"hotel londres" limited edition print in clementine & patina

Ever wondered where birds stay when they go on vacation? Hotel Londres! The luxury London hotel for birdies on holiday. Bright and colourful, just how I like it. Limited edition of 50 in a A3 size printed by hand in bright clementine and patina on 200gsm acid free Fabriano paper.

Available here in the Mengsel Shop...

woodbridge, suffolk

Last weekend, we went to a beautiful wedding just outside of the seaside town of Woodbridge, Suffolk. We had a wonderful stay at The Quay House and I spotted lots of cool boats (I know I'm obsessed).

June 12, 2011


New in the Mengsel shop this week:
Tiny Retro Robots! Silkscreen printed by hand in crisp white ink on pitch black Canson paper, this limited (edition of 30) print really plays with contrasts and will be a sweet addition to your home or a great wedding present for a couple with a taste for all things fun. The repeat pattern is based on my own illustrations and is available in here in the Mengsel shop. Hope it makes you smile!

(Also available in my here in my Etsy shop)

once upon a time

We are now exactly two weeks away from the biggest event of the year here in the UK. Yes, the holy matrimony of Wills and Kate (in case you haven't heard). The excitement here in London has almost reached fever pitch, with all of the shops filled with Union Jacks and Royal memorabilia. On the morning of the wedding, I will be getting on the Eurostar to Luxembourg via Brussels, so I will miss out on the big event. Maybe I'll record the whole thing on Sky? Will you be watching?

Anyway, as cheesy as Royal memorabilia can be, there's some pretty sweet and quirky things out there on Etsy to celebrate the special day.
William and Kate Royal Wedding Commemorative tea towel by Taylors Type at Etsy

Royal Party Parade Tape by Belle and Boo at Etsy

Royal Wedding Breakfast tea towel - neon pink

Westminster Abbey Cushion by Helena Carrington at Etsy

love bird commemorative tea towel by Heartzeena at Etsy

in the studio

Yesterday, I went to the studio to print a second edition of my very popular "Tiny Towers" print and decided to play around with the camera and also show you guys more of my work process. My studio is a shared space in Kew Gardens, West London. It is a really lovely spot and I drive through Richmond Park to get there from my home near Wimbledon. What I love most about screen printing is the quality and intensity of the colour on the paper and that each print is truly unique. Hope you enjoy this blog post and that it will give you a better idea of what I do!

I printed the first orange layer of the Tiny Towers design the day before. 

I always mix my own acrylic ink with screen printing medium and it takes a while to get the perfect balance. I love playing with colour!

The pink ink of the second layer is spread over the exposed photo stencil on the mesh screen. With a second firm pull, the ink is forced through the fine mesh and onto the paper.

A clear Mylar sheet is taped to the printing table. The first pull of ink with the rubber squeegee goes directly onto the clear sheet and this will act as an indicator where to place the paper underneath the screen.

After the ink has gone through onto the paper, the hinged mesh frame is lifted.


Hello freshly printed second layer of "Tiny Towers".

Carefully hang them up to dry. No smudges and inky fingers!

Wash out all of the ink in the mesh screen with a power hose and leave to dry. 

Messy shoes. Messy floor.

This is me in my happy place.

"Tiny Towers" framed and ready to be displayed in your pretty home.

 "Tiny Towers" can be purchased online in my Etsy shop. Click here to view the listing. Also available in a blue and lime colour combination

oh patti

On our weekend away, I read my first book on my brand new Amazon Kindle. It really is a joy to read. I read the legendary Patti Smith's memoir, Just Kids. Such a great story of an artist finding herself in 1970s New York. The book focuses on her relationship with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and how they ended up from being practically homeless to successful artists, each in their own right. I love her boyish, bohemian style and she is still making music today.

Horses album cover (image: Electric Ladyland)
Photo: Last FM
Photo: Last FM
Photo: Last FM

accessories for my dream office/studio

London based Present&Correct is a constantly evolving store, obsessed with stationary. A selection of P&C products mixed up with handmade goods, vintage items and work by designers from all over the world. In a perfect world, I would have a perfectly organised desk and office space with everything in its place. These cool items make it seem less impossible. I want everything from this store!

arrow stencil 
1960s typewriter
desk rubber stamps
french airmail set
to/from arrow labels
letterpress action clips

Mengsel Valentine's Day blog giveaway!

Valentine's day is only 2 weeks away. Do you have a gift for your sweetheart yet? I will be giving away one of my "Leafy Heart" original hand pulled silkscreen prints to one lucky reader. The paper size is A3  (42 cm H x 29.7 cm W - 15" x 11") and the print size is 22.5 cm H x 18.5 cm W - 9" x 7". It is worth GBP £24.00 (US $38.00) and only 30 printed of each colour.

Which colour would you give to your love this Valentine's day?
Macaroon pink?
Duck Egg Blue?

To enter, please leave a comment below with you contact details, stating which colour you would pick to give your loved one and why. I will randomly select a winner on Monday 7 February and pop it in the post, so it will arrive in time for Valentine's day.

These prints are for sale in a special Valentine's Day section, along with other sweet gifts like "i heart robot" pillowcase sets, "mini moka" prints and more... Go check it out!

Macaroon Pink "Leafy Heart" silkscreen print, edition of 30
Duck Egg Blue "Leafy Heart" silkscreen print, edition of 30

Brand new print from Mengsel: "Whale"

BRAND NEW silkscreen print from Mengsel! I wanted to create a print that would be a continuation of my popular "Bigger Boat" design, so here we have "Whale". Happily floating in love on a delft blue (my favourite colour) graphic patterned sea.

Signed, dated and numbered editon of 45 prints, A3 size, (approx 30x40cm). The "Whale" print is a pretty, sweet and colourful edition to any home. It will make a fantastic Valentine's day gift or a gift for a brand new baby's nursery. I will be printing more colour options soon, so I will keep you posted.

Available to purchase in the Mengsel Shop and Mengsel's Etsy shop, where there will be more images to view too. Happy gift shopping!

"Whale" silkscreen print in Delft Blue and Black

Detail of "Whale" print in Delft Blue and Black

Areaware animal boxes

Discovered these adorable starage boxes from the always amazing Areaware. Animals include a whale, camel, bear, rhino, walrus and more. Made out of New Growth Beech Wood. So clever and sweet.

whale box, closed

whale box, open
rhino box, closed

rhino box, open
walrus box, closed

walrus box, open
January 02, 2011