Friday, December 31, 2010

"Cheaters" collection underway ...

Beth and I are working on a collection of original prints inspired by this unusual vintage quilt top (purchased at the wonderful shop, Harriet's Daughter, on Etsy) and cheater quilt fabrics.

Determining a palette ... still life with gouache tubes and some sketches by Beth

We'll be exhibiting 30 gouache paintings similar to the ones you see above in the fantastically fun annual art event, Fun-A-Day! You can participate in Fun-A-Day, too! Sign up at
We've also begun to list items in our new nautical vintage section, The Sea Shanty! Check it out!

Squid & Whale

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Sea Shanty

The Sea Shanty, our new vintage section filled with exclusively nautical-themed objects, is coming in January 2011. Here's preview of what we have in store ...

Happy New Year, all!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Brandon Bird Paint By Number & New Card Sets!

"It's one of the best paintings ever made. It's our generation's Mona Lisa." ~ Elizabeth J. "Beth" Smith

Beth has a very high opinion of Brandon Bird's painting, Bad Day on the High Seas. At one point she even considered getting a huge tattoo of it on her back. Before SquidWhale was a twinkle in our eye, there was this painting we found in a random Google search.  The rest is history.

So, when Brian told me about this new paint by number kit, I knew I had to buy it for Beth for Christmas.

Beth got to work tonight painting her very own version of Bad Day on the High Seas. She's mixing all of her own colors of gouache to work with. It's going to be bad ass. And, will have a place on our studio wall very soon. I promise we'll share when it's done.


Also, we're so excited about our new card sets!

French Costumes, Set of 5 different designs (only three of them are shown here)

The Turkey Red Collection, Set of 4 different designs (obviously all pictured)

They're available in the shop now and make a fantastic last minute holiday gift/stocking stuffer. The best thing is, they're festive, but not necessarily for the holidays. You can enjoy them year round!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Holiday Etsy Treasuries! Feel that Festive LOVE!

Well, it's been a pretty good week for SquidWhale Designs regarding treasury inclusions. This week we were featured in THREE new treasuries, all really lovely and well curated!

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Curated by our friend Jessica of LaBestia

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Curated by Chicgiftsbysass

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Curated by HarmonyVanLue

 And in other news, the note cards we've designs are to be delivered today! Can't wait to get them packaged  up extra pretty for you all! Post on those SOON!

Elizabeth J. Smith (The Squid)