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!

 

Etsy Store!

Recently, I’ve been adding new items to my Etsy store. I’ve sold a lot on eBay, and now I’m turning some of my attention to Etsy (I’ve never sold there before), come check it out:

All sorts of new items with fun Spring and Summer Trend colors!

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.

Little Bo Peep has drawn her sheep…

“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?” (Albert Einstein)
 
So, I decided to enter Pocketful Illustration Magazine’s competition titled “Draw me a sheep!” This is what I came up with:
ink, watercolor, colored pencil

ink, watercolor, colored pencil

 

What do you think?

I titled it “Rise A-baaa-ve” which started as a joke, but became the actual title. Check out the magazine: http://www.pocketfulmag.com/

I was really excited that it got into the magazine. I was also super thrilled that my illustration of Mistlav Rostropovich got into the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition!

 

colored pencil

colored pencil

 

I think I will be going to the Museum of American Illustration in New York city for the opening Gala! That will be great if it works out.

 -crazylady

Here I am…

Hello world, welcome to my blog!

“Insane people are always sure they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.” (Nora Ephron)

2009, colored pencil, 10x10"
2009, colored pencil, 10×10″

 

My name is Alethea Gerardot. I am an illustrator based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I work with traditional illustration as well as graphic design. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions! I want to hear from you, and hope to meet many people through this blog. I plan to upload illustrations I am working on, as well as the things that inspire me!

-crazylady