Monday, 17 March 2014

Emerald Eyes

I knew if I hung onto my shamrock paper doilies and paper punch long enough they would come in useful one day!! So, in the spirit of Saint Patrick's Day this little colleen was created.

I would also like to clear up a little confusion between the shamrock and clover. The shamrock is the traditional Irish emblem and has three heart shaped leaves, the clover has four leaves and is more rounded. Both the shamrock and clover have come to be associated with luck. How true this is I don't know, I am still looking for that pot of gold!


A small jar of walnut crystals was given to me and I decided to try them out on this page. I found them to be similar to coffee granules and applied in the same way with water. Then I used a spritz of teal dylusions spray ink. I also sprayed the paper doilie with green and white inks. When everything was dry I glued the doilie to the background with gel medium. A spray adhesive would also work well here. Gesso was used over the cleaned up sketch.

Next layers of acrylic paint and watercolour pencils bring this girl out to the forefront.The shamrock shapes were punched out of the paper that was lying underneath the doilie from the spraying, these were then glued into place.

I turned my attention back to the paper doilie, I wanted the shamrocks to stand out a  bit more but still remain subtle so I gently rubbed a white oil pastel over them to bring out their lace detail. A white paint sharpie cleans up the edges and adds detail to the girl.

I would like to wish you all a very Happy Saint Patrick's Day! and leave you with this little Irish blessing.

"For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way - good health, good luck and happiness for today and every day." 

Until next time, Happy Creating!


  1. Dear Serena, I just love this girl. I learn so much from you. Thanks.

    1. I am so glad to hear that Cathe, let me know if there is anything else you would like me to demonstrate on the blog and I will do my best to accommodate.

      Thanks again for your kind words and support. x