Month: April 2016

Hand Painted Unicorn Foal Wood Box Purse


Recently I completed another hand painted wood box purse handbag (cigar box purse style), Unicorn Foal.  The design for this painting was based on my original unicorn drawing below.


I traced the outline of the drawing on to the front of the wood box, using graphite transfer paper.


Next I painted the background a beautiful ultramarine blue and started painting the unicorn in shades of white and brown.



Once the unicorn was complete I worked on painting the background.  The original inspiration for this painting is the very famous medieval unicorn tapestry so I wanted to emulate the tapestry garden around the unicorn, but rather than having a captive unicorn I wanted to paint a unicorn running wild and free!


Once the painting was finished the box was given many coats of high gloss varnish.







This unicorn box purse would make a stunning gift for a friend who loves magical fantasy creatures or a stand out piece for your own collection.  It is completely unique and the fine painting and deep lapis blue and gold details catch the light beautifully.  It is now available to buy in my Etsy shop here:

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“Flying Fish Mermaid” Handpainted Mermaid Pendant


This morning I just finished painting this magical Flying Fish Mermaid art pendant on a large green and brown sea sediment jasper stone, with 100% Sterling Silver bail and trim.

This piece was based on an earlier drawing design of mine “Mermaid’s Drift”.


For the layout I printed out a very small resized version of the drawing and placed it on the pendant to decide the best position on the stone.  The design placement worked very well with the colours in the stone – it looked as though she was sitting on a ledge in the green sea.

Then I started painting the beautiful colours of wings, tail and body using acrylic paints.  It takes a few layers to build up the details.



The finished piece is highlighted in many fine golden brushstrokes, giving it a magical sparkle!


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