Category Archives: Arts & Crafting

This category covers all things crafty (and artistic)! From custom model horses to plaster casting and mold making, this section has a little but of everything.

Live From the Workbench

By | August 28, 2017
Live From the Workbench 08-28-2017

Here we go again…

It’s been a whirlwind of a week on the art desk and I’ve got a whole passel of updates to update about! 🙂

The first –and most obvious if you follow me on Facebook– is the resculpted G4 Stock Horse. I finished the sculpting (and lots and lots of prepping) and moved onto the painting… which is almost done. I’ve got a few tweaks to make to her tonight and then she should be headed off for a trip soon after.

I also made a secret project to ride along in the box with the portrait horse… I’ll post it here after it’s arrived. (Mwahaha!)

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Simple Horse Head Sculpture [Gallery]

By | August 25, 2017
Simple Horse Heads

Rainbows of Equine Abstraction!

Of all the plaster casting galleries, this one was the hardest to sort out. I didn’t keep the best records for these guys so the numbering is based on when they appeared in my phosts and is  approximate at best.

This was the very first ‘large’ horse head that I sculpted. I used it as a test in all of my molding and casting experiments. It was simple and stylized in order to make that casting as simple as possible and was made without using any references. It’s an unfiltered glimpse into what my brain thinks horses should look like! 😉

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How to Make Cheap Model Horse Holders from Index Cards

By | August 18, 2017
How to Make Cheap Model Horse Holders from Index Cards

Index Card Model Horse Holders, gogogo!

Every so often I get the urge to be crafty and make storage containers for the various things on my art desk. I’ve made craft paint storage and tool/brush caddies and a stab at Stablemate shelving before… but I needed something better to hold my models-in-progress.

Thankfully my workbench hoarding tendencies are great for providing random supplies to build things! So I grabbed some index cards, white glue, scissors/X-acto knife, and a ruler and got to work making some WiP stalls.

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Live From the Workbench!

By | August 15, 2017
Learning new tricks!

Learning new tricks!

PROGRESS!

I’ve made a good deal of progress on the G4 Stock Horse custom and I’m just tickled pink on the way it’s turning out. She’s got a new pose, three new hooves (the fourth is still being resculpted), new ears and a new nose… it’s a total makeover! 😀

Well, total-ish. 😉

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Wooden Dolphin Magnet #006

By | August 15, 2017
Wooden Dolphin #006

Wooden Dolphin #006

Some dolphins hang out in the deep blue sea, but this little gal is chilling along the shore!

Unlike her fantasy-flavored cousins this little landscape dolphin is all about bringing a bit of calm to your office or kitchen (or other magnet-friendly abode).

So sit back, relax, and let the beach hold up those important papers while you take five… or maybe twenty.

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Flat Cat Head Sculpture [Gallery]

By | August 10, 2017
Flat Cats on a Calendar

Flat Cats, Assemble!

I sculpted the original flat cat head back in August of 2015, but I didn’t get around to painting any of them until December, because lo, I got a little carried away with my plaster casting! 😉

But once I got going with these little guys it was hard to stop. The form lends itself to a more abstract cat design and my muses are still trying to figure out the best way to decorate them.

Onwards to the gallery! (Last Updated: 08/08/2017)

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Wooden Dolphin Magnet #005

By | August 8, 2017
Wooden Dolphin Magnet 005

Wooden Dolphin Magnet #005

Reflections on water or spider webbing in turquoise… the patterns were so similar I couldn’t help but play around!

This handsome gal is the result of my attempts to learn how to paint a faux version of Battle Mountain turquoise. I fell in love with the bronze and gold highlights in the rock and was trying to see if I could create a pattern that had very small chunks of the turquoise in it.

But as I painted I realised how much it looked like water… and it went from a faux attempt to fun experimentation.

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Santa Hippo!

By | August 1, 2017
Santa Hippo

Santa Hippo

Hippos with Santa hats were a thing I didn’t know I needed (even with I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas) until I got a custom request for one! 🙂

It took me a few tries to get the hat to come out just right, but now that I look at the festive little guy, I really want to make some more. And maybe add some Christmas lights looped around his neck and trailing off…

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Live From the Workbench

By | July 31, 2017
Live From the Clean Workbench 07-31-2017

Live From the Clean Workbench 07-31-2017

There’s nothing like a nice clean workbench to start off the month! 🙂

…But I have a lot of messy workbench love as well, since it means things are getting done. I’m going to try and take daily workbench photos this month so I can make a silly gif at the end of it.

Not too much to talk about since the last update, most of the work I’ve been doing has been on the two body box horses, touching up older pieces to get them ready for Etsy, and the Paint Chip Pony herd. So this post is more ‘to do’ rather than ‘have done’.

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Wooden Dolphin Magnet #003

By | July 26, 2017
Wooden Dolphin #003 - Metallic Green-Blue-Purple

Wooden Dolphin #003 – Metallic Green-Blue-Purple

And lo, upon the waves rode a rainbow of dolphin awesomeness!

Well okay, more like half a rainbow, give or take. (The awesome half, of course 😉 ).

I’ve been pretty much addicted to this color combination ever since I tried it out on the Pimped Rides Live model horse donation piece. As soon as I started playing around with the dolphins, I knew it was one I had to try out.

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