Love, Miranda Marie is a couture business featuring high-fashion, hand painted shoes. This blog is all about unique, high fashion. I'll share with you the inspiration behind my designs and introduce you to other amazing fashion artists that I come across.
Do you love peacocks or purple feathers? Then you'll love my new work in progess: Bouquet Wedding Shoes! I sticking to a purple, blue, and green color palette to match the colors of an elegant peacock feather. I've looked through so many pictures of of beautiful bouquets for inspiration and research on what flowers would look good together.
I will eventually paint some peacock feathers to flow along the sides! Kind of like the peacock feathers in the picture below. I absolutely LOVE the way it looks!
I'll keep you updated with pictures of these shoes as I work on them. If you know anyone who loves peacock feathers and is getting married soon, send them my way! ;)
I would like to introduce to you a very special friend of mine named Bailey. She is two years old, and already is a fashionista! Here she is showing off her Hand Painted baby boots that I designed for her. Doesn't she look adorable? :)
Since her name is "Bailey", I designed the boots to have animals, and objects that started with a "B"!
Hello Friends! I wanted to share with you a VERY talented watercolor fashion artist I recently came across on Etsy. Her name is Cate Parr. She was born and raised in England and now resides in Los Angeles, doing what she loves! She is an inspiration! Take a look...
Hello friends! I thought you all might be interested in seeing what I did before I painted shoes.
I used to work at a daycare with the 1 year olds. It was a full time job, so I had little time to do any artwork, except for during nap time. It was the perfect time to sketch! The room was quiet, softly lit, and filled with twelve beautiful sleeping babies. Even now, I look back on those times with fond memories.
Each day during nap time, when all the little ones were sleeping peacefully, I'd choose a child to sit next to and I'd sketch for about 30 minutes. It was interesting to see how each child slept. Some preferred to sleep on their bellies with their bottoms propped up in the air, while others reclined back with their arms beneath their heads. Some had to have pacifiers in order to sleep...
...while others drooled, but in an adorable way! Lol!
In every way, I count myself blessed to have been a part, no matter how small, of these precious babies' lives. And I am so glad that I have these sketches to look back on to remember the sweet times we all had together. Sigh, I miss them all so much!
I'm so excited! I got a commission to paint a diaper bag with a Noah's Ark theme for a baby shower!
I decided to illustrate a picture of a stylized dove flying back to Noah on the ark with an olive leaf in his mouth, with animals popping their heads out windows. The bag will become the ark, so the ark, water, and animals will be painted all the way around the bag! Here's my initial sketch...
And here's what it looks like right now.
This is just the first layer of paint, but I'm really happy with the way it is looking already. The ark is soon to come. :)
I wanted to share with you all an incredible artist I found on Etsy named Elena. She makes some of the most beautiful beaded and sequined accessories I've ever seen! Everything in her store is handmade by Elena (I can't even imagine the time and effort she puts into each thing).
Her designs range from beautifully simple:
to stunningly difficult. This beaded poppy belt would be a gorgeous accessory to a wedding dress!
She also creates fun jewelry like these great wreath earrings:
The boots are coming along nicely! Here's a picture of what they look like so far. I'm planning on designing the WHOLE boot, so I've got a long way to go still. I'll keep you up to date on my progress and when the big reveal in my shop will be!
There has been such an overwhelming love of my other Koi Fish shoes that I'm giving you all a sneak peek at my newest project. Hand Painted, Mid-Calf, Koi Fish BOOTS! This is only the beginning stage. Soon I will add splashes of bright color! Ha! No pun intended. ;)
I recently bought a brand new brown diaper bag and thought, "Why not paint a beautiful baby face on it?" I was instantly inspired by the very talented Frances Hook who did the Northern Tissue baby portrait series from 1959 called "American Beauties". Here's one of the portraits!
Isn't she cute?! My family owned prints of these pictures and I remember loving them as a kid.
Tell me what you think? Do you have any preferences as to the hair color or eye color? If you do, let me know! :)
Come back each Wednesday to see who will be featured in my Imaginary Wedding Wednesday! If you have an Etsy shop and wish to be featured on my blog, send me an email with a link to your items at: LoveMirandaMarie@gmail.com
Do you love keeping up with the latest trends? Well, I have a new wedding dress project that I'm starting for 2012 and I need your help! The drawing below is my depiction of what the wedding dress I am about to work on looks like!
IMAGINE that this is your wedding dress. It's a beautiful bright white, but you want to add some color to it. So, my question to you is:
What trendy color / color combination would YOU make the ribbon flowers on the dress?
Post your ideas along with your email below. For everyone who participates, I will send a coupon for 15% off anything in my Etsy Store at LoveMirandaMarie.etsy.com!
I will choose a winning color combination, and reveal the real wedding dress with colorful flowers in my etsy store on January 1!
You may post as many color combinations as you'd like, but no matter how many you post, you will receive only one coupon. Don't worry if someone has already posted the color combination that you wanted to post. Just let me know that you are voting for that combination and I will still send you the coupon code!
The other day, I found this gorgeous patent-red leather purse at a thrift shop and found myself thinking, "Why not try to paint a leather purse?" I have experience drawing on leather shoes only, so the challenge of painting on a purse, I just couldn't pass up. I bought it and took it home. It looked like this originally...
The problem with drawing on red leather with permanent markers is you can't lighten the surface of the leather to create highlights, so the lightest color you are going to get is the red. That wouldn't work for my envisioned design of a 1950s girl. So I needed to step out of my comfort zone and try painting. My idea was to mix a picture I took of myself from a couple years ago with a 1950s style painting. Here are my reference photos:
I started by painting the shape of my face on the purse with a mixture of white and peach acrylic paint. It took several coats of paint to get the base color light enough. I painted an aqua background similar to the 50s girl painting.
The hair and the lips, I decided, to leave the same color as the purse, so you'll notice I didn't paint those parts. Once the paint had dried, I began getting the facial details in with my permanent markers. I used a light brown to map out the features, then, I went back over it with soft pink and blue fabric markers. I got that soft look by using a tissue to blend the markers right after I applied them to the painting.
The shaded the hair in certain spots with a dark brown. The darkest parts of the painting, like the eyelashes and pupils, I used a black sharpie. I used the same light brown, pink and blue for the rest of the face.
Note: When painting teeth, try to refrain from outlining every tooth. You'll notice that all I had to do was get the general shape of all the teeth together and shade with a very light blue to get the point across. If you outline every tooth, it looks like your teeth have spaces between them.
To finish it all off, I took a black sharpie and darkened the shadows in the hair. I'll probably also spray a fabric paint sealant over it just to make sure the paint won't scratch off.
So, that's how I created this hand painted 1950s girl retro purse! I hope it helped you in your endeavors to paint or use mixed media on a purse! Just remember to be creative and have fun!