Megan Amey
Illustration & Photography
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Vignette Journal

A lifestyle blog and photo journal by Megan Amey

Custom Pet Portraits

I’m opening my services up for custom pet portraits!

If you’d like a portrait of yours or a loved ones pet, please visit my Etsy Listing and we can have a chat about what you’d like. It could be a memorial, or just because you love your lil fuzzy bb. I can include accessories (like their favourite toy, or a bow, or in Charlies case below; lavender!), simple patterns, specific colours & of course their name as well.

If you’d like to get to know my style a little more, please visit my illustration portfolio, or have a peek at some of my past pet portrait commissions below:

Favourite Outfits: January

Cold weather means jeans, jeans and more jeans - even under dresses!

Some Outfit details:

  • Black scarf - hand knitted by your truly!

  • Grey jeans - Levis 501 skinnies

  • Wide leg jeans - Uniqlo

  • Necklace - Wolf & Moon

  • Cream jumper - Uniqlo a couple of years ago

  • Sandqvist bag - second hand Ebay find!

  • Pearl necklace - Helen Burgess Jewellery on Etsy

Sketchbook Pages: 9

Since getting in to using my iPad for all my drawing and painting, I’ve hardly opened a physical sketchbook.

Sounds kind of blasphemous coming from me - up until a year ago I was very much “make everything with real pencils and paint and paper alwaaaayss!”. It’s just so easy to pick up my iPad, sit on the sofa and draw. I don’t have to wait for the light to be right, I don’t have to make a mess getting all my pencils and pens and paint out - its eeeasy.

Don’t get me wrong, I do believe it has caused me to create some bad habits, and I have an itch to paint something on a big piece of wood or canvas at the moment, but for the last little while, these have been my “sketchbook” pages:

Favourite Outfits: December

December was a strange, strange month. So busy, as Decembers usually are, and a whirlwind of emotions for me.

Does anyone else feel like they’re in a bit of a rut this month? I’m struggling to get going after Christmas!

Taking photos of my outfits went to the wayside a little, but these were my favourites.

Highlights:

How To Make a Twinkly Festive Wreath

Being a flat dweller, no one will see a wreath on my door! 

 So I made one for my window, complete with twinkly copper wire lights. To make your own, you’ll need: 

  1. Coloured paper of your choice (you could even make a pink one!)

  2. Embroidery hoop (mine is 12 inches, but you can make it as big or small as you want, I like the idea of a tiny one)

  3. Hot glue gun & glue sticks

  4. Scissors or scalpel, depending on how perfect you want to get

  5. Paint (I used gouache, but poster/acrylic would be perfect, too!)

  6. Paintbrush

  7. Ribbon or twine in your choice of colour

  8. Battery powered string lights

  9. Lastly, if you need a hand with leaf shapes, download my printable

Start out by cutting out your leaves and berries (this is where my Printable comes in if you need a hand coming up with some shapes). These can be anything you like - holly, oak, ginkgo, eucalyptus, or a mixture of a few things. I then painted them to add some texture, let them dry, and with a pencil curved some of the edges, and pinched some between my fingers to add dimension and make them look more “realistic”.

Now that all your leaves are ready, start positioning them around the embroidery hoop without glueing, so you can get the placement vaguely how you want it. Take a photo! 

It’s hot glue time! Start glueing and placing the leaves on to the embroidery hoop, make sure to put any excess leaves on the back as well, so it looks pretty from both sides! 

We’re almost done... next, tie a bow and add it either to the centre at the bottom, or the centre at the top of the wreath, glueing it so that it stays in place. Aaaaand finally! Wrap the string lights around the wreath, placing some in front and some behind the leaves - you don’t need to be too neat with this; wonky is cute!

*clap clap clap* ta da! Hang in your window, fellow flat dweller, and enjoy!