Sunday, January 21, 2018

Following htrough on the New Dala Horse Designs

Having done the new design in red I experimented with other colors and variations of the design.

I'm glad I scanned the basic drawing before coloring it in. It will give me an opportunity to audition other color combinations before painting any more wooden horses.

Before I move on with that I'll be making a wooden horse with the yellow design on it.

The possibilities are endless. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Horse Design Based On Tradition

I started out with a drawing that combines several different, traditional design elements to create a new horse.


Next I filled in the drawing with watercolors and acrylics.

Here is the completed drawing. My next step will be to paint 2 wooden horses.
One will be freestanding to see what it looks like in 3 dimensions and the other will be a Christmas ornament to see how it looks flat.

Here are all three finished horses. It made me laugh because laying the ornament down on the page and standing the other horse up looked almost like the new horse design was jumping off the page and becoming real.

From this photo it's difficult to tell which horse is paper and which one is wood. I may use both versions on merchandise in my zazzle store. Depending on what sort of look that I'm going for.

Here's a better view of the wooden Christmas Tree Ornament.

Here you see the freestanding dala horse both standing alone and joining the collection of other horses that I have designed and painted.

I think it fits in pretty well, don't you?

Friday, January 5, 2018

New Years Resolution and the Dala Horse

Whether or not you believe in making New Years Resolutions, you can't argue the value of making positive changes.

The first place I'm starting is going through my last years sketchbook and following through on my drawings and ideas.

I started by revisiting my sunflower horse design. This time I used Jo Sonya Acrylics that come in a  more muted color pallate than I normally use.

While this may be fine with some people, I prefer a lighter, brighter approach that would capture the energy of my original watercolor.

My next project will be to carve and paint a wooden horse based on this color pencil and ink drawing.

When I've followed the rest of my designs through I'll be able to start some brand new designs for this year.

The nice thing about this is that I'll never have to worry "what if I'd done this one". I'll know for sure and have something tangible to show for it.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Designing with your photos

I sometimes find it fun to play with the photos of my horses when trying to come up with other design ideas.

Here's a group of red ones from the last few years:

It's a real good way to see which parts of the designs I like better and come up with new ways to combine them.

I also made some changes in the shapes with a pair of scissors to see if I want to make any changes in the actual shapes of the wooden blanks that I have cut out to carve on. 

2018 Dala Horse Designs

One of the first changes that I'll be making with my Dala Horses this year will be to use base colors that I haven't used before.

It may spark some ideas for different designs too. New color or design combinations.

Here's my first one:

I'm using 3 different brands of paint right now so telling you the names of the colors won't help much.

Almost any paint in basic colors can be used as long as you have a red, yellow, blue. white and green. If your green is too dark add some white until you get a color that you like.

Keep in mind that your horse will look different once it has enough layers of clear coat over it. Because of our cold Minnesota winters I won't be putting the clear finish on mine until the spring or summer so that I can spray them outdoors.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

How To Instructions For A Dala Horse Painting

1, 8x10 inch canvas panel
paint brushes
water to rinse off paintbrushes
cotton swabs (to clean up mistakes)
Acrylic Paints:
1, 8x10 inch frame

STEP 1. Base coat canvas panel in a very light yellow. Mix in white if your yellow is too dark or bright.

STEP 2. draw or trace the horse shapes that you want to use. I've used 4 here but the number and type of horses you want is up to you.

STEP 3. Paint the horses red.

STEP 4. Draw very light vertical pencil lines. I used one inch, two inches and then one all of the way across.

STEP 5. Paint a blue stripe over the lines.

STEP 6. Use a round brush to add red dots about 1/4 inch over the blue lines.

 STEP 7. Add yellow to horses as shown. It may take up to 3 coats to cover the red.

STEP 7. Add blue dots as shown to belly and chest straps.


STEP 8. yellow dots in the center of the red ones on background.

STEP 9: green comma strokes to frame red dots on background.

STEP 10. yellow dots inside the blue ones on the horses.

STEP 11. Long comma strokes in red and blue on the yellow mane

STEP 12. white comma stokes on each side of blue dots

STEP 13. Paint saddle area as shown. Kurbits in Blue and Green accented by comma strokes in red, yellow, blue and white.

STEP 14. Bridal and reins in white.

I was really pleased with the way this one worked out and best of all the stripes line up perfectly when used as a repeat pattern while designing fabric and other products with it.

Many of my results are for sale at zazzle on hundreds of different products that you may enjoy.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Dala Horses for Christmas

I really enjoy my Dala Horses at Christmas. I give some for gifts, put any of the ornaments that didn't sell on my Christmas tree and use the few horses that I still own as part of my Holiday Decor.

What's your favorite thing to do with your horses this time of year?

I think they really add to the mood and the charm of the season, don't you?

 We decided to use an old fiber optic tree this year because there just isn't room for a real tree in a tiny house.

I try never to do any 2 horses the same. Mixing designs and pattern keeps things more interesting, don't you think so?

Most of my other decorations are just bits of paper and old photos. Not only is it inexpensive. They don't take any storage place as I just toss anything that didn't last well and put other ones up as I sort through my photos each year.

It gives me a chance to scan a lot of the older ones and use up any that I don't plan to keep.