New Etsy Shop for Children

I have just opened up my new AnimalFaces  Shop on Etsy which will feature animal art aimed initially for children’s nurseries. When you have a moment please visit and let me know what you think of it, just clink on the link below

AnimalFaces Etsy Shop

As everyone knows I love painting animals, especially Australian flora and fauna.  My friends are starting to call me the bird lady!

So for fun, I thought I would invent a Family of Australian Wood Ducks.  Where we lived on a canal, in our last house, we had these cheeky little fellas who used to swim up to our boundary and we greatly enjoyed feeding them and their little babies.

Working on my McDuck Family

So I have created the McDuck Family.

Please meet Mr and Mrs McDuck and their 3 children – Tilly, Ellie and Liam.   Mum and Dad are very proud of their children; Tilly loves to shop (she particularly likes shoes and is always adding to her collection), Ellie loves the beach and is wearing her new polka dot bikini and Liam spends all his free time down at the skate park.

As times goes I imagine that I will introduce more members of the family eg Grandma and Grandpa and I’m sure that as the children grow, they will and have boy and girlfriends, get married, have children!

Over the years I see myself adding to these family portraits and maybe maybe writing a story about their lives.

I hope that children become to love them and would like them on the walls of their bedrooms.

McDuck Group pics

I look forward to your feed back.

Last 2 Methods in the series 24 Ways to make Art

writingWriting:  the art of telling stories only with words

Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language through the inscription or recording of signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language but a form of technology. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols, usually in the form of a formal alphabet. The result of writing is generally called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader. Motivations for writing include publication, storytelling, correspondence and diary. Writing has been instrumental in keeping history, dissemination of knowledge through the media and the formation of legal systems.

As human societies emerged, the development of writing was driven by pragmatic exigencies such as exchanging information, maintaining financial accounts, codifying laws and recording history. Around the 4th millennium BCE, the complexity of trade and administration in Mesopotamia outgrew human memory, and writing became a more dependable method of recording and presenting transactions in a permanent form. In both Ancient Egypt and Mesoamerica writing may have evolved through calendrics and a political necessity for recording historical and environmental events.

jewelleryGold-smithery, silver-smithery, and jewellery, the art of creating jewels:

Jewellery or jewelry consists of small decorative items worn for personal adornment, such as brooches, rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Jewellery may be attached to the body or the clothes, and the term is restricted to durable ornaments, excluding flowers for example. For many centuries metal, often combined with gemstones, has been the normal material for jewellery, but other materials such as shells and other plant materials may be used. It is one of the oldest type of archaeological artefact – with 100,000-year-old beads made from Nassarius shells thought to be the oldest known jewellery. The basic forms of jewellery vary between cultures but are often extremely long-lived; in European cultures the most common forms of jewellery listed above have persisted since ancient times, while other forms such as adornments for the nose or ankle, important in other cultures, are much less common. Historically, the most widespread influence on jewellery in terms of design and style have come from Asia.

Jewellery may be made from a wide range of materials. Gemstones and similar materials such as amber and coral, precious metals, beads, and shells have been widely used, and enamel has often been important. In most cultures jewellery can be understood as a status symbol, for its material properties, its patterns, or for meaningful symbols. Jewellery has been made to adorn nearly every body part, from hairpins to toe rings, and even genital jewellery. The patterns of wearing jewellery between the sexes, and by children and older people can vary greatly between cultures, but adult women have been the most consistent wearers of jewellery; in modern European culture the amount worn by adult males is relatively low compared with other cultures and other periods in European culture.

The word jewellery itself is derived from the word jewel, which was anglicized from the Old French “jouel”, and beyond that, to the Latin word “jocale”, meaning plaything. In British English, New Zealand English, Hiberno-English, Australian English, and South African English it is spelled jewellery, while the spelling is jewelry in American English. Both are used in Canadian English.

In formation sourced from Wikipedia.

Got my Eye on you – Australian Day Page on Etsy for June

Sue Bianchi - Ladybird Ladybird fly away homeI was very lucky to again be featured with my art piece ‘Got my Eye on You’  on the Australia Day Page on Etsy this month.

This page highlights heaps of fabulous Australian artists with a wide range of hand-made products.
Just click on the following link to some of these fabulous Australian Artists –
https://www.etsy.com/au/pages/shopaustralia/australia-day

 

Monday’s Joke – Where do sheep go?

baa baa shop cartoon

Please welcome my second animal cartoon.

I thought I would blog a joke every Monday to start the week off on a humorous note.

I must admit that I am enjoying creating animal images to accompany my little jokes.

I hope it puts a smile your dial.

Let me know if you enjoy these little cartoons.

The Fat Cats rule!

FFat Catsat Cats – They call the tune.

Big Brother entices us, pulls our strings

We need new clothes, need more of those

A Large TV ; sounds good to me.

Pay your tax – no time to relax

Spend more than you earn -will we ever learn?

Put your money in shares,

Stop! Who cares!

 

 

Please submit your reasons for the benefit of giving ‘hand-made’ Gifts”?

This project started when I was chatting with a friend the other day and she was complaining about not knowing what to give her Mother for Mother’s Day.  I suggested she consider giving her buy at ArtiSueBeeMother something ‘hand made’.  I mentioned all the wonderful sites on Etsy.com.

She said that it sounded too difficult and she was a renowned shopper and loved visiting shopping centres and had always given manufactured items.  Our conversation therefore moved on to the benefits of giving ‘hand made’ over ‘shop bought’

This gave me the idea to ask you, my fellow bloggers, to help me compile a list of compelling reasons for giving ‘hand made’.  Let’s see if we can reach 50 reasons!

I’ll start off the first 5 reasons, some of these are reasons I have sourced from fellow artists:

  1. Giving handmade is the essence of gift-giving: When you give a friend or loved one a gift, you are really saying “I care about you.” A handmade gift conveys so much more than something pulled off the end-cap display of a mega store. Of course there are the obvious economic benefits of supporting independent makers and artists, but buying and giving handmade is, at heart, a loving act.
  2. Creativity of Artists: It is fun to see the creativity and excellence of the talented artists and designers out there. it reminds us of the days of old when craftsmanship, creativity and quality were paramount – You are buying items that are not mass-produced and impersonal but are indeed,very personal not only to the buyer, but to the maker.
  3. Support talented people: The biggest reason I buy handmade is to support the many talented people out there who are trying to get started with their business. I find the care and love taken in making everything I buy comes through when I get it. I feel a sense of extra worth and pleasure with each purchase knowing I have helped someone get one step closer to their dream. Supporting each other is after all the most rewarding gift we can give each other!
  4. Price vs. value: If you buy your best friend a handmade article instead of a mass produced one and spend twice the money, it’ll be worth every penny. Treasures are handmade with love and thought, not mass produced.
  5. Share the Artists joy of creation : I give handmade gifts because the artist/crafter who made the item probably really enjoys what they do. I know they put their imagination, best craftsmanship, and love into making that gift unique. It has heart and that’s what I want to share with the special people in my life.”

As an Artist myself, I always attempt to give hand-made items to my Family and Friends. I have also, for the past 15 years, made a point of giving hand-made Birthday Cards and Bookmarks;  it is lovely to know that these cards and gifts have been saved by my friends over the years instead of being discarded.

So, I hope you can help this cause. I also will continue to add to the list as I obtain more submissions from family and friends.

You can either make a comment via the blog or send me an email.

I will acknowledge everyone who supplies me with a Reason to add to the List.

I look forward to receiving your personal reasons for ‘Buying/Giving Hand Made’…

5 reasons down, only 45 to go!