I haven’t been blogging much recently as I’m working secretly on some commissions for Christmas. These I will share with you after Christmas.
I had a demo evening last week during which I painted Brocci my miniature dachshund. It was a very loose and quickly worked portrait of 8″x8″ and I left it loose after tweaking it a little the following morning.
I had a box frame in mind for this piece as I’ve been wanting to try and make something ‘steampunk’ style for a while now. So I decided to make a beetle to add a bit of 3D interest to this piece.
|The finished piece framed with my steampunk beetle|
|The beginnings of my beetle wings. This is a walnut
which I sanded smooth on the outside before cutting
it in half and drawing on the wing shapes.
|At this stage I’ve cut the wings out with this cool
wee tool I got from Lidl. It also has lots of attachments
for sanding the edges smooth.
|Barry M nail varnish creates the sheen. I wanted a metallic
finish as a lot of exotic beetles are bright and metallic in appearance.
I also like Barry M as they are an animal cruelty free cosmetic product. 🙂
|Strengthened and decorated with more cogs
from another watch the head taking shape.
I’m very sore on watches!
Hope you like the finished piece at the top. It wasn’t exactly a pastel blog post but I enjoyed working on something a little different. The finished piece is available. I will have it at Victoria Square Sunday Fair if you’d like to see it in person 🙂