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!
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.
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
• Beauty & the Beast
• Goldilocks & the Three Bears
• Peter Pan
• Sleeping Beauty
• The Little Mermaid
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! 🙂
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.
The crispy vintage paper lets the ink flow in a very unusual way, creating images with a ghostly quality.
They are perfect for the ideas that I have on my mind now, combining memories from a distant past from my family and friends.
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.
I 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.
That 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.
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.
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?
Inspiration arrives when you least expect it.I love it when inspiration finds me on the least expected places. This time I was found by it while I was browsing trough a collection of vintage pictures that begged me to turn them into watercolor paintings.
The importance of playing with your materials.
I used to save all my good materials for a time when it was worth it using, and in the process, I let a lot of great materials go to waste just because I did not want to risk using them in something that would not be epic.
And in the process, I learned that the best time to use your materials is NOW. I used my best watercolors to create a couple of images inspired by the voices of ghosts from a distant past.
Inspiration can find you anywhere.
You better be ready.
I was looking to be found by inspiration on my studio (Which, according to my family, has an uncanny resemblance to goofing off) and I started looking at vintage images. They have always fascinated me, little snippets of lives in a distant past. It’s like hearing the voices of ghosts telling me about their days, their friends, lovers and more.
That’s when my inspiration goddess hit me. I got my watercolors, my brushes and I started to work. I wanted to play with that idea, and watercolor was going to be the perfect medium for it.
I set out to draw them with just shapes instead of copying their faces. The pictures I was looking at come from 100 years ago or more, so the life stories from every person in them are now diluted in time, blurry between legend and facts and I wanted to reflect that on the paintings.
Success! I love them!
And it worked! I loved the way they look, and how with a little paint blotches and stains I was able to keep their expressions.
And you liked them too! I got a lot of comments on my Instagram and Facebook telling me how you love them, and how they remind you of your own history.
Both paintings are now available on my official website (And my Etsy shop if you prefer it) and ready to be taken home by you. I will be definitively making more.
Now, go find your own inspiration!
I hope you liked my new paintings. They were fun to make and I love sharing a bit of the process with you, I gives a little backstory to each painting so you know more about it when you take it home.
And I too hope that sharing a little of the process helps you find your own inspiration to create beautiful things!
If you need some help with that, why don’t you join me and 17 more amazing artists on Ever After?
It’s an online collaborative class sponsored by the Amazing Tam Laporte from Willowing Arts.
We will use Fairy Tales as prompts for developing your own artistic style, learn new techniques and unleash you inner creative self. The class is already on session now and my own lessons will come on September. Take a look! You’ll love it. I promise.
As you know, I have been super busy exploring the forests Danita Land, collecting new mushroom, moth and butterfly specimens and preparing them for adoption. And I found BEAUTIFUL specimens of Mushroom Girls and Butterflies, along with new species I had not seen before, like the Grey Moths.
Each specimen has a very unique look and personality, with their faces made with air dry clay, hand painted and customized for each doll. Their bodies are made of soft fabric and their arms and legs can be posed in any way you want. They look beautiful when they sit on a shelf!
And on my journeys, I found a beautiful surprise where the ocean meets the woodlands… MERMAIDS!! YES! MERMAIDS!
All of them will be ready for adoption on a special Facebook event hosted by the amazing Stephanie Gagos. She will be our host and all the specimens will be available for adoption on her 2019 Spring Event.
Here are all the pieces up for adoption so far. Click on each picture to go directly to the auction event!
This event is different than the way you usually adopt from my shop, this time we will have an auction format, so let me give you a few pointers:
You will need a Facebook Account to enter the event, so once you are logged in and click to go to the EVENT PAGE, make sure you click on DISCUSSION to see the latest auctions.
Once you are in the EVENT DISCUSSION section, you will see all the bios for today’s artists, including me! Just scroll down until you see one of my dolls. I am listed as IDANIA SALCIDO instead of DANITA ART (Why? Facebook does not allow to tag Fan Pages on the adoption posts so I am using my IRL profile. But don’t worry, it’s still me!)
Keep scrolling until you see one of my specimens and click to see more. Inside every post, there is a small description of the specimen, with size, prize and everything you need to know. If you want to bid on her, just write a COMMENT with your bid. Something like BID: [YOUR $$$ BID] and Stephanie and I will take note that you are bidding on that specimen. Please remember that each bid is a contract to adopt the piece!
Feel free to comment and say something nice about if you feel like it!
Once the auction is over and YOU get to adopt a beautiful Danita Specimen, Stephanie and I will contact you for Shipping details, payment and any questions you may have.
That’s it! Thanks a lot for joining me on this wonderful event! I am looking forward to seeing you in the event, and I really hope you can adopt one of the beautiful doll specimens waiting to go to their forever home!
New dolls will be available for adoption very soon
On The Facebook Spring Event.
I am so excited to share my latest dolls with you!!!!
I have been super busy on the Danita Land Woodlands collecting new doll specimens for the last two months, and as they are getting ready to be adopted I am ready to share with you the details of this very special event on May 14th.
This time the adoptions will be made using an AUCTION FORMAT instead of the usual direct adoption, so be prepared to bid on your favorite dolls!
Adoptions will be on MAY14th… Save the date!
As the date approaches, I will be giving you more details and preview pictures of everything that will be looking for a forever home. Become a Friend on FACEBOOK and my FACEBOOK FAN PAGE and follow me on INSTAGRAM to get the latest details on this upcoming event!
I have wonderful and exciting news to share with you today! I am going to be a teacher on Ever After 2019! Yay!
I am so happy and excited to be a part of this amazing series of online classes, where me and 15 teachers will help you develop your own personal style. And guess what? Early registration is now open!! Will you follow us down the rabbit hole? I sure hope you will!
This will be the last ever class on the series, after this, no more! We will be spending 4 months making beautiful fairy-tale inspired art and we will develop our own style and unique story while we’re at it, and I promise we are going to make the last installment magical and amazing, just for you!
Sounds intriguing? Read on! 🙂 You can find out all the magical details (and sign up with the Early Bird price) by clicking HERE
For your special EarlyBird Discount!
(valid until 31st May)
And even MORE exciting news is that I can give away 1 space on this magical collaborative art course! Keep reading if you want to find out more about Ever After and if you want to find out how you can win a spot!
First let me tell you a bit more about Ever After
in case you haven’t heard about it yet!
“Ever After” is a mixed media art & style development course with a fairytale theme hosted by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. Tam is joined by Me (Yay!) and 14 popular mixed media art teachers who will all share beautiful fairy-tale & myth inspired lessons with you AND we will also divulge all their hints and tips on how we developed our own style and how YOU TOO can find your own unique voice as an artist! 🙂
You can find out all the details (and sign up with the Early Bird price) by clicking HERE
My chosen fairy tale is THE FROG AND THE PRINCE. My lesson will be inspired by this fairy tale, and I’m very excited to be sharing my watercolor techniques and style with you on a painting like this:
Registration is NOW OPEN and the class begins on July 1st 2019!
So if you want to start your summer drawing and painting fairy-tales, exploring your own personal story & style and hang out with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, be sure to join us now!
Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop! 🙂 I can give away 1 space on this year’s Ever After to 1 lucky winner!
How to enter the give-away?
1. Share this give-away on Facebook, Instagram or twitter and tag it with #danitaart.