Showing posts with label Aniko Kolesnikova. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Aniko Kolesnikova. Show all posts

Friday, 26 June 2015

Divine Nature Series: Dragonfly Wings.

I guess you already figured this out by now that I started a new inspirational series of Facebook Posts called DIVINE NATURE.
I decided to do this, because all my inspiration comes from nature, so I wanted to inspire you guys too!
Today's Theme: Dragonfly Wings. Now look at these pictures! Don't you think these are perfect stained glass artworks? It's not easy to guess and it is also a well known fact, that all the architectural and industrial glass constructions are based on this!

Leonardo Da Vinci spent his lifetime inventing machinery based on his observation of elements of nature. I read that he would sit for hours exploring every leaf on making hundreds of sketches to figure out the proportions, the physics, the grace of a simple leaf, a butterfly , a beetle. This way he was trying to re-create nature's motors, geometry and construction into real life. There is even a whole branch of architectural science called Bionics. So people carefully study how the real natural objects look like and build their creations based upon this knowledge. So fascinating! Nature is the best teacher and the best example of perfection!



























Thank you so much for popping in and reading this! I hope I could inspire you for some new creation or just sparked an interesting inner conversation in your heart. In any ways! Thank you so much for reading,



Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Giraffes for sale!

Hello everyone! :)

Unfortunately this journal didn't reach the sale price and the action didn't succeed, but the good news is that this journal is now available for sale!

YOU CAN BUY IT HERE!

 


Thursday, 11 June 2015

Red Eyed Frog Journal by Mandarin Duck

Hello Everyone!

Thanks for popping in :) Today is a simple preview of a wonderful red eyed, green skinned frog from Amazonia rain forests. I love how vibrant are the colours and how jolly this little froggy looks like. My customer is in love with these red eyed frogs and he was especially desperate to see the blue striped belly on his frog's body. So I made sure I painted it properly as close to the original as possible. Also I decided to keep the whole piece quite matte and only to varnish the frog in glossy varnish to give it a wet look. 






Feather T-shirt Design by Mandarin Duck

Hello everyone!

Yesterday I went to the shops to buy some plain T-shirts and today I spent some lovely sunny hours next to my window in the studio making custom design for my T-shirt! 
God I love doing this! This is so satisfying, this is so wonderful and fun!
I would like to share some process pictures along with some lovely shots of me and the ready product. I hope you will like it :) Let me know what you think?!
Do you think guys I should make these for living? I mean... would you ever consider buying clothes with my designs or do you think someone else could? I mean... I know I am polymer clay artist, but I am an artist first, then comes the medium. So let me know, OK? 




And here is some work in progress. I started with outlines, then filled in the main colour and then added up shadows and them highlights by that special BLEACHING TECHNIQUE I showed you in the T-shirt video before!

So let me know if you would like to own a T-shirt of your own with designs like this or something different! 
Thank you for reading, 


Thursday, 4 June 2015

Death's-head Hawkmoth A6 journal

Hello guys :)
I know I've been busy and worked on a lot of projects for the past couple of weeks. Busy times and a lot of posts for you to look at!

Sometimes I like sharing some pictures of work in progress as then you guys can see how it was made and learn some new techniques for free.
As you can see I started from quite simple shapes and cut outs and gradually sculpted my way in!
Then I used Mica Powders ( Perfect Pearls and other brands) to build up a shimmery colour base. After the journal was baked I kept colouring the wings with acrylics to show even more details.



This journal was ordered by a customer and was supposed to look like the original journal he already had. He loves Death's-head Hawkmoths and so the main element was supposed to be it and all the rest just some creative writer's background :)

Monday, 1 June 2015

Giraffe Journal "Mother's Love" by Aniko Kolesnikova (Mandarin Duck)





Hello everyone :) 
Today I would like to present you my newest journal "Mother's Love". This journal was a commission work for an the International Giraffe Conservation Organisation. They contacted me recently and offered to participate in their yearly auction with my art. The money we would raise by this auction will go towards the charity to save Giraffes all over the world. I loved this idea and decided to make a little A6 journal with a baby and mother giraffe in a very sweet loving pose. Giraffes can't hold hands, can't they!? 
I also made a PDF tutorial out of it (took some pictures of the whole project for now, but will edit it soon for you to enjoy practicing making giraffes!). I thought it's a striking design and many of you will want to try and create similar designs. Who doesn't love giraffes? :) They are so sweet!
So here are the photos and wait for a bit, I will release a PDF soon too :) 


 Thanks for visiting and reading, 
Have a great day!


Thursday, 21 May 2015

The Eye of Horus by Mandarin Duck

Hello my sweet honey bunnies! :) 

Today I would like to show an unusual necklace made in Egyptian style. I was requested to make a necklace according to a book one of my clients wrote. The main element in it was a sacred amulet called "The Eye of Horus" and so the lady wanted to have one herself. 



As you all know, making something fragile from polymer sometimes is not an easy trick to perform and so we agreed that we will have to put the eye on some sort of a stable base. The result ended up being a mixture between ancient Egyptian style and a style of my own, my techniques, my textures and so on. I am glad that the client was pleased with the result and I hope you will enjoy seeing my interpritation of Egypt pulled through the corridors of my own imagination.




Thank you for reading this!


Monday, 11 May 2015

New Tools: Dots & Scratches

Hello my sweet honey bunnies! 

I am so happy to announce that I have some new tools for sale. ^^

They are completely handmade and very simple tools for creating wood, moss, feather, grass, hair, fur and many other textures on Polymer Clay and other similar medium. 
Original idea came from Donna Greenberg and she used them to make coral and lava textures for her amazing bottles. 

These are completely handmade and very easy to do! All you need is clay and tailoring needles. But if you are too busy or just can't be bothered, then you are welcome to buy a set!
You can also see a set of pictures of my art where I used these tools quite a lot for fur, moss, wood and so on. I hope you like it :) 


Friday, 1 May 2015

Drops of Color

Hi everyone!


Today I would like to present you another beautiful bracelet that I worked on during the last couple of months. Not all the time of course, just during :)

I named this bracelet "Drops of Color" as this is what it basically is :) Bracelet full of lovely, colourful drops and beautiful sparkle and shimmer.
It is made from polymer clay and is decorated with svarowski crystals and other metallic elements in different colours. All the textures and effect are achieved 100% by hand.
Once I created a test necklace with a very similar effect and I managed to sold it in Malta during the gallery sale, so I decided to make another item like this as it looked so joyful and happy, but also very chic and night out orientated ( if I can put it this way...).
Item is available in my ETSY SHOP

Enjoy the pictures!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The Cuff of Purifying Energy by Mandarin Duck

Hello everyone!

I am quite excited to present you one of my new jewellery collection pieces - "The Cuff of Purifying Energy".


I decided to name this bracelet : "The Cuff of Purifying Energy" because it reminds me of a magical artefact piece and it was inspired by my love for labradorite crystals, starry dark sky with northern lights and beautiful, slightly golden moonlight. Labradorite stones are believed to have a power of protection and their magnificent transforming colourful ever transforming sparkle can easily make this crystal to be one of the most beautiful on the planet.

This bracelet is a part of "Ancient Stories" jewelry collection by Mandarin Duck aka Aniko Kolesnikova which I started two years ago and I still keep adding to the line from time to time. This collection is inspired by heavy medieval metals, little golden sparks of fire and beautiful semiprecious stones (for this bracelet it's labradorite). Pieces in this collection have rather different styles but they all are unified by black and gold/silver tones, different material imitations and shiny magical speckles.
This bracelet opens in the middle allowing a comfortable fit and it's oval shape makes it wrap around your wrist better, without leaving empty spaces and avoiding excess dangling on your hand. Hunting for such jewellery supply is always an adventure itself and when you find one, you feel very inspired straight away.
Very unique item, one of a kind (OOAK).

At the moment it is available in my ETSY SHOP.

Here are some more pictures and I am sorry that this type there will be no pictures of progress as for some reason I was so drawn into making this bracelet that I forgot to take couple of shots!

Thursday, 12 February 2015

"The Garuda Necklace"

Hello my sweet honey bunnies and all the other followers!


I am very thrilled to finally show my latest necklace - "The Garuda Necklace".

In the past year I got very interested in ancient Vedas and I learnt quite a lot about the mythical creatures from there.
As it is stated in the ancient Vedas, Lord Krishna's private transport is a large bird-a-like mythical creature named Garuda. This is one of the most important creatures in the universe and he looks like half man and half bird. In my version I didn't wanted a human being's body parts to be involved so I ended up making a very royal looking, highly decorated bird and named him Garuda.

He is the source of inspiration and attraction for all the birds and he gives them the powers to fly. He is the one who makes the gravity non existant for the birds. He is the one who serves Lord Krishna and carries him around everywhere and can travel through the universe in split seconds. This is how powerful he is.
But enough talking and telling stories. You might not be even interested in those. Although you will surely appreciate the effort, the precision and the uniqueness of this piece.
Enjoy!

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Multi-Shaped Dottie Cutters

Hello my dear friends!

This is just a quick update on your requests about having Dottie tools in different shapes!
This is a bit time consuming to make and require some skills of working with pliers, but this is what I came up with.. to make a whole set it took me about 30 minutes and I used flat and rounder jewellery making pliers I had ( see the picture)...
This is what I got for now, perhaps tomorrow I will play with them and clay and will find out what all these cool shapes look like when cut out :)


You might be scared to play with your only set and I understand that. I also won't bother making these different shaped sets for sale as this will take all of my time and won't be worth not the time, not the effort. But just so that you know... there is an option, it is rather easy to do.. And.. Soon I will have some other same sized sets of Dotties available so that you can buy same size in a pack of 10 for example and play with creating your own sets! Maybe not flowers or hearts, but surely it would be handy to make your own squares, triangles and especially drops that can be used for tears, petals and many more.

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you would risk doing this yourself? Or is it something you would never risk doing with your Dotties?


Friday, 30 January 2015

Dotties are back!

Hello my sweet Dottie lovers and those who haven't met them yet! :) 

I am happy to announce that Dotties are back in stock and are available for shipping in the next 4-5 days! You can start ordering again my lovelies! 

I am eager to see what projects you will do with dottie tools. If there is anything you want to show me, send me the link in the comment or to mymandarinducky@gmail.com
You can also post on Facebook and tag me in! xxx
CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR SET




























Here is some cool stuff and technical info!
THESE ARE THE SIZES THAT ARE NOW IN THIS NEW SET! 8 IN TOTAL!

COMPARISON OF OLD AND NEW SET!

PACKAGING REMAINS THE SAME.

AND SOME INSPIRATION...































Thank you so much for loving the dotties and for all of your support!
Love, 

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Dragon Journal Tutorial ( Part 2)

Dragon Journal Tutorial from Polymer Clay (Part 1)

Hello everyone!

I am so glad to announce that the 1st part of the Dragon Journal video is finally out and I am in the middle of editing the second part of it. It's a long video and quite a time consuming.

Unfortunately, as this project was a custom order, I rushed to send it to the client and ended up forgetting to take professional pictures of it. So now it's gone forever,  but at least we will have a video of how it was made and I hope you guys will be able to learn something from it. 
So here it is! 

Click on this picture to watch the video now.

Here are some work in progress pictures I had made with my phone.
 Stay tuned to for the 2nd part of this video closer to Friday!


Thanks for reading! 
Have fun,