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Advice from a Snail… the zine!

advice from a snail

advice from a snail

today i took my first ever skillshare class, AND made my first ever zine!!!

actually, i made a few zines today, and this one is my favourite so I thought i would share!

inspired by my spirit animal, the slow and steady snail, i made an illustrated life-guide, snail-style. I cant wait to xerox and distribute it! it was super fun to work in black and white (although you know i love colour) and i especially loved working with india ink again- it has been a while! here is the zine in its entirety- i stand by every page, these are shelly, slimy words to live by…

take it slow. eat those greens. Advice from a snail by kate austin

take it slow. eat those greens. Advice from a snail by kate austin

there's no place like home. flowers rule. Advice from a Snail by Kate austin

there’s no place like home. flowers rule. Advice from a Snail by Kate austin

rainy days are for parties. small is beautiful. don't forget to leave a sparkly trail. Advice from a Snail by kate austin

rainy days are for parties. small is beautiful. don’t forget to leave a sparkly trail. Advice from a Snail by kate austin

back cover, Advice from a Snail, by Kate Austin

back cover, Advice from a Snail, by Kate Austin

New Inks!

new inks by kate austin

new inks by kate austin

Just got back from an inspiring and refreshing holiday- camping in Ontario and visiting my 96 year old grandmother in England. England was green green green with honeysuckle and roses around every corner. And I found a lovely little art supply shop in Oxford with these inks that I have never seen or used before and HOLY smokes are they ever gorgeous. I managed to squeeze a few into my suitcase and now that I am back home and settled into my studio I have been taking them out for a run. I took a TON of photos for inspiration and I’m loving making some new little paintings of all the beautiful flowers and critters I encountered on my travels. On our walks around Oxford we saw loads of Elderflower in bloom- this is what they look like before they pop into gorgeous tiny white flowers. There were also twisting vines along the paths- I love this one little green flower in particular with curly stem and balloon like buds. Today I’m going to visit the Toronto Botanical Garden- my first time there- cant wait. Bringing my paints and pencils and camera of course! Yay for summer!!!

Inky bliss

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I have this book about an artist whose work I admire and adore, Katsuji Wakisaka. It’s mostly in Japanese so I mostly look at the pictures– which are incredibly inspiring even without text. There’s one section of the book called “10,000 postcards to His Wife” that is pretty amazing- and recently got me wanting to do something similar. The photos of stacks of little painted postcards are so tantalizing– I’m not sure I’ll get to 10,000 but it sure feels amazing to be painting again. I’m using my absolute fave, India ink, the blackest black. I’m using inks for colour too- I love their shiny finish and the gorgeous saturated colour. Here are some from this week- I really love that turnip!

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