|Glimpse of Glamour Original Watercolor Painting|
Tell us a little about yourself and what you sell.
My name is Robin Harney. I’m an art student, illustrator, crafter, and folklore enthusiast living in Vermont. I sell a mix of art and upcycled decorative objects, mostly teacups and candle holders. My art reflects my whimsical, colorful aesthetic. I have a deep love of children’s book art, animated films, nature, and traditional folktales – all of which shine through in my work.
|Upcycled Ocean Breams Vase|
Art gives me a way to bring the world of my imagination closer to the physical world around me. In my head, there is a magic land of talking trees and swirling purple skies, and it just wants to be real!
|Mason Jar Vignette Original Etching|
It all started because of my fascination with teacups. As an avid tea drinker and a fan of Alice in Wonderland, I’ve always had a fascination with brightly colored tea sets. One day, I decided to buy an assortment of simple white teacups from the thrift store and just paint directly on them with acrylics. After I finally perfected my technique (multiple layers each of primer, paint, and acrylic varnish), I discovered I’m not the only one who loves them. Of course, my painted ceramics aren’t food safe, so I use them as quirky candle holders. What I like most about repurposing objects is the feeling of saving them from doom, and giving them a new, colorful life. Upcycling fits well with my values (as well as my art student’s budget), in that I am committed to simple living, and I already re-use everything I can.
|Candelabra Tree 3x45 Mini Print|
I love that it is a purposeful hobby, and it motivates me to continue creating even when I am feeling uninspired. Since starting on Etsy, I’ve also found countless other sellers who offer inspiration and tips.
What inspires you to create/sell what you do?
An undying desire to add more color to the world! Have you ever seen a brightly painted house and wanted to stick a “thank you” note in the mailbox for making the world a more joyful place? I suppose I just want to make people smile, get in touch with their silly, childlike wonderment, and dance in the woods.
|The Children of Lir Original Etching Black ink|
Whimsyleaf Creations on Etsy!
My blog focuses mostly on my illustration and fine art projects. I update frequently with new paintings, printmaking, sketches, and occasional crafts:
You can also find me on Facebook:
Thanks Robin for sharing with us today!
See you next week,