Here's another ATC. I made this for a swap on ATCsForAll. I was tired of drawing the usual fair-haired lovely maiden kind of angels and wanted to go for something different. The celtic cross tattoo over his heart is my favorite part of this picture. I had a lot of fun with the sky and experimented with masking fluid to keep his wings snowy white.
Be sure to come back next week for something cool. Remember, the first Monday in July will have a new embroidery pattern and there may also be a paper piecing quilt pattern in the works for July as well!
Pretty and feminine in her voluminous pink gown, this regal beauty is ready for a magnificent ball or a royal coronation.
This pattern is based on a small painting I did a while back.
If you stitch her on 14 count Aida, she'll measure about 11x14 inches.
The actual stitch count is 150 x 206 stitches. She looks best on a lighter background like a light blue or a cream color.
As usual, she is listed on Etsy and Craftsy.
This is another Artist Trading Card (ATC). That means this picture in real life is 2.5 inches wide and 3.5 inches tall. I love miniature art. This one was sketched in pencil, then I drew in the lines with one of my favorite ink pens (Zig Millenium). Last I added a touch of watercolor paint to give it some color. My favorite part of this picture is the wooden floor. I had so much fun making the woodgrain pattern. I ended up trading it away as I do with most of my ATCs.
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This sweet little sauropod has traveled all the way from the Mesozoic era to say hi!
Use this design to decorate a new baby's room or make a gift for a little boy or girl who loves dinosaurs. With a long whip-like tail, this dinosaur is mostly likely a diplodocus, but I'll leave the speciation details up to aspiring young paleontologists.
The pattern comes with the sauropod design in three different sizes and includes mirror images. The sizes are 5 inches, 4.5 inches, and 4 inches long.
It's listed on Craftsy and Etsy.
I made this ATC, after delving into some steampunk fiction. Who is she? I don't know. I just had an image of ridiculous shiny golden hair in coiled ringlets, Victorian collars and puffy sleeves, but not too prim. A corset reinforced with mixed metals and a leather apron to protect her nice blue dress from whatever concoctions she might be mixing up. She's inked with Zig Millenium pens and colored with watercolors. I traded her away on ATCs for All.
Along the steampunk vein, if you like to read a good steampunk novel, then can I recommend the work of independent author, Lindsay Buroker? I've been reading her books for a while and I'm both impressed and entertained with her work.
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Bold and majestic this rampant unicorn rears up onto his back legs ready to face whatever foe challenges him. With a white body and gleaming golden hooves mane and tail, he would look amazing with a little bit of metallic thread mixed in.
Remember this awesome embroidery pattern? Well, not everyone embroiders, so I thought I'd do something for all the cross stitchers and other grid pattern lovers out there.
The pattern is available on Etsy and Craftsy.
I've been wanting to make this craft for a very long time and needed to wait for the right occasion. If you were a kid in Arizona in 1989 or earlier, you'll understand. Wallace and Ladmo was the most loved children's show in the state. On every show, they gave away Ladmo bags to a few lucky kids.
I made this Ladmo bag using this tutorial for printing onto paper bags. She used Word, but I prefer PowerPoint for this sort of thing. Simply resize your paper to 5x10 inches and insert your graphic. But where oh where, does one find the graphic? You can't just use any old typeface! So I made one. You're welcome!
A little tape in the right places to help keep the bag from getting jammed in the printer and presto! Your very own Ladmo bag, just waiting to be stuffed with goodies!
If you're wondering what kind of goodies go into a Ladmo bag, well...
Pretty much, it's just junk food, it's the bag that makes it special. Be sure to include one beverage, one bag of chips and lots and lots of sugar.
This is a fantastic gift idea for a former Arizona kid. In fact, the one you see here was a gift for a kindred soul who also never got a Ladmo bag. Sure to get a big goofy grin, and possibly a tear or two.
April showers brought some May flowers. These swirl centered flowers are a simple yet sunny design that will add a bit of fun to whatever you like.
This pattern comes with the Swirly Flowers in three sizes: 5 inches tall, 4 inches tall, and 3.5 inches tall. Mirror images of each size are also included. Color and stitch guides provide some friendly suggestions.
This pattern is listed on Etsy and Craftsy.
Most of the time, I make only small drawings and paintings. This is a result of the fact that I learned to draw in the margins of my schoolwork. My lecture notes were always very nicely illustrated.
However on very rare occasions, I make larger paintings. It's not an easy process for me and I often spend a fair amount of time just staring at a partially painted canvas trying to figure out what I need to do next. In fact there, there is one such canvas on my table right now. It's painted in beautiful shades of very dark blue. My original intent was a night sky, but then I turned it upside down saw that it might actually be the ocean. I'm still trying to figure that one out.
What I've shown here is a painting I made a few years ago as a gift for someone who loved mermaids and the color pink. If I recall correctly, it was on an 11x17 inch canvas and painted in acrylics. I started with the blue water background and worked my way forward. I think my favorite part of this painting is the driftwood frame.
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