Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Wood Burned Dog Keyrings

It's been a while since I picked up my pyrography tool. To get some more practise using it I decided to try making some keyrings guessed it; dogs.

I bought these wooden ovals from Ebay, which already had a hole drilled in them. Perfect for making keyrings.

I roughly drew out the image in pencil first and then got going with the pyrography tool. The trickiest part is that you can only go darker, you can't make something lighter again. So if you accidentally go too dark in one spot, you just have to make it work.

Check out the process out drawing one of these below!

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Things to Draw

Whenever I see pictures of artist's sketchbooks, usually on Instagram, I think 'I should probably do that'. I think it's a good idea to keep your drawing skills in check if you're an artist.
A little while ago I stumbled on Phil McAndrew's Big List of Stuff to Draw which has 400 drawing prompts. I found an old sketchbook and decided to start working through the list whenever I feel like drawing something. I started the list going in order, but now I don't mind skipping prompt if they don't inspire me.

I decided not to stick to one style of drawing to make things more interesting, so I've got realistic sketches, simple line drawings, colour pieces and drawings with added watercolour paint.

Here's some of the ones I've done so far.

Trophies - Naked People - Sad People - Your Neighbours
Dogs - Bicycles - All of the houses you've lived - Statues

Follow me on Instagram @lisagharrold to see new drawings and other updates!

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Quick Painting: Stonehaven

I made this painting as a little break from sewing all the dogs
I keep a folder of my photos that I think might make good paintings so when I decided I wanted to do a little painting I just picked an image out from there.

The picture is of Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, near Aberdeen. I visted there two years ago with my cousin and friend as my cousin went to university in Aberdeen. The trip was something of a castle tour as we hit up three in two days during our visit.

To create the painting I roughly sketched out the image on to water colour paper before painting it. I then went over the painting with colour pencil to add more details.
See the video below for the whole process.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Painting Commissions

 Hi guys, today I wanted to share a couple of recent commissions I've been working on.

 The first was from my cousin. I painted his dog a couple of years ago as a Christmas present (this one) and since then he's got another dog so wanted another painting to match the first.

The second painting was for my friend's boyfriend, whose dog sadly passed away so my friend asked if I would do a painting to commemorate him.

It's interesting that both dogs are white and fluffy which meant I had to think carefully about brushstrokes and look for all the subtle colours in the shadows of the white fur.

I'm really happy with how these paintings turned out and their recipients were pleased too!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Pug Pouch

I recently redesigned my pug felt face and somewhere in that process I got the idea to put the face on a pouch. Nothing wrong with expanding my product line!

 The first thing I had to do was cut out and sew the felt face.

Then I dug around in my fabric stash to see what would work. I hadn't intended to use a patterned fabric but when I came across this grey plaid I thought it was perfect. You may have seen it used before on this owl doorstop project. It's actually an old dress that belonged to my sister.

Then it was time to assemble the pouch, by which point I was too focused on the project to stop and take photos of the process. So for a quick written recap; I sewed the two fabrics together to make the front side, then sewed the two sides to the zip with the lining fabric in between. Then I hand stitched the felt face amd the felt letters to the front side with some interfacing on the back for added structure. And finally I sewed the sides and the bottom to complete the pouch.

I'm really pleased with how this turned out. It's been a while since I made a bag or pouch so I'm glad I remembered how to do it!

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Art Prints

I recently got a bunch of art prints made of some of my paintings, which are now for sale on my Etsy shop.

 I decided to get them printed with Moo as they allow you to choose up to 25 different images on the front. I picked their medium postcards which are 5x7" and printed on quite thick card.

I went through the archives to find paintings that people might want to buy. Aren't these two the sweetest!

I also made prints of these gouache 'dogs in flower crowns' paintings that I'm still obsessed with!

Check them out, and the rest of my prints, in my Etsy shop, and let me know which is your favourite!

Monday, 2 April 2018

My Craft Room

I'm very excited to share photos of my craft room with you!
When we were looking at houses last year we knew that the second bedroom would be 'my room' for all my art and craft things, and also be used as a guest room. We were lucky enough to find a house with a second bedroom big enough for both of these functions, as we saw a lot of houses with tiny second bedrooms.

When we first moved in last August the room looked like this. Our bedroom was going to be our first decorating project so we squeezed all of our bedroom furniture into the second bedroom. It wasn't ideal but it was only for a few weeks while we got our bedroom sorted.
The previous owner had painted the end wall with this Mondrian pattern. Perfect for an art room, right? Well...some of the lines were wonky, and there was a lot of paint bleed and I was after a more fresh, white vibe. I thought it would take many, many coats of paint to cover up the pattern but when I looked closer I found that the paint peeled off!

I decided to paint all of the walls white and add colour with art and other decorations.
My Dad kindly made this picture ledge to go on the wall so I could display a lot of art and photos, and be able to switch them around whenever I want.

As this room will also be used as a guest room if we have people come to stay, we bought a day bed from Ikea. We looked at a few different sofa beds but decided on this day bed which pulls out to a double. It has two drawers underneath which I've had no problem filling with more craft stuff.
I've covered the mattress with a duck egg blue throw blanket from Wilkos and put my handmade patchwork blanket on top. The big stripey cushion is from my parents house, and I think I'll recover it when I find the right fabric, the seagull cushions, from Dunelm, were a gift, and I bought the raccoon cushion from The Range.

Once we'd picked out the daybed we found we had enough room to get a 4-square Ikea Kallax to add additional storage space, and we already had the white box inserts from another Ikea unit. (This room could also be known as 'the room that Ikea built'. Not in any way sponsored, their furniture is just so convenient!)
The globe on top is actually a lamp and came with us from the flat.

Something I knew I wanted for my craft room was a long table. When we found this house I checked the measurements on the listing again and again to make sure I'd be able fit a 2 metre work top. It fits perfectly in front of the window so it's a lovely, bright space to work at. The table top rests on two Ikea Alex drawers and cupboard. Initially I was just going to get the drawers but when we saw the set up on display in Ikea, Andrew noted there was still a lot of space underneath and suggested getting the extra cupboard. #keeper

My Dad put up the shelves, which were random ones found in my parent's garage. I painted them white and covered the tops with wallpaper the previous owner had left behind.
I also have one of my hand painted guitars on display next to my easel which is usually hidden by the open door.
My chair, which was my Chrismas present from Andrew, is from Argos and is very comfortable. The space under the table where my chair goes is also where the radiator is, so during the winter this is the perfect place to work.

Next to my desk is a double wardrobe and a single wardrobe. We used these in the bedroom in our old flat but our new bedroom has a built in wardrobe so we didn't need them there. I assured Andrew I could make use of them in my craft room so we brought them with us. As you've prbably figured out, these were also from Ikea.
I bought a magnetic whiteboard to go on the side of the wardrobe which I attached with command strips. I also attached my Macklemore lyric embroidery and a string of flower lights I've had since I was 15.

This photo shows the inside of the double wardrobe. The two drawers hold all my fabric and the bottom basket has rolls of paper. My favourite use of space is this hanger which attaches to the wardrobe rail and is used to store all my felt. It's so handy being able to separate it into different colours!

It is so nice having this space to work in and store all my things (and I have a lot of things). And Andrew likes it because it means my craft materials don't spread all over the house like they used to when we lived in the flat!
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