Saturday, November 28, 2009

Illustration Friday - Entangled/Mixed Media Monday - Bedtime Stories

Princess Charming, loved a challenge! Even when she became entangled in the evil vines outside the tower she knew she would be fine, she always had another trick up her sleeve. Her Prince heaved a sigh of relief knowing he would be rescued very very soon! ;0)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

'Letting Go'

I did this painting the other day, just chilling out listening to a bit of Norah Jones 'Come Away With Me', I used to listen to this album when I was pregnant with my first little man. The thought behind this painting is about letting go of the past and embracing the future. Not being scared of what's ahead and accepting that you deserve to be happy.
I painted this on MDF which I'm quite enjoying as a change to canvas. I used my texture paste and scraped some patterns into that using a tooth pic (as you can see in some close up shots). I used my inktense pencils and acrylic paints as well as my irridescant paints.
Just another experiment that I enjoyed doing, hopefully I can turn this into a nice pendant. I also got another delivery yesterday of more glass that's a bit bigger than usual I'm planning on using these for broaches. So watch this space.......:0)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mixed Media Monday-Playing Cards

Well when I thought of this weeks theme the Queen of Hearts immediatly came to mind. So I decided to do an ATC which is the size of a playing card. I used my acrylic paints, inktense pencils, iridescant paints and some ink for this one. I found it a bit of a challenge to paint that small but I quite like the result it's something different from what I'm used to doing and I'd like to do more ATC's.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Illustration Friday - Music

Well this week I wanted to do something that wasn't a pretty young girl type picture, just for something different. So this little character came to mind. I don't know why he is so bottom heavy but I'm sure it doesn't put anyone off his conducting! :0)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

New pendants just in time for Christmas

I've been very busy today making up some new designs and creating some new pendants. I seem to be getting into a more organised rhythm in making these and some of my newest designs I painted with pendants specifically in mind. I'm getting very addicted this!!!
I think I might try opening an etsy shop after Christmas when I have alot more stock, at the moment I'm just trying out some new ideas and glues etc....

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Illustration Friday - 'Unbalanced'

This is a new design for my pendants. I used acrylic paint and irridescant paints as well as my watersoluble pencils. I felt like this composition is 'very unbalanced'. All the 'action' seems to be happening towards the bottom left corner. I shall post a picture of the pendants when they are finished.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - I am Woman

Well I was really pleased when i saw the theme for this week as I have been working on a piece that I thought fit perfectly. I have had a request for a pendant with a Geisha girl so I came up with this idea. It is painted on packing wood which according to my husband is called MDF. He has a heap of these left over from when he was on an organised trail bike ride recently and they needed some signs. Apparently kitchens are packed in them and I guess they get left over. I found them a great surface to paint on as it was very smooth and flat which meant I could use a lot of different materials. I used my acrylic paints, water soluble ink pencils, texture paste on the the hair decorations as well as my iridescant paints on her kimono which I'm sure hasn't shown up so well in the photo but it really made the kimono look like it was made of silk material.

I had lots of fun with this one and look forward to making it into a pendant!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Some new pendants

Been having major issues uploading so I've been trying to do this since Thursday. Finally it worked!
These are the pendants I made for the lady who requested the portrait of her daughter. I gave them to her on Thursday she really liked them. I've been very busy making lots of pendants broaches hair clips and even a ring out of some of my work for Christmas presents so I shall post pics of those shortly.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Illustration Friday - Blur

Through the blur of her tears Clarey the fairy could see the others talking about her as if she weren't there. She didn't quite fit in and she wasn't your average fairy with her doc martens and tattoos, but she was a good fairy and one day would appreciate that, but today she hid in the corner and watched everyone else at the annual fairy ball.

I used my new pencils to do this one they are called 'Inktense' which are vibrant watersoluble ink pencils. I'm not sure if they are different to water colour pencils but I feel like they are a lot brighter than water colours pencils as ones that I have used in the past have been a bit wishy washy. I outlined it with a black pen. I bought these pencils with some of the money I made from my first commission, it was a very nice feeling! I also got another request from someone to paint their 3 children which is very exciting for me, it'll be a bigger task but since doing my first one, I feel alot more confident yay!!! Not sure when I'll start that one we're just in talks at the moment but I'll be eager to start once I get some photos!

Saturday, November 7, 2009


This is just an idea that I'm playing around with to perhaps make some pendants out of. I've got so many ideas buzzing around my head at the moment but my 3 year old has been very very sick this week so we're all functioning on hardly any sleep at the moment and when I try to draw it's really very bad, ah well he's hopefully on the mend now so I'll be able to jot all these designs down. I would like to experiment a bit more with drawing animals and work on some of my own ideas for a childrens book. So many ideas such little time in the day....... I guess it's better than having 'artists block' as I had that recently and it wasn't much fun. Sorry I'm rambling now....I think I need an early night ;0)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My very first commission!

This is the painting that I did for a lady that saw my work through my donation to my sons Twilight fair. She gave me a heap of photos of her daughter and I picked two out and did two sketches to see which one she would prefer. She ended up picking the one that I like best which was great. I just really liked the picture that she gave me as her little girl looked so whistful which is my favourite expression to paint. I don't normally do portraits but i had so much fun with this one I feel like it's still in my style. I also used some of that modelling paste on the trees and the petals which seemed to give them alot more oomf! I gave it to the lady today and she was thrilled, I was so nervous as I've never been asked to so something like this before or been paid. But I could tell she really liked it as she got goosebumps (you can't fake those can you? heheheh) and I was so relieved. I'm quite proud of this one and also offered to make a pendant for her out of the print and she said yes straight away!!! Hooray!!! Today I FEEL like a a real artist yee ha!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New canvas and Illustration Friday 'Skinny'

Well here is my Nicole Kidman inspired painting. I REALLY enjoyed doing this one. I used modelling paste on my background to give it some texture. I've never used that before and so really had fun with it. I had no idea how it would turn out but I'm really happy with the results and will definitely use it more often, I also used my iridescant paints on the peacock feather to give it some sparkle and some gold acrylic in the back ground.
I know it might be a stretch but I thought this would fit in with the Illustration Friday theme 'skinny'. Nicole may have been the inspiration behind the original sketch for this but I have drawn her as one of 'my ladies'. My lady definitely has curves where Nicole doesn't and this lady kind of reminds me of one of those that you might have seen back in the 1920's full of curves and not in the least bit skinny.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I've been so busy this week, I've actually finished my first commissioned painting. I really really hope they like it. I really enjoyed doing it and it's a bit different to my other work I've been doing lately. I shall post it on my blog after I've given it to the lady. So hopefully that will be Thursday.

In the meantime I've also been working on using some prints of my work for my new pendants. I had a delivery over the weekend of the new glass that I ordered as well as the bobby pins etc so I shall be working on those this week. These are the first few that I made yesterday from some previous paintings. I'm still working out the best way to make these so they are a bit of a work in progress. But I quite like these ones. I just find it really hard to take a decent photo of them I would like to try wooden pendants next as I'd imagine they'd be good to take photos of without the glass.

I'm also finishing up my painted version of my Nicole Kidman inspired painting. Hopefully have that done today. I think this one would make a nice pendant too!


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