Practice and persistence, the many faces of Kurt Cobain

I have a painting of Kurt Cobain that I have re-painted 4 times now. Using the same canvas. I took a photo of each finished work and comparing them is bizarre. Kurt #1 in comparison to Kurt #4 is clear proof that practice and persistence certainly pays off! I've never been very good at portraits. They're…

Christmas Handmade – Gifts for dad

This Christmas I'm making all my gifts by hand. There's a few reasons behind this crazy idea.. firstly, I've got a few months maternity leave left and lets face it - I really can't afford to splash out on presents. Another reason is it's fun 🙂 I love making things. Also it's good for the…

The art of preserving dead faeries

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This is a recent creation inspired by the 'Dead fairy hoax' and the idea of displaying a faery corpse in a shadow box like you would a dead butterfly. I found some step by step instructions that you can also follow here. You can of course alter the method and equipment used to suit yourself.

For this one pictured I used a small toy skeleton found on ebay, stockings, pva glue, hot glue, tissue, spray paint, acrylic paint (inc. gold) celephane and alpaca fur. (use whatever hair/fur you can get hold of) The wand is made from a stick, piece of amethyst and some waxy thread also known as 'cat gut' which is often used to make dream catches.Oh, and glue. 

I did some research and came up with the latin terms 'Volatilis Virgo' which means 'Winged Girl/Maiden' and 'Veneficus Virga' which is 'Magic Wand'. Or according to one translation, 'Poisonous green stick' which almost works.