A Fine Art Mystery Series

 

 A Fine Art Mystery Series

from Award-Winning Author Paula Darnell

Artistic License to Kill - Book 1 in A Fine Art Mystery Series

Artist Amanda Trent, accompanied by her beloved golden retriever Laddie and her persnickety calico cat Mona Lisa, is determined to start a new life after her husband divorces her to marry a younger woman, but it isn't easy.

After a disastrous interview at the prestigious Roadrunner Gallery in Lonesome Valley, Arizona, far away from her previous home in Kansas City, Amanda's afraid that she'll fail at her new career. But her prospects begin to improve when she's accepted as the newest member of the cooperative gallery.

Then, on her very first day, she discovers Janice, the stern director, has been murdered right in the art gallery, and the Roadrunner's members, including Amanda herself, become suspects. Which gallery member murdered the unpopular director? Or was the killer an outsider with an ax to grind?

 

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Vanished into Plein Air - Book 2 in A Fine Art Mystery Series

Who wouldn't want to make a living from her favorite pastime?

Although sometimes self-doubt creeps in along the way, artist Amanda Trent has been striving to do just that, ever since her ex-husband dumped her for a younger woman and she moved to Lonesome Valley, Arizona, to start a new life. So when her friends from the Roadrunner Gallery urge her to join them and world-renown artist Ulysses Durand in a plein air paint-out, she hesitates, fearing that she might not be able to complete a painting in the four-hour time limit.

But everything goes smoothly at the public open-air event—until Ulysses's wife goes missing and he asks Amanda for her help. Has his past come back to haunt the famous artist? With a little help from her nemesis, cranky Lieutenant Belmont, the support of her friends, and the companionship of her furry feline Mona Lisa and her lovable golden retriever Laddie, Amanda tracks a killer who's determined to strike again unless Amanda can save the day

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Hemlock for the Holidays - Book 3 in a Fine Art Mystery Series - Stay Tuned - Coming Summer 2021 

 

More Alcohol Ink Art

In a previous post, I showcased some photos of alcohol ink art projects that I made. One was a cuff bracelet, and the others were ceramic tiles.

I'm still experimenting with alcohol ink, and I'm sure there are a lot more possibilities for using it in jewelry, accessories, or home decorations.

Here are my most recent projects:

Copper Pendant Necklace


I used alcohol ink to make the abstract design on the copper pendant, then sealed it with several layers of various clear coatings. I made the bail and clasp from copper wire, adding a turquoise bead on the back loop. I braided dark purple leather to make the cord for the necklace. Alcohol ink colors seem to pop on copper!


 

Cotton Scarf Dyed with Alcohol Ink



I used purple alcohol ink on a cotton scarf and thinned some of it with 99% isopropol alcohol to make the tie-dyed pattern.



Here's the original cotton scarf before dyeing. It's handmade in Indonesia on the island of Java, and the loose weave makes the scarf more distinctive, especially when dyed.







A close-up view of the dyed scarf shows detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorative Ceramic Tile

Abstract designs are easier to create than more realistic ones when using alcohol ink because it can be difficult to control. It flows easily, more like regular ink, and it does not have the consistency of paint. 

I titled this piece on ceramic tile "Mother and Child."

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Tissue Box with Decorative Ceramic Tile

Alcohol ink art on ceramic tiles can be framed, used as a coaster (sealed with resin), or in home dec projects such as the tissue box pictured below with a ceramic tile front.



Creating the design on this tile involved laying down an initial layer of blue and green alcohol ink, removing some of it when it was dry (for the tree trunks), and adding leaves with a cotton swab. I made the details on the birch trunks with a silver Sharpie.

A view from the side. The wooden box fits over a square tissue box to hide it. This is a specially made box with a recessed front so that the ceramic tile can be fitted into the front of the box and glued in place. I used jeweler's cement for the bond.