Treasury Tuesday

A month or so ago, Etsy decided to scrap their very popular Treasuries – they were a list of findings which you yourself could create, out of your favourites or matching colours or for different seasons – Sadly I never did get much time to look and make lots myself, but since the deletion, I do kind of miss it!

I am hoping to write a series of blog posts on my fellow artists via interview type questions, and especially the ones I admire & would love to buy from in the future – that’s if I haven’t done so already!  But first…

I’ve decided to make my own ‘Treasury’ and not always on a Tuesday either… It just happens to be Tuesday!  There will be 5 shops shared each time!

Anyhow… Here goes, instead of just one picture per shop, I’ve screen shot their Etsy shop pages – as in the first 6 listings, please click on them to be taken to each individual shop:

Let me introduce you to the stunning and original work of Jakeart1

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She has an endless and boundless talent, I swear this lady could paint anything and as you can see, top right corner, my own Louie Robin has had the fabulous Justine treatment!  I call her the Queen of the Hares – her hare paintings are stunning!  She’s also a lovely lady, I go through so many confidence crisis’s and she’s always there to make it better!  You can commission her to do anything – and she’ll do it for you and you’ll be so happy, as her work is amazing!  I cannot stress that enough!

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Next… Let me introduce you to EarthBalanceCraft and her copper wire art – I do myself own one of her beautiful robin creations and I really must photograph it for her and post it in situ asap!  I simply love her work and I have my eye on so many pieces… her sense of colour is extraordinary, as I always home into colour more then anything else!  This must take her hours, it shows!  The love and the passion she has for her creations literally ooze out of the wire!

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For the third shop here is LilCritterDesigns – I have absolutely no talent in stitching of any kind at all… Knitting, crochet, sowing… Nothing, it has totally passed me by…!  But if I could stitch as half as good at this incredibly talented lady then I’d be very happy indeed!  I have recently purchased one of her robin decorations too and it’s hanging pride of place on the dresser right now in the sitting room – again it’s the use of colour, I can’t get enough of it!

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None of these shops are in any particular order… so let’s get to the fourth shop in my Tuesday Treasury – Let me introduce you to the multitalented Fawa1 – I stumbled across her shop on one of my first Etsy hunts for anything robin (Yes, robins are indeed my obsession!) and I found one of her beautiful robin brooches which I immediately ordered and only recently I’ve been wearing it again… Her drawings are beautiful, there is so much character in all of her designs and they are so simple too, with a great modern twist:

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Lastly and in no way least – let me introduce you to DancingHarePottery – another ‘stumble upon’ while searching ‘crows’ and I found her crow bowl and another impulse buy and I use it to keep my watch and rings safe!  Another art form which has completely passed me by – pottery – although I love it very much indeed, but what I love about hers is that it’s just not about the bowl, it’s about the drawings and the designs too… her bowls are her canvas’s and they’re extremely beautiful and simple too… and of course, colourful!  Are you seeing a pattern here?  Gorgeous work, I have my eye on so many pieces!

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I hope you all enjoyed my little foray into the world of Etsy and my favourite shops and artisans – I shall be doing a blog post like this again soon!  Plus I won’t only be looking on Etsy, I shall be sharing Facebook, Instagram and Folksy… I’ve never really found many shops on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Emily 🙂 x

About My Practice

This is not Yoga, but I find it just as therapeutic!  If not better and I don’t have to be forced into a stretch I simply cannot achieve!

I was going to call this blog post ‘Tricks of My Trade’ but it sounded like I was a plumber, so decided against that… But there is a process!

With the photography jewellery  it’s very much a case of seeing the picture through my ‘vast’ picture files and imagining that as a piece of original jewellery – it’s never over complicated, I always keep these things simple – but it’s a process, from picking the image, opening it through ‘photoshop’ and creating it via what is called a ‘collage sheet’, pictured below:

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Which I then print out and ‘put together’ like so:

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As for the hand painted items – that’s a different kettle of fish altogether!

I’ve always had an affinity with colour and design – my art practice has always leant towards the abstract side of things for many years and even though my wildlife photography is very important to me, so is the need to express myself through paint!

While browsing the internet, I came across some pens called ‘Uni Posca’ – looking at them in detail, I found they were water based paint – acrylic – and instead of using a brush, I could use the pens nibs directly onto my work, plus they paint on almost any surface and the colours are so bold and bright, just what I love!  So I bought myself a packet (I was a little alarmed at how expensive they are, a whole pack of pens costs me more then what I charge for my painted wooden brooches!)  Anyhow, I had a try and fell head over heels in love with them!  So now I could use acrylic paint AND these paint pens for  a second coat of really illustrative and decorative detail and I wouldn’t need a studio, nor have the fear of getting paint all over me and all over everything else (trust me, this has happened), I could sit anywhere and design and be contented!  But of course, like most of things I love, they become an obsession, and to such an extent, I even dream about painting them in my sleep!

Below are some pictures demonstrating what I do!  I tend to work in the conservatory for the best light and in the evenings, I use a daytime lamp:

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Depending on the size – each brooch takes me around an hour or just over to complete and then there’s the case of the 24 hours varnish drying time!  Of course I don’t only do brooches… I do so much more and always have several on the go at the same time, when I paint canvases, it’s the same – I can’t just stick with one… I have to leave it and continue with another!

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I have a ‘Tray of Tricks’ by my side, full of pre-painted shapes, all ready to be started with the posca pens – sometimes I’ll brush tubed acrylic paint on, in-between in the pens – depending on the mood and the ideas!  I have always been so spontaneous and always enjoyed working with mixed media – I want to use everything and I have lots of new paints I want to try out!

My ‘Tray of Tricks’:

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It’s on a Dutch Delft metal tray of a windmill – my mum was Dutch, so I like to think she’s here with me when I paint – I lost her a few years ago to cancer, she never saw any of this!  She of course saw my painted canvases – but never my jewellery, she would have been my perfect model and certainly my best critic!

Of course when I’m not photographing, designing, painting – I am putting everything together!

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Then of course I need to do my product photography and that takes time too!  But like I said at the beginning of this post, it’s all about a ‘process’ – I love the stages, there’s always something to look forward to, and it’s such a great feeling when the piece is completely finished, it’s a great sense of achievement!

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Every day it’s different!  Ahh, such is life!

My next blog post will be about my main inspiration behind everything I do… he’s feathered, sings extremely well and answers to the name of ‘Louie’ !

Thanks for reading – please ask any question, leave any comment and I’ll reply!

Emy 🙂 x

P.s.  A bonus little film – I apologise for the post coming through the letterbox, the arguing sparrows, the humming fridge and my heavy breathing (I have a cold!) and the fact I couldn’t paint on for longer, as my Dad came home and started banging things around!  Hope this works – it will take you to my public Facebook business page:

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