Red Hot Lovely
I don’t normally do holiday-themed pieces, especially Valentine’s Day. Somehow Valentine’s Day items tend to feel either overly commercial, or cloying, or both. But I wanted to play with text, and the texture of the written word. The font seemed to lend itself toward a Romantic design, in the proper sense of the term — so I decided on French phrases of affection. I glazed the metal a deep crimson red to keep the writing from feeling too overpowering, and then, well, I sat on it. I had a bit of trouble deciding how to finish the design, amplified by a metal order that has been endlessly delayed. The key idea was actually my daughter’s, (something she isn’t about to let me forget,) but I think it’s the perfect accent.
I’ve made three variations of the design ~ the mini easel art (above), a jewelry/ keepsake box with the same design:
…and one version that I kept black and white. It has a very different feel without the color — I couldn’t help keeping one just like this:
These pieces are currently available as (very) limited editions — if you are interested in purchasing, click on the photos above to go to , or email me! The artwork is a standard ACEO size, 2.5 x 3.5 inches (the size of a playing card). Mini art versions are $25, and come with a display easel. The box is approx. 3.25 x 4 x 2.5 inches ~ it fits standard business cards comfortably, or makes a lovely jewelry or keepsake box ($50) (SOLD OUT). The keys all differ slightly, so there will be minor variations — and once my collection runs out, they’re officially gone. Any pieces purchased will be shipped out via Priority Mail, so that they will reach any U.S. location within 3 days (hint: order by Thursday if you want it for Valentine’s Day!).
I hope you enjoy, and have a great week!