Something new I started making last year are canvas banners.
The examples on this page were all created for use at Empire Larp events, but don't let that hold you back - what kind of banner do you want? Where would you like to hang one?
What you get:
A canvas banner with personalised design hand painted using acrylic paints. These banners come hemmed and with cotton webbing ties along top and bottom to facilitate a range of hanging options.
How it works:
You get in touch via email or Facebook to say you'd like a custom banner.
If you already have a design sketch we can go from there, or if you need me to work out a design for you I will ask you about ideas, themes, any specific elements you would like included. I will usually produce a couple of quick design sketches which we will go over to refine the design.
Once the design is finalised I will request a materials deposit of £10 before creating your banner (this usually happens within 1-2 weeks, but I will let you know before starting if it's a busy time and may take longer). I will then take photos of the banner and send you a preview - at this point hopefully you'll be happy with the piece and we will move on to full payment and shipping.
...and what does it cost?
Ok, so it's time to talk money...
Standard banners sized ...cm x ...cm usually price up between £50 - £100 (the £10 material deposit is part of this total, so you would expect to pay at least a further £40 on completion).
The more complex the design, the more paint needs to go on the canvas, then the longer the process will take and the more it will cost.
When we discuss the design I will do my best to give you an idea of where in that range your banner is likely to end up, but please bear in mind that it is tricky to estimate timings for unique designs!
I am new enough to banner painting that I haven't produced enough larger banners to confidently estimate pricing here, but that doesn't mean I am not open to larger projects. If you would like to discuss a larger painting I am entirely happy to do so with no obligation to proceed should you deiced it's sounding unfeasible!
Ok, still interested? Then check out these examples below!
These are your standard Dragons. Bat-like wings with scaly details, spiked ridges down their spines, straight horns and often a few extra tail spikes.
Traditional dragons come in all colours, though personally I am fond of earthy and metallic tones - I can even make use of some metallic water-colour pencils to give them a bit of shimmer!
These are your sea dragons, your river or lake dwelling dragons. Featuring long sinuous bodies and wings resembling fish fins, webbed claws and usually a few sea-weedy frills.
Aquatic dragons work well in greens and blues, but could also use themes from particular fishes - mackerel stripes? Whale shark spots? Bold tropical tones?
These are your tree dragons, your flower dragons. They usually have clusters of leaves for wings, are often slimmer in build than the traditional form, and have mottled or bark-like textures on their bodies.
Leafy dragons may be some of the most variable in design as there are so many potential plants to base them on! To the left is the standard leafy style, but perhaps you'd prefer a stocky oak dragon or a thorny rose dragon?
These are your most vibrant dragons, with butterfly inspired wings, curls and fluffy tufts in place of spikes and horns.
Fairy dragons look best with bold colours and strong contrasts, but they can also be themed to particular butterfly or moth species, so if you've got a favourite wing shape or marking I'd love to know!