15 Aug

Wild Bunny Arts


Don’t blend in, stand out! Blaze a trail for others to follow in your new hand painted, custom designed footwear and apparel.  Be sure that nobody else is going to be wearing the same outfit as you, by asking the Wild Bunny to work her magic on your favourite trainers, boots, jacket or bag.

  • Upcycling – your trusty denim jacket or leather boots
  • Treat yourself – to an unique hand painted or printed wearable work of art
  • Best gift, ever! Make someone’s day
  • Weddings – custom Converse/Vans
  • Screen printing – tees/sweats/bags
  • Graphic design – t-shirt & other design work

Check out what her delighted customers have to say on Facebook and Etsy.

Want to see what she does? Look upwards and click the Facebook or the Instagram icon, which will whisk you away to her latest projects and inspirations.  Check the Facebook albums, which are categorised for ease of viewing.  A short portfolio is available by clicking the Portfolio tab above.

The FAQ’s above are well worth a read because they contain all the common questions that get asked :p There’s no such thing as a stupid question.

Ordering:

The Queen of Shoe Tattoos (The Royal Connection on October 2017) and other awards:

Keep scrollin’ if you want the Blog…..

08 Oct

Custom Dr Martens

As we stroll into the soft sun of Autumn and feast our eyes upon the rich russets and golden browns of the falling leaves, we may not want to be wearing our lovely customised Converse, or custom Toms any more.

Now is the time to get your Doc Martens out again and be able to happily skip through the mud and puddles (and snow?) without worrying about getting soggy socks.

Maybe you’re getting bored of your monotone black DM’s? Maybe you want your footwear to be as bright and as colourful as your soul? As beautiful as you are?

You know what to do.  I’m here if you need me.

Custom Dr Martens. Hand painted with Angelus. No, the paint won’t wash off.

22 Sep

#shoutoutrevolution – @ffinlaysonart

**WildBunny asks that you please view this blog post on a laptop/pc, and click on the images to make them bigger.  Because the animals look amazing on a phone screen, but when I viewed them on a bigger screen, I was blown away.  So beautiful.**

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Fiona, I live in Scotland and I make needle felted animals.

When did you begin painting?
I have always painted since I can remember, all through school and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art. always liked creating more 3D work which has made needle felting such a great craft for me although I do still paint.

What inspired you to create needle felted animals?
Last year I saw an advert for a class to learn how to needle felt and then have never stopped!

Can you give me a small insight into the process of needle felting?
For full bobby animals you first build a very simple wire armature, wrap this in pipe cleaners then build up core wool , wrapping and stabbing with a felting needle.  When you have a basic shape you start to add colour and eyes.

What is your one essential tool that you cannot live without (for your art)?
Probably the wire as it allows such better results than without although I would be lost without a needle too!

Where can I find you on the web?
Instagram @ffinlaysonart
twitter @ffinlaysonart
Facebook Fiona Finlayson Art
and website http://ffinlayson.com

What do you like to do when you are not creating?
Gardening, tv, walking my dog and have a vintage crockery addiction!

Have you got any pets?
Yes, Dexter a yellow Labrador who is 2 who I adore

What reading at the moment?
The book I am reading at the moment is Island of Dreams by Dan Boothbyabout a man who lives in Gavin Maxwells old home – I love otters.

29 Jul

#shoutoutrevolution – Lauren C. Waterworth

Who are you and what do you do? 

I am an illustrator working in the U.K. and I create hand painted designs that I put together as downloadable/ printable clipart or Scrapbooking kits.

These kits will include a series of individual illustrations, patterned background papers, frames and a hand painted alphabet.

Customers who buy my kits use them to make digital scrapbooks, hand made cards, party crafts and much much more!

All my kits come with a limited commercial licence – this means that you can sell things you have made using my artwork as long as it’s a physical item (such as a card for example) but nothing that can be downloaded as that’s what I sell!

When did you begin making your incredible art?

I was hired by a company called Serif who are based in Nottingham, England to work for their DaisyTrail Brand – they specialised in creating ‘Digikits’ (Digital craft kits) that were sold to be used with Serif’s CraftArtist Software.

Prior to this I created a lot of different things, mainly acrylic and mixed media paintings, but I also created models out of polymer clay as well as many other things – I love being creative and trying out new mediums!

When I was asked If I’d be interested in applying for the job at Serif I didn’t have much experience working with watercolour but I picked it up quickly, now that is my primary medium.

What inspired you to create your form of art?

The joy of making digital craft kit is seeing customers use my artwork for their own designs – my creativity lets other people to be creative too!

Sadly the DaisyTrail brand was closed in 2017 but I enjoyed making the kits so much that I decided to continue making them under my own brand.

The versatility of creating matching sets of artwork means that I can then turn my illustrations into designs for other means – I also make Printable card making kits to sell through CraftsUPrint.com using the same images I’ve painted for my craft kits – I love having new opportunities to be creative with the artwork I have already created!

What is your one essential tool that you cannot live without (for your art)?

Probably my drawing tablet. I could create the kits in any medium but I couldn’t translate them to the computer screen within my tablet.

Where can I find you on the web?

I sell my work through a couple of sites:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LCWaterworth

https://www.e-scapeandscrap.net/boutique/

https://www.craftsuprint.com/lcwaterworth/

You can also follow me on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/LaurenCWaterworth

Or Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/lcwaterworth/

What do you like to do when you are not creating?

I’m a mum to a very independent little boy! This is a whole new challenge that often means very limited time for creating art but I love him to bits and wouldn’t change him for the world, he is my masterpiece 😉

Have you got any pets?

We have a grumpy tuxedo cat called Neko.

What is your favourite book?

That’s a hard question – between working and looking after my little boy I don’t get much time to read but I’m always looking on Pinterest for art that inspires me!

I’m a big fan of Terry Pratchett and that includes the artwork of Paul Kirby who has done a lot of illustration work for the Discworld series.

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07 Jun

Printing onto fabric

A good friend of mine and I were talking about different ways to personalise shoes and apparel. So behind the scenes, I have been experimenting with different print methods. I have tried to get one-off print jobs done but I couldn’t find people willing to print just one t-shirt, so, I thought, I would just do it myself.  I can hand paint onto fabric and this does last a long time but it also takes me a long time and I wanted to offer something else, a little cheaper. If you’d like to have a go yourself, here is a summary of my research so far:

Did you know that you can print your own shirts and bags using your printer and freezer paper? All you do is reverse the image, print it onto freezer/greaseproof paper and immediately (it has to be immediately) iron it to the shirt.  It lasts longer if you use a fixative substance like Retayne.  So simple, and a method available to anyone with a printer, and iron and some non stick kitchen paper.

Again using the printer you already own, you can buy photo transfer paper which like the freezer paper you print onto and then iron onto your choice of shirt, or even shoe.  It helps here if you have a clear image.  I used an image of a pug and it worked ok, but the colours looked a bit murky and on a t-shirt, there is a definite stiffness, a coating on the fabric.  I don’t know whether that was my budget printer ink or the method itself, or even if I needed a bit more practice but I felt that method was handy to know but not what I was seeking.  It has washed well, but cracked over time. I tried applying the image to a shoe but it’s kinda hard ironing onto a small curved surface and I messed it up.

Photo transfer medium lets you print onto normal printer paper and transfer it to your  desired surface.  This is an interesting method, with no irons involved and it works really well but does leave too much of a stiffness on the fabric which is not ideal for a fabric such as a t-shirt. It has not cracked in the wash though and the design lasted through different temperatures.   It would work better on an already stiffer fabric like denim , or on a bag, or even a wood block maybe. It’s a bit like a glue, you put the stuff on, pop the printer paper on, (following the instructions on the product) wait for it to dry and then rub the paper off. Magic!

I have wanted to learn about printing for a long time and have been eyeing up courses locally but they are prohibitively expensive and require early and daily attendance which is just not possible for a single mother.  Then by sheer luck, I stumbled across an online course called Learn How to Screen Print.  So I dived right in.  It’s an extremely intense course and requires a fair bit of familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, but I figured I could handle that. The learning curve is steep but right from lesson one , I realised that screen printing was the thing I had been looking for.

Before I had finished all of the modules I had built my own press for less than a tenner (and some wood I had round the house, I’m an inventor, I hold onto useful things), ordered a couple of inks, a screen and a squeegee and printed my first t-shirt using the stencil method, with a less than cheap but still very useful and eternally versatile Silhouette cutting machine.

Screen printing by hand is so satisfying and the waterbased ink I use is such a wonderful smell.   Unlike other methods or other inks, the waterbased ink becomes one with the fabric and lasts as long as the shirt does, with no peeling or cracking.

I think I’ve made every schoolgirl printing error now, so, if you know of any fixes to common mistakes or have tips on how to avoid them, please, let me know in the comments below.  They will be gratefully received.

20 May

#shoutoutrevolution – MTMT Designs

A massive shout out to another shoe artist here:

Who are you and what do you do? 
I’m Maggie, a proud Malaysian, graduated university with a business degree and I like to call myself as a creative person as I am one with many roles. My day job is managing food and beverage marketing for 10 different outlets; I am also working part time for a beauty company on affiliate marketing; and I leave my free time for my passion – art. Other freelance roles include emceeing, dancing, and copywriting.

When did you begin your art journey?
My parents signed me up for art classes when I was about 7 years old. I won a couple of art competitions in school and actually thought of pursuing art for my tertiary education, but was turned down by my parents because they don’t think it will be a career. The actual art journey began during my university days where it started off as a gift giving gesture for a friend’s birthday, my work then became a topic on social media and were increasingly demanded among my friends, so I eventually decided to turn my artwork into a customised shoe painting business back in the year 2010, I was 19 then. I name the business MTMT designs, it represent the initials of my full name. Till date, as paint works evolved into different mediums as well, I have clients from close to 12 countries globally, about 10 pieces of public murals in Malaysia and taught close to a 100 students for workshops. Services provided include customized shoe painting, canvas painting, mural works, painting workshops and also CSR projects.

I mainly use acrylic for my painting, and I’m trying to pick up watercolour and chalk to broaden my art capabilities.

MTMT Designs will continue to strive for a better position towards the contribution of Malaysia’s art scene.

What inspired you to create your form of art?
I particularly enjoyed recreating an art piece of an artist, it gives me a sense of achievement of being able to achieve what they created. I’m also slowly moving into a phase where I can create my own style and designs, it’s taking me a while to get there because I am still not having the right confidence with my creations.

What is your one essential tool that you cannot live without (for your art)?
My paint brush! (and paint!) It’s brutal to keep this to ONE haha.

Where can I find you on the web?
I use to have a website but closed it down because I don’t have time to manage it, right now it’s mainly on my social media platforms:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mtmtdesigns
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/mtmtdesigns

What do you like to do when you are not creating?
Working out at the gym, playing with my dog, reading, travelling

Have you got any pets?
Yes! A toy poodle with the name Jasper. He’s our first family pet and he’s a bundle of joy. Always bumming around the house looking for snacks and he loves playing fetch in the house.

What is your favourite art book? (or, what are you reading at the moment, your choice)
No particular favourite art book, I’m reading “Blue Ocean Strategy” at the moment.

05 May

#shoutoutrevolution Twotone Art

Introducing Twotone Art:

Who are you and what do you do?
Hello, my name is Clare and I am an Artist. It took me a while to admit that I was one, I never felt good enough within myself. But I’m there now, even though my family and friends are rolling their eyes as if to say “Well, duh, we told you that ages ago! So it’s all good!

My main form of art is drawing in Graphite pencil, although, when I started being more serious with producing art, I used a lot of Black Indian Ink. (Hence, Twotone) I LOVE faces! Drawing faces is my first passion. To be able to capture their essence within a drawing is a true delight. Although now writing this down, I do sound like a dark witch! Hahaha! But its true. If I don’t get their sense of who they are when I draw their eyes, I know it’s not going to come out as good.

I have recently, began to try new things. I’m giving acrylic paints a go. It’s different and I’m enjoying the journey. Colour always frightened me, I never knew what colour went where. Now though, I just go with it. Having fun is a priority, just create! And even if I create more art with colour, Twotone will always be me.

When did you begin making your two toned art? 
I came up with Twotone about 6-7 years ago now I suppose. I was drawing a lot with ink, so it was only natural for me to use it as a logo. I didn’t even pick up a pencil until 2003. I never thought I could draw. It was only when the car was bashed into and had to get repaired that I was stuck on what to do. My husband bought me a watercolour set to keep me busy, I never felt comfortable with that medium, but it gave me the kick I needed and it went on from there.

What inspired you to create your form of art?
Easiness! Hahaha! Or, what I thought was easy. But it never is as plain sailing as you first think. But with all forms of art, you evolve, you change the way you first do things. It’s natural. When I look back at what I did at the beginning, it’s nothing to how I create now. But I don’t see my past drawings and go “Oh my God! How awful.” Because, at that time, it was the best I could create.

Don’t ever think what you create is rubbish, hard I know, because we are our own worse critics. What you create, whatever medium you use, it’s a part of you. You put your time and effort into creating it so don’t demean what you’ve done.

What is your one essential tool that you cannot live without (for your art)?
That would be my mechanical pencil. A close second is a blending stick. My mechanical pencil has drawn many things with me, it’s never failed me.

Where can I find you on the web?
http://Www.twotoneart.co.uk/
https://www.instagram.com/twotoneart/
https://www.facebook.com/TwotoneUK/
https://twitter.com/twotoneart
I’ve also put some of my art on Redbubble, not too long ago, so things are still fairly limited. Here’s the link if you so desire to pop along. https://www.redbubble.com/people/TwotoneArt

What do you like to do when you are not creating?
Thinking about what I can create! Ideas keep popping up at the oddest of times. I have a notebook with me at all times, even though if someone else reads what I’ve written it’ll look like a weird code as my brain is way to fast for my writing. So, for example, it’ll have “Nebulas, get thingy paint, and scribble down parts.” Very professional as you can see.

I also love gardening. To be out with the plants and trees is just so energy giving. I also love walking around where I live. I have fields all around me, and there’s a beautiful stream nearby, where I love gathering my thoughts… And new ideas for art.

Have you got any pets?
I do! I have a rescue staffy dog named Jazz. She is just coming up 9 and she is a bundle of bounce. There’s also Runner Ducks and I’m hoping soon enough to bring in some rescue hens.

What is your favourite art book/what are you reading at the moment?
I don’t have a specific art book that’s a favourite, but I do love looking at other peoples art.

I swear on my IG, I am scrolling and liking other artists pieces. There’s SO much amazing talent out there. And they need to know that they are supported. My favourite ‘go to’ book though is Jane Eyre. I have read it so much, I don’t really need to read the words!

13 Apr

The back story

I often get asked when and how I started to draw on shoes.  The timeline around that era is fuzzy in my memory because it was a time of extreme stress, as you are soon to find out.

I’ve been an artist since mid 2015, after a 25 or so year break.  I got  D in design at school and was steered towards more academic subject matter, though I used to spend hours and hours drawing as a teenager.  Before I was a mother, I worked as a lecturer in IT.   My qualifications are post-grad Computing.  I had drawn on my sons shoes before, he likes batman and superhero stuff, so it was a nice way to brighten up a pair of shoes for him and make them unique.  I used to use sharpies but they have a tendency to bleed a little into the fabric, so it’s hard to get a good thin line.

Some time around 2015, I had some faded old Toms that still had loads of wear left in them but had got muddy and tired.  I dyed them black and painted a little dandelion on them with some fabric paint (I think it was) and stuck a little twinkly bit on them.  Way cheaper than a new pair!  I continued to upcycle my own things to save money.

Back at that time in my life I began to be aware that I was being stalked.  Things had been happening that I couldn’t understand but what I did not know was that my son’s father was stalking me.  We were going through the family court system at the time and when the court was presented with the evidence that he was stalking me, they gave him the go-ahead to continue, saying that because of the ongoing proceedings, it was “research”.  The police thought differently though and after several breaches of a restraining order he went to prison, for a very short spell.

In 2015 I was working as a blogger and sometime web designer but because of the stalking I closed down that business and would have been out of work had I not painted a few pairs of shoes as a thank you gift to some amazing people who helped me get through the family court and stalking traumas and get myself and my son to safety.  The amazing Dawn from thinkitchangeit.com (p.s. she also cured me of my bird phobia) had some friends who had seen my work and they wanted pairs too.  She encouraged me to set up an Etsy shop and the rest of the year became busy , particularly around the Christmas period.

While I am painting I am totally involved in what I am doing, so it helped me through this period of extreme stress.  The main way that I am being stalked is online (yes, it’s still happening) and it was so nice to be able to do something a little offline, and something meditative. It’s lovely because I can do it while I spend time with my son, and he gets to see how life works. My techniques and skills have refined with practice and my supplies have expanded.  I work from a tightly organised 3.5*4.5ft area of my living room.

 

 

 

22 Feb

#shoutoutrevolution – Cara Lou Paper Cuts

This week I am introducing Emma from Cara Lou Paper Cuts, a multi-award winning business and artist who hand cuts the most incredible designs out of paper.

Who are you and what do you do? 

I’m Emma, a self-confessed rainbow addict, mandala loving, typography techie. I’m a Paper Artist.  From my home studio, I design and hand cut a range of art, mostly centred around the beauty and symmetry of the Mandala, but also incorporating my love of typography.

I also offer a range of printed designs to enable everyone, of every budget, to enjoy a Cara-Lou piece. After all, I believe everyone should get to experience art.

What inspired you to create your form of art?

My Children, I know it sounds cliche, but 5 years back I found myself in a pickle with my health, and not very much to look forward to, when my children described me as “oh Mummy doesn’t work, she sleeps” I knew it was time to do something drastic, ever the craft lover I discovered Paper Art 2 years later and the rest is history.

Is your artwork physically tough to create?  Do you obtain injuries from all that paper/blade action?

This is a tough one, it can take its toll, I have to schedule in regular rest breaks to prevent me getting pains etc in my rusty old body. But overall I would say no, something I consider to be physically tough is something that’s physically demanding like farming. Touch wood I have been extremely lucky regarding injuries, with the odd minor cut from lack of concentration, other than that I’ve been pretty lucky. I have had a few paper mishaps when the blade slices off an important part of the design, then its time to start all over again, even if its a 20 hour piece and I was 19 hours in, its the luck (or not so luck) of the draw.

Where can I find you on the web?

I’m like a bad penny! I’m everywhere you turn! but if you want to seek me out I’m at the following links:

Website:  http://www.caraloucuts.co.uk/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/caraloucuts
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/caraloupapercuts
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cara_loucuts
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CaraLouPaperCutsGB (I use Etsy to sell my designs to other Artists)
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD35V5rAY__oMmA-DBbyyTw (I dabble in YouTube occasionally)
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cara-lou-paper-cuts-552493141/

What do you like to do when you are not creating?

When I’m not designing or cutting, which, might I add, is rarely, you can find me snuggling my sausage, Frankenstein, the dog or helping to run my Husbands Martial Arts Business! I live in Greater Manchester with my Husband, Craig, aka Chief Brew Maker and My 2 daughters, Katie aka Little Cara-Lou and Kiera aka Littlest Cara-Lou.

Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have a gorgeous little Pug called Frankenstein, He’s only 10 months old, and is like the little boy I never had. I also own the most beautiful black cat known to mankind, He’s almost 5 and he’s called Fluffy, he’s extremely cuddly and was feral, he lost his mum when he was born on a farm because he doesn’t know how to miaow!

What are your reading at the moment?

I am currently re reading 19 minutes by Jodi Picoult, I have 95% of her books so far and this particular one got me into reading as an adult. It’s a phenomenal book if you can handle her style of writing.

21 Feb

Custom Nikes, Doc Martens, and other lovely stuff

Custom Jordans, custom Nikes, hand painted Doc Martens or even your choice of leather footwear or apparel will make you stand out from the crowd this season with warm and dry toes.

ShoeTattoos can now boast a really decent stack of Angelus brand leather paints which are the very best paints available for leather customisation.

I can paint the leather, midsole, heel tab and bumper. The soles can be done but you’ll need a sole protector if you want the paint to last there.

All designs are my own except for the calf boots, which are fan art taken from a picture by the incredible artist Tom Lewis. He’s absolutely incredible, well worth a click through and browse.