Childrens Paints aren’t just for children! ~ A Sunset in miniature ~

Created using 'childrens' paints A Sunset in a miniature scale of 2.5"x3.5" ATC / ACEO Art.

Created using ‘children’s’ paints
A Sunset in a miniature scale of 2.5″x3.5″
ATC / ACEO Art.

Years (and years) ago I bought a plastic pallet of watercolour paints which were in the ‘children’s crafting’ section of The Works (a cheap book/stationery etc store in the UK).  The colours were so lusciously pretty – not the normal bright primary ones you usually find for children,  but they seemed kind of waxy.  More like melted wax crayons – but in heavenly colours.

I bought them because:

  • a) they were really cheap at £1.49   –  so if they turned out to be rubbish I wouldn’t break my heart,   …  and 
  • b) they were pretty –  I thought it was worth giving them a try .
Look at how, by changing the mount from the olive green, to this deep blue, changes the painting. Different colours in the painting step forward to be noticed.

Look at how, by changing the mount from the olive-green to this deep blue mount, it changes the colours in painting.
Different colours in the painting step forward to be noticed.

I put them away and totally forgot about them until I came to pack up my belongings when I sold my house and bought a new one.  I’ve just yesterday came across them again so I thought I’d give them a go and see what they were like.

They’re BEAUTIFUL!  They’re very much like Twinkling H2O’s.  They’re translucent but have a depth of colour, and they’re incredibly twinkly – but in a sort of pearlescent way – not twinkly in a cheap glittery way.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star(s) I didn't paint those stars - the stars suddenly showed up when I painted!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star(s), how I wonder what you are …
I didn’t paint those stars – the stars suddenly showed up when I painted!

I took 14 different photographs trying to capture the twinkly pearlescent effect of the paint.  This one ↑  (above) was the best of the bunch.

Sunset in miniature - this time with a white mount. See how suddenly the colours are so much deeper and darker.

Sunset in miniature 2.5″ x 3.5″ – this time with a white mount.
See how suddenly the colours are so much deeper and darker?

It feels like all my life since I last painted.  It was something I used to do almost daily, without fail. 

I have a neurological condition which has got very much worse over the last few years and holding things can be something of a challenge as I can’t always ‘feel’ the thing in my fingers, and, more often than not, my fingers / whole hand, will suddenly let go of whatever I’m holding.   I don’t let go – my hand and fingers have an involuntary spasm and kind of ‘twitch’ open,  and because of that, whatever I’m holding ends up on the floor.

It can make life  . . .  ‘interesting’.   :/

Hope you like the twinkling Sunset ATC/ACEO.

Have a brilliant Monday all.  

Remember to look for the good stuff in your day. 😉

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Fairy Moon ATC / ACEO

Fairy Moon ATC ACEO

I know that in the photograph above, it looks like that little painting of the Fairy Moon could be quite big.  It honestly isn’t.  The actual painting measures just 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches  –  or 64 mm × 89 mm  in metric measurements.  If you have rule or measuring tape near you, then show yourself how big that really is.  (Yes seriously … if you can see with your own eyes how small this little rectangle really is, it begins to be more ‘real’).

This little work of heart came about because of a song I heard playing on the radio which I recognised from when I was a wee little one.  I recall my mother watching a film on TV and for ever afterwards singing bits of the theme song, and when I heard this song playing on the radio I remembered it instantly.  The song was  Paper Moon – which was the theme tune to the film of the same name, starring real life father and daughter:  Ryan O’neal and Tatum O’neal.   The bits I remembered were:  ‘It’s only a paper moon’  .. and  ‘only a canvas sky
Hanging over a muslin tree, But it wouldn’t be make-believe, If you believed in me.”

And that’s how this little painting came to be!  Make believe, paper moon, canvas sky, and a muslin tree.  To me it made me think of a tree, with a fantasy sky and something magical about it.

Fairy Moon an ATC / ACEO painted by Cobwebs

Fairy Moon
an ATC / ACEO
painted by Cobwebs

All of those teeny tiny fairies have their own ‘style’ and personality.  Each one was painted with a thought in mind of how they’d be if I met them in real life.

Fairy Moon ATC / ACEO painted by Cobwebs

Fairy Moon
ATC / ACEO
painted by Cobwebs

Let me show you – as best I can,   bearing in mind that I’m totally useless at ‘drawing’ with a computer mouse   – how  each fairy actually is painted with thought and style….

Fairy Moon ATC / ACEO close up, trying to pick out the detail of a fairy

Fairy Moon
ATC / ACEO
close up, trying to pick out the detail of a fairy

the photograph above has some very crudely done markings (done using a computer mouse) to try to show you the hair, the bun on the back of the fairies head, the skirt, wings, arms, legs, long-handled wand … details of the miniscule fairy.  However, if you look at the photograph below, of the same image, this time without the markings, you’ll now see what the fairy in the painting actually looks like to the naked eye.

close up of  fairy

close up of fairy

Ah … but I haven’t shown you the real magic yet …. 

I mixed a little silver paint with a tiny bit of glow in the dark paint and when you turn the lights off … the fairy rings glow, and so does part of the moon!

This next photo was taken with all the lights off and just the light from the street lamp to light the room…..

 

Fairy Moon 4

Fairy Moon ATC / ACEO photo taken in the dark in order to show the ‘glow in the dark’ effect.

… it doesn’t properly show it up in a photograph, but it’s quite magical to see it with the naked eye.

Fairy Moon ATC / ACEO painted by Cobwebs

Fairy Moon
ATC / ACEO
painted by Cobwebs

All that magic – crammed into a rectangle = 2.5″ x 3.5″.

Have a great rest of your day! 

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Noah’s Ark ATC / ACEO

 

Hand painted ATC / ACEO by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium, with the addition of a handpainted mount which frames the ATC/ACEO

Hand painted ATC / ACEO by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium, with the addition of a handpainted mount which frames the ATC/ACEO

I saw a print which was much like this one, some time ago and fell in love with it.  It wasn’t available for sale so I took a quick (shaky hand) snap shot of it simply because it made such an impression on me.  I looked for this same print for years and never found it and since I didn’t know who the original artist was it became a fruitless, impossible search.  So I decided that I’d try to paint myself something which had that same childlike quality, but with the charm which had captured my heart in the original which I’d seen.  I decided upon an ATC or ACEO (depending on which ‘tag’ you prefer to give this type of small art).

All painted in acrylics.  The actual ATC / ACEO is the middle part of the painting.  The mount outside the painting isn’t actually part of the ATC as such – it’s just a ‘crafty’ extention of the topic and turns a boring mount into something which speaks and tells it’s own story.

Hand painted ATC / ACEO by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium, with the addition of a handpainted mount which frames the ATC/ACEO

Hand painted ATC / ACEO by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium, with the addition of a handpainted mount which frames the ATC/ACEO

This one was such a load of fun to paint.  A thoroughly enjoyable wet afternoon sat at my desk and having a joyful time.

So …  do you paint?

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ATC / ACEO Handpainted Kimono

hand painted by Cobwebs @ The Cobweborium Emporium

hand painted by Cobwebs @ The Cobweborium Emporium

This hand painted Kimono can’t be seen properly through the lens of a camera no matter how hard I tried to get a good picture.  The yellow blobs are water lillies, and when you see them in reality, you can see how detailed they are.  I tried to paint this so that it looked like silk, which was catching the light as a gentle breeze ruffled it ever so slightly.

Thanks for reading!  Have a great day. 

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