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My watercolour pendant painting process

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I've been asked time and time again if my mini painted pendants are original. YES! Yes, they are indeed hand painted miniature watercolours. So its about time i shared the creative process, to show what can be achieved with a steady hand and patience. Then i can direct people here to *fingers crossed* be helpful and stem the flow of questions!

People say to never reveal how you go about your art, that you should be scared of copycats. I prefer to live by the adage 'there is nothing to fear but fear itself'. My work is original and no-one would knowingly choose to buy an inferior knock off when they can get the real deal made by my own fair hands and my work is very affordable.

First i cut out the oval from heavy duty paper with my awesome lil tool, the xcut. Perfect oval every time. I spent a stupid amount of time cutting truly awful ovals before i got this cutter. If i inspire you to make your own pendants, do get one of these.
Paper cut for pendant by Kathryn Image

Using a tiny paint brush, Windsor and Newton watercolour paints and a big old retro weighted magnifying lens, i set to work. Here you can see me painting my 'Abduction' painting.

Shoop dee dooop...Waiting for paint to dry....

Once dry i use Dovecraft - 'Ultimate Craft Glue' to stick the painting to the glass dome. Again, i tried SO many terrible glues which cracked and left a mess in all manner of awful ways prior to finding this one.

Wait 24 hours until fully dry. Then to glue the dome with painting attached in to the pendant base i use good old E6000, EVERYONE'S favourite industrial strength adhesive. Its a touch pricey to buy in the U.K, but it's worth it. Dont be a tight arse with your glues, you'll regret it when you end up with an inferior finish. Wait 72 hours until the E6000 is fully cured before fiddling with it.


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