Last week, I posted about my neice's birthday and the wonderful inspiration for a homemade picture for her by the Irish artist @ Karo Art on Etsy
In the end, I was disappointed with how my present turned out (I'm glad I opted into the Kindle as her 'real' present). I'll still give it to her, but it wasn't as stylish as I had in my mind. Here's how it went:
1. I cut out free hand some fish shapes from rolled out air drying clay (I trifle too thinly, in hinesight) and left them to dry overnight.
2. Then I painted them with nail varnish (I don't own any glaze) and left to dry overnight.
It's a shame but the varnish was a trifle too dark and although I had anticipated that the sheen would add a scale-like look, it made them look a bit tacky.
3. I arranaged them in a circle so that I could include some text and hot glued them into place.
4. Lastly, I added some words: her name, the day of her birth, the birthday she was celebrating and some descriptive phrases describing her birth sign. I did this in fine-liner.
This compounded the problems. It became childish and amateurish - I should have stuck with pencil or used water colour.
Still, it was made with love and, therefore, has been given with love.