Harvesting Mushrooms in the Danitaland Woodlands

Polymer clay doll faces by Danita Art. Getting ready to create a new batch of art dolls and toys for her whimsical collection of handmade dolls and toys.

My new upcoming big event is the 2019 Handmade Holiday Show, running from Dec 1st to Dec 9th,  where I will show my newest Art Dolls, Paintings and more.

Danita Art sews her hand made art dolls by hand, making each doll a unique work of art.

I’m making experiments with the new Danita dolls for Sale on the event. Besides using polymer clay for the face, I’m daring to to a little bit further in the construction of the body, specially the limbs. Since some of the dolls will be mushrooms, I want them to have a “just pulled out of the earth” look.

Each of Danita's art dolls is assembled with lots of love and care using organic materials and vintage items.

I’ve made mushrooms before but they had normal bodies with a mushroom cap. This time I’m daring to go more with my vision and less with the “safe” version, the one I know most people will like. I’d decided that I’m going to be more authentic with my creations from now on and I hope they’re well received. Going for the look I know people will like leaves me in a grey zone with a nagging feeling that I should have dare more and see where it takes me little by little.

A Danita Art doll in mid construction shows the care and precision Danita uses to assemble her unique miniature fabric art dolls.

The process is always painstaking, not only because of the labor I have to put into each doll, but also because there is an incredible amount of time devoted into researching. I take trips to the forest, look at my reference books and create lots of sketches until I am satisfied with my vision.

Even more, now that for this series of art dolls I will be truer to myself and my vision, and I will take more risks to create what I have in my mind instead of making what will be a safe, easy to sell creation.

An assembled art doll by Danita Art awaits to be dressed and completed with an top crown for this mushroom to be.

You can tell from the look of this assembled doll that I am pushing my ideas to a new level, using more organic shapes for both her legs and hands.

I am aiming for a grungy, “Just pulled out of the earth” look that will make her look like I just harvest them during an autumn walk in the Danitaland woodlands.

A finished Danita Art Doll. A magical mushroom that is part forest fairy and part wild mushroom from the Autumn Woodlands.

Adding mossy details, organic pigments that I brew and distill in my studio and new fabrics for the Mushroom crowns, this daring new creation filled my heart with joy.

It’s much closer to what I had in mind than my first Danita wild mushroom collection dolls, and I love knowing that taking a risk paid off.

Collection of Wild Mushroom Forest Faerie dolls by Danita Art. These hybrids between woodland faries and wild toadstools will be the adoration of any fantasy and fairy tale art collectors.

The collection will be available for purchase and adoption during the 2019 Handmade Holiday Show in Facebook.

Make sure you get a reminder by going to the 2019 Handmade Holiday Show page and click on the GOING button.  Facebook will remind you when the event is active and you will be able to adopt your favorite Danita Hand Made Mushroom Art Doll there.

See you soon at the event!!!!

Day Of The Dead 2019

Danita Art handmade Day of the dead Kids Drawn alter to dia de los muertos with a cat

Day of the Dead, or Dia De Los Muertos in Spanish, is a very important tradition in our culture, and this year was very,very important for us.

You see, this year, my kids had their first encounter with La Muerte, the grim reaper. Our cat “The Doctor” died tragically and suddenly about a month ago, and it was a very difficult experience for everyone.

As a school project, kids create an altar for a loved one and then present it in class. My son made a special altar dedicated to The Doctor, with food, drinks and a drawing of the doctor on top of it. He said that he cried a little when he made it, but he thought it would be a good way to honour his stay in our family.

We also placed a can of cat food for him and basically everyone cried because we miss him a lot. For my daughter was very very difficult to remember him, but we held on and honored him.

On November 2nd, the date of Dia De Los Muertos, we went to a secluded corner of our favorite forest for a very special ceremony.

This is our private pet cemetery. It is the place where we scattered the ashes of our sheepdogs, Lennon and Sofa and we try to visit on this date to honor and remember their loyalty and love. I still miss them, specially Lennon. He bonded with me and I miss his loving stare and warm black and white fluff.

We also had something very special too. We didn’t tell the kids, but we were carrying the ashes of our beloved doctor to be scattered in the same corner.

It was a very, very, very emotional moment. My kids learned that saying goodbye and letting go is never easy, but it also a part of life.

There were lots of tears and sadness, and it made me very sad to look at my kids cry too. It was very difficult for them, but then, life can be very tough sometimes. All we can do is prepare them for what’s coming ahead of them, and unfortunately death, grief and letting go will be part of that journey.

My son said that seeing the ashes fly gave him closure, because he now knows that The Doctor will be chasing birds on the forest, enjoying walking on dry leaves and maybe one day we will see his spirit around. For my teenage daughter, it was much more difficult. There were lots of emotions, and letting go is very, very hard for her. But I hope this will help everyone on my family to move on.

Our new cat, Echo, was there too.  Now the mantle of protecting my daughter and helping her with emotions has passed down from The Doctor to Echo, and I know that his love will protect everyone in my family. I know you will do an amazing job.

Frida and the mask of death.

I created a very special doll to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos.

She got such an amazing response that I am making a special edition of custom, made to order Frida dolls.

Click here to reserve yours today, and keep reading to learn more about your new custom doll.

An original Danita Art handmade doll for Day of the Dead. Frida Kahlo wears a hand painted Catrina mask, painted with flowers and Mexican ethnic traditional patterns.Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos are very special to me!

They are my favorite holidays of the year, and I always go out of the way special art to celebrate, like Jack And Jill (Who are still looking for a forever home to be displayed all year). It’s a lot of fun to let my darker side flow and create dolls and paintings that are out of what you are used to see.

My traditional Frida dolls wear dresses inspired by the fascination Mexican culture has with death, skeletons, flowers and skulls during the traditional celebration when we set our table and invite our ancestors to dine with us.

This Year, Frida is wearing a very special handmade mask painted with bold colors and flowers, just like the sugar skulls that cheerfully decorate our altars.

I really loved this doll, she immediately found her forever home, even before she was finished and I got many requests to make another like her. I love her so much that I have to oblige and now I am in the process of making a special edition of custom dolls just like her.

RESERVE YOUR CUSTOM DAY OF THE DEAD FRIDA KAHLO ART DOLL BY DANITA

YOU CAN ADOPT HER ON ETSY TOO!

Let me show you a little of the process!

Danita Original Art Dolls begin as sketches, each hand made art doll is hand made using original designs to make each doll a unique work of art.

Every doll is unique

Each of my dolls begins with a sketch and an idea, and they are assembled and painted by hand.

With each doll you adopt, you are getting a beautiful work of art that will never be repeated, infused with my love for creation and a tiny part of my soul to spark their beauty.

An original Danita Art doll awaits to be dressed in Danita's studio using unique Mexican patterns and Design

They wear handmade clothes

One of the most time consuming processes for me is deciding what clothes my dolls will wear. I will sift trough my collection of fabric scraps and samples until I find the perfect pattern that will match the doll’s character and personality.

Danita Art uses amazing unique patterns for he handmade art dolls, Mexican one of a kind colorful patterns with skulls, skeleton catrinas and flowers celebrate day of the dead, el dia de los muertos

And you get to choose the fabric this time!

I found the perfect combination of patterns and colors for each of the dolls that I will make for this special edition, and you will get to choose the fabric if you make your reservation ahead of time.

Which is your favorite?

An original Day of the Dead Frida Kahlo art doll by Danita Art. Handmade Dia de Los Muertos custom hand built art doll with exclusive Mexican traditional patterns that celebrate this special Mexican tradition holiday.

Your doll will be beautiful!

Each doll will have very special details, like a custom made necklace using real polished semi-precious stones, a handmade mask and flowers in her hair, which will be made from organic wool and set on a traditional Mexican hairdo, just like ones Frida used to set her hair when she appeared in public.

Danita Art uses natural semi-precious stones and organic wool to create hand sculpted art dolls. Frida Kahlo looks beautiful on this had built art doll with flowers in her hair, ready to celebrate Day of the Dead or Dia De Los Muertos.

You will love your original doll!

Each face is sculpted and hand painted by me, she will have a beautiful profile and my signature expressive eyes that you love to gaze so much.

Unboxing Danita Art dolls is an amazing experience. Using echo-friendly packaging materials Danita makes sure her amazing art dolls like Frida Kahlo and the day of the dead dia de los muertos arrive to their buyers wrapped in cardboard shredded paper and a beautiful handmade card to make your un-boxing experience a beautiful one.

And she will travel in style.

If you are like me, you love getting packages on the mail, and I will make your unboxing experience worth it! Frida will travel in a sturdy cardboard box and beautifully wrapped so you can love her as soon as she is out of her traveling package!

Frida Kahlo in a beautiful hand made art doll wears the mask of death, a removable mask decorated with flowers, colors and hearts to celebrate Day of the Dead or Dia De Los Muertos in an amazingly detailed art doll by Danita Art

Ready to adopt your very own Frida doll?

I hope that now that you know more about the process and what you will be getting got you interested in adopting one of the special Frida dolls I am making!. You can reserve your adoption on my online store, and if you prefer Etsy, they will be available for adoption there too!

RESERVE YOUR CUSTOM DAY OF THE DEAD FRIDA KAHLO ART DOLL BY DANITA

YOU CAN ADOPT HER ON ETSY TOO!

SAVING ART SUPPLIES FOR A RAINY DAY

 

I got these amazing Caran D’ache Luminance Colored Pencil Set some time ago. They are some of my favorite and  most cherished color pencils. I love their creamy texture and how I can create color gradients with them.

But there’s a huge problem. I love them so much that I don’t want to use them. So they stayed in their box, and I only too them from there on special occasions. Kind of like the Good China our grandmothers used to get out of the cabinet on Christmas.

But no more. I decided that color pencils should be used, not staying on a box waiting for the perfect moment to be used.

So, I was brave and I took them out of the box and into a container I made for them. Now they are available for me when I need them, and I will use them! Oh yes! Just wait and see!

How I art my anxiety away

I’m an anxious person. There’s no way around it. Sometimes it’s easy to manage and we get along quite well. I know it’s there, sleeping and tiny and I have a great day.

And then, on other days, my anxiety grows and overwhelms me. Thoughts of failure and self hatred creep up from the shadows and make my day miserable.

Life for me is like this color palette. Sometimes the colors are very bright and happy, sometimes are meh and life moves along, and then some other days I see everything in hues of darkness and sadness.

But you know what? I am learning that in order for colors to blend and be beautiful, we need both. We need bright, bold colors to lead the way, and we need the darker colors to mute and control that brightness, to give us delicate shades of subtle colors that make everything beautiful, because we cannot have one without the other.

Life and art have shown me that I can do something with those negative emotions and then turn them into something beautiful, with meaning that once it’s on paper, it’s mine to control and to own, and to give it the direction I want.

That’s why I say that I art away my depression and anxiety. I found an amazing way to show myself that even in the darkest hues, there is something to learn and to celebrate, and that by combining it with the bright colors of the good days, a beautiful mosaic of the hues and colors that paint my life emerges.

One day I was having a terrible, terrible day and nothing could lift my spirits. I know that painting and putting color on paper always brings me up, but that day I was just not feeling it. I really wanted to just end the day and put an end to the terrible day I was having.

So, I took my watercolors out of habit and put a streak of color in the paper. And then, I combined it with a very different color and I had an amazing revelation.

They did mix. I know, it’s painting 101. Watercolor will mix when you put them together and apply water to them. Of course I knew that.

But the meaning was deep. My experiences also mix up. The good and the bad. And I cannot have a totally dark day as I cannot have a completely fine day. There will be mixes, just like the colors. And it’s always beautiful.

This sheet is made with very very few colors, they are just mixed in different amounts and with different techniques. The colors are the same but the way they mix makes them unique and special, each color that comes along, just like good days and bad days in our life, combine to make beautiful things.

And now this became a ritual for me. Every time I am down and depressed, or anxious about the future because sales are low, or because my kids acted up, or because I am still a struggling artist… I do the same thing.

I pick a few colors and mix them up. And it is so therapeutic. It’s just like meditating to me. The world and my troubles disappear into the paper as I pick one color, then just a tiny bit of the other and put it on the paper.

Then again, now with a little more of the new color, and it goes into the paper. And then a tiny bit more. And then more, and more, and more until what started like one color becomes the other one, with many shades in between.

See what I mean? Two colors here. Only two. Mixed in different quantities, just like happiness and sadness in our days. Isn’t it beautiful? I think it is!

Knowing so much can be made with just two colors makes me so happy! So I keep doing it, over and over again until I feel better. Sometimes I can fill page after page of this and to others it may seem like a waste of great materials, but to me, it’s the world.

And you know what? It works so well that once I am done with that, I feel my creativity recharged so I usually start painting something right away. It may be an old sketch, or maybe an entirely new idea, I never know. I only know that I will love the result.

Like my dear friend the witch here. She has a beautiful contrast of yellow, golden blonde hair against a dark purple and burnt orange robe, with little moons inside.

And since she is a witch in Halloween, she has a jack-o-lantern where she will put all the candy she will get when she goes trick or treating on Halloween night.

You can meet her on my online shop if you want, along with other Halloween I’ve been working on.

An original watercolor Halloween painting by Danita Art. An orange and purple witch goes trick-or-treating with her painted jack-o-lantern and her stars and moons robe.

I hope this advice helps you out as much as it helps me. I’ve learned a lot about myself and the materials I work as well doing this, and I hope that if you doit it helps too.

And if helps, don’t forget to share your results with me on my social media, tag me on a Facebook or Instagram post, or send it to me on email if you want. I will be super happy so see what you did!

EVER AFTER 2019 – MY LESSON IS HERE!

My video lesson for this amazing online workshop is finally available!
Sign up today and paint with me!

Watercolor painting of Little Red Riding Hood by Danita Art. The whole fairy tale of a girl going deep in the forest to visit Grandmother and escaping the big bad wolf is skillfully told on this original painting.

Join EVER AFTER 2019 Today and paint with me!

I teamed up with Tamara Laporte to participate on an amazing online workshop designed to teach you new art techniques as we develop your creativity.

EVER AFTER 2019 takes you on a journey through art by the hand of the most beautiful fairy tales, told by 17 amazing artists and our creative lessons.

Little red Riding Hood's house on a detail of a watercolor painting by Danita Art.

MASTER MY WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUES

I will teach you, step by step, how create beautiful images using watercolor techniques that I use every time I create a new painting.

Learn more…

The Big Bad Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood runs free on an original watercolor painting by Danita Art.

Little details tell a story

The big bad wolf is not so bad once you learn my side of the story.

Like a lot of things, every story has two sides and we will explore them as we lay our paint on the wet paper.
Learn more…

Magic Mushrooms in watercolor grow on the deep forest woodlands garden of Danita's watercolor paintings.

Enjoy the art of 17 instructors

My lesson is not the only one on this amazing workshop!

16 More artists are waiting for you to learn with us and develop your own artist’s voice.

Learn more…

Danita Art and 17 more artists teach an online painting and creativity online class called EVER AFTER 2019

I really hope you can join us on this amazing online workshop. This is the second time I participate and it’s been a wonderful experience.

This is also the last time this class will be taught, 2019 is the last EVER AFTER… Ever!

So, don’t wait and head out to the sign up page, it’s going to be a journey you will remember for a very long time!

See you there!!

The Healing and Transformation event is here!

Hi!

Finally, it’s time for the new batch of moths, faeries and angels to fly out to the world and find their forever homes! They are available on the Healing And Transformation Auction event on Facebook.

Each little doll is hand made by me. I transformed humble materials like Avocado pits, Eucalyptus leaves, Rusty nails, Old rugs, Cotton fabric and clay into beautiful one of a kind soft sculptures.

They have painted faces with alchemy symbols, blooming flowers and astonishing, life like eyes that will mesmerize you as the heal and transform your life when you hold them in your hands.

Want to meet them? Of course you do! Scroll down to your favorite doll and click on the image, it will take you directly to the auction page where you can place your bid as a Facebook post comment. Good luck bidding!

A beautiful handmade moth butterfly soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

ARSENIC

A beautiful handmade moth butterfly soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

EARTH

A beautiful handmade moth butterfly soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

FLEUR

A beautiful handmade moth butterfly soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

HOLLY

A beautiful handmade moth butterfly soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

ICO

A beautiful handmade moth butterfly soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

LILLY

A beautiful handmade moth butterfly soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

LUNA

A beautiful handmade moth butterfly soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

LYRA

A beautiful handmade moth butterfly soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

MARIGOLD

A beautiful handmade moth butterfly soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

ROSE

A beautiful handmade moth butterfly soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

THE ALL SEEING EYE

A beautiful handmade moth butterfly soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

THE EYE OF HORUS

A beautiful handmade moth butterfly soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

CHAKRA SIX

A beautiful handmade moth butterfly soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

THE SPIRAL

A beautiful handmade moth butterfly soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

WATER

A beautiful handmade faery or fairy soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

I CONQUER MY FEARS

A beautiful handmade faery or fairy soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

THE EYE OF PROVIDENCE

A beautiful handmade angel soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

EVANGELINE

A beautiful handmade angel soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

LEONORA

A beautiful handmade angel soft sculpture doll by Danita. Hand made from natural and organically dyed fabrics, painted clay faces and beautiful one of a kind designs to decorate your house with fantasy art and symbols of healing and transformation.

SERAPHINA

SOUL SISTERS SERENITY

Thank you for your amazing support!!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!

Danita

Book Giveaway!

 


Danita Art teaches mixed Media and watercolor techniques in fairy tale paintings on her new collaborative book, EVER AFTER

Hello everyone!

I have some wonderful & exciting news! Tamara Laporte from  Willowing Arts has written a 2nd book! It’s called ‘Ever After: Create Fairy Tale-Inspired Mixed-Media Art Projects to  Develop Your Personal Artistic Style’ and I get to give away a  copy!

Let me tell you a bit more about Tam’s new book in case you haven’t heard about it yet!

Let the wisdom and enchantment of timeless fables and fiction help you achieve your creative goals! From celebrated mixed-media artist and author of “Create Your Life Book” Tamara Laporte, Ever After is a rich collection of step-by-step mixed-media art lessons inspired by fairy tales, folk tales, and classic fiction.

Danita Art in her new collaborative book, Ever After where she teaches amazing mixed media techniques to develop your art techniques

Based on one of Tamara’s popular series of online classes, Ever After addresses the most
frequently asked question she receives from her students: “How do I develop my own creative style?”

In addition to the beautiful art lessons created especially for this book by Tamara and eight other noted mixed-media artists, each chapter offers creative exercises that invite readers to explore stories, their symbolism, and a specific aspect of style development as they work toward and
ultimately achieve their artistic goals.

• The Story of You. Explore the experiences, feelings, and ideas that stir your passion, and
how to adapt and change motifs and other visual elements to make them your own.

• Inspiration: How to Find It, How to Use It. Examine how to stay open to inspiration,
incorporate it into your art practice, and integrate it into your artwork.

• Comfort Zones & Productivity. Learn strategies for working through your fear and
dedicating time to your artmaking.

• Dealing with Challenges & Deepening Your Voice. Find guidance for starting a
mindfulness practice to help you deal with harsh feedback, and for allowing yourself the joy of continually evolving your story, your message, and your style.

Ever After will teach you to tell your own unique stories through artmaking so that your wish—to become the artist you’ve always wanted to be—is sure to come true!

Guest Teachers Includes lessons and tips from these renowned mixed-media artists:

• Kara Bullock
• Lucy Chen
• Danita Art (Me!!!!)
• Andrea Gomoll
• Annie Hamman
• Mariëlle Stolp
• Effy Wild
• Micki Wilde

Fairy Tales, Fables & Fiction Featured stories include:
• Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
• Bambi
• Beauty & the Beast
• Goldilocks & the Three Bears
• Mulan
• Peter Pan
• Sleeping Beauty
• The Little Mermaid

The book is now out (yay!) and can be ordered from Amazon (Click here)

Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop! 😃 I can give away 1 copy of Tam’s book to 1 lucky winner, yay! 😃 And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links) you can up your

chances of winning by entering all the other give-aways also! 🙂

to enter the give-away:

1. Share this give-away on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
2. Sign up to my newsletter (click here)
3. Leave a comment below letting us know why you would love to get a copy of Tam’s book!

I will announce the winner on August 27th 2019.

Here is the list of the other people on Tam’s Book Launch Blog Hop – they too will be giving away a copy of Tam’s book so go check them out and enter their give-aways! 🙂
Have a great time following the blog hop! 🙂

Tamara Laporte https://www.willowing.org/blog/

Andrea Gomoll http://www.andrea-gomoll.de/blog/

Carla Sonheim https://carlasonheim.wordpress.com/

Danita Art http://blog.danitaart.com

Effy Wild http://effywild.com/

Kara Bullock https://karabullockart.com/blog/

Lucy Chen https://www.lucychenfineart.com/blog

Marielle Stolp https://mariellestolp.wordpress.com/blog/

Mick Wilde https://thesecrethermit.blogspot.com/

Toni Burt https://www.toniburt.com.au/blog/

Jane Davenport https://janedavenport.com/blog/

Marieke Blokland https://www.bloknote.nl/tag/blog/

Cinnamon Cooney https://theartsherpa.com/blog

Pamela Vosseller https://pamela-vosseller.squarespace.com/subscriber-studio-blog

Galia Alena https://www.artismagic.online/musings

Annie Hamman https://www.anniehamman.com/blog

Good luck!!!!

MORE DREAMY PAINTINGS

Orange Ink Watercolor and Gouache painting over vintage paper by Danita Art. Surreal whimsical Victorian family on a portrait over vintage ledger papers.

After the amazing feedback I had from my latest dreamy ink paintings I knew I had to make more paintings like this.

Working without a care is always a delight and now that I am feeling creative I wanted to make a few more of these lovely paintings.

Victorian ghostly images and photos inspired an amazingly beautiful watercolor ink gouache painting over a 19th 20th century used school ledger book paper

The crispy vintage paper lets the ink flow in a very unusual way, creating images with a ghostly quality.

Ink Watercolor and Gouache combined over a vintage late 19th or early 20th century school book on this Danita original painting that remind of amily ties going all the way to the Victorian families portraited on vintage photographs and other images.They are perfect for the ideas that I have on my mind now, combining memories from a distant past from my family and friends.

Original watercolor ink and gouache by Danita Art. Families and history make us what we are today. We are all migrants and we all belong to another place.Life experiences and ties between our ancestors make us what we are today. We stand on the shoulders of the ones that came before us to be what we are today, and even tough they may be long gone, their memories still live within us.

Victorian images and vintage photographs combined with the art of Danita to create a collection of Ink and Watercolor papers to make original ghostly and surreal images that invoke family and migrationI wanted to remember that we are all connected, we are all belong somewhere else thanks to our connections from our pasts. At some point, our families were migrants too. They arrived to new places, they were received with love and respect and thrived into what we are today.

Original ink and watercolor painting by Danita, linking ancestors and migration with surreal ghostly images of shadows of a distant past that live with us today in our ancestors and our memoriesThat is why I chose to divert from making realistic, detailed faces. They are like the memories of our ancestors, faded in time and space but still with us, on what we remember of them, our our family traditions, on our culture.

Even after all this time, lest us not forget that they came before us, some from distant places, always looking for a better future for themselves and their descendants. We admire them for their courage, and thank them for taking the risk of leaving  what they knew to try to make a better world for us who came before them.

New Free Motion Embroidery Art!

In search of new ideas.

Lately I’ve been in search of new ideas, new horizons and places to expand by artistic self, and in the process I’ve been experimenting a lot.

But also on that exploration, I’m going back to my early roots. It’s always a source of comfort to be back where one started.

Remembering my skills.

So… My sewing machine was busy doing lots of things for a project I’m working on (I’ll tell you very soon about it) when I decided to give free motion stitching embroidery a go after a looooong time without doing it.

I took some of my Japanese handmade paper that one of my beloved friends and fans sent me as a gift and I set out make art. Starting with a sketch, I trace the outlines on vintage papers, and I use my sewing machine to sew layers of paper to create a beautiful image.

Once the sewing is done… it’s time to paint! Adding watercolor details to these vintage looking images is super fun, and I sure enjoyed bringing the initial free motion stitching sketch into full life with colors.

Done!

And I loved the results! It’s always so satisfying to see my ideas come to fruition just as they were in my mind. I love the texture of watercolor over the paper, and how leaving loose strands on the illustration make theme live and dynamic.

I am getting A LOT of positive feedback on these new works! I love working with this technique, you can create a lot of different effects with it and it’s easy to learn. It has a very special place in my heart, because it was one of the first classes that I taught.

That made me wonder if you would be interested in a class to teach you how to make them?

Would you like to take a class on free motion embroidery?

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