Remember the fab sample and seconds sale from April this year? It's your lucky week, because Super Seconds Festival is coming up again this weekend Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2022. Check out the sale PREVIEW now! It is the UK's biggest independent seconds and sample sale, featuring 250 independent makers: artists, designers and crafters – all offering affordable and very giftable creations...... Continue Reading →
25% off at AratiDevasher.com for 24 hours only – business birthday offer
I will be 43 tomorrow and my little business is THREE! So, starting NOW until midnight on 8th September 2022, you have 25% off everything. Yes, you read that correctly, EVERYTHING! The discount applies automatically at checkout, so if you want to treat yourself, head on over to my shop. If you've never seen my... Continue Reading →
working for good fundraising update: royal free charity
In March, I signed up to fundraise for UK for UNHCR via Work for Good (#notsponsored!!) in order to be able to fundraise both legally and consistently. Since then, with your help, I have donated to them as well as Cancer Research UK (May–August charity) and now it's time for the next fundraiser. And now, for the third charity of the year: 10%... Continue Reading →
a happy customer sent me a photograph!
It's rare that a customer sends me a picture of my artwork in situ. But it does happen, and in this case has been sent from half the world away, in the UAE. This lovely customer saw my Pink Pomegranate print when I posted on instagram about having sent it out to a customer in... Continue Reading →
punny, funny father’s day card
Who doesn't love a good pun, right? And fathers in particular, given their predilection for "dad-jokes"! Mine is no less, and since he loves fried eggs (on toast with jam like me), it had to be sunny side up. This one was illustrated on my trusty iPad Pro in Procreate. The gadget was pricey, but... Continue Reading →
this is still one of my favourite paintings
This little watercolour was painted a few years ago on lovely handmade cotton rag from Khadi Papers with a beautiful deckled edge. Inspired by homemade Indian pickles, it's still one of my favourite pieces and the original is still with me! I can't let it go. It is available as prints, though, and is one... Continue Reading →
it’s been so great to have your support this weekend!
It's been such a wonderful weekend with support from you all for all my @supersecondsfestival posts and livestreams and stories! Thank you so much to everyone who made a purchase, even just a card! It really means a great deal, especially in the current climate when we're all struggling in so many ways. The sale... Continue Reading →
quick draw LIVE!
Remember the last time I did a live quick-draw on Instagram?! Well, it happened again, as one of the demos for the Super Seconds Festival in my previous post and it was so much fun! My followers suggested a variety of fun things to draw (mostly dogs!)... And it was an adventure in paint and... Continue Reading →
super seconds festival spring 2022
There is a massive SALE this weekend! I am so excited to be taking part in Super Seconds Festival Spring 2022, and it's going to be a whopper, at which I will be getting myself some bargains too! Check out the FESTIVAL PREVIEW now! The event starts at 10am on Saturday, 9th April and runs... Continue Reading →
working for good – a fundraising announcement
This month, I signed up to fundraise for UK for UNHCR via Work for Good (#notsponsored!!) in order to be able to fundraise both legally and consistently. UK for UNHCR is the UN Refugee Agency’s national charity partner for the UK, building solidarity and raising funds to protect refugees worldwide. (via Work for Good which takes care of the legal aspects of fundraising as a business). You may... Continue Reading →
love is in the air + a funny, very personal valentine’s day story
There are some sweet new cards in the shop, sooner than the traditional date of February 1st, because what does it matter when you CELEBRATE LOVE... especially if you can't wait until everyone else gets into the commercialism and pressures you into buying chocolates and cards and all sorts. Making these cards has actually reminded me of a funny story from a... Continue Reading →
adding a new sticker design to my branding
Previously having used ready-made stickers that just say 'thank you' with a little heart, and a nice grey tissue paper. I like it, and it's worked well so far. But, as I build my brand identity, there is a need to up my packaging game. My previous packaging. Pretty, but not as on-brand. So I... Continue Reading →
adding silver leaf to a pet portrait print: live on Instagram
This afternoon I went live on my instagram, just for fun, while I was adding a layer of silver leaf to a pet portrait print for my client. It was pretty fun, and I had some nice conversations with my followers. https://www.instagram.com/tv/CWBWZG7IG-C/ It was a little difficult to concentrate on doing a good job as... Continue Reading →
the joy of tidying
There is nothing quite a satisfying as neat and tidy product storage. It's quite terrifying how much I appreciate a tidy drawer. It's not that I spend an inordinate amount of time organising or cleaning up, it's just that once I have done it, it stays like that for quite a while and it's enormously... Continue Reading →
my art in your home brings so much joy!
A lovely person sent me this picture of my original paintings in their kitchen in Canada! I'm so excited to receive it, because it's not often that I see my work in customers' homes. A view of my original art in their kitchen. It really makes me so very happy to see their love for... Continue Reading →
have you got your Christmas cards yet?
Last year, I made this card as my personal one to send to friends and family. Now, it's in my shop ready for you to send out to your own loved ones! It's a very cheerful card, lovingly illustrated with a festive cupcake... topped with snowy white icing, and adorned with a string of red... Continue Reading →
having someone purchase my work via my instagram was exhilarating
A total stranger commented on one of my Instagram posts today. They realy liked the print I showcased and wanted to know how to purchase it. So I replied, saying they could either tap on the Instagram post to view the tagged products and buy that way, or click through to my profile and purchase... Continue Reading →
postcards are art too
Postcards are mini prints. If you forget about the name, and just think of them as small but beautiful pieces of art, you'll realise that they're ideal to put in a frame. And that frame can go anywhere. Lemon postcard in a frame Because they're small, they fit in inexpensive, small frames, which are lightweight.... Continue Reading →
it’s so nice to receive a lovely review!
I received a very lovely addition to my reviews page today, for a print that was purchased back in the summer of this year. The customer is very happy with her print, and it's so lovely to hear that! Here's the review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Lovely colourful kitchen printsI really like my 'topsy-turvy kitchen' print from Arati. It's... Continue Reading →
the pros and cons of commissioned work
Hello! I've finished the Fish Pie recipe illustration you might have spotted in my vlogs and here is the full process! I'm also having a chat about commissioned work and why I love to do it. You can also watch on and subscribe to my YouTube channel. There are subtitles available, and the transcript is... Continue Reading →