If you’ve missed following along on social media, my shop was closed for over a month due to health problems, but I just reopened it today, and pictured in the gallery above are a few samples of some of the new postcards that have gone up!  Click here to head to the shop now!

I am definitely playing a lot of catch up on things after being away so long, trying to get my commission work back on track, working at getting The Lion of the Sea out into the world (cover reveal coming November 14th), and trying to add fresh new items to the shop before Christmas hits. (I have some really great Caraval and Acotar inspired headbands coming soon, so keep your peepers peeled !) Also, in case you hadn’t heard, I’m so excited to announce that I got a two year contract with Sarah J Maas, she’s given me permission to not only sell ACOTAR inspired art, but I’m now allowed to sell TOG and CC art as well! I’ve added some of those fandoms into my shop already, but I look forward to creating new art for these in future too.

Apologies for any inconvenience my closure and absence may have caused, thank you so much for your patience. If there are any questions, needs, or concerns please feel free to email me.

A QB Tale

A little QB comic tale for you today! 🐿💕

For new followers who haven’t yet met the main characters from our upcoming graphic novel, Bash (first frame) and Jarrett (last frame) are rivals for Talia’s affections. QB (the squirrel) is Jarrett’s long time travelling companion and friend so that’ll help you understand the end a bit more. 😊 Mid-way are Maren and Moses (always quarrelling 🙈) and a sleepy Drew. Please consider following Whimsical on Instagram for more daily posts.

Charting Stars Character Glimpses

Talia never talks this much. Actually she is often more of a listener than a talker, but for some reason when she’s with Jarrett she just really wants to share everything.
Moses takes his night watch shift very seriously.
Bash: “They are called Nether blooms. Occasionally a merchant will happen upon a magic user who is willing to sell minor spells and potions. In this case the potion applied to the flowers prolongs their bloom for nearly a lifetime. A rare find. My hope is that you’ll accept my gift as a warm welcome to the Nine Realms.”
“What do you want, Moses?” “I thought that would be obvious. Kindly honor me with a dance, Milady?” The gypsy emphasized his request with a proper bow, his gaze never leaving Maren. . “Take a walk, sir.” . “Cruel, cruel Maren. What of the benevolence between our people?” A familiar smirk began to tug at Moses’ lips as he leaned casually over the irritated woman. “Chalk it up to an act of diplomacy?” . Matching his smirk with her own, a hint of amused pride gleaming in her eyes, Maren’s voice grew hushed as she took a single step closer to punctuate her reply. “The only act of diplomacy you’ll see from me is if I deem it appropriate to land my knife in your left boot.” . Retreating with hands raised in surrender, the prince’s manner showed no signs of disappointment, respectfully dipping his head in farewell as his smirk softened with an amused chuckle. “Understood. Perhaps later then.”



Illustration Practice

Shared this first on my Mish Mash Art blog but thought you might enjoy seeing it here as well. Was feeling a little under the weather last week so to pass the hours on the couch I did some illustration practice. Still working on finding my own true, comfortable illustration style and medium. Hope you are all having a lovely summer weekend!
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The following little activity is great for children learning measurements and how to use a ruler. It’s also a fun mini art project. Follow the photos to learn how 🙂

To start you will need a piece of paper, pencil, ruler, and markers or pencil crayons.IMG_7653 

With your pencil and ruler make two lines that connect; one vertical and one horizontal.IMG_7655 

With your pencil, make a small mark every centimetre along the lines you’ve drawn.
You can use your ruler to help 🙂IMG_7656

At each point you’ve marked on the paper begin numbering.
I measured out 17cm. So I should have 17 marks on my paper.
Examples in the following 2 pictures.IMG_7660IMG_7662 

Using your ruler, begin drawing a line between the matching numbers.
Example: 1 to 1, 2 to 2, and so on. You should begin to see the pattern.IMG_7663 

After connecting all the matching numbers you should end up with something like this.
You can even fill in the spaces with different colours to create a cool effect.IMG_7664

I’ve created a template if you’re out and about and your kids want something to do.

Hope you all have an excellent start to the Winter Season!
Keep warm 🙂

Meet Our Authors and Illustrators!

Author – Trina Ayling
Trina lives in Cranbrook, BC with her husband and two boys. She is presently a trustee for School District 5. Miss Emily Goes to Bat is the first in a series of books that Trina is writing for Whimsical Publishing with the theme that every child is unique and special in his or her own way.
Illustrator – Micheline Ryckman
Micheline Ryckman lives in Creston, BC with her husband and two children. Micheline has a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts, is co-owner of Whimsical Publishing and is an accomplished artist in multiple mediums. Micheline has illustrated Miss Emily Goes to Bat and co-illustrated Whimsical’s World of Dragons and Whimsical’s World of Horses.
You can learn more about Micheline at these sites: &
Illustrator – Hayden Wolf
Hayden Wolf resided in Toronto, ON with his wife. Hayden balances an extensive background in art and design, along with his love for film and photography. He has co-illustrated Whimsical’s World of Dragons and Whimsical’s World of Horses. You can learn more about Hayden at his website:


Designing Dragons

From Saint George and the Dragon to Puff the Magic Dragon and Cressida Cowell’s modern-day book series, How to Train a Dragon, the lore of dragons passes from one generation to the next. Fearsome, magical and majestic they still have the power to thrill us, scare us and entertain us.

At Whimsical Publishing, Micheline and I are really excited to breath new life into the iconic dragon with our new colouring book, Whimsical’s World of Dragons.

Designed to delight and inspire, artists Micheline Ryckman and newcomer, Hayden Wolf, will also include a step-by-step guide to budding artists and dragon enthusiasts everywhere to create and colour their own magical creatures.

We’ve included a sneak peek inside the book below. Details of how you can win a copy of our new colouring book – due out this fall – will follow soon. Hayden Wolf - Dragon Small Dragon4

While you’re waiting for our new release check out our FREE colouring pages!

Happy colouring,

Trina 🙂

Oodles of Doodles

Doodles_0002Did you ever get in trouble for doodling on your school work when you were a kid?  I certainly did! The funny thing is that no matter how many times I was reprimanded I couldn’t give it up. And today, I doodle just as much.

According to Wikipedia the definition of doodling is this:

“A doodle is an unfocused or unconcious drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes.”Doodles_0004Doodle_0001If I am at meeting or required to do any form of auditory learning, my compulsion to doodle is irresistible. My childhood impressed upon me that doodling was bad but recently I discovered otherwise:

According to a study published in the scientific journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, doodling can aid a person’s memory by expending just enough energy to keep one from daydreaming, which demands a lot of the brain’s processing power, as well as from not paying attention. Thus, it acts as a mediator between the spectrum of thinking too much or thinking too little and helps focus on the current situation. The study was done by Professor Jackie Andrade, of the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth, who reported that doodlers in her experiment recalled 7.5 pieces of information (out of 16 total) on average, 29% more than the average of 5.8 recalled by the control group made of non-doodlers. (Thanks again Wikipedia!)Doodles_0003Doodles_0008In light of those statistics I say > DOODLE ON!!!

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