“Is it time for a treat?”
I was inspired to make this art piece about a delightful boston terrier named Tyson who comes to my work. He is a smart, funny little dog that loves to great visitors and help his mom at work. He is so well behaved and friendly that he makes everyone’s day more fun.
The little blue flower is a 3D resin dahlia cabochon.
I started by taking a picture of Tyson. This was not easy to do since he doesn’t stop moving. After painting a background and printing out my piece- I coated it with a layer of Triple Thick for a hard, glossy look. I mounted it on a backsplash tile with a slight metallic finish to give the edge some bling. I found these cool easel backs that allow you to hang the work or let it stand like a photo frame. The final size is 4″x4″. I added a Pickadoo Design sticker and packaged it up in a cello bag then it was ready to give.
Currently I am involved in these vintage family portrait pieces. The top piece is a laser print applied to a small canvas by gel medium transfer. I painted and tinted the people and added a pencil line here and there for a sketchy look. I also used pink chalk to rosy up their cheeks! The top and bottom borders are just my painted papers that I ripped and glued on.
The bottom photo shows some painted wood blocks where I’ve collaged on some imagery and fabric. The ladies are printed on white polymer clay and their profiles cut out before being baked. I ran some walnut ink over them after they cooled to give them some tint. These are enormously fun and the possibilities are endless.
My sister-in-laws and I decided to do handmade gifts this year for Christmas. I got the idea to make marble coasters online. They were so fun to make! I want to do more! I rubbed the edges of the coasters with gold Rub n Buff to antique them and stamped them with pretty stamps. I added color by using pigmented powders. After sealing with polyurethane and adding cork to the bottoms, I’m all set to give them out. Oh yeah, and I found the coolest wrought-iron holders that work perfectly.