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! ~

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