Makeover – Silver Lady to Woodland Elf!

Makeover – Silver Lady to Woodland Elf! An essential prop used in my jewelry photography, my display model head looked scratched and in need of restoration. Those familiar with my jewelry photography might recognize my Silver Lady in some of my photographs. I use her regularly to show off my necklaces and earring designs, she has been much loved!

A display model head is useful, not only for photography but also in the process of jewelry design. I try out new earrings and necklaces to see how they hang on her. Unfortunately, she had become scratched about her ears and neck. It was taking a long time to edit my photographs in the photo editing software I use, as there were very visible scratches in my photographs, I was constantly repainting them! A bit of a time waster! So I decided it was time for a makeover!

My first thoughts were to simply respray with silver paint, but I decide that silver is not the best background for photographing silver jewelry. The reflections and similarity in color were causing problems with focusing my camera. It is best, I have found, to have a good contrast in color between the background and the jewelry. It took some thought to work out what color to paint her, it had to be a color that would work well with my jewelry designs.

The brand for Designs by ETC is about how ‘I love my work to reflect my love of Nature. Be it Art, Photography, or Jewelry. I dedicate my art to Nature! ‘ The photography theme for Designs by ETC branding is about being inspired by the magic of Nature. Photographing my jewelry with flowers and leaves, particularly woodland flowers. I like it to appear as if the fairies have adorned the jewelry with flowers. So after a little thought I decided to transform her into a Woodland Elf!

The 1st stage was to prepare her for painting, I sprayed her with Plasticote Grey Primer Super. I find Plasticote to be a very easy Primer to use. The Primer adheres well to surfaces and creates a smooth and even surface for the paint to adhere too. It smells a bit unhealthy, so I decided to work in the garden. It took a couple of coats to get an even base coat. The 2nd Stage was to give her a couple of coats of Reeves metallic acrylic paint in Bronze. I then highlighted her with gold and copper acrylic paint (again Reeves).

My Silver Lady was now a Golden Lady! She looked beautiful but not like a Woodland Elf! Inspired by early Renaissance art. I noticed in Gesso art , a gold leaf glazed with a green glaze. Thinking, this effect would be very appropriate for my Woodland Elf! I decided , to give her a final coat of green glaze. Mixing the green glaze from a combination of paints in my Daler Rowney Simply acrylic paint set and Acrylic glaze medium, I created an attractive glaze effect.

The transformation is complete, the Silver Lady is now a Woodland Elf! I completed the makeover by creating a stage for her. Creating a Woodland backdrop with photographic bark prints (printed on my inkjet printer), and decorating the background with ivy from the garden. Finally, I adorned the Woodland Elf with Designs by ETC Jewelry: Black Tourmaline & Hemp Earrings, Black Tourmaline & Hemp necklace, Silver Moon Chain, Beaded Evil Eye Necklace (all coming soon to Designs by ETC) The Makeover is complete!

Joanne Shaw
Designs by ETC

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New Art! Hi Five!

🆕Checkout my new art print @ DesignsbyETC !!!😁Its been a while coming, but I finally got there! I’ve been busy! Doing too many things at once!!👌

Hi Five! Digital Art print celebrating the Hi Five! Otherwise known as the High Five! A gesture of friendship, a salute to life!
A portrait of a hand adorned with jewelry and placed in a surreal way amongst Hazel twigs and Skimmia plant branches.

Throw Pillows @ Fine Art America!

I thought it was rather fun that Fine Art America printed throw pillows, so I created a few from my work! Having been an embroidery designer, surface design is something I love and my work seems to naturally flow that way!

An Arrangement in the Color Blue Throw Pillow by Joanne Shaw. From an Arrangement in the Color Blue, Anemones, Pulmonaria & Violets Still Life Digital Art painting. I love to work with nature to create something beautiful! dainty violets, pulmonaria with their spotted leaves & vibrant blue anemones! A celebration of nature and the rites of spring. I arranged these beautiful spring flowers around a tree branch as if the wood elves had been at work.
Would have been nice if the throw pillows were printed on Hemp fabric, but one can’t have everything! The throw pillows are made from 100% spun polyester poplin fabric and add a stylish statement to any room. Pillows are available in sizes from 14″ x 14″ up to 26″ x 26″. Each pillow is printed on both sides (same image) and includes a concealed zipper and removable insert (if selected) for easy cleaning.

Mad March Sale!

Check out my Mad March Sale @ my Etsy shop ! You’ll be Hopping Mad for Jewelry bargains up to 50% off!

I haven’t managed to get the sale up on www.designsbyetc.co.uk yet! Still, lots of work to be done! I’ve been so busy working on lovely new stock for Spring!

“Oh, my fur and whiskers! I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!” to quote the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland with ref. to Lewis Carroll…

‘White Flowers of Early Spring’

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‘White Flowers of Early Spring’ Camellias, Hellebores, Catkins & Epimediums’ Retro Still Life Digital Art Painting.

I enjoyed arranging these artistic beautiful white camellias, stones, catkins & epimediums. The lovely thing about Art is that you can capture a moment forever. Artfully arranged on the coffee table without any water, flowers being ephemeral would die. Now they are preserved immortally in Art!

Interesting fact, Camellias were the favorite flower of Coco Chanel.

A Digital Art painting, original art by Joanne Shaw. Featured by Fine Art America and available as Wall Art, Fine Art Prints, Posters, canvas and framed prints. If you like this, why not visit my store for more Art & Photography Prints.

The Rock Rose

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The Rock Rose (Cistus × purpureus). A beautiful rock rose basking in the sunlight! This Cistus x purpureus could Rock n’ Roll!

A Digital Art painting, original art by Joanne Shaw. Featured by Fine Art America and available as Wall Art, Fine Art Prints, Posters, canvas, and framed prints. If you like this, why not visit my store for more Art & Photography Prints.

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Exotic Tropical Vine Flower

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Exotic Tropical Vine Flower (variety unknown) possibly from some far of tropical paradise. I found this amazing flower in the garden growing next to the compost heap! Maybe someone will recognize her!

A Digital Art painting, original art by Joanne Shaw. Featured by Fine Art America and available as Fine Art Prints, Posters, canvas and framed prints. If you like this, why not visit my store for more Art & Photography Prints.

Pineapple Paradise Flowers in the Sun

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‘Pineapple Paradise Flowers in the Sun’ A vision of paradise, the beautiful tropical Pineapple lily flower Eucomis Bicolor so reminiscent of a pineapple but not an actual pineapple. The wit of nature! 

A Digital Art painting, original art by Joanne Shaw. Featured by Fine Art America and available as Fine Art Prints, Posters, canvas and framed prints. If you like this, why not visit my store for more Art & Photography Prints.

Rose Mignon in Full Bloom

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Rose Mignon in Full Bloom’, Such a beautiful rose but an ephemeral beauty no less. The Sweetheart Rose, Rosa Cécile Brünner. In french the Rose Mignon (french for sweetheart!). A little french poem…

Mignonne, elle a dessus la place
Las ! las ! ses beautés laissé choir !
Ô vraiment marâtre Nature,
Puis qu’une telle fleur ne dure
Que du matin jusques au soir !

Pierre de Ronsard (1524 – 1585) was a Renaissance French poet called the “prince of poets”.

“Mignonne allons voir si la rose” is one of his most famous poems and was written in 1553.

A Digital Art painting, original art by Joanne Shaw. Featured by Fine Art America and available as Fine Art Prints, Posters, canvas and framed prints. If you like this, why not visit my store for more Art & Photography Prints.

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Rosebud in the Limelight

Rosebud in the Limelight’ This little rosebud sure takes center stage! The Sweetheart Rose, Rosa Cécile Brünner. In french the Rose Mignon (french for sweetheart!) For all the romantics at heart, here is a lovely french poem about her!
Mignonne, allons voir si la rose
Qui ce matin avait déclose
Sa robe de pourpre au soleil,
A point perdu cette vesprée,
Les plis de sa robe pourprée,
Et son teint au vôtre pareil.

Pierre de Ronsard (1524 – 1585) was a Renaissance French poet called the “prince of poets”.

“Mignonne allons voir si la rose” is one of his most famous poems and was written in 1553.

A Digital Art painting, original art by Joanne Shaw. Featured by Fine Art America and available as Fine Art Prints, Posters, canvas and framed prints. If you like this, why not visit my store for more Art & Photography Prints.

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