Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Leopards and...Mermaids!

Hey Everyone!  Hope you had a great weekend! 

Ours was busy with birthday planning and celebrating.  My daughter's Jungle-themed Birthday Party was great fun (once the stress subsided)! We held it at a park near a lake and playground, had a craft and scavenger hunt for the kids, treat bags filled with inflatable animal shaped balls, stickers, stampers, etc...... but, by far, the hit of the event was the ....


Good growl, there, Leopard Girl!

My daughter's best friend has this really amazing Grandma (she has 3, actually, but I'm just talking about one of them today :)....Lilly.  Remember Lilly? I've mentioned her before in this former blog post. She offered her services to us as a gift.... and, boy, was it ever!

She is extraordinarily talented.... The kids...and the adults, just adored being transformed!

She single-handedly turned a nice party into a FANTASTIC one!!  Thank you so much Lilly....your kindness is beyond words...your gifts beyond measure :)

Can you tell she matched the make-up to this little girl's shirt?!

After all the birthday hoopla....I needed to decompress a little...
I got those Gypsy Girls matted and put in my shop....

I added rub-ons to the corners of the outer mat....
Here I used sturdy patterned paper to create inner mats to allow it to fit an 11 x 14 mat with an 8 x 10 opening.  I love the marrakeshy feel to the pattern. In person, the green really compliments her eyes!

I also found a swapping site called
Anyone out there participated in any swaps hosted here?  I'm in such a swappy/tradey mood these days after the great experience I had with Lauren at Fair Rosamund. I decided to look for more opportunities to create and keep fun things coming in the mail! So, I signed up for a few swaps....

One is for a 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch Artist Trading Card (ATC) featuring a Mermaid Theme..... I've never painted ATC's before, but since working in a smaller format worked so well with the Gypsies, I decided to give going even smaller a try....

....And I worked on 3 at the same time!

....took about 4 hours to complete them...but they're done....and the swap isn't til June :)

Here's "Daydreamer"

"Starfish are a Girls' Best Friend"

...and "See Siren"

All watercolor and ink with irridescent pigmnets added here and there and white gel pen to highlight.

I don't know if I'll do more of these.....they are a bit too small for my liking.  My hands have gotten a bit more shakey since going into massage 6 years ago, so some of the detail work was challenging :)

I definately want to offer the 2 that I don't choose for the swap, in my Shop...any requests?

As always, thank you for stopping by....Your visits make me smile! (much like the thrill of eating the last bit of cake right out of the box!)

Great Big Hugs,

P.S. I have a huge project I've commited to that I can't wait to reveal!  Cross your fingers for me that it all goes as planned :)

Be talkin to you again soon ;-P


mermaiden said...

Amazing face painting- really! Love the mermaids, of course.

Marty said...


Oh, your daughter is absolutely adorable! Such a great idea for a birthday party, too. Looks like everything turned out great! And YOUR art is amazing! My very favorite is "Starfish are a Girl's Best Friend." Really lovely!

Hybrid J said...

Fantastic face painting and your daughter is just so cute. She's an angel.

And yes, just like Maricela, "Starfish are a Girl's Best Friend" is my favourite.

Wishing you every success of the new huge project.

Cheers and have a wonderful day! :D

Lauren said...

The party looks like it was so much fun, that face painting is awesome!! Your daughter is so cute and looks like she was having a great time :) I love the mermaid ATCs! My favorite is "Starfish are a Girls' Best Friend", her swirling hair is gorgeous. I am working on a Mermaid painting too. If I stop slacking I should have it done in a day or two :) I hope your week is going well! ~Lauren

pinkglitterfae said...

what a great way of making your daughter's party memorable, the faces are fantastic!
your mermaids are cool. It is a tricky size to work with, but you do get used to it. I was doing mermaids for a long time and selling on Ebay, but stopped. Too much stuff to do, not enough time, lol!
I went back and added my comments to your post from last week- the award one, since I totally forgot about it till today! You are so sweet to name me to that award, I am notorious for not getting to stuff on time, but thank you for doing that :-)

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