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Copyright Gretchen Little 2010

I had to have this cute little thing to put teabags in.  It was plain white porcelain when I started.  That’s the great thing about hearts.  It’s easy to make something up without drawing something first.

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Copyright Gretchen Little 2010

 

More experiments in porcelain painting.  It works like watercolor only better in some ways.   You can work into the porcelain without it wearing down like paper.  This must be the benefit of Clayboard.  The tricky part is that the colors aren’t exactly the way they look after the piece is fired, but that’s some of the fun of it, too.  The outside of the bowl is a pale green to match the leaf.

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Copyright Gretchen Little 2010

 

I’ve discovered the joys of ceramic painting.  This is the first of my hand painted hearts.

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This past weekend I put on my first chocolate tasting party.  I am trying out being a “Dove Chocolate Discoveries” chocolatier.   I made this for my hostess.

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It only took about an hour to put together.  I started with a 2 x 2 inch canvas.  I drew the heart with Inktense pencils, then smeared the color with a watery brush.  The blue is acrylic craft paint.  The dots are metallic copper craft paint.

The hardest part was putting the ribbon on.  (The ribbon came from Dove Chocolate Discoveries.)  I used an artist’s quality glue to start with, but it just wasn’t sticking.  Then I got out a jar of Golden Acrylic Gloss Medium (after finding that the lid of the jar of matte medium is permanently affixed – damn!).  I smeared that on with a palette knife.  That seemed to work better although it still took a tremendous amount of time to dry.

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I didn’t put any varnish on it, and there are a couple of messy shiny places where my medium coated fingers accidentally strayed to touch the front. I decided that added character. I don’t know how I would have varnished it for sure. Probably sprayed it with fixative (which would have darkened the pink ink – not good) and then sprayed some varnish on. I didn’t really want to darken the colors, though.

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Birthday Heart

This is my first attempt at translating what I do in Photoshop over to a real art piece using acrylic paint and pastels. The technique is one I learned from the book I’ve previously mentioned called Paint Happy.  I made it for my friend Laura’s birthday and enjoyed it so much that I went out and bought some higher quality acrylic paints to do some more.  (They are STILL much too expensive!)  It is inspired by my own Heart in Hand digital art which has been getting a lot of positive attention lately, and also by the nightly lit statuette of Our Lady of Guadalupe that resides a few houses down from me.

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