Tuesday, November 19, 2019

~ UNICORNS...In Teal and Purple! ~

Well...it has taken me a bit
but I was finally able to round up
a couple of those elusive Unicorns as promised.

The first is "Serendipity Sea",
named for his gorgeous coat resembling 
beautiful teal blue sea glass.

~ Serendipity Sea ~

Like many other models I have talked about, this unicorn stallion
has been etched with the tip of a very sharp exacto blade.
His entire shimmering teal blue body was worked hair by hair, including
his once solid copper mane and tail, to give him a soft
body coat, and a white mane and tail touched with copper accents.

His eyes were colored a mysterious yet gentle deep blue,
then the surrounding "skin" was deepened, along with his muzzle
in black pan pastel.

The white strip down his nose ends with a soft pink snip. And after his 
golden hooves and horn were accented, they along with
his eyes and nostrils were clear glossed,
to bring them to life.


Then there is the purple Unicorn.
Well...actually she was a Unicorn, but now has no horn.

This little "Unicorn" is 3" tall by a tick over 4" long.
She began in a deep, solid purple coat with
light purple mane and tail.

She was to be a simple, relaxing project...but...
got a little out of hand. I think I may have an issue
keeping things simple.

This "Unicorn" is still a work in progress. I think I may nearly be,
if not completely, done hair by hair etching her on this side.
The other side however remains the original, untouched
dark purple coat. Which...might be why she seems to be
looking that way. She could be noticing there's
something not quite right yet. :0)


I know there are more Unicorns scampering about,
but I wasn't quite able to coax them out
for a view yet.


~ Wishing you a wonderful, whimsical day! ~

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Not a Unicorn...But He's Still Little! ~

My last post mentioned a possible unicorn.
Yes...there are two actually.
I have been working on this guy lately.

I had started on him this past spring.
But when snow melts and outdoor warmth returns,
I set aside my indoor creating so that I can enjoy
as much of the fresh air, sunshine, and all things
outdoor that I can. Since our growing season here only lasts a
few months, I spend as much of it as I can in my gardens.

But cool weather has returned. Trees and vegetation are now
preparing for winter's sleep. And the days are getting shorter...
all meaning time to come back inside
and work once again on art.

The unicorns will come out of the forest of mini horses and unicorns that surround me, to show themselves here.
However, today I've decided to showcase this guy. 


~ Etched Mini Model Horse ~


This is quite a little horse...standing only 3 1/4" high
from desk top to the tip of his ears. He is one of Breyer's
very small models. Before sending him out for 
customers to purchase, they completely painted him, 
along with many many others like him,
in a nearly bey color, with only a small white star
on his forehead, and 3 dirty white socks.

As I love small, intricate, and (some would say) putzy
work...etching this little guy into a new color very
much pleased me.

So with a very fine tipped, very very sharp
exacto blade I set to work. Slowly etching out
hair, by hair, by hair...for hours, and hours, and hours.

After etching was complete, I added back into his mane and tail, colors of fiery red, burgundy, and gorgeous yellows
with pencil, along with some blues
 for his beautiful eyes. The tiniest amount of pan pastel
was applied with a very small detail brush, 
to darken around his eyes and muzzle.

He's still not complete, as color will be added
to his hooves. After which layers of sealer will be applied
to protect his new coat. And gloss will be added to
bring life to his eyes, his nostrils, and
his hooves, making him ready for the show ring.

I love working on these tiny horses...
and I have many many more to go!


~ Wishing you a wonderful, whimsical day! ~

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Another Pinto Pony ~

~ Little Peanut ~


Oh dear! It looks like quite some time since my last post!


" Little Peanut " was next on my list of little
model horses to receive not only a
new coat color, but also reshaping of his
(at the time) very flat and unattractive head and mane.

 The exacto blade and some fine sandpaper were first to be used, giving him a cute little pony head and better flow to his mane.

 Hours later he looked so much better...and it was time to begin work on a new color.

So...exacto blade in hand again, I carefully etched away his chestnut color, transferring him into a spunky white and chestnut pinto. Then with detailing brushes, pan pastel colors were added for depth to his coat, to "map" out his white markings, and darken eyes and muzzle.

His cute white face was softly pinked between nostrils...after which layers and layers of clear matte finish were applied to protect him. Eyes and nostril insides were then glossed to add life.
And after these images were taken, his petite hooves
were colored and glossed.

Now complete, this cheery little pony happily trots across my desk, ready for his new home this fall or winter...where ever that may be.

Coming soon...a little unicorn perhaps? 

~ Little Peanut ~


~ Wishing you a wonderful, whimsical day! ~