“Big Nap” decorative dishes, based on one of my brush pen sketches, each one handmade, hand painted and unique, reflecting my influences from Japanese brush pen art, Theophile Steinlen, and Andy Warhol. They are one of the things I’m making for the one of the things I’m working on for the upcoming cat show as well as for general sale.
When I made my initial trinket dishes two years ago I developed a ton of ideas after working with both polymer and air-dry clay. The basis of one set of designs is my brush pen sketches integrated in several ways. Finally I made the time to work out the first of one of those styles, a little larger than the original 3″ trinket dishes, and using the outline of a sketch to shape the dish. Air-dry clay feels more like real clay but in earlier tests I found that worked this thin it would lose its strength, so I chose polymer clay.
The round shape of “The Big Nap” fit well to this idea. I didn’t really want to cut around all Bean’s legs so I added a little to the shape to fill in around his legs. Because the clay is baked and it works best if the object is held to the final shape while baking the size ended up being determined by the one dish I could use to form the gentle curve I wanted that could also be baked in the oven along with the clay. After it’s baked, I use the same brush pen to draw the sketch onto the clay that I used for the original sketch. The orange and blue combination with the black outline is inspired by Andy Warhol.
The red and black with gold is an homage to Theophile Steinlen’s style when illustration black cats with an accent color. He has been an inspiration since before I can remember, and while the black and white design was what inspired this particular dish, this design was the color version I envisioned before I knew I even wanted a color version.
This dish is 6.5″ wide x 5″ high, and about 1/2″ deep. Each one is handmade, hand-painted and unique.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
Jelly Bean’s roundness is a little exaggerated but it really was a big nap. Another one of the feline shapes I love.
Where to find this dish
I won’t have time to list this on Portraits of Animals before the cat show, but I will list everything new next week after I’ve unpacked and had the chance to take good photos of everything. You’ll find it with other handmade feline gift items my Handmade Feline Gifts gallery under “Trinket Dishes”. They will sell for $20.00 including shipping.
It’s all done under the close and careful supervision of my studio cats!
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