Thursday, 13 July 2017

Mouse Illustration

I was recently commissioned by a colleague of my boyfriend to create a picture of a mouse to match one she already had, which were to be gifts for her husband. The one she has is a lino cut so I needed to produce a black and white, graphic image to match. This is not my usual style but I welcomed the challenge.

I started by sketching a few composition ideas and then going over them in fineliner. She prefered the top one but asked if it could be a night time scene.

To try that composition with a black background instead of white I just photocopied my drawing and coloured in the background. I really like the contrast between the dark background and the white grass and wheat.

I drew out the image to the requested size - 10 x 10 cm - and painted it just using black acrylic paint which would give me the bold, black background I was after.

I found it a bit trickier to create the sketchy lines I had made with a pen in my initial sketch with a paint brush, so I tried using a dip pen and ink to create the same image. I prefer how the fur looks in this one, but the background isn't as bold.



In the end I went with paint, which was my boyfriend's preferance, and produced a final image to fix a few things that were bugging me about the first one. As I could trace the shapes from my initial sketch, painting a new image only took about an hour.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Air Dry Clay Dish

I've made a few different dishes out of Sculpey before but decided to play around with air dry clay for this project. The main reason for this is I had the idea to paint a scene on a dish which I would want to seal with spray varnish, which doesn't always work well with Sculpey.

I bought a small glass dish from a charity shop for 45p to use as a mould for my clay dish. I rolled out some air dry clay and pressed it into the glass dish. I trimmed the edges with a craft knife and went over them with a wet finger to make them smooth.

I gave the clay a couple of days to dry out before painting it. I painted a base layer of white emulsion first and then used acrylic paint to create the scene, which was based on one of my photos from Cromer. Considering I've painted on baubles before, painting on this slightly curved surface was no problem.

 To finish the dish a spray both sides with varnish and then it was ready to hold some shinys!

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Crochet Jar Covers

 My Mum saw this idea for crochet jar covers on Mollie Makes and got to work making her own version like the crochet wiz she is. She always has a supply of empty jars in the kitchen (for homemade jam!) so she just had to find three the same size.

She then left it to me to put on the faces. I used a black Sharpie and pink acrylic paint and pretty much copied the faces from the example because I couldn't improve on that cuteness.

I think these would look fun in a bathroom storing cotton buds and cotton pads (I thought I had some cotton balls to complete the trio, but no). Storing something white really helps the faces stand out.

The original tutorial has these jars containing kitchen ingredients, but I also think they would be a great gift stuffed with marshmallows.

What would you store in them?

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Crochet Emoji Balls


























A few years ago my Mum came up with the idea of crocheting around a tennis ball to make a fun toy. This was at the height of everyone's Minion obsession so she made some Minion face balls.
Then last year I thought the technique would make great Pokeballs to sell alongside our Pickachus. They were a big hit with the kids at a school Christmas fair.

And now with Emojis being my main make we've decided to make some Emoji balls!






My Mum crochets around a tennis ball and then I add the features by sewing on cut out felt pieces.



























The size and shape of these balls make for perfect Emojis. I think the crying laughing one is my favourite.

These are the ones I've made so far but I'm sure a whole range of Emoji faces will be appearing on balls soon.

These are now for sale in my Etsy shop - take a look

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Deadpool Figurine



I really enjoyed making my Groot figures so I decided to make some more characters. Since the original template for the wire armature is for a person I thought I'd do a human figure and since Deadpool is a favourite in my house I gave him a go,


This is the wire armature made using this method. I covered it in Sculpey and started modelling. It was a lot trickier to get a good shape compared with making the Groots. In fact I thought about giving up about 5 times in the first 15 minutes, but I perservered!

 It was quite fiddly with all the different straps and pouches, and one of his guns broke and had to be glued back together. But in spite of that I think the finished product looks pretty cool.
 
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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

More Felt Dogs

The felt dogs have been really fun to make and people seem to be liking them so I've been creating some more.

First up is my attempt at a Chihuahua and a French Bulldog. Cute, right? These are both for sale in my Etsy shop.

I had a request through my Etsy shop asking if I could make two Border Collie's. Challenge accepted! It turned out the buyer's dog has its own Instagram which gave me lots of photos to work from. Check out Jenson the Collie. He has over 4000 followers!

And finally my good friend Robyn, having seen all my other felt dogs, asked if I would make one of her dog Mack. Of course!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Sweet Treat Charms

I was looking through my old posts recently and was reminded about the miniature food made out of salt dough. It was a really fun project so I decided to try a similar thing using polymer clay. 

I got out my Sculpey and started modelling. This time around I decided to make the mini snacks into charms by inserting a small pin bent into a loop which could later have a jump ring attached to it.

These are the tools I used with the Sculpey. There's a craft knife, a 'pokey tool' (that was genuinely the name on the packet), and some dotting tools that were sold as nail art tools but work great for modelling.

After the charms had their time in the oven it was time to paint them. I used acrylic paint and my smallest paint brushes. 

With a jump ring attached these charms could become a necklace, a key ring or even part of a delicious foods themed charm bracelet.

 I think these turned out really cute and I'm already thinking what other sweet treats I could make in miniature. Any suggestions?

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