The Tale of Three Brothers // The Deathly Hallows

I’m currently working on a new design for another HP themed box. Another Hexagonal one like the Marauders Map, and thought I’d share my progress with you!

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I’m not very good at like, drawing out plans, and basically come up with a whole design in my head and just wing it from there. But I like using InDesign so figured I’d use it to map out box designs. Works well as I can create everything to scale and figure out how much space I have to work with.

Anyway, what do you think?

-AFA

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I’ve got boxes for days!

After the popularity of the Marauders Map box I did for my sister, I decided it might be worth grabbing a few more boxes and doing some other designs for my Etsy store. The last box I got was from The Works. We have a pretty store in town so I wandered down and grabbed…. a few.

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I got 9 in total I think? And it only set me back 20 beans. Admittedly the quality isn’t great, and sometime in the future when I can afford it I would like some really nice solid boxes, but these will do for now. They burn nice enough, and are fine for the nerdy/geeky stuff I plan on putting on them so that’s good.

I then spend the next hour or so measuring them all up and creating simple graphics for individual boxes, so that can be included on Etsy with any I put up. And if people want to know in general.

This is a bit of a rubbish blog and doesn’t really serve much purpose other than to prove that I have been doing stuff. I also work almost full time, and have a few health issues I work around as well. Not excuses, just reasons why I might not be as active as I would like.

I’ve also been working on a commission for the last week or so that has tied me up. Was a good one!

Anyways, where do you get your stock from? Are there any good online sellers of box blanks for burning?

Let me know!

-AFA

My Workspace

My desk is something that has always been super important to me. It’s my favourite place. Probably the only place that is all mine. AND a space I get to do whatever I like with.

I had a big tidy up today in order to make some more space so I can stock up on well, stock. I’ve had a couple of orders for custom burnt wooden boxes now, so it seems to me that keeping a few around is a good idea. But that’s not what this blog is about.

Lets take a tour!

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This is my desk and main workspace. Very tidy for once. A rare occurrence, believe me. My desk is massive. Got it from Ikea years a go and its done me well. I’ve taken it with me everywhere I’ve lived. Its been dismantled and rebuilt more times than I can remember! Its not very clean mind. White was a poor choice. But its good. My desktop is actually running off my laptop that sits a dock so I can take it off and carry it about if I need too. Good stuff. Massive monitor. Birthday present from my man. I like to work split screen for a lot of digital stuff so having a superwide monitor is AMAZING. Wireless stuff for when my desk is so messy I need to use my keyboard on my lap.

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This is the shelf above my desk. I just keep stuff I like here. Copic Markers, always useful. Pikachu. Pencil sharpener. Headphones. Majora’s Mask light box thing I made a few years ago. Little cauldron full of bits I might need. Knives, screwdrivers, keys, the usual.

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This is my bookcase. It is at a right angle to my desk so a lot of desk stuff often spills over onto it when I’m being messy/lazy. Loadsa books (mostly Chris’) I have some artbooks on there. I mostly use my Kindle to read nowadays. Chris’ bottle of Corvoisier that’s older than he is (saving it for a special occasion). Lots of notebooks, all mine. I like the covers. Zelda shelf. Big cups on top shelf.

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Zelda shelf you gasp! I’ve been collecting stuff from The Legend of Zelda series for years. I’m sure I have/had more, but it’s got walkies in various moves I think. That’s a heart container plate at the back. I love it. Wish I could use it. Stupid collectibles. Few of the hardback guides. Huge Dark Horse books. Weird fake PEZ dispenser. Some fabric map things. Manga’s. Figures. Sweatband. I think that’s about it.

20180813_185315 This is crafty cupboard.

Bottom shelf is roller-blades and skates. Various safety equipment. Above that is mostly important paperwork and things I’m supposed to keep a hold of because I’m a grown up now. I think there’s a bag of make up there as well that I hardly use.

Above that we have a random spare Xbox 360. Never know when you might need one. Spare laptop. Some more collectible stuff in boxes. Bunch of sandpaper and some packaging and postage stuff.

Then my toolbox! Pretty much ALL my crafting stuff is in there. I love him. Some cloths I use for staining and waxing. Box full of finished bits of jewelry currently for sale on Etsy.

Top shelf is wood bits. Some nice slices of Birch. Axe. Saw. Moegami waiting for a home and a random bottle of degreaser.

So that’s where I spend all my time when I’m not at work-work. I think it’s super important to have your own space and this is mine ❤

Mischief Managed

Today I created this little Harry Potter themed trinket box for my little sister who’s going off to University soon. She asked me for a box ages ago, and finally got around to making it today.

I thought I’d share it with you!

What do you think?

-AFA

AVAILABLE NOW – Moegami Wood Burn Wall Hanging

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‘Ah… Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all… Sealed away by the dark forces, I have spent years in this cave. Time passed, but I was unable to make my way to freedom. But now, your power has lifted the curse that plagued me. I, Moegami, god of flames, lend you my power. Burn a new source of light into the obscuring darkness!’

This image of the Celestial Brush God Moegami from the popular video game Okami, is hand burnt into a natural piece of Ash roughly 10×15 inches. It is coloured with watercolour, and sealed with a generous layer of Plasti-Kote, protecting it against weather and UV damage, to keep the image from fading.

This piece took roughly 6 hours from start to finish, and was a labour of love.

This comes with a clear stand, so it can be displayed upright on a flat surface, but also has two sets of wall hooks on the back for hanging on a wall.

If you require any more information about this piece, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Buy Here

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AshaFreemantleArt

Wood Hunting

My fiance and I took a trip up to Greenham Common. It used to be an old USA Air Base, but was decommissioned in like, 95 I think? Forgive me, I’m no history buff so thats likely to be wrong.

We like to go walking together. Look for wildlife and explore places. And it’s a good a reason as any to look for crafting supplies.

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There are these big ponds dotted all round the common. I think originally they were just pits that filled with rain water. I remember them from when I was a kid and there was no pond life in them to speak off. Just giant puddles. This one had a pack of 8 or dogs playing in it. They were very interested in us and came up and said borf at us for a while before returning to the water. Their people weren’t fussed by us so we said hello and carried on walking.

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Came across a Mama Cow with two Calf’s. Mama wasn’t bothered by us at all and Chris stroked her. Babies didn’t really know what to make of us so kept their distance. There was a big old bull a ways away. We assumed he was Daddio so kept an eye on him, but he wasn’t fussed either. I suppose common cows see a lot of people and dogs and just keep to themselves. I think they’re super cute. I love cows.

We headed into the woods to look for some nice Birch logs that had already been cut down. There’s always piles of chopped down wood about up there so it didn’t take us long.

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Fella bought himself a Japanese hand saw he’s been dying to play with, so we found a nice log and he set about cutting off some slices for me to use in my pyrography. Got 6 before he gave up! It was really hot though and looked like a log of work. I supervised from a nearby log and drank some juice.

They’re laid out in my garden now, drying out in the sun before I get to burning them. Don’t really have a set idea on whats going on them yet. I’m thinking some nice inspiration quotes? Maybe something geared towards mental health as that plays a huge role in my life. Who knows.

I’m sure I’ll keep you updated!

-AFA

Moegami – A work in progress

For those of you that don’t know me, I love video games. Always have. I see it as an amazing art form, a way of telling stories in a non conventional way. A good game is immersive and deep and takes you on a journey much the same way a good book does. The reason I bring this up is because my next piece is based on artwork from one of my favourite games, and easily one of the most beautiful games out there, Okami.

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I have the official art book for the game, and it’s easily my favourite and a great source of inspiration.

Before I started this piece, I knew it was going to be Moegami. He’s my favourite brush god in the game, because he’s a pipe smoking chicken. The art book states that hes a phoenix, but I mean, come on, he’s clearly a chicken.

I started off with a nice piece of Ash that my man very kindly cut and sanded down for me.

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We struggled a bit getting all the vertical lines out made when the log was sliced, but it was still a nice bit of wood. It measures roughly 15×10 inches, so its a good size to work with without being so big its over whelming.

This,  is Moegami

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I use Adobe Indesign for pretty much everything. In this instance I used it to resize the above image into one more suited for the wood I was working with. Then its just a case of transferring the image on to the wood. I use graphite paper for this. Dead easy and any mistakes can be rubbed out or scratched off with a sharp knife.

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Here you can see it just looks like it would had I drawn it on with a pencil. Sorted.

I think the actual burn took me around 3 hours? Ash is a new wood for me and it was a bit of a learning experience. I found it difficult to get a nice smooth line as the different ‘rings’ in the wood all had different burning temperatures. Luckily because of the art style used in Okami, I actually think it adds to the overall finish of the image.

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Once the lines were done, I decided it needed some colour. The wood is lovely but it just didnt look finished. After speaking to a few fellow burners online, someone suggested using water colour pencils, then going over it with a wet brush. I figured I didn’t have anything to loose so thought I’d give it a try…

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I’m pretty happy with how he turned out! The hardcore fans will notice he’s a little fatter than he should be. This was purely because I wanted to use the whole space available. And anyway, I don’t think it’s made a difference, I still love it.

He will be going up for sale on my Etsy page shortly! All thats left to do now is a few finishing touches. Wall hangers, a stand, and some varnish or something. Again, pretty experimental so I’ll be putting the end product up in a new blog.

If you have any questions about this piece, or about any steps I’ve not covered here, feel free to comment or use the contact page to get a hold of me! Alternatively you can follow me on FB and Insta, where I’m usually lurking all day 😀

-AFA

Wood Shopping!

For what seems like years, I’ve been trying to find somewhere that I can get some nice slabs of o’natural wood planks, bark and all. Turns out my man works near a place called Axeminster, and it’s AMAZING.

Its essentially a big old store that caters specifically for wood workers. Pyrography, carving, whittling, turning, er, building? Essentially anything you can d with wood.

A few weeks a go my man sends me this pic:

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And I needed it all.

It took me a while, but I managed to get out there and maded off with some really nice planks of Ash, Oak and Beech. The Beech is pretty much a 2×4, but the natural pattern in the wood is amazing and I couldn’t pass it up.

I’ll be working on some bigger pieces that’ll eventually be going on sale on my Etsy, but the first few will be sort of experimental for me, so not entirely sure what to expect!

My question to you, my fellow wood fans, is how do you get your wood supplies? Are there any good websites I should know about? Leave a comment for me.

In the mean time, watch this space, follow me on Facebook and Instagram, and keep an eye out for new stuff on Etsy.

-AFA

Cherry Blossom Hand Burnt Wooden Pendant Necklace

Cherry Blossom

Hand burnt wooden pendant on an adjustable wax cord necklace. Original Cherry Blossom design. The back of the pendant is plain wood. Please be advised that these are made to order, so may differ from the image shown slightly.

Finished with a bee’s wax cream to give it a nice shine and to protect it from every day splashes.

The wooden pendants are approximately 40mm – 50mm in length and 20mm – 35mm in width.

I would advise removing before baths/showers/swimming as the wood may swell.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AshaFreemantleArt

Tentacles Hand Burnt Wooden Pendant Necklace

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Hand burnt wooden pendant on an adjustable wax cord necklace. Original tentacle design. The back of the pendant is plain wood. Please be advised that these are made to order, so may differ from the image shown slightly.

Finished with a bee’s wax cream to give it a nice shine and to protect it from every day splashes.

The wooden pendants are approximately 40mm – 50mm in length and 20mm – 35mm in width.

I would advise removing before baths/showers/swimming as the wood may swell.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AshaFreemantleArt