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Hi all!

I'm Squid (they/them), a Canadian artist specializing in watercolour and india ink. I paint mostly pet portraits and wildlife art in a rainbow style. I run a sticker and print shop on Etsy and love noodling new, cartoony designs. Cats and reptiles are my jam!

It's been a hectic week with even more hectic weeks ahead, and drawing these blobby friends was such a relief! They were just what I needed to relax. I hope these little water sausages can bring you some smiles, too.

If you'd like some of these guys in a 3.5" jumbo size and the painted sticker with shiny foil embellishments, be sure to join my Patreon any time this month. They'll also be available on my Etsy shop at the standard 2.5" size shortly.

Here's a rug of my kitty, Sparc. I designed this as a companion piece to my Scuzzy rug; I used the same colours but flipped the gradient. I think Sparc's white spots turned out really striking.

Nothing super deep about this one. I wanted to practice painting white, and then I was playing with blooms in the background. I wonder if white animals would be better without the outlines. They seem to flatten the image a lot, but I still enjoy the marks and structure. Guess it's something to keep poking at to see what sticks.

Here's a rug of my in-laws' kitty, Ace. The colours look a bit darker and richer in person, but hopefully you can see the details well enough in this photo. It was really fun designing a rug in my cartoony style; trying to fit certain dimensions was an interesting challenge.

I'm now accepting commissions for custom rugs! If you're interested, please check out my website for pricing and info: rainbowpetportraits.ca

Hamsters won popular vote on my Patreon to become our sticker pack for this month! I hope you all enjoy adorable little fuzzballs! They were very fun and very challenging to cartoonize.

If you're interested in getting exclusive 4.5" copies of any of these designs, plus the rainbow design embellished with holofoil, please be sure to sign up for my Patreon any time this month. The smaller 3.5" stickers are already available on my Etsy for all your sticker needs.

Chronic illness, medical stuff 

My chronic illnesses are destroying me lately. I have art to post but no energy to post it. Also got a new chronic illness diagnosis today. (Gotta catch em all) Super enjoying the cooler weather, though. I hope you're all doing well and enjoying Halloween month.

Here's my latest rug of my kitty, Scuzzy. I wanted to keep the colours analogous to orange, since he's an orange tabby. I really love how this piece turned out!

Here's my latest rug: Rainbow Maulkin! I had so much fun playing with this rug! It was my first try fading between colours, and I think it looks really fun. I feel like it captures Maulkin's goofy personality really well. Next up is rainbow Scuzzy cat!

eye contact 

I've been getting into rug tufting lately. I bought a tufting gun and built a frame last month, and this is my second attempt at tufting. This little fox is a gift for my partner. It's 30" wide and backed with fleece (I have a lot on hand). I attached some D-rings on the back to make it a wall hanging, and I'm very pleased with how it came out! It was incredibly fun, and surprisingly relaxing, to create.

To absolutely no one's surprise, I had an absolute blast drawing kitties in clothes. So I ended up with an extra sticker design this month! The two orange tabbies are based on my kitties, Scuzzy and Sparc. (Which miiiiight be why they're the only two kitties being super sassy.)

Because there's an extra kitty design, anyone who gets physical rewards on my Patreon this month will get an extra, jumbo kitty of their choosing (unless you're an Uber, in which case you'll just get them all. :P).

This handsome little guy is Jack, the JRT. He was commissioned as a birthday surprise for his mum back in July. I played with edges a lot while painting this guy, and I'm pretty pleased with how some of the fur texture turned out.

Here's a little tree frog I used for experimenting with a limited palette and black ink. (The actual model was a lovely, deep red.) I'm not super happy with the effect of the black ink, but it was a fun little experiment.

Here's another take on one of these beautiful little turtles. I just love the red on their faces; they're so charismatic!

These bouncy little guys were so fun to draw, but they were also a ton of fun to research. I didn't know there were so many varieties of domestic goat!

Our painted sticker is a Nubian goat with ultra floppy ears!

Please remember to sign up on Patreon for the $5 tier or above any time this month if you'd like to get a jumbo or holographic version of some of these trouble makers. All of these stickers are also available directly on Etsy at the usual 2.5" size

Ginkgo's finally beat the super bug from his old home after 10 months of treatment. He's been in his big boy enclosure for a month now and no new symptoms! He's having a great time being buried 24/7.

I painted this little Scuzzy cat I think late last month? Just after the rosy maple moth painting. I really enjoyed painting a more detailed subject in this style! Plus you know I'm all about painting cats. This little guy is available as a sticker on my Etsy shop.

Something kinda different; here's the piece I painted for my husband for our 10th marriage anniversary last week. I was expecting this to be pretty quick since both characters have simple designs, but it actually took forever. I guess I'm still learning this style, and it's taking a lot more layers than I anticipated.

It's been soooo long since I've painted on wood. I forgot how much fun it is! I tried a few different things with this one. I used a white ground instead of the transparent one I normally use, and I learned a ton working on this little guy.

snakes 

Here's my sticker pack for July as voted for by my Patrons on Patreon! Snake species listed in the image descriptions.

Please remember to sign up on Patreon for the $5 tier or above any time this month if you'd like to get a jumbo or holofoil version of one of these slithery friends. They're also available at the normal 2.5" size on my Etsy shop.

eye contact 

This gorgeous girl is Lemon. Her person gave me a very free hand when painting her, and I have to say, I absolutely love how she turned out! A print of this painting will be displayed at Klub Khrome here in Fredericton as part of a Downtown Fredericton instillation of local artists.

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