And side note: #Squirrelly15 is still running! I’ve been having SO much fun painting every day, and am so touched by all of your kind words. Honestly every like, heart, and sweet comment warms my heart. I’m so lucky to have such amazing people around like you! If you’d like to grab an original artwork for $32 it’s yours so long as it doesn’t say sold. Check them out on instagram.
I originally planned to paint all sorts of gemstones and other creations, but a mixture of pregnancy/work/baby forced me to step back. In an effort to paint more and put myself out there (because showing my paintings is still very nerve wracking), I’m challenging myself by doing something completely new to me that I’m pretty excited about.
Starting Wednesday for 15 days I will paint something new every day and make them available for sale on instagram! I have never sold originals before so this is entirely new to me. Eeps! So how is this going to work?
The Paintings – #Squirrelly15
Every afternoon at approximately 12pm PST (depends on the babe) I will post a photo on instagram showing what I am painting that day. That night at 7:30 PST, I will post another photo of the finished painting. Most paintings will be gemstones, but there will also animals, flowers and whatever else inspires me that day. That’s the beauty of this project. Unlike the birthstones, I won’t be spending a ton of time researching, selecting various reference photographs, sketching, outlining etc etc. I’ll just ask myself one question – “what do I want to paint today?”, and go for it!
Note: These posts will also go live on the Squirrelly Minds Facebook Page. Also, since these are originals painted daily, they won’t be photoshopped to perfection and therefore may have slight…how shall we call them? Charming characteristics.
Buying a Painting
Stay tuned on instagram. As soon as the final painting is posted, it’s available for sale. The first person to claim it by popping their PayPal address in the comments (
via e-mail (hello @ squirrellyminds . com) will be sent a paypal invoice. If there are others in line, you will have 15 minutes to pay before it goes to the next person.
Each painting will range in sizes from 5×7 to 8×10, and will each cost $32USD (my age…ahem). This includes worldwide shipping.
That’s it! If you have any questions be sure to ask them in the comments before Wednesday, and stay tuned on the hashtag #Squirrelly15 for updates, progress and all the paintings! And a little heads up – do you like the above painting? Guess which one is up first ;)
I can’t wait!
Amber of Damask Love first said that’s what she thought it was I was all “nah nah it looks awful in person”. Then Alyssa of Frou Studio chimed in saying she thought the same, so I started thinking maybe it could work. When the mister saw it and confirmed that no, it doesn’t look like complete crap and yes, it looks like you intentionally distressed it, I realized that mistakes can often turn out to be a beautiful thing. Funny to think I started the #squirrellyfails hashtag as a way to “recognize that through our mistakes there is truth and learning”. Fitting!
- Iron on foil adhesive and gold foil
- A plain onesie, shirt, or whatever garment you choose
- An iron
1 Stretch out the onesie a bit and measure the width where you want your design to go. I went for irregular scallops, but you could do stripes, triangles on a strip, hole punched circles, etc.
2 Cut your design out of the foil adhesive, leaving a straight edge along the top.
3 Iron on the adhesive as per instructions. When slightly cooled, stretch the material in all directions a few times. This will cause some of the adhesive to break, which will help add stretch when the garment is worn. It’s also the first part of distressing.
4 Adhere the gold foil as per the instructions. Except! Now we get to the beautiful mistakes. There’s two ways to do this. The first was done on the top row. You’re supposed to remove the foil only when it is completely cooled. Ignore that. Slowly peel off the foil when it is still warm (not hot). Sections of gold will come off the adhesive. On the bottom row, I ironed for a shorter amount of time with less pressure. However in my opinion, this one didn’t have as nice of an effect.