Monday, 19 October 2015

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This is one short thing I want to say before I leave London for 2 weeks and go to Riga !




















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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Bracelet Giveaway Original Post

Hello everyone and welcome!


I am so excited to announce that starting from today the 13th of October until the 2nd of November I am hosting an amazing GIVEAWAY for this gorgeous bracelet you see on the picture. It is worth over $300 and was for sale in my shop recently. Although I decided to make things more EXCITING for you and give you a chance to win this expensive piece of art. 
Here is a video preview of it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ3FuciYKXg

HOW TO ENTER:

Go to Mandarin Duck Facebook Page and find the original Facebook post about this giveaway (it will have the same picture).

  1. LIKE the PAGE.
  2. Like the post
  3. SHARE IT! (Most important).
  4. Comment bellow that you shared it.
When choosing the winner, I will use a RANDOM SELECTION service, which will select a winner. To be noticed by this RANDOM selector, you need to do all 4 things I asked for. 

DATES:
  • Starts: 13th of Oct
  • Ends: 2nd of Nov
  • Winner announced: 3rd of Nov by London, UK time.
See the video preview of the bracelet HERE! 
GOOD LUCK!


Thursday, 8 October 2015

Kitsune Fox Journal

Hi everyone!

Let me show you a lovely and quite unusual project I worked on recently.  This was a project for a lovely customer from Japan and my first ever custom order from there. I got overexcited when I found out where my client is from as Japan is a dream place to go and I am finding the traditional Japan to be one of the most fascinating things on Earth.
But my client was quite a cool guy and he sent me this journal cover with a spiral binding inside, so that he can swap and change his papers inside it whenever he needs to. He said he wanted to keep this journal for life. Now, I do really cherish and appreciate such will. It amazes me every time when people choose to trust such an important job to me. Thank you so much!

And so the idea of the journal came directly from my lovely client as he was very specific about the idea. He had all the drawings and elements ready for me and I only needed to combine them in the right composition and add up my own Mandarin twist!

Foxes in Japanese Mythology are classed a type of Gods or good spirits and they are worshipable. It is a great luck to have a fox in your garden. The coolest and the most Japanese thing about these foxes is that they are supposed to have 9 tails and breathe fire. Now this is my thing! FANTASY CREATURES! Oh yeah! :) Younger the fox, less tails it has. Older and more experienced in magical skills the fox is, more golden and multi-tailed it gets. At least that's how I understood the concept.



I especially loved the little graphic clouds. They so remind me of anime style, but it seems like it's also quite traditional for Japanese art to show clouds this way.
On the back of the journal is my client's family crest - a very stylised Wisteria wreath. I do like it a lot as it sums up the whole thing with a deep family and dynasty meaning. So even if this journal seems to be quite cute and innocent, it possess a lot of knowledge, tradition and respect for elders, spirit animals and nature. Thank you so much for such honour to my client!



Thank you for reading, 
Enjoy your life, 

The Spirit of the Forest

Hello everyone!
It seems like I am writing these posts one by one today, but you know me. I wether work like crazy or leave stuff behind and then have to start picking it all up :) Now is this exact time.

 This project has been a very special one for me as it was my first ever Kindle cover and then I realised I can do kindle covers too! Yay :)
I wanted it to look like brown leather as my client did send me the actual brown leather kindle cover. So it needed to match. Therefore I used Living Doll by Sculpey ( which is a dyeing dinosaur now and is not produced anymore...) and decided to create an wonderful, center orientated composition of a bird that is protecting the forest leaves with it's wings and is surrounded by all sorts of magical orbs, swirls and other elements. The main focus point is an absolutely gorgeous aqua-green labradorite crystal that has these amazing vertical lines that so reminded me of the pine forest. And so it goes that this wonderful highly decorated bird is keeping the image of the forest very close to it's heart.

I wanted to ornate the bird's chest with some wonderful swirls, aventurine crystals, little golden dots and curvy outlines. And I also wanted the face of the bird to be very innocent and cute, therefore I used a simplicity trick here.



To find a labradorite like this in supply stores is very hard ( at least I am finding it very hard) and so I kept this stone for a very special occasion.



Thanks a lot for checking in :) You can find 10 more photos of this Kindle cover in this JOURNAL GALLERY. Enjoy!

Love you, 



The Horse with a Fire Mane Journal

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping here today! :)

Today I will be happy to talk about my new journal "The Horse with a Fire Mane".
It is an A6 journal and it was ordered by a loving mother for her child. Her daughter loves riding horses and even owns a personal Pony and so the daughter says: "When we jump together, I feel like we are flying!". This inspired me to create a pegasus with a fire mane as and I made it quite stocky as a pony would be.








I wanted to experiment with incrustation technique and I used crushed freshwater pearls for that. And as I am not into clay swirls of any kind, I also added some little swirls to decorate the wing and the chest. I used fine gold paint to make it really sparkle with golden shades.
For the background I used Mandarin Duck Texture stamps (Blossom and Organic Mesh Inverted).



I especially like how the mane turned up. It is playful, airy, bouncy and looks natural to me as if wind is blowing at it. I also decided to add little golden decorative ropes to enhance the liveliness of the mane even more.  

The wing has a combination of purples, golds and pearls for that special royal style.

I hope you like it and you can see more of it in my  Gallery section or my Flickr Gallery.

Thank you so much for reading, 




Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Little Black Sheep

Hello everyone!

Today I would like to show you a little and very cute figurine I made a couple of weeks ago. This little sheep figurine was fully made from polymer clay and has some foil inside it to make it lighter and to ensure that baking process is safer and nothing cracks.
I used the swirl technique to imitate the sheep's swirly fur patterns and decorated it all with swarovski crystals to make it look rich and magical. I really loved making the swirls and when I covered the whole back and sides, it started looking like a cape with a hood. It looked way too cute to spoil it and so I decided not to cover the whole sheep's body with swirls.
Enjoy the photos guys :)



























Thanks a lot for popping in!
Love,