Painted Polka Dots

I am forever confused between my plain silver keys. This may sound ridiculous, but I have three of them on my key chain that are similar in size and seldom needed. Whenever I do need one, I have to try 2 or 3 before I find the right one. I thought it might help if they looked slightly different. Today I decided to “upcycle” them into new versions of themselves.

First, I picked out some fun colors of nail polish that I already had on hand:

Then, I painted the keys.

  • The green colors needed 2 to 3 coats to show up, but the blue only needed one.
  • The lighter colors should be painted on first, because they won’t cover the dark colors as well as the dark colors will cover them!
  • Stick with large patterns (like polka dots, or filling in segments of the key) unless you have the designer tip nail polish (I do, but only in the wrong colors!)
  • Wait for layers to partially dry before painting new layers on top (about 5-10 minutes)
  • Paint one side at a time, waiting for the entire first side to dry before painting the opposite side (about 1 hour)

Here is my result:

I worked on them while doing other projects during the dry times. They didn’t take long at all to paint, but they add an extra bit of personality to my (otherwise boring) key chain!

 

Local News

I’m illustrating the fashion portrait at the end of this clip – awesome! WordPress won’t let me embed the clip here, so check it out in my other blog post:

http://almiart.blogspot.com/2012/03/local-news.html

or on the news web site:

http://www.wane.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=16926

Fashion springs up in Fort Wayne: wane.com

Fashionably Set

So, I had the opportunity to do a piece for a local news story. A friend contacted me to see if I could do this lady’s portrait in a a “fashion illustration style” for a story she is doing for the news. I’m excited to see how it all comes out, but here is the illustration:

And here’s the process:

I’ve never met her before, and I only had one photo to go off of, but they were really excited about it. I hope you enjoyed seeing it!

Fashion illustration always seems to have “intention” to me. So, this is my entry for IF this week.