Friday, December 30, 2011

Paint Party Friday - A new toy!

Hi guys I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!!! We had a lovely time down the coast!
 The weather was beautiful!

 The boys had a lovely time at the beach!
 Splashing in the waves with their grandparents.
 I even dipped in my toes! :0)
The boys collected so many hermit crabs, don't worry we put them all back ;0)

 I tried drawing a sand frog :0)

Hubby gave me an airbrush for Christmas. I've never used one before so it's been like learning to draw all over again! I've been watching videos on youtube and trying to figure out how to use it! I'm struggling with doing fine lines so really need a proper lesson I think. I do however love using it for shading and managed to do a couple of paintings the last couple of days and experiment with it!
 This one is on a canvas board and I really loved how it popped when I used the paintbrush on top just for the fine lines!!

 This one was a practice run, just on paper and I realise that the paint really bleeds into the paper I just couldn't seem to make a fine line.
 I have been meaning to paint this bag for weeks. I really love how the shading turned out I think it really gives it a soft quality! :0) I used the fine paint brush for the thin lines. I'm hoping that I'll be able to master this way of painting but I guess it take practice! :0)
Hope you all have a great New Years weekend and I look forward to visiting you all! :0)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Paint Party Friday - Frog obsession continues

Hi everyone, well Christmas is nearly upon us so I thought I'd better add my paint party Friday pieces before things got crazy.

My last post I put up some frog pictures as I've been obsessed with them lately, so many characters bouncing around in my head, so this week in between lots of Christmas preparation I managed to paint two more.
'Zombie' Frog must be my favourite! I had so much fun with this little guy heheheh. I'm a massive zombie movie fan so had a lot of ideas for this one! He's painted in acrylic paint and I've used a biro pen to outline him, I've never used biro like this before it works really well with the paint!

'Karate' Frog, I've used some inspiration from the original 'Karate Kid' for this one heheheh!!!

I wish you all a fantastic happy and safe Christmas and look forward to painting more of these little guys next week! :0)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday sketches - Obsessed with frogs!

Hi guys!

After creating my ballerina frog t-shirt for a little loved one I've had so many more froggy characters pop into my head and started sketching them! I think these little frogs would make lovely canvas' for children's bedrooms and I plan on painting them on a larger scale!

First up I got a bit festive with 'Santa Frog'
This one is 'Princess Frog'

I've got some other sketches I've been working on but will have to paint those another day!!! I seem to be heading back towards the childrens art at the moment I love creating new characters :0)

Hope you are all having a great weekend and enjoying the lead up to Christmas, now that school is finishing up and my Christmas market is done I'll be able to come visiting you all again! :0)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Crazy time of year and Sunday sketches!

Wow is anyone else feeling swamped by the silly season? We've had Christmas school concerts, parties, end of year/school parties and yesterday my cousin and I collaborated for a Christmas market of our own. My cousin Clare is a hand bag designer who has a label of her own called Hforhandbag. She is an amazingly talented girl who is probably the most driven person I know :0). Check out her website if you'd like to find out more about her. We decided to collaborate and hold a mini market at my house. By invitation only. We set up in my back garden as it was the most perfectly sunny day. We had coffee tea and biscuits as well as jugs of iced water with lemon and mint to keep our visitors comfortable.

 Clare's set up looked fantastic on my deck and she had a wonderful shady spot! You can also see my spot in the background.

Clare and her beautiful bags. Click on the HforHandbag link above to see more :0)

My stall on the grass! :0)

We were so happy with how it turned out,  and had so much fun it was a really lovely day, lots of chatting, trying on of bags and jewellery with some soft jazz sounds in the back ground. I think we'll do another one of these in the new year for sure!!! :0)

I am so exhausted today and a little bit sun burnt (naughty me) but I'm looking forward to sketching up some new designs and ideas as the last few weeks have been spent preparing for our big day.

I have finished another t-shirt for another little loved one, this one is for 'Mermaid Sian'. My cousin's 5 year old is the most amazing young swimmer I've ever seen, she swims around like a little mermaid and really wants to be a mermaid one day :0) So I couldn't resist capturing that on her T-shirt!! I'm happy with how she turned out and even included her lovely little freckles!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Paint Party Friday/Sunday Sketches - Busy busy busy! Hand painted T-shirts

 Hi everyone, this week I've been working on my hand made T-shirts, if you didn't see my last post I am working on some hand painted t-shirts for some loved ones for Christmas. I did Queen Ruby! And the next one was this froggy ballerina for her little sister Willow.
 Apparently Willow (who is 18 months old) is a huge frog fan so I couldn't resist turning one of my frogs into this ballerina! It is painted with fabric paint then heat sealed to set the paint!
 I'm really happy with how she turned out and hope that Willow loves her too!

This next piece is for a friends little girl who is turning 5 'Bella' apparently loves My little Ponies especially the unicorn one so I couldn't resist incorporating that into her t-shirt. Bella is such a cutie I almost always see her with her hair in plats so I feel like she's turned out quite like the real thing :0)
 This one was definitely a challenge in so many ways but I really enjoyed doing it!
 I love all the bright colours I was able to use! I hope Bella likes her too!

My next project that I'm working on is a new canvas bag, this time I'm using my owls I've sketched the design so will work on that this weekend. I'm off to bed now but will catch up with you all in the morning! :0) Happy Friday!!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Sketches - Christmas presents!

Hi guys I've missed a few Sunday sketches recently as we have been away at a family holiday and I also had a market recently.

Finally this weekend I've been able to work on some Christmas presents for some little loved ones. I wanted to make them some special hand painted T-shirts.

First up is my cousin's little girl Ruby, she is 3 years old and full of personality!! Her mum told me that she thinks she's a Queen so I came up with this sketch!

 She is of course the Queen of Hearts :0)
 I liked my sketch so much I thought that I would colour it in and perhaps use a print for book marks etc :0)
 Here is my finished shirt! I used fabric paints which I need to heat set with an iron tomorrow! I'm very happy with how she turned out!

 This ballerina frog is for Ruby's little sister Willow, she loves frogs at the moment and I have a nice black t-shirt which I think this little beauty would pop out on! :0) Can't wait to paint this froggy!!!
 This last sketch is for another little loved one! She is 5 and loves to swim and is amazing in the water! I've never seen a 5 year old swim like her before. She always reminds me of a mermaid so I've drawn this little mermaid for her and will colour her in with her beautiful dark hair and blue eyes!!!
I'm having so much fun with this project!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Paint Party Friday - The Romantics

Hi everyone, it's been a while since I last posted. We've been away at a family wedding, had a market as well as helping out at my little one's school, the lead up to Christmas is starting to get crazy already.

I'm now back into some kind of routine and I've been thinking about which direction to take my art next. When I started my art journey a few years ago (after a long break without creating) it was children's art and illustration that first caught my attention. Since then I seem to have gone in all sorts of different directions, jewellery, mixed media, figurative art. Lately I've been feeling the call back to childrens art. So after our weekend away I was inspired by all the love in the air at my little sisters wedding and created this piece with a few different characters that I've been playing around with.

'The Romantics'........
 I created some dancing frogs a while back for an Illustration Friday piece and I felt like they needed to be brought out to play again. This one really needed a moustache heheheh
 Really love the snuggly owls!
Ants in love!

I'm working on some hand painted T-shirts for some family members for Christmas so you should see some of these characters re-appearing :0)
I'm looking forward to catching up with you all over the weekend it's been a while since I've been able to blog surf etc and I need my fix! :0)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Paint Party Friday

Hi guys this week I've been working on another canvas art bag and a mini work of art as well as my entry for the Creative Sistahs project I'm working on :0) I'm also preparing for my market next weekend, the first one since before our winter so I'm hoping that we do well as I've been working hard on lots of new pieces :0)

 A spooky mini work of art just in time for Halloween
 New wooden tile pendant 'Atmosphere'
 This is my piece in Carmen's book inspired by summer holidays with my big brother :0)
 Ballerina canvas art bag! :0)
I'll be popping in to visit you all this weekend hope you've had a great week!!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Sketches - The Tom boy

Hi everyone, this week I wanted to explore my ideas for my canvas library bags, I created this piece with coloured pencil.

I've got lots more ideas for these bags that I can't wait to get down on paper :0)

I've also been busy making more wooden tile pendants out of my prints, here are a couple of new ones :0)

These little cuties are now available in my shop for only $10 (including chain/necklace) until market my day :0)

The weather is finally warming up big time over here and I can feel summer in the air, yay!!!!! Perhaps I'll have breakfast on the deck this morning! :0) I'm looking forward to visiting you all this afternoon!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday Sketches - Little Red

Hi everyone, I'm afraid my Sunday sketch is a bit late this week as we have had a massive weekend. We had a big birthday party for my youngest little man who turned 5 on Saturday. It was a lovely day with LOTS of children running around and eating party food. Our little man had a lovely time and we were totally exhausted the next day.

I wanted to share with you my 'Little Red' bag that I painted last week. I really like how she turned out and I think this one would make a great library bag!!! :0)


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