You may have noticed me Tweeting about working on some teensy-tiny paintings. A couple weeks ago, I was craving some small, short project to feed my creative desires. Of course, my future workshop is literally in rubble and ruin right now, so I had to choose something limited to supplies I could find in my old art tote. I signed up for the Inchie, Rinchie, Twinchie, Oh My! Swap on Craftster.org. Longtime readers already know what inchies are since I was in this swap a while back.
My post about the inchies I made for the last swap.
In summary, inchies are square inchies of art. Rinchies are round inches (1″ circles) of art. Twinchies are two inch squares of art. This swap was for one Twinchie and two each square and round inches. With three others in my group, I made a total of 15 pieces of art for the swap, according to their suggested themes and tastes.
These first five went off to the UK for Antidigger.
This is the full base painting for two rinchies for the theme of British Sci-Fi. I loved painting this, even though it isn’t precise.
Photo by Antidigger.
It was a bit difficult to punch two circles out of it when it was finished as I was fond of it. Slick liked it too, so I’m going to do another, larger version of an alien invasion of Cheyenne.
Photo by Antidigger.
The twinchie I made for her computer theme. This is part of an old video card, cut on the bandsaw by Slick, bordered in Apoxy clay by me and then sanded near to death after I clayed it too much. But, the resulting edge was smooth and excellent, especially after a couple coats of Golden Fluid Acrylic silver paint and some glossy varnish. The moth I painted and adhered in homage to the first computer bug. The hole in the corner there means this could be worn as a pendant easily.
Photo by Antidigger. This is for the theme of vegetable gardening and reptiles. Some cutaway carrot action and a bearded dragon, which was a blast to paint.
The next five went to Kaeleira in Canada.
Some of her themes were flowers, birds, trees, nature, etc. The twinchie is an indian paintbrush for her flower theme. The birds are another red-winged blackbird and an indigo bunting. That daisy inchie is a gazani – it was fun to research and paint. The inchie for nature started off as a spot I cleaned a brush on and it developed into a twee scene. A few people said it was their favorite – never know what is going to go over. So that worked out.
The last five went to Smmarrt in San Francisco.
Twinchie, theme: birds; red-winged blackbird. This was the very first painting I made in this whole series and it is my second favorite.
Top inchie, theme: Things with eyes that don’t normally have eyes; If volcanoes had eyes, they would be angry eyes.
Top Rinchie, theme: birds & things with hats that don’t normally have hats. I liked this oriole I painted on his own, but I thought he needed a bowler. Ended up with a standard short top hat type thing instead. I didn’t start off thinking I’d add a hat, so after I did he was too big to fit in the inch circle and his tail feathers got cut off.
Bottom inchie, theme: tea, teacups, teapots’ self-explanatory. Pleased with the silver on the pot and the pouffy white steam.
Bottom Rinchie, theme: teacup & things with mustaches that don’t normally have mustaches. This one looks a bit dark, but my partner likes bold colors. Love how the teacup turned out. Difficult to get the right detailed fine lines into such a small space. Once I added the mustache, I swear the teacup became French, hence the “oui”.
General supplies used were Strathmore watercolor paper (not my favorite, but I can tolerate it if I use the back side), Inktense pencils (ink pencils I shave off, add water and treat like watercolors), Coptic fine line markers (.003 & .005. for lining and details) and Soufle pouffy gel pens (for steam, edge dots and swirls – they create raised gel ink lines) and the occasional Prismacolor Lightfast colored pencil, which I’m not fond of. I don’t know if my box of pencils got crushed at the store or if all the pencils of the Lightfast line are so flawed, but the waxy colored center (we’ll call it lead for the sake of tradition) of these pencils is broken more than every inch. So, you try to sharpen up a point and the whole ‘lead’ section simply falls out. Very frustrating. The pencils are wildly different lengths due to this, which would normally indicate a color preference or a specific color story of work, but their lengths are due to structural failure and seeing their disparities irritates me every time I look at them, or even the box. It nearly put me off Prismacolor, which is a respected brand, but I’ve had no problem with their other products.
I want to carve some soft blocks. I want a workshop again. What I really want is this nigh-mythical, excellent workshop and office with shared lab space in the basement that is only a dreamy plan for the future at this point.