Spoonflower also offers some pre-sewn bed and table linens. (And for other objects, there’s Redbubble.)

small swatches of patterns of enchanted trees, skeletons, fairy-tale motifs, dragons, houses

LitJoy Crate — The Folk of the Air

Photo of book opened to signing page with watercolour design of mushrooms and tiny creatures
Photo from LitJoy Crate, illustration by me!

UPDATE: as of 1 October 2022 this is sold out BUT you can sign up for a waitlist in case they are able to add more to their order

LitJoy Crate is releasing a Holly Black collection! The Folk of the Air Collector’s Edition Box Set will include:

Gold-illustrated box cover for the Folk of the Air
Photo from LitJoy Crate

Here is the full list of contents (from LitJoy Crate) for the box:

  • All 3 books in The Folk of the Air series: The Cruel Prince, The Wicked King,and The Queen of Nothing, PLUS the novella, How the King of Elfhame Learned To Hate Stories(in its own hardcover)
  • NEW COVERS and 3 TIP-IN ART pages in the main titles (9 illustrations total!), AND the original illustrations in the novella by Rovina Cai
  • Handwritten ANNOTATIONS by Holly Black throughout all the books
  • Fully illustrated SLIPCASE
  • Gilded Gold PAGE EDGES
  • Printed on acid-free paper
  • Bonus Content: At the end of King of Elfhame, process sketches for our new illustrations will have ANNOTATIONS by Holly Black!
  • Each Book Box Set will come with a FREE Adventure Card!
  • We will also be including a FREE Preorder Art Print, with more details coming soon!
Photo of book open to hand-annotated chapter
Photo from LitJoy Crate

Important Dates (from LitJoy Crate)

UPDATE: as of 1 October 2022 this is sold out BUT you can sign up for a waitlist in case they are able to add more to their order

  • September 28th – Book Box Set SALES OPEN to subscribers
  • September 29th – Book Box Set SALES OPEN to the public
  • October 19th – Items in the LitJoy © Holly Black Collection go on sale to subscribers
  • October 20th – Items in the LitJoy © Holly Black Collection go on sale to the public

Curlews on Vulture Street launch and exhibition of original illustrations

Cover of Curlews on Vulture Street by Darryl Jones — a photo of a bush stone-curlew on a blue background

Darryl Jones’ Curlews on Vulture Street is out this month! He will be in conversation with Christine Jackman at Avid Reader in Brisbane this month, on 14 September 2022 — and for those attending in person the original artwork for my illustrations will be on display (and available!)

Hand holding cut paper silhouette of leaves, branch and flowers, with hint of a cockatoo pulling at a strand of something

Darryl Jones – Curlews On Vulture Street

Wednesday 14 September 2022
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop / ZOOM Online

Instore Ticket $15.00, Zoom Ticket $5.00
Tickets available until 14 September 2022 4:00 PM

Despite the noise, heat, dust and fumes, the ceaseless movement, light and toxins, many birds successfully live their lives among us. And not just furtively in the shadows. Ibis steal our lunch, brush-turkeys rearrange gardens and magpies chase us from near their nest.

From blackbirds and sparrows in his childhood country town to brush-turkeys in the suburbs, Darryl Jones shares a fascinating story of curiosity, discovery, adventure and conflict, played out in the streets and backyards of Australia. He also provides rare insights into the intimate lives of some of our most beloved and feared, despised and admired neighbours. Magpies, curlews, ibis, lorikeets and cockatoos will never seem the same again.

Darryl Jones is a Professor of Ecology at Griffith University in Brisbane, where he has been investigating the many ways that people and wildlife interact for over 30 years. He is particularly interested in why some species are extremely successful in urban landscapes, while many others are not, and how best to deal with the ensuing conflicts. More recently, he has been trying to understand more about the humans that also live in cities in large numbers, and how they engage with nature. This has led him into the strange and fascinating world of wild bird feeding and has resulted in collaborations with other researchers all over the world. He has published six books, including The Birds at My Table and Feeding the Birds at My Table.

Hind Girls signing bookplates (for Angela Slatter)

Box with "Fast Printing" on the top

Something wonderful and shining just arrived from Fast Printing!

Hand holding fanned bookplate stickers: gold pattern of hind girls dancing on black paper

It’s a set of foil-printed bookplates for book signing, for Angela Slatter.

Hand holding bookplate sticker: gold pattern of hind girls dancing on black paper

So shiny!

These hind girls (and Angela’s books) were also the inspiration behind the July calendar:

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

Here’s a quick glimpse of the process:

Bookplate of dancing hindgirls traced in white on black paper

The lesson I did learn was probably not to work quite so large for a bookplate again — it took up most of a sheet of A4 paper, and I had to adjust some of the tinier details for printing.

Dancing hind girls — partially cut out of black paper

Dancing in the dark…

Hand holding scrap from which owl and moon have been cut

For comparison, here is the full art, side-by-side with the bookplate. And I am delighted with how it turned out.

Spoonflower wallpaper discounts

For the next two days (until the end of 21 August ET), Spoonflower is offering 30% off all wallpaper.

You can find mine here (along with fabric): Tanaudel.

Screenshot of linked Spoonflower page with thumbnails of repeating images e.g. fairytale hands, gothic girls

And if you’re not in the mood for wallpaper but do like Art On Things, you can also find my work on Redbubble (all sorts of things) and InPrnt (prints).

There will be some new images on Spoonflower in a few weeks, too — I’m waiting for the test swatches to arrive.

Skeleton Orchestra — prints etc

A few people have been looking for the original post of my musical skeletons.

It was the October 2020 calendar art, but it’s also up on Redbubble (as a print, and on shirts, scarves, phone covers, etc) and on InPrnt as a print. Spoonflower to follow in a little while.

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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.

Also, I have a very occasional mailing list (not a newsletter), if you’d like to keep up with any major announcements: Mailing List Sign-Up

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

Endpapers in Flight Magazine

This mail arrived just before I flew overseas — it’s my endpapers in Flight magazine, a quarterly illustration and story magazine for kids, from Paper Bird Childrens Books and Art.

The endpaper pattern began life as a calendar illustration, and you can find it on Redbubble on various prints, cases, clothes, etc (this version and the more Gothic blue hands version). The blue hands version is also up on Spoonflower as fabric and wallpaper.

Anyway, Flight is a beautiful little magazine, very full of images and stories — I highly recommend checking it out.

Here’s how my illustrator copies arrived — shown alongside the rest of that day’s book mail.

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!

Also, I’ve started a mailing list (not a newsletter), if you’d like to keep up with any major announcements: Mailing List Sign-Up

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!

Also, I’ve started a mailing list (not a newsletter), if you’d like to keep up with any major announcements: Mailing List Sign-Up

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