Look like a mermaid…

swear like a sailor…

two-faced cup
Had a quiet day at home, on the boat, yesterday. I took my stash of Posca pens out, thinking I would have a bit of a play in my art journal…but this plain white cup on a kitchen shelf caught my eye, and I wound up painting a mermaid and a sailor on it, instead.

I saw the quote online, on a mass-produced cup, and nearly bought it; but the design was rather poor—no images, only the words in a scribbled font, and they were unreadable amid the expanses of white space—that the whole thing looked skimpy and cheaply made.  I decided I would wait until I found a better one, then forgot all about it until yesterday.

two-faced cup

Few people know that Posca pens can be used on ceramics. Because we sell Posca pens in the shop, I’ve had to download the extensive materials information sheet  from the Posca website for our customers.

Drawings done with these pens can be baked in an oven to make them semi-permanent (the pieces probably wouldn’t hold up to heavy use, and must be washed gently, by hand). I like them much, much better than Sharpies, because the acrylic paint in a Posca pen is opaque, so that they cover with one stroke and I can layer different colours on top of each other.

two-faced cup

I can’t take credit for the sailor, which is not mine…he was from a bit of street art that I spotted in Colombia, over a year ago…

I’m uncomfortable with the fact that I’ve used someone else’s design, but it was the seed idea that got me started in the first place, and I didn’t actually believe I would finish the cup (because I’ve never drawn on a cup before, the surface sloping in funny ways, cleaning up with alcohol and gingerly holding it in some paper towel so as not to get the oil from my fingers on it…it all seemed too hard, I was sure I would fuck up at some point.) It wasn’t until I’d done both sailor and mermaid that I realised the thing was “for real”…that it was good enough to “fix” in an oven and keep.

It’s just for myself, and I won’t be repeating the design again. I would like to use the same quote on a mug for my Society6 shop, but coming up with the entire design from scratch. Someday.

two-faced cup

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A different kettle of fish : : Sopa de Sirena

Sopa de SirenaWhen Kris brought this old brass cauldron home from the flea market, I knew that I would paint it. After I had lovingly painted the cauldron (and the bas-relief wooden flowers in the background) the question was then: What would one cook in such a special pot? Something mythical and rare…

I’m afraid a black sense of humor took hold of me, just then, and I ended up making a poisonous-looking green soup in the brass kettle…along with recognizably fishy pieces, and sinister bubbles. A sprinkling of iridescent blue-green scales in front of the pot completed the brew. Voilà, Mermaid Soup was born. Except that it’s called Sopa de Sirena, because it was born in Venezuela (and was partly inspired by all the Sopa de Mariscos that we have been enjoying here.)

I managed to get the image uploaded to my Society6 shop, too, and there are 30 hours (or so) left to avail of Free Shipping via my Artist’s Promo link. You can also click on the image, above. I’m so pleased to be able to offer something new along with the free shipping, in one go.

Tuck in!

I’ve timidly joined Society6…

urchin and mermaid print on Society6

Timidly posted my first design on Society6 last night. Sea Urchins & Mermaid is available as an art print (gallery quality Giclée on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks), a framed print, or as a print on stretched canvas, in various sizes. No other products, yet, as I will have to re-size and crop the image file for it to fit on tote bags and coffee mugs and all those other things.

There are so many people on society6, and a large proportion of them are really, really good—professional designers and so on. I’m intimidated. But it costs nothing to post a design on the site, so I thought I’d give it a try and see if some of the things I make can be “repackaged” this way. As Kris often says to me, “Оно не ест.” (i.e. you don’t have to feed it)