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Review Round-Up: Space Adventure Activity Book (12/7/2017)

Pleased to see that reviews of my Space Adventure Activity Book are starting to surface online and in print! Here’s a quick round-up:

Parents In Touch

“Children are fascinated by space and they will love this packed activity book with its wide range of colourful activities… With beautiful, bright illustrations to engage children’s attention, this is a really good example of what an activity book should be. There will be many hours of fun to be had with this excellent book.”

Click here to read the full review

And Parents In Touch are offering 5 copies of the book as part of a giveaway! Not long left to enter, so head over here quick – Space Adventure Activity Book Giveaway

Red Reading Hub

“There’s plenty to engage young children during the long winter evenings in this space-themed activity book… With 60 pages of spacey fun, this should help fill a fair few hours of darkness.”

Click here to read the full review

Parent Talk

“This fabulous space-themed activity book will entertain children wherever they are in the universe. The pages are crammed with all sorts of fun, including dot to dot, spot the difference, colouring in and other activities like baking Stellar cakes or making Martian masks! Fun and educational, it features beautiful, bright illustrations that will draw children in and keep them busy… There’s fun here for every little astronaut and alien!”

Click here to read the full review

Publishers Weekly

“Space-obsessed readers will find plenty to explore in this workbook whose activities include matching games, mazes, connect-the-dot exercises, and extraterrestrial scenes to complete with drawings and stickers… British illustrator Alliston’s cartoons feature an array of child astronauts, aliens, robots, and animals. While the focus is on entertainment and developing basic cognitive skills, readers will pick up space trivia and vocabulary words along the way.”

Click here to read the full review

Primary Times

“Let your little astronauts blast off into space with the Space Adventure Activity Book which is sure to entertain children wherever they are in the universe… It is available in paperback so is light enough to be popped into a bag and carried around for the day, ready for any time your child may need entertaining.”

Here’s the full review:

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Big Shop Update – just in time for Christmas! (12/4/2017)

It’s all go here.

On Saturday we had a big update of my Etsy shop, which went from having 1 product on there to having a super 14 products!

These include:

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Space Adventure Activity Book – Now on my Etsy! (12/1/2017)

I’m very pleased to say that the Space Adventure Activity Book can now be ordered from my Etsy store! Any books ordered from my Etsy will be signed and, like all my Etsy orders, will include a few cute little extras  (it’s the personal touch!).

Click here to order the Space Adventure Activity Book!

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My shop is no-longer empty! (11/30/2017)

Yes, embarrassingly my Etsy shop has been empty for months. I’ve just not had the time to do anything with it. It is frustrating because every time I start to build up a bit of momentum with it, something happens and all my products expire or sell out and I don’t have time to fix.

But now there is 1 (yes ONE!) product on my Etsy, which is the old faithful, The Human Next Door, my full-colour silent comic. If you haven’t read it, I recommend you do (of course I would).

Soon I’ll put on my new notebooks that have previously only been seen at shows, plus new Lino prints and giclee prints, but for now… buy my comic!

Jen x

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New website design (11/20/2017)

I’ve been busy re-designing my website. The old one was a bit dark and cluttered, so this time i’ve gone for clean and simple.

I’ve also removed a lot of the old work that was on here, such as my laser-cut jewellery which I just don’t have the time to make anymore. I’ve refocused all my efforts on illustration as that is my true passion (it also happens to be what all of the work i have coming in at the minute is, which is nice!)

Let me know what you think of the new site design, it’s always good to get feedback…
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HiFest, Hastings – 3rd December (11/17/2017)

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Just a quick note to say that I’ll once again be attending HiFest (Hastings Illustration Festival) on the 3rd December 2017. I’ll be sharing my table with Zoe Jackson Illustration and will have copies of my new book, Space Adventure Activity Book, along with prints, notebooks, Christmas cards and much more!

Please note, HiFest is a two-day event but I’m only able to be there on the Sunday this year.

From the organisers:

Join us for  a superb array of workshops, talks, live drawing, exhibitions and all thing illustration happening around Hastings!

HiFest 2017 will once again be held at The Printworks – situated in the historic America Ground area of Hastings.

Just a short walk from Hastings Train Station and town centre, and 25 metres from the seafront.

The event will take place over two floors of this fantastic building, with additional events in the surrounding area.

 

Space Adventure Activity Book (11/16/2017)

For the last year I’ve said things like “I’ve got a big project I’m working on” or “I can’t talk about it at the moment, but all my time is being taken up by an exciting job”… well I can finally talk about it!

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I’m delighted to announce the Space Adventure Activity Book by your’s truly. It’s a fun-filled book which includes activities ranging from spot-the-difference to word searches, from baking to making, from sticker pages to drawing tutorials, all aimed at children from 4 – 8 (though with 3 pages of stickers and lots of colouring-in, I think slightly younger children could enjoy, too).

Without further a-waffle, here are some peaks inside the book…

The Space Adventure Activity Book is published by Button Books and is available now from Amazon and all good bookshops in the UK. There is a US edition which comes out next year and will be available from Barnes & Noble and other bookshops, so keep your eyes peeled.

P.S. some eagle-eyed readers might have noticed that I’ve gone and changed my name… I’m now Jen Alliston as I got married in October, right around the time the book was published – not a bad month all-round!

Bears & Vegetables! (7/3/2017)

I’m still beavering away with the big freelance work (can’t show anything yet, sorry)!

But here’s some more patterns. I’m really enjoying doing these!

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Sneak peek! (6/21/2017)

Phew! It’s hot today!

Here’s a little behind the scenes shot of something new I’m working on. I’ll hopefully post the finished thing very soon!

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Stationary (6/12/2017)

I love a bit of stationary! Still playing with those patterns!

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Neighbourhood (6/2/2017)

I’ve been enjoying doing little patterns recently. Here’s a very simple linework neighbourhood pattern. I’ll hopefully do something with them soon!

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Lino printing (5/6/2017)

I wanted to try something a bit different with my lino today by making a couple of pieces but that were made up of more colours. Here’s the end result. Pretty pleased! These are both now available on my etsy store here.

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Patterns (4/28/2017)

There’s not much from my big freelance project i can post yet (sorry). It’s very nearly there! Hopefully i can show something from it soon. In the meantime, I’ve been working on some patterns in the quieter periods. I’d like to start getting some new items made with these, like notebooks.

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Looking forward, looking back (1/3/2017)

New Year is always an interesting time, a time to look to the future at the possibilities the year ahead brings, but also to look back at what went before.

Personally, 2016 was in equal measures hard, fun, wonderful, horrifying, sad and exciting. I broke yet another bone thanks to Roller Derby (the sport that I love but that hates me) and had to retire from the sport. I completed the purchase of my first flat (with my OH), which is something we’ve been working towards for so many years. Some political stuff happened. David Bowie died, who is a hero of mine (my cat’s name is Ziggy and we have a Bowie shrine in the flat…) and so did Alan Rickman, and so did Carrie Fisher, and so did Prince. I got the biggest and most exciting illustration commission of my career so far (can’t say much more now). A lady read The Human Next Door whilst standing at my table at a fair and was brought to the edge of tears (good ones, I think).

So it was a mixed one.

2017 is looking bright, though. I plan to restock my Etsy shop (it is looking bare at the moment due to some very successful fairs in November) along with lots of new designs. I also plan to go paddleboarding more, which I’m certain will become the more sedate and less dangerous way of filling the void that Roller Derby has left in me.

I hope you have a wonderful year…

Beast x

Merry Christmas! An update… (12/18/2016)

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First off, Merry Christmas! This happy little penguin is an illustration I made for Buff Motion, who then animated it as part of their 2016 Christmas Advent Calendar. You can see all of the other animations on their website by clicking here. I did one last year, too, which you can see by clicking here.

I’ve been a bit quiet lately, but it is for good reasons I promise. Earlier this year I got commissioned for the biggest illustration project I’ve ever had. It is taking up every free moment of time I have, but I’m excited about it and hope to announce full details in the new year.

On the jewellery front, my Etsy store is looking a little bare at the moment, thanks to some very successful fairs in November, but I’m hoping to re-stock soon, plus add some exciting new designs.

Have a great Christmas, everyone!

Beast x

Split Fountain Screenprinting (6/30/2016)

I always love trying new things and although I’ve done screenprinting several times before, this was my first attempt at split fountain (two colours at once) printing.

These tote bags are for Eastbourne Extreme roller derby weekend on July 16th and 17th 2017. Our roller derby event is part of a large outdoor extreme sports festival that takes place each year on Eastbourne’s lovely seafront.

The logo was designed by Miss Nyss, printed by me (obvs!) and photos by Josh Alliston (as usual!).










Sunshine Sale – Save 20% Off Everything! (5/17/2016)

The sun is shining and I think that is worth celebrating. That’s why I’m offering 20% off everything in my store! That’s 20% off cute lasercut wood necklaces and earrings, 20% off Lino prints, and 20% off my comic – The Human Next Door!

To take advantage of this limited time offer, just enter the code SUNSHINE20 at checkout

Order here – www.thatbeastjen.etsy.com

Big Shop Update – Earrings & Lino Prints Now Available! (3/14/2016)

I am so pleased to announce that my shop has now been updated with a ton of new products! I’ve been working on these for the last few months, so it feels good to be able to release them into the world.

Earrings

After selling out of all my cat-face and bear-face earrings last year at just three events, I decided to go all out with cute little earring designs! Here we have cloud, polar bear, fried egg, cat-face, bear-face, mountain, koala and – my personal favourite – toast!

Lino Prints

I’ve been experimenting with lino cutting over the last few months and have been really enjoying it. My favourite so far are my Mr & Mrs Bear prints. Available individually – white boy bear, black boy bear and black girl bear – or as a pair – white boy bear and black girl bear.

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New Display Stands (3/10/2016)

I do a lot of shows up and down the country. Most of the shows are towards the end of the year, but there’s no harm in being prepared and that’s why I’ve been updating my displays!

I’ll post on here as and when shows are confirmed throughout the year, but for now here’s some pics of the new bits (photos by Josh Alliston) including a funky little GIF with my new display lightbox…

 

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What’s in the box?! (3/1/2016)

I love boxes. Especially cute little ones. I like to keep things in them, the sort of junk that you forget about, until one day you open that little box up again and get a happy surprise.

That’s why I put so much time and effort into my jewellery boxes for customers. What’s inside is what people buy, it’s the main attraction, but the box is the icing on the cake.

Each of my jewellery boxes is embossed by hand with my logo, with a lightly glittered finish. Here’s how I do it! (Photos by Josh Alliston)


I get the plain boxes from Tiny Box Company, who make great quality packaging.

 Next I stamp each box with my custom logo stamp.

 My stamp is from another great UK company, The English Stamp Company. I use British products wherever possible.


While the ink is still damp I pour on the glittery embossing powder.


I tip off the excess. It’s already starting to look pretty good!


A little quality control goes a long way!

 Then I use my big pink heat gun to fix the embossing powder to the box.


And repeat…


Then comes the best part – filling the boxes with cute, colourful jewellery!


And that’s that. Lovely boxes with lovely jewellery, ready for their new homes!

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