Behold the corgiloaf! Nothing beats the cuteness of a sleeping corgi in full belly flop and this little guy is no exception. He’s deep in puppy dreams of quantum rabbits, so you can can safely sneak in a bit of paperwork without waking him up…
A handsome tri-color (or black and tan) Pembroke Welsh Corgi, this fella is just as much a working dog as his real-life counterparts. This little pup is a little over 4 inches long and 1 inch high with a 18mm diameter, 2mm thick round neodymium magnet to give him a little extra holding power.
He was painted in acrylics, namely Folkart Acrylics (2906 Coffee Latte) and Apple Barrel Acrylics (20503 White, and 20504 Black). He was finished with a high gloss sealer and you can see in the photos that he’s got a bit of a shine.
Before I started down the roads of plaster casting, I had a lot of fun turning the various ArtMinds shapes into magnets. One of my favorite is the Dolphin, but I can’t seem to bring myself to paint on that’s actually dolphin-colored! 😉
While I haven’t painted as many of these as I have the old horse shape, the more I play around with it the more I love it. I have a feeling that there are going to be quite a few more dolphins on the way in the coming months.
Onwards to the gallery! (Last Updated: 11/19/2016)
I know winter has come rolling down from the north, so what says springtime like daffodils and drafters? Well, a lot of things (probably), but that isn’t going to stop this little guy from bring his own ray of sunshine to your day!
I’m still posting the older magnets to the blog out of order (because reasons) so this is actually the second of the black sabino drafters that I painted. The first two painted magnets are still lost to time, but I’m hoping to find them again someday.
This little guy is more of a true black (with only a tiny hint of brown) and his color really pops against the yellow background. The yellow isn’t quite as dayglow as the photos, for some reason my digital camera loves that shade as much as it hates photographing purple.
He’s got a blue eye, a glossy finish, and with a 0.7 inch Neodymium magnet this handsome drafter is ready to hold up anything from corporate memos to a shopping list.
One of the struggles of November is trying to wrest art time away from NaNoWriMo and avoid the seasonal doom of the flu/cold that terrorizes my office. So far I haven’t been doing that good a job at either one, but there’s plenty of November left to turn it around! 😉
That said, I’ve gotten a bunch of art done since the last update. I’ve been a bit lazy on the photography end of things, but I’m making an effort to get that corrected today. Gift-buying season is around the corner and I’d love to be able to send some of these little guys off to new homes!
Someday I’ll either figure out this whole photography thing or I’ll just give up and outsource it to another hobby person to help fund their camera addiction…
Behold the corgiloaf! Nothing beats the cuteness of a sleeping corgi in full belly flop and this little gal is no exception. She’s happy to hold up your un-nibbled paperwork as she dreams puppy dreams about imaginary rabbits, but if you need some homework eaten you’re sadly out of luck.
While Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s don’t technically come in Brindle and White, this little gal is embracing her Cardigan cousins and bringing home the stripes. Whether napping on the kitchen fridge or soaking in a cubicle at the office this little magnet will remind you that when all else fails, there will still be countless YouTube videos of corgi puppies to cheer you up!
November is almost upon us and that means the wonderful timesink of NaNoWriMo is just around the corner!
But more Writing tends to mean less Art, so I’m trying hard this year to find a happier balance than I have in the past. I am having a lot of fun creating custom orders for folks (and finishing up old projects) and I’d like to keep the momentum going.
On that note, here’s what I’ve been up to since the last time the workbench rolled by! 🙂 Continue reading →
Christmas is a time for inflicting crafts on loving relatives, so when December rolled around last year I grabbed some resin and started making magnets! I didn’t get the best of photos of these little guys, so I probably should bug family for some updates. 😉
These four little guys were the first finished copies of this mold, although I had done a bunch of plaster casting prior to this. The plaster was having a lot of problems (this was before I perfected the mixture) and I figured the resin copies would be a safer alternative.
The metal ‘ornaments’ that they are magnet-attached to are the same metal disks you can see behind my Etsy magnets. I painted them with acrylics and sealed with a matte finish. I was playing around with christmas colors, but also trying to make them look like gas giants. If I had them to do over, I’d have used a metal primer instead of trying to work with the gesso. Even with my layers of finish they are prone to scratching. 🙁
Alas, I have lost my art notebook (Volume I) so I’m not sure what colors I used, although I can guess for most of them. Notes on materials are below each horse and I’ll update them when I find the book.
I have a friend who loves Star Trek: The Original Series and penguins.. and I like making things for people, so penguins away! 😀 (This little guy actually made in February, I’ve still got a lot of catching up to do!)
This is the first of the resin penguin casts which came from the Silicone Caulk and Cornstarch mold making post. I have to say, I’ve had a lot of fun with him and his Imperial Guard sibling, so I have a feeling he’s the start of a small penguin fandom army. He’s roughly an inch and a half tall and two inches wide and is the perfect size for the large neodymium magnets.
I didn’t do any resculpting on the penguin mold itself, but I did clean up the casting a bit. I probably need to perfect a resin master and recast. *pokes mold* Still, I think he turned out rather nicely for a first attempt! 🙂
This little gal has been a looooong time in the making!
Evangelina was a custom order that I started back in March but one thing led to another and I didn’t get her finished until September. From her teeny tiny spots to her striped hooves, this little gal took a lot of cross-eyed nights to pull off. (I really need to get a magnifying glass headset).
She was the first realistic leopard appaloosa that I’ve done in a long time and it was fun running around Google digging up good reference photos. I know it makes me a dinosaur, but I remember what it was like pre-Google and it’s such a happy feeling to have things right at my fingertips!
The basecoat was done in white, grey, and a little hint of pink. Then the basic shape of the spots were laid down so I could get owner’s approval on the pattern. But stark black on white looks really fake… so I went back over all of them and added mapping, cleaned up the edges, and white-washed a few of them. That got rid of the contrast of the initial layout and made her look a little more realistic.
Medium: Gesso, FolkArt Acrylics (944 Nutmeg, 708 Dove Gray, 2905 Cinnamon, 425 Medium Gray, 420 Linen), Apple Barrel (20504 Black, 20258 Melted Chocolate), CraftSmart (Coral)
Created in February 2016 this little guy is a cast from the faux-rock background variation of the leaping horse mold. He a bit unique because he hasn’t had the background snapped off, but it makes him a tad more fragile that some his cousins.
The background was painted a flat black and the horse was painted in a combination of Sahara Gold and Gunmetal Gray. I did a basecoat in the gold and then used the gray for the dark points and some shading. The finished horse was rubbed with a light pass of black, just to highlight some of the roughness of the casting.
The sand was the result of sifting out the finer bits from some All Purpose Sand that I got from Lowe’s (not Play Sand because I didn’t realise it existed.) So it’s got a mixture of tiny rock shapes and colors. The Active Decor Sand that I use in the bases is much finer and I wanted this piece to have a rougher feel to it.
I’ve been focusing a lot more on my art recently and that means there have been a lot of pieces coming off the workbench. I’ve been trying to be good and finish things that were already half-started, but in those down moments when paint is drying I have the really bad habit of starting something new.
Thus if I tried to cover everything I’ve been doing since the last update… this post would be enormous! So I’m going to stick to what is currently in progress on the workbench right now and do some individual posts for the completed stuff later.
How to Paint Faux Turquoise Battle Mountain Blue Gem Acrylics
I promised a friend to paint her a turquoise clydesdale horse head magnet, easy-peasy right? I thought for sure the internet would have a bevy of articles on how to paint something to make it look like it was carved from turquoise. But apparently I’m the only one that’s trying this brand of madness.
So a grabbed a spare cat magnet cast and here’s a tutorial on how to create a faux turquoise paint job using acrylic paints!
Short version: I’m using acrylics to paint a replica of a Battle Mountain, Blue Gem turquoise. As always click on the pics to embiggen and if you have any questions, just ask in the comments below. 🙂
There hasn’t been any movement on the workbench in over a month now. Mostly because it was unreachable, buried under the bookcase, the things that were in the bookcases, and bits of the moldy basement wall that I was disassembling. So there’s been plumbing work, wall removal, spackling and sanding… but no art.
That said, I dipped into clean-up overdrive this weekend. I got the two bookshelves repaired and reassembled. I repaired and painted the framing for the wall, and finally got things put away to the point where I could get to my art desk again. (It’s still a bit cluttered, but I figure that’s pretty much par for the course at this point.)
I’ve been in a bit of a painting rut for a while now… I’ve had no trouble working with 2D art (as you can see below by the crazy number of badges I’ve been making for Wordwar Z). I just couldn’t work up the focus to sit down and really put brush to horse– but that’s starting to change! 🙂
Well, at least a little. I’m still not churning out hordes of horses and I’m taking much longer than I should to get a foal done (even a leopard appy), but there’s finally progress happening again.
Which is good because I started to take an inventory of all the work in progress art projects that I have… and it’s not a small number. *sighs*