October 22, 2016

Come have a cup of tea!

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Hello world! lol, I'm back =) It's been a crazy time in my life but everything's in place again, so while enjoying this lovely quiet saturday afternoon, I decided to say hello again plus, sharing with you a scene I did for a magazine in August. This is one of the reasons why I haven't been on the net, 3 magazines got interested in my work and well, it was a lot of work but soo rewarding and glad I am!

I bought the roombox and took away its original contents.

The roombox at the very beginning: flooring, wallpaper and painting

Lola the dog, wants to say hello! ♥

And here's the scene =)  

 The doll and doggie are a gorgeous creation by Bonnie Justice, I'm a huge fan of her work.
You'll find a repeptive pattern in the scene, I like roses and I wanted to put them around, the rug, painting ... and there's a lot of pink and soft pastels too.
The day bed comes from a House of Miniatures kit I had, after assembling it I painted it white, and added a cute cotton fabric on top. Behind the doll there're 2 pillows, a green round one and a pink heart one.
Yes I did the tray! was so fun to do =) 

 The window opens and has a pattern of my creation, more roses!
As for the small table, anyone would like a slice of banana bundt? perhaps a strawberry tartelete? milkshake or tea? This table displays a few of my treasures =) such as; the tea caddy box, the tea set and that gorgeous flower vase made of bronze. The black cat was a swap I did with an amazing Finnish girl who does animals in tiny scales.

From the window ♥ The snowdrop plant, green teapot were handmade by me among other little details!

 This cupboard I had it around, I love the shape it has on the sides but the mahogany fake color i totally disliked it soo, time to do shabby magic here ;). The tiny tassel I did it, it adds an extra detail as well. The items displayed here are from my own collection; ceramics I did long time ago, one of my handmade books, and the cookies .. yes all handmade by me ♥ more than 1 dozen different ones are displayed in that pink 2 tier stand.

Hope you like this scene, I did it in record time, one week so that it could be published in a magazine!

Thank you for visiting!


June 30, 2016

BIG BIG SALE at my ETSY shop!!

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Hello friends!

Just wanted to share with you that I'm having a huge SALE at my Etsy shop! (https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElartedeAngelina) Mostly are food pieces ... so go check and see if there's something you may like for your dollhouse or 1/12 project!
Among these you can find .. a cute croquembouche with tiny heart macarons, vanilla and orange cake ... many cakes from my pink collection ... hope the curiosity bug is already calling you lol *giggles*

I want to upload a lot of new pieces I'm completing atm. Renovating is always something good =)

Oh and I almost forgot! CUSTOM orders for miniature food items are OPEN again =). If there's something in particular you'd like me to do, feel free to write me at my Etsy shop!

Hugs and thank you always for your comments, suggestions and lovely words. I appreciate it a lot ♥


EDIT: pics of pieces on SALE! =)

Many cute pies including apple pie, cherry lattice pie, kouglof cake ...

Or perhaps a bundt cake with cream cheese on top? yum!

Bear cookies and a hot chocolate?

This croquembouche Laduree inspired would look gorgeous at a dollhouse or bakery scene!

Vanilla and orange cake, a cute set!

June 24, 2016

When a movie you like inspires your work

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Hello friends!

It's been a while since I was around. Call it work, life, and a bit of this and that, that's the mix! So after so long, I'd like to share with you what I've been doing.

This piece I'm going to show you soon is inspired in the movie "Practical Magic" from 1997, with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as the Owens sisters. If you didn't watch this movie, I highly recommend you do so! the locations, the house, props, and everything about it is ... pure magic!.

I did almost everything, except the glass and plastic pieces. The table is from a vintage kit I assembled, painted and distressed.

I found out my technique to do lavender plants yay!

Book open on the page of "Amas Veritas" spell

Midnight Margaritas! 

I really hope you like it, I had so much fun doing this.


April 30, 2016

My blog has got a new look ;)

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Hello everyone!

Just wanted to let you know that I'm still working on the inter phase of my blog, I bought this beautiful template after looking everywere on the internet. The price was great and the design is so lovely, simple, elegant ... it goes with my personality in the arts.

Still I have to add the social media buttons and change things here and there.
But so far, I'm very happy with it!!

Next post (I'm giving you a sneak peak lol) is going to be about my 1st attempt on customizing a Blythe doll -you know, those japanese gorgeous big eyed dolls with huge heads and small bodies- so stay tunned ;)

Hugs and thanks for your support,
See ya!


April 01, 2016

Flower Shop tutorial -Part 3-

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 It's a rainy evening here in Buenos Aires. A perfect time to share with you the 3rd part of the tutorial.

Hope that, so far you were able to follow it, if you have questions let me know!

As usual, apply gesso and let dry before painting

Here's the process on the window, you can see the type of joint it has, 45 degrees. Don't be afraid of doing it, it's more simple that it seems. To achieve a perfect angle, this is the trick:

Joint detail
Door and window after painting

If you were careful with the measurements, the window and door will fit perfectly. That's why I advise you to paint all the pieces before assembling everything.

 This picture shows you the front facade, see how the door, window and extra details are into an "invisible rectangle". All pieces are in visual harmony, and the structure looks realistic.
I added an extra layer of gesso to cover the paper mache, and I wanted the facade to have a more rustic look so I added a bit of modelling paste and at last a layer of white acrylic paint.
There's an "X" shape in the window, that's where the "vitreaux" is going to be.

All the pieces assembled.

 And now we assemble the "glass" in the door and window. For this, you're going to need a thin sheet of PVC. You can buy it at artistic shops or, you can recycle this material from boxes.

You will have 2 frames of each, a pair for the window and a pair for the door. very carefully, you glue the pvc sheet in between. The white glue we're using won't leave any trace after it dries. I told you I was going to do something with the window! And here it is, an inspired Art Nouveau vitraux.
If you'd like doing one for your project, remember that only alcohol markers will adhere permanently to the pvc.

I added the shop's name matching the width of the window and door.

The concrete you see on the sides was done using Creative clay, later painted with 2 tones of grey for the right tone.

The "terracotta" floor

Do a mark on the base of the project, from the inside.
The terracotta tiles were done using "DAS" modeling material. It dries alone, but you can speed the process a bit by leaving your tiles in the sun. The irregular shape I did it with my fingers, press a bit and later cut them and glue them to the board.

Next time, I'm going to show you how to age the facade and add a few extra details.
Until then, I hope you like my tutorial and that you find it useful.

If you use it, please send me a link, so I can see your creation!!

See you next friday!

March 26, 2016

Flower Shop tutorial -Part 2-

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Good morning friends :)

Last time I showed you how to put together the main building for the shop so today we're going to work on the interior.

Go grab your cup of tea, take a deep breath and let's begin!

♥ "Wood panel" effect ♥

This is a very simple way to add a touch of elegance to any room and the materials you need for the making are:
♥ Gesso (or Primer, used to prepare canvases to be painted)
♥ thin cardboard
The pieces I did are 0.6 x 8.2 cm.
My advice is; do the base first and glue the boards one by one leaving a very small space between each one.

Detail after the gesso  

When the gesso is dry, it's ready to be painted. I chose ochre for the base color.
NOTE: all the painting is done using acrylics.
You can see there are more boards on the corners, this helps in 2 ways: in case you had problems in the corners with the wallpaper *giggles* and second, it adds a division to the space.

See the cap in the corner? it's a chestnut color gel to stain surfaces. If you don't have this, you can use shoe's wax in a brown tone (I use it before and looks simply great, you have to polish it after applying it!)

After the gel

 Now we work the inside of the facade. Like we did with the main structure, the 1st step is adding cardboard to make the facade stronger. later the wallpaper.

In this step you do the same wood panel we did before. If it's going to open like a box, add the hinges as shown.
Remember to leave space for the door and window frames. I left 0.6 cm, meaning that the frames will be 0.6 cm W.
Paint it.

♥ Art nouveau pattern inspired ♥

After carving, gesso

The door is ready!!    

♥ Ironwork ♥

The trick is simple:  the base is black, on top I added another gel in a dark copper tone. If you don't have one, don't worry :) you can do the trick with any copper or bronze tone acrylic. Apply small parts with a dry brush.

Part 2 of the tutorial is complete :) Next one will be up on Friday. We are going to work on the exterior facade.

Hope you're enjoying it as much as I do.

Thank you!

March 18, 2016

Flower Shop Tutorial -Part 1-

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Hello everyone :)

As I posted on my Instagram account, today Friday I'm uploading the 1st part of the tutorial so you can see how I did my flower shop.

This is a green project, so we're going to use different paper sources you may have at home already.
I'm going to show you how to do the "paper mache" technique to achieve sturdy surfaces. It's very easy to do and helpful!

You're going to need:

♥ a box (it's not showed here! but it's the base of our flower shop!) if it has a rectangular shape, the better.
♥ set square
♥ an aluminium ruler for cutting (see the pic!)
♥ paper stripes from magazines/newpaper (cut by hand, don't use the scissors!)
♥ masking tape
♥ white glue (i'm using Elmer's tacky glue)
♥ hobby knife
♥ scissors
♥ cutting board
♥ 2 or 3 mm cardboard

Step 1 - Preparing the box

The box I had was from a waffle maker, the shape was perfect for a building. I thought a small flower shop could fit.
A rectangular shape gives you more space in case you'd like to add a "fake" floor on top with windows or a balcony.

What I did was removing one of the large sides with the scissors and don't trash the panel! put it aside because it's going to be the shop's front.

Step 2 - Secure it!

We want the shape of the box to be kept, so tape the base to your cutting board and pay attention to the angles, perfect 90 degrees!

Step 3 - Paper mache technique

Here I was cutting paper stripes from an old magazine I had around, you can also use other paper sources. The secret is, DON'T use scissors! (it can be a good exercise to relax while watching a movie *giggles*)

Paper mache done 

  Step 4 -Front-
Now we work on the front; what you do 1st is cutting the openings for the door and window.
 The door measures: 17 cm x 6 cm
 The window measures: 9 cm x 16,5 cm (4 cm from the base).
Leave a few cm on the sides in case you want to add bricks or stones on the corners later for decoration.
Notice that the window looks a bit taller than the door, but later on I'm going to show you a nice detail to add to it ;)

Next is, cover it with paper as you did with the structure.

* Let it dry overnight.*

  Step 5 - Add cardboard to the back
 I added a piece of 2 or 3 mm cardboard to the back and sides to strengthen the structure. Binder clippers are very useful here to hold it in place.

Here's how it s looking so far :)
Done with this part! it's taking shape as you can see.
The second part is going to be uploaded next week. See you then!!

Hope you're having fun with this project so far!


February 28, 2016

Of bunnies, delicious food and tradition for Easter time.

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Hello friends,

How're you all doing? really well I hope and feeling creative!
I'm the "imaginative feeling like I want to do more" mood (*giggles*) that's why I decided to write today.

Easter is coming, for many of you it also means that springtime and long lovely days are around the corner, but for the southern part autumn an its orange shades will start showing soon.

It was because of this that I began picturing something more that just painted eggs, bunnies everywhere and cute chicks as part as the decoration.
And here's where I had the idea of searching what kind of food different countries have for Easter time and if it's related to old traditions. I found a lot of really interesting info!, old recipes that barely changed nowadays, folklore ... I got hooked!

Still there's a lot I still want to have ready before Easter, but here you have a preview:

This cake was inspired by one I found on Pinterest, I took the concept and did my version of it. 
♥ can you spot the straw made nest with 2 eggs? ♥
This picture shows you a better detail; few little touches and you know it's Easter related! a vanilla bunny cookie and the basket below. I added a heart shaped macaroon I did long time ago plus 2 milkshakes! yum xD. If you're wondering about the table, yes it's Bespaq if I'm not mistaken and from my private collection :). (At least a similar one to this one will be soon avalable at my Etsy .. stay tunned!).
 From Eastern Europe comes this cake, it has different names accroding to the country it comes from but it's kind of the same concept. I added the name in Polish :), seems that the shape reminds of "Grandma's pleated skirt", such a lovely name and grandma related! ♥
From the UK, the Hot Cross Buns are traditional during Easter time, the top has a cross shape and you can find raisins or cranberries in it "yum"!

 A simple and cute 2 layer vanilla cake topped with a velvety pink sugary marzipan, there's a bowl with some mix left and 2 milkshakes! Again, the easter related theme is under the shape of a bunny cookie :)
♥ A close up, I love the contrast of the green doilie and the pink ♥

 A bakery case displaying delicious goods! You can see the Easter basket, buns, and milkshakes on top and inside, a Tsoureki on the left -a brioche type of bread comon in many Eastern European countries- a Babka wielkanocna on the right and in the middle a classic bread with a pink pastel egg in it.
My milkshake collection! 8 flavors to chose from! fresh and realistic looking ♥
♥ Tiny cute Oreo milkshake ♥

 Before I go, I have a question for you friends! Could you tell me what traditional food you have during Easter time? I'd like to have inspiration from the source to do more food for the occasion :)

Thank you all for you lovely comments! I read each one of them always ♥

Hugs! ♥♥