Doodling with Currency at Christmas

If the summer holiday is the ‘silly season’, the Christmas break surely has to be the ‘shopping season’: A celebration of something sacred transformed into a festival of greed and degenerate gift-grabbing.

Whilst out battling Christmas shoppers the other day, I was just about to pay for yet more wrapping paper, when this doodle jumped out at me from a ten pound note. I haven’t actually seen one of these before, but I thought it was illegal to deface bank notes?

Seeing Darwin’s Schubert-style specs made me giggle, but prompted me to reflect on the lack of respect for authority – as well as the sorry state of our nation’s coffers.  Even The Queen has expressed concern about the current financial crisis…. I wonder what she’d have to say about this doodle?

I’m also wondering how fellow Dabblers would customize a banknote to turn it into work of art? Here are some examples for inspiration.

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Trend consultant Susan Muncey, is Editor of Visuology Magazine. In 2008, she founded online curiosity shop, She writes on style and trends for several blogs, including, and The Dabbler. She previously owned cult West London boutique, Fashion Gallery, one of the first concept stores in the world. Susan graduated in geography from Cambridge University and is also an Associate Member of the CFA Institute. She lives in London with her husband.

2 thoughts on “Doodling with Currency at Christmas

    December 15, 2012 at 12:01

    that note is very ronald searle!

    some of those american bank notes are really rather good – I think their monochrome paper lends itself better to doodling

    ian russell
    December 15, 2012 at 17:41

    I’ve started printing “this note is for quantitative easing only” along the edge of mine, and a “Best Before” date after the governor’s signature.

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