These are both a joy and a bit of a struggle to paint, considering that I'm working on a blank "canvas" that is about 3" large. It's actually blank ceramic involves the following steps to create:
- draw my ideas in my sketchbook
- make a copy
- degrease the blank ceramic
- transfer the drawing to the ornament, redrawing the sketch with transfer paper
- paint (which could take anywhere from 4 hours or more, depending on the detail of the subject and if I'm painting just the front or both sides)
- allow to cure for 48 hours
- bake for 35 minutes
- tie ribbon
- ship if needed
These little gems get me out of the scale I normally paint, and force me to attempt to work quickly, though I've discovered each time I paint one, I usually spend minimally 4 hours on each. And, thru this discovery, I know I'm greatly underpricing my custom pieces. But, lucky for you, you can take advantage of those introductory prices through the end of May on any ARTament commissioned. Now is certainly not too early to think ahead to the end of the year. I will be increasing their pricing come May, so get your orders in ASAP!
The most recent ARTament I completed was for my friend's sister, featuring her niece. It was such an absolute joy to paint, considering that her niece is utterly adorable, and the colors of her clothes screamed a yellow background, which justly fits into my recent work with #INTOYellow.
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