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This little brunette is a giclee print of an original drawing on paper, 'brown-bread-and-buttered-flies'.

‘brown-bread-and-buttered-flies' has been printed with Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks with Vivid Magenta on archival Hahnemühle German Etching 310 gsm paper. Both the ink and paper are fade-resistant and have been tested to last for at least 120 years.

The colours are rich and look even better in your hot little hands than they do on your computer screen! Your print will also have a lovely soft textural quality like pastel paper, and the effect looks stunning behind glass.

'brown-bread-and-buttered-flies' comes from a limited edition of 100. This particular print is Nº 5. The watermark will not appear on your print, which is signed and numbered by me.

The active printed area measures approximately 20.5 cm x 27 cm, with a white border for easy framing. The overall paper size is approximately 24 cm x 33 cm.

If you’ve any questions at all about this little poppet, please feel free to send me an Etsy conversation.


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The inspiration behind ‘brown-bread-and-buttered-flies'

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We all have vices. Anyone who says they don't is either telling porky-pies of epic proportions or else dangerously deluded.

My vices are plentiful and generally involve food. I can't have just one cup of tea, I have to have gallons of it. This isn't so bad except I drink way too much coffee as it is and am so immune to caffeine I can fall asleep half an hour after a cup of the stuff at midnight (I honestly do just love the taste and smell of it). Dave is an excellent cook and I've been known to polish off an entire cheesecake, unaided, in a weekend. This is basically my sole reason for a gym membership and running habit. It's a dirty vicious cycle.

Most vices answer to a kind of need I think, and some of us (me) just have addictive personalities. But there are some that fly their own little freak flag; dorky vices, not really malignant but that raise their weird little heads in public situations (or, as the case may be, on a blog) to make us blush and raise the eyebrows of those who love us best.

So I'll just come out with it: I love butter. I smother the most disgusting amount of the stuff on anything more solid than butter. I eat butter with crumpets on the side. Plonk a bucket of it on a mountain of pumpkin mash and I'm yours. It's an absolutely necessary ingredient for shortbread, which is incidentally, the perfect accompaniment to my tenth daily cup of tea. It smells amazing when it gets warm and melty. When my metabolism slows down and I need the help of two fat blokes and a winch to get me out of my chair, it will be for the love of butter!

Lewis Carroll very famously used the irony of the word 'butterfly' to brilliant effect in 'Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There', creating insects made from slabs of buttered toast, who live on weak tea with cream. This sort of butterfly would be wonderful I think, but I'd have to snatch a fair few of them to slake my butter-thirst! I wanted my own to be bigger and nice and drippy; kind of like a flying breakfast.

Blessed be those who love butter!

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To see more of my adventures in illustration, swing by the blog:

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  • Materials: Hahnemuhle, Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks, Mel Macklin, Grumpy Star Studio, coloured pencil
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