Decorative Switchplates

08 Jun

I’m not an artist – I’m too much of a dabbler to really focus on any art and to be honest I don’t have a driving passion for it.  I do have a driving passion to see it but creating it is much different.  However, I’m also extremely tightfisted and like pretty things so I like to make my own when I can.  In our last house I had made decorative switchplates for all the rooms, different designs to fit whatever we put in there or just the colors on the walls.  I never photographed them and we left them there so I’ve started over on this house.  The first one I did was for the ‘library’ which is just an extra room that holds games and arts and crafts stuff and all my books.  It is still unfinished and in need of furniture (craigslist is sorely lacking in card tables for sale, doggone it!) but the switchplate was some childish, flowery, pink, plastic princess thing that I hated so I had to get rid of it.  Since the room isn’t decorated per se, I had to come up with something to put on it.  I decided on a lizard because we tend to have them everywhere here, real and decorative so it was an easy choice.  I then scoured the internets for lizard images I could copy (not an artist, must copy others’ work) and found one that was so silly and happy I had to use it.  I changed it a bit and here is what I ended up with:








Not a great photo but you get the idea anyway.  The next one I did was inspired by the Loggerhead Shrike family we had move in next door.  Sadly they have since moved on.  I believe the local mockingbirds ganged up on them and either killed them for their eggs or forced them to move before the eggs were laid.  They were such fun to watch and fierce defenders of their territory.  I wish they hadn’t either been run off or killed – I liked them much better than I like the mockingbirds who are mean and spiteful to every creature they see.  Anyway, this one was based on an brush and ink drawing I again found on the internet.  Working freehand in paint is fun but daunting!  Here it is:








I got a little too much flash there on the photo but again, you can at least see the pretty birdie!  I’ve got others in the ‘design’ stage which means I’m stuck for inspiration.  I keep getting ideas I can’t follow through on since I’m so horrible with drawing or painting things.  I need a nice, clean, easy to copy image that is also the right image for the design.  Sigh.  Well, I’ll come up with something.  You can buy decorative switchplates, even hand decorated ones if you’d like to make yours look nicer.  I’m guessing that would be easier than going my long and torturous route!

I also have to come up with a new fairy door as Mr. Dragon has insisted our home needs one.  I think I’ve got the perfect place to put it but again I’ll have to find the right door for the spot.  No fairies will move in if the door is horrible!

I’ve got a couple of new reviews up on bookspotcentral in case you care to look for them – just search for Amberdrake.  Also, feel free to ‘friend’ me on Goodreads, you can find me there as April Dwndrgn.

Go do something crafty!



Posted in Art, Books, Nature


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  1. Maria (BearMountainBooks)

    June 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I thought you said the bird didn’t turn out??? That’s a fabulous bird! I love them both. I have this great little bear one in my kitchen. :>) It’s a medicine bear. Can’t have too many of those!!! AWESOMENESS!

  2. Amberdrake

    June 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I don’t recall saying the bird didn’t turn out, the tree one didn’t, well, it came out ok but is too dark for the area it is in because it is a night time image of a silhouette of a tree. I should have put up an image of the tree one too.

    I’m glad you like your ‘little’ bear. I think he’s kinda cute too.

  3. Amberdrake

    June 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Oh, I remember what I was talking about now. The paints weren’t working well together – I used a pen type brush for the black outlines and that paint didn’t want to adhere to the other paint. I had to be very delicate with the application of the clear coat so that it wouldn’t smear. It does have one tiny spot you can see to the right of the bottom right screw – that was a splatter of that non-adhering paint that I didn’t realize was there so smeared it. I should have painted over it before clearcoating it.

  4. Maria (BearMountainBooks)

    June 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I LOVE THE BIRD!!!! IT’s gorgeous. The lizard rocks too. These are great.

  5. Amberdrake

    June 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Thank you!