Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Aceos of the day

Aceos of the day

whimsical houses - three tier

whimsical houses - black cat/sheep

Another couple of the Aceos I've painted recently :) The first one is fairly random but the second is based on where we live - next to farmland with sheep. Our black cat is also there keeping watch from the garage roof lol.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Aceos of the day

Aceos of the day

whimsical houses - black cat and flowers

whimsical houses - seagulls

Another couple of the Aceos I've made over the Christmas period. :)

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Back after Christmas break :)

Aceos of the day

whimsical houses - cat and butterflies

whimsical houses - cat on fence

Hello again after a bit of a long break :) 
As usual, christmas was a little manic and stressful  but on the positive side, I tend to paint a lot when I'm stressed so I have a whole lot of Aceos I've painted and not had chance to scan and post. They're pretty basic - no fancy themes just a bit of fun and relaxation. I'll post them a couple at a time over the next week or so.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Mackintosh Roses

Mackintosh Roses

Bookmarks - Macintosh Roses

Keyring - Macintosh Roses

I made these for a good friend of mine who loves macintosh Roses. They'll be part of her Christmas gift. 

Over the past week or so I have made a few bookmarks, keyrings and magnets but they were all for Christmas gifts and ( barring these ones )  I managed to have them all wrapped up before I remembered I was supposed to scan them. *sigh*

Monday, 25 November 2013

Christmas designs

New designs for Christmas.

Aceo - Christmas poinsettia

bookmark - christmas poinsettia

A couple of designs I did over the weekend as it's another e-bay free listing weekend and everyone knows that Santa will soon be on his way :)

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Aceo of the day - Star Wars

D is for - Distracted ( or diversion maybe lol )

Whimsical star wars

I knew I'd get distracted somewhere along the line - but at least it's on the letter D so it kind of fits anyways ;)
This one is for my lovely mum who, while I was visiting over the summer, asked me why I hadn't tried star wars as an Aceo Theme. So, as it's her birthday next week, I drew this one up to use as the image for her birthday card. It's my Aceo version of Star Wars episode 4 ( a new hope ). I'll probably get around to doing episodes 5 and 6 at some point - not sure about the newer ones as I don't like them as much as the originals ;)

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Aceo of the day

C is for Circus

Whimsical houses - circus

The next in my alphabet series. C is for circus :)

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Aceo of the day

B is for ... Bubbles

whimsical houses - bubbles

The next in my "alphabet" series. 
B is for Bubbles :)

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Aceo of the day

A is for Aladdin
whimsical houses - Aladdin

Am in a bit of an artistic slump at the moment, finding it hard to get inspiration for some reason. As a way of getting myself out of this artist's block I decided to start making a card based around each letter of the alphabet. Not sure how far I'll get before I get distracted by other ideas but here is my first design - A is for... Aladdin :)

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Aceos of the day

Aceos of the day - Inspirational quotes

Inspiration - version 1

Inspiration - version 2

Inspiration - version 3

A bit of an experiment this time. I have tried using my older designs as linework on top of pretty watercolour backgrounds with some inspirational quotes.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Dragon of the day

Egyptian dragon

Egyptian Dragon

Had a bit of fun and worked this one up from a doodle :)
He's around 4ins x 6ins. Watercolour/gouache with gold and silver ink and coffee.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

New design for halloween

Halloween Bookmark

bookmark - Halloween

Just a bit of fun :)  Halloween themed bookmark for my mum.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Aceo of the day

Creepy castle

whimsical houses - creepy castle

A repainting of a previous design. I thought it was fitting for Halloween :)

Friday, 18 October 2013

Halloween is coming :)

Design for Halloween

Digistamp - Halloween Kitty

Happy Halloween :) 

A new digistamp design I made for Halloween. It's been up on my digistamp sales page for a while but only just gotten around to posting it here. Also I've included my attempt at colouring it and making a Halloween card. Probably looks totally amature to those card makers among you but I don't think it's too bad for a first attempt :)

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Design of the day - Cowboys and Indians

Design of the day

whimsical houses - cowboys and indians

Here's the promised 6in x 4in image :)

Monday, 16 September 2013

Aceo of the day - sugar skulls

Aceo of the day

Aceo - Sugar Skulls I

The theme of one of my facebook aceo groups this month is Sugar Skulls so I played about with one of my designs from the last post. I'd forgotten how much I like candy skull/day of the dead art. Will definately try out some more designs.

I also have another 6in x 4in image to post but I'll save that for tomorrow :)

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Aceos of the day - tattoo style

Aceos of the day

Aceo - Gothic skulls

Aceo - winged hearts

Tried a couple of Aceos in the same style as the bookmarks I've been painting.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Image of the day - Large Indian Temple

Image of the day

whimsical house - Large Indian Temple

This is another of my larger format designs, at 6ins x 4ins. Watercolour on watercolour paper as usual. I love using these spicy colours :)

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Aceo of the day - giraffes

Aceo of the day

whimsical houses - giraffes 

Another sketched while I was on holiday and painted up back at home.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Aceo of the day - Elephants

Aceo of the day

whimsical elephants

This is another one that I doodled while we werew away on holiday at the caravan, then painted up when I got home. I have been working on a lot more keyrings and bookmarks/magnets over the past few weeks as we were booked up to do a car boot sale. Some are repeats of previous designs, a few are new but it'll be a while before I get around to scanning them.

School starts again next Thursday so there should be lots more time for painting and blogging. :)

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Aceo of the day - Sherlock Holmes

Aceo of the day

whimsical houses - Sherlock Holmes

Oh dear - sorry about that huuuge gap in posting, you can definitely tell that the school holidays have descended on us. Anyways, as I find myself awake and having peace and quiet fairly early in the morning for a change, here's one of my latest aceos, drawn up after watching the series Sherlock on dvd :)

Monday, 22 July 2013

New designs - fairground art

New designs

bookmark - fairground heart

magnet - fairground heart

Some more designs based on fairground art.
 Maybe a little busy this time - note to self: less is more lol

Saturday, 20 July 2013

More new designs

New designs - Fantasy flowers

bookmark - fantasy flowers

magnet - fantasy flowers 

More designs for the shop :) 
There is also a keyring to match this set but I haven't gotten around to scanning it yet. I blame the hot weather for making me lazy lol

Friday, 19 July 2013

Fairground art

Fairground art - bookmark/magnet

It's been a while, I know - sorry about that :(  I have been working hard though :)
My items have been accepted at the knitting shop in town and the owner says that as I'm not taking up much table space, instead of charging me £5 a week she'll take 10% commission from any sales.
It's been just over a week now so I think I'll leave it a few more days and then pop in to see how sales are going. In the meantime I've been working on some more bookmarks and magnets ( I've run out of keyrings atm, will have to order some more blanks )

These two were inspired by a trip to a vintage fairground that I went on with my son's class on a school trip as a volunteer. The artwork on all the old rides ( especially the fairground horses ) was lovely :)

Monday, 8 July 2013

New keyring designs :)

Keyrings of the day

keyring - purple house

keyring - blue house

keyring - unicorn

We had a lovely holiday up in sunny wales but it's always nice to be home again :) 

I've done a few more keyrings as now I'm back home I'll be checking out how to go about hiring table space at that shop in town. Hopefully things like keyrings, bookmarks and fridge magnets may sell well to tourists in our little Cornish town - I'll keep my Aceos for e-bay :)

The first two house designs I made just before we left for our holiday and the unicorn I did today.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Image of the day - Indian Fairy

Image of the day

Indian Fairy - 8ins x 6ins - watercolour

This will be my last post for a couple of weeks as we are off on holiday to sunny(?) Wales to see my family tomorrow :)

This picture was developed up from a doodle I made for face practice, and kind of got a bit carried away (as usual). My other half said that she looked like she should be black, but once I finished her I think she looks more Indian than African. Oh well, she's pretty wherever she's from :)

Some more good news on the art front - I saw a knitting shop in town the other day had a sign in the shop window offering table space to rent for anyone who wanted to sell handmade items. I thought maybe that only meant knitted or sewn items but the shop lady told me it means anything at all as long as it's handmade. It will have to wait until we're back from holiday now but I have a good few key-rings, bookmarks and magnets by now so I'll be renting a table for a week or two to see how it goes.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Images of the day

More keyrings :)

Keyring - Alice in Wonderland

Keyring - Alien 

A couple more key-rings I made :)
 Thinking about trying to make some along the lines of  the laminated pendant I made - laminating an image, punching a hole and attaching a cord/clip or ring of some sort. More experimenting is in order after we get back from our holiday I think.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Images of the day - Jewellery experiments

Images of the day

necklace - pink gothic skull

barrette - gothic skulls

It's been a bit of a slow week this week - I am looking forward to going off on holiday to see my family in Wales next weekend so my mind isn't really on painting :) 
I have done a few things though. these two are sort of experimental - I wanted to try making jewellery using laminated designs.

The first is a pendant/necklace made using a laminated image and a few beads. I threaded them onto a shoelace as I didn't really want to buy any proper supplies in until I found out if I could make it work or not. Still needs some work ( and a mini hole puncher for the pendant ) I think.

The second is a metal hair barrette with a laminated image attached with glue. pretty pleased with how this one turned out :)

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Aceo ( and digistamp ) of the day :)

Aceo of the day, plus a new design for purchase on my digistamp website

Whimsical Alice

Digistamp - Little Liberty - 99p

Two new designs for you today :) 
The first is my latest aceo painting which is based on Alice in Wonderland. Slightly wacky but that's the point - it's a pretty wacky story lol. I like the way it turned out I think - bright and fun.

The second is a new design for my digistamp blog/site. As it's getting near to July 4th - I drew a "Little Liberty" for any crafters in the good old U.S of A :)

Monday, 10 June 2013

Image of the day - Cows magnet

Image of the day

fridge magnet - cows

Unfortunately we have all been ill over the last few days :( 
Had a nasty 24 hour tummy bug that went though all 3 of us, starting with our son being sent home from school sick last Wednesday - so not much painting has been done for a bit. This is the last image I have scanned in from my recent work but hopefully I'll be able to get started again today with some more stuff - now that the little man is back in school and everyone is feeling more or less human again :)

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Aceo of the day - Meerkats

Aceo of the day

whimsical meerkats

This one was ( sort of ) inspired by my dad. He likes meerkats so I made him a meerkat keyring as part of his Father's day present - which I unfortunately forgot to scan before I posted it :( 
Anyways, it worked out pretty well so I used it as a theme for an aceo :)

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Image of the day - Princess


Large whimsical - Princess

Ok, like I said, trying out a few things with a view to one day selling at craft fairs. This one is larger - painted image is 6ins x 8 ins with a 1ins border making the total size 10in x 8in. Attempt number one at a painting for a children's room. I'll probably try a few more to see how it goes.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Keyring Designs

Images of the day



keyring - India

keyring - Japan

keyring - gothic skull

I've been working on these for a while, since I started thinking of maybe selling at crafts fairs. They're pretty easy and quick to do and I think they look pretty cool :) 
No idea if they'd sell or not but they kept me busy for a while at least ;)

The paintings are passport photo size - 45mm x 35mm