Category Archives: Hand painted

PAYDAY WEEKEND DISCOUNT!!

This weekend I am offering a massive 25% discount off of EVERYTHING in my Etsy store!!

This includes bespoke designs! If you contact me for a quote this weekend and place an order before Monday, you will save 25% off of whatever you order!

I’ve included some pictures of designs to help inspire you, please check out my shop too!

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Hopefully something there will inspire you … I’m willing to try and make anything your heart desires!

I ship internationally!

Alyssa xxx

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Plus Size Disney – Jack Skellington

Having watched The Nightmare before Christmas this weekend I’ve been a bit inspired!

First I made these Jack and Sally shoes …

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… and now I’m doing a Jack inspired outfit post!

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Dress – Igigi
Necklace – Etsy
Boots – Irregular Choice
Bag – ASOS

Click on the links if you see anything you want to buy!

Alyssa xxx

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Summer Savings!!

I am offering a 10% discount on everything in my Etsy store until the 8th August 2014!

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You just need to enter the code AUG14 at checkout to claim your discount!

I ship internationally and this include bespoke designs too!

So pop along to my shop here and buy something pretty!!

Alyssa xx

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Plus Size Disney – Cinderella

“A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep …”

Today is the turn if Cinders to have a Plus Size makeover on my blog.

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Dress – Modcloth
Glass Slipper Necklace – Tatty Devine
Shoes – Evans
Bag – Etsy

Please click the links above if you would like to buy any of the items used, they’re all on sale right now!

What do you think?

Alyssa xx

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Silk Painting

Silk painting is one of my absolute favourite crafts to do. It is a challenging painting medium and getting good results can be a bit hit or miss on occasion but I think that’s why I love it so much.

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Silk dye is not a very forgiving material to work with, it takes great precision and accuracy to ensure that any barriers that you have created are entirely water tight and if this has not been done then your design can all leak into each other and create a big blotchy mess ruining hours or work and creativity. Yet I still love to do it!

When silk painting goes right it is one of the most vibrant and effective painting styles you can create. The products that I personally use are all iron fixed and once that has been done can be washed and worn over and over again without compromising the design or vibrancy of what I have created.

My silk painting process starts with designing my product on paper. I have various sized pads that I work with, occasionally I draw the entire design on one large sheet but more often than not, I draw out the individual components and then trace them into the design where I want them. This gives me the flexibility to change designs if I want to and also means that no two designs are exactly the same, which is a factor I really enjoy about my creations.

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Once I have traced the images, I stretch them onto my frames and secure them with silk pins to maintain the resistance and secure them in place without damaging the delicate silk. I then use Pebeo Gutta water based outliner to create the barriers around the outside of the areas that I want to paint with the dye. This product comes in many different colours including a clear design which dissolves when you iron it at the end of the process. Once this has dried (I usually leave it overnight to be safe) you should check that it has gone all of the way through the silk to the other side, this will help to prevent the colours from bleeding when applied.

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Applying the silk dye itself is relatively simple if the outliner has set correctly, you should be able to just load your brush with dye and then place it onto the silk and watch it spread to the barrier. Using water will allow you to play with the opacity of the dye allowing you to create a more smoky effect or more intense colour. The dyes can either be pre-mixed in colours you wish to use or you can do this on the fabric itself for a more dramatic effect. I enjoy using the Pebeo silk paints but am currently experimenting with some other brands which I will feedback about in a further post.

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I will be uploading a brief picture tutorial of my silk painting from start to finish in the coming weeks, I just need to take the time to photograph the entire process from start to finish first!

I have included some pictures of some of my finished designs, what do you think?

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They are mostly available to buy in my Etsy store, I also offer a bespoke design service so please do get in contact with me if you would like to order the design of your dreams!

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What is your favourite craft?

Do you have a store I can visit? I always love to support other artists.

Alyssa xx

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Part of Your World

I have just finished a hand painted bag design of Ariel from The Little Mermaid for my Etsy store.

I took pictures throughout the process (for once) so thought I’d share them with you so you can see my design process in stages …

I started with finding an inspiration picture …

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Following are the stages painting stages…

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This bag is available to buy here alternatively you can order a bespoke design here. I would LOVE to make you the bag you’ve always wanted.

What do you think?

Is there anything you’d like to see on a bag?

Alyssa xx

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Totes Amaze!

I have started to paint 100% cotton bags to add to my Etsy store and so I thought I’d do a little blog post to update you with what is available so far!

The ever popular “Sleeping Death” design was the first I added

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Today I added “Poor Unfortunate Souls” to the store as well, an Ursula inspired design that I love!

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With all painted tote bag designs I include free personalisation, this could be either a name or a quote.

I will be adding a bespoke tote bag option shortly where you can have pretty much any design you want painted for a set price!

I ship internationally so everyone can enjoy my designs.

Please check out my store here and let me know what you think!

Alyssa xx

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