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!

 

Little Koala

I was sketching koalas and decided to create a new ACEO card:

Colored Pencil on Bristol Board
Check out my Prints and Originals on eBay Here.

Also, be sure to check out my other blog as well! I post different illustrations over there.

Sketchbook

Just thought I’d post some sketches I’ve been working on lately. I would really like to be part of a Sketchbook/Moleskine Exchange – where you start a sketchbook and pass it back and forth between members of a group, once the book is full they ship it back to you.

I’ve been following a few blogs about it, and I emailed one of the people to see if I could get in on it. Please let me know if you are part of a group, or thinking about starting one. It’s really sad when people aren’t dedicated to it, though, and it falls apart, so I only want to do it with people who are prepared to finish strong. :)


   

Oh…and for those of you who didn’t know – today is Pancake Day. I heard it on Twitter (follow me: @ALMIart). Thanks for all the comments I’ve been getting lately!

 

Lemme See!

A new ACEO card:

Check out the original ACEO Here.
And I also worked on a new Egbert card:

ALMI Art

Check out this ACEO print Here.

No Time Like Play Time

I’ve been playing with mixed-media overlays of my drawings on other backgrounds:

Gertrude
After working on Gertrude I decided to work on another owl with a different method and medium. As much as I loooove my owls, I also enjoy realism with a touch of whimsy like my Itzhak Perlman. So here’s my colored pencil version of a barn owl:

 

 

“When I go to farms or little towns, I am always surprised at the discontent I find. And New York, too often, has looked across the sea toward Europe. And all of us who turn our eyes away from what we have are missing life.”  – Norman Rockwell

-ALMI

Another Day, Another Dollar

Another morning of drawing. Mornings when I don’t have art lessons to teach, I work on my little pieces. I enjoy a cup of coffee and a few inspirational ideas to get started. I just started on Pinterest (search for me!).

Everybody In

Everybody In :: Almi Owls :: Colored Pencil

 

Shipping out a few ACEO cards today. I especially love to see repeat customers! I have several consistent bidders, and it always makes me happy to know my artwork continues to go to people who love it.

More Please!

I have been busy! Among other things, I’ve gotten married, bought a house, and continued drawing! I have been teaching art lessons and I have started up more illustration – selling quite a bit on eBay, I should be able to better keep up with this blog now.

Like my art? Search for “ALMI art” on eBay and you can purchase original ACEO’s! I buy ACEO prints from other artists all the time – they are a blast to get in the mail. ACEO’s (Art Cards Editions and Originals) are small works of art (3.5″x2.5″) and are a significantly cheaper way to own original works of art from artists. They can be collected into albums like trading cards, framed or matted. They are fun to create and fun to collect – check them out and look for much more to come!

Meet Bosco  ALMI Owls
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Walter - Owl Illustration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Much Love – ALMI

back cover of catalogue

AWESOME NEWS:

I just found out that my illustration of Mistlav Rostropovich, which was accepted into the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition Show, will be featured on the back of the catalogue!

Society of Illustrators, Student Competition cover, 2009

Society of Illustrators, Student Competition cover, 2009

I am thrilled that I have the honor of more publicity, and the cover looks wonderful!

In the student competition, hundreds of schools enter work. Out of 5,600 entries, only 144 are selected for the show, which opens in the Museum of American Illustration in New York from May 6 – June 6. It is an honor to even be allowed into the show, but to be chosen for a spot on the cover is just wonderful.

All of my professors have been extremely supportive and excited for me. Everyone in the art department knows about this (which can be embarrassing!) but it’s great to have the confidence boost.

Graduation: one week from tomorrow.
“I think I can, I think I can……..I think I can!”

– crazylady