Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Illustration Friday: Heights

Dream big Dream big Original and print My Entry for this week's Illustration Friday challenge: "Heights".
 I did this painting with watercolors on white paper and added
 the dark blue sky digitally in Photoshop for the art print.
*This print is now available in my Etsy shop.

Monday, April 16, 2012


Sketchbook . April 2012 Sketchbook . April 2012 Sketchbook . April 2012 

Sketchbook time! Here are some new pages from my sketchbook, inspired by childhood nostalgia:
 The cat on top is the character of a cartoon called "Flower Stories" that we used to watch when
we were kids. (Thanks to my lovely sis Azadeh for the link )
 The stamp on top right corner is the cover of a TinTin book in Japanese! How cute is that!
Although we used to read them in Persian ;) I was in love with all of TinTin stories.
They still bring back sweet childhood memories.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Two new prints in the shop

One night in lemon garden Tattooed bird

I finally added the print of these two watercolor birdies to my Etsy shop.
I used a piece of fabric for the mat of the tattooed bird.
Love the texture and delicate contrast with the white paper.
Hope you have a lovely weekend 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My ceramic collection

My ceramic collection My ceramic collection My ceramic collection All in one place
I have collected a lot of small ceramic dishes during years.
 Many of them were gifts and some I bought myself.
 I use them for storing small objects and for taking my jewelry photos.
 Some of these are made in Japan, some made in China
 and a few are from Iran.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

You are my sunshine

You are my sunshine

Here is the finished painting. I did this illustration on white watercolor paper and added the
 grey background digitally in Photoshop.
   {    8.5x11"   }
Archival print of this illustration is available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Work in progress

Work in progress

A new watercolor painting that I'm working on today. 
Hope you're having a lovely Easter weekend  

Thursday, April 5, 2012

How to hollow out eggs

Quail eggs

I always hollow out my eggs so I can treasure them for many years.
There is a very good tutorial here in eHow website that you can refer to.
How to Hollow Out an Egg

I prefer to insert in the needle just about 5mm in the shell and not more to
prevent the shell from cracking. I make a few more holes very close to the
first one to create a larger hole and I repeat the process for the other end of the egg.
How to Hollow Out an Egg

Blow the egg out as this tutorial says.
Or if you have a rubber ear syringe just do as Martha Stewart.

Preparing the colors

Make some colorful water with food coloring and a bit of vinegar.
Submerging the eggs in water

for a perfect submerge and to prevent your eggs from floating on the surface you need to
fill them with water. I used a medical syringe myself.
The best way to dry the eggs is to make a drying rack like this.
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VoilĂ ! Now you have perfectly dyed eggs!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Quail eggs

Quail eggs

Yesterday I dyed some little quail eggs.
The eggs are tiny and cute and fit perfectly in my little bird nest.
Here they usually sell these eggs in Asian supermarkets.
*The big feather was sent by my lovely friend Montse, from Mexico! xo

Quail eggs

I'll show you some photos from the dying process in the next post, so...stay tuned!