Miniature Teddy Bear, Emaline and New Prints in Etsy Shop

Emaline, miniature mohair Artist Bear

Emaline, miniature mohair Artist Bear

Emaline is a miniature mohair artist bear.  She is only 2 1/2" tall and was hand stitched.  Her mohair was hand dyed and shaded.  She is wearing a vintage lace skirt, a necklace made of vintage glass beads.  She has glass eyes and an embroidered nose and mouth.  Emaline has tiny stainless steel shot in her tummy to give her a little weight and to help her sit nicely.  She is available in my Etsy shop.


I have  8" x 10" giclée art prints of the following paintings in my Etsy shop. "Elephant Showtime" is a mixed media acrylic painting with collage and color pencil. 

Elephant Showtime

Elephant Showtime

"Elephant with Flowers and Mushrooms" is a mixed media watercolor with charcoal, inks, and color pencil.


"Girl with Scarf" is a mixed media acrylic painting with collage and color pencil.

Girl with Scarf

Girl with Scarf

"Ghosts are Coming To Dinner" is an oil with pencil painting.

Ghosts are Coming to Dinner

Ghosts are Coming to Dinner

I'd love for you to come visit my shop! :)



A New Ellifolks Teddy, Rabbit and Chick, and Four Art Prints in Etsy Shop


Two new Ellifolks critters are now in my Etsy shop along with two new art prints.

Johnson, a mohair artist bear is hand dyed and hand shaded to give a rich, vintage coloring. I used a sparse mohair for Johnson to add to the vintage look and feel.  He has one glass eye with a wool felt edging and one vintage shoe button eye ringed with a red embroidered circle. His circle nose is embroidered with pearl cotton thread. He is stuffed with excelsior and cotton batting.


Harriet Rabbit and Sam are a hand dyed and hand shaded pale pink rabbit and a hand dyed and hand shaded pale green chick both made of sparse German mohairs.

Harriet Rabbit is approximately 8" tall including ears and is cotter-pin jointed for a vintage feel. She is wearing a needle-felted purple polka dot hat with cotton lace trim. She has German glass eyes and a pearl cotton embroidered nose and mouth. She is stuffed with excelsior and cotton batting. She has steel shot in her tummy to give her a nice weight.

Sam Chick is approximately 4 1/4" tall including his purple glass bead legs and feet. He has a needle-felted comb and beak and German glass eyes. He is stuffed with excelsior.


"Boy With Dog" is a fine art giclée print of one of my original color pencil and digital paintings.  I did a drawing with color pencils and then scanned it into my computer.  I colored it in Procreate using many layers and types of digital brushes.


"Girl With Poodle and Flowers" is a fine art giclée print of one of my original mixed media/acrylic paintings. This was painted on a  cradled wood panel.  I started with a very textured layer of gesso and incorporated the texture into the painting.  I also used pencil and color pencils in the painting.


"Sail" is a digital painting I made in Illustrator.  I like the combination of the clean, flat shapes with gradient color.


"Dolls with Donuts" is a digital painting I made in Illustrator. 

Please come visit me in my shop! :)

Tutorial - IPad And ArtRage for Help with Painting Design Decisions

painting in progress before putting into ArtRage app I like using the iPad for decision making when I get stuck on where to go next in the painting process in acrylic painting.  This technique can be used for any art medium. I  I use either the ArtRage or Procreate apps.   In this tutorial, I am using ArtRage.

To get the painting into the iPad, I take a photo with my iPhone or iPad of the painting trying to get close enough so the painting covers as much of the painting as possible.

I open a new painting in the ArtRage iPad  app.  Below is a screenshot of the ArtRage interface with a new blank painting.  As you are working, the row of tools and the color picker will disappear when you click on the active tool and color giving you more canvas to view and work with.

ArtRage canvas with blank document

Then I import the photo of the painting into ArtRage.  Click on the second to right bottom icon to import the photo.  It comes into the program as a tracing image at 40% opacity.   To see the painting at full opacity, click on "Convert to Paint" under tracing options.  Tracing options is the third icon from top in the same bottom icon.  It looks like three horizontal lines one below the other.

painting brought into ArtRage -click on "Convert to Paint"

Then click on the eye icon , and the painting will show at full opacity.

click on eye icon

I add a new layer above the painting so I am not working directly on the painting. The fourth icon fron the right on the bottom of the ArtRage interface is the layers icon.  I paint on new layers, keeping objects and new painted effects on separate layers.  This way I can turn on or off the visibility for each layer to see what I like or don't like.

Adding new layer to paint on

I generally use the watercolor or oil brushes, but may also use crayons and color pencils.  Each brush has several settings for different paint looks.  You can change size and properties of each brush by clicking the two left bottom icons.  Both control different brush properties.

For this painting, I was unsure if I wanted to add a planter and flowers.  I added a planter on the floor.  Then I added flowers and a plant -- all on separate layers.  I turned on and off the visibility on the various layers and saved versions or took screen shots of the various versions.  Although the added objects will not look the same when added to the painting, they are similar enough to help me decide if I think they will be good additions.

trying out pot and flowers - each object is on separate layer

Here is the finished painting.  You can see that I did add the planter, but not the flowers and plant.  I also experimented with adding layers of color to certain areas and did so on the painting itself.

finished painting