Friday, 23 February 2018

The Galaxy, Stars & Moon, Space Theme on Folksy

The Galaxy, the Stars, the Moon and all up above is my theme for this weeks Folksy Friday Showcase. There are so many great things on Folksy it was hard to choose but I narrowed it down to these beauties...

You can visit the individual shops by following the links under each picture.

Pretty Stud Earrings from Karen at

Who wouldn't love this Quirky Birthday Card from

Adorn your wall with a printed poster of Saturn from a papercut from

A Lampshade, it's glow in the dark stars will suit any room

This Moon Girl Necklace by the Wonderful

My own contribution for my Space & Galaxy Theme are these Handpainted Wooden Hearts

and a Mini Desk Canvas from 


I hope you've enjoyed seeing this weeks Folksy Showcase, there's lots more to see by visiting

Jan 🌟

Friday, 9 February 2018

Winter Sports for Folksy Friday

Today is the opening of the Winter Olympics 2018 in Pyeongchang County, South Korea
so in celebration of this event I've chosen to showcase a few Winter Sports related items from the online marketplace

A brilliant painting of Snow, Sky and Snowboarders
We can't have Winter Sports without an Ice Skate Suncatcher
and we certainly can't have Ice Skating without a couple of Bunny's showing off their talent on these gift tags
These hot water bottle covers are a great way to keep snuggled and warm
A Stylish Cowl is a must for Winter Sportswear
I hope you enjoy watching the Winter Olympics while having a nosy at the great shops on Folksy.

Jan x

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Valentine Hearts on Folksy

It's almost Valentines Day, love is in the air, cupid is doing his job and Red Hearts abound.
Do you celebrate Valentines Day? I think Valentines Day can be too much of a commercial haul but it also gives us the opportunity, and in some cases a reminder (otherwise known as a kick in the rear) to thank our significant others, loved ones or just family or friends and let them know how much we care. So rather than going down the huge commercial route why not pop over to the Handmade Marketplace of Folksy where you find a multitude of lovingly made gifts.
This teeny tiny glittered heart in a miniature glass bottle is a great way of saying 'I give you my Heart'  A Heart in a Bottle by Handcrafted by Picto on Folksy
A Beautiful Cupids Dart Necklace for the Love of your Life. This ruby red Murano Heart pendant can be found at Mermaids Purse Jewellery on Folksy
For a tea lover there is always this lovely hand knitted cosy with a pretty crochet red heart, this can be found at Hook and Loop on Folksy
For all your crafting needs or for wrapping up all your lovely Valentine Gifts you can find this pretty ribbon at The Ribbon Quarter on Folksy
This Handing Heart makes a lovely alternative to a conventional Valentines Card, a gift and a card in one from Handcrafted by Picto on Folksy

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my Valentines selection of Folksy Finds.

There's lots more to see over at Folksy, the handmade market place πŸ’—

Jan πŸ’—

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Small Art, Hearts on Canvas

I came across these sweet little canvases on easels and fell in love with them, they are an ideal size for popping on a desk or shelf.

 A lovely gift for a valentine, the red and purple go so well together.

Painted with acrylic paints and varnished, the varnish will protect the painting from dust, UV rays and yellowing. Plus it adds a layer of shine that somehow, almost as if by magic, brings out the vibrancy of the colours.

 Do you like the painted water droplets? I accidentally dropped a spot of water on the canvas and liked the look of it so painted these droplets on. That's the nice thing about painting, there are no rules. 

 This second canvas has a rich red heart on a golden bronze coloured background.

The little easel is really sweet, made from wood and is a great way to display this small piece of artwork.


I hope you've enjoyed seeing my little heart canvases.

Jan πŸ’–

Friday, 26 January 2018

Moonlight Silhoulette of a Unicorn and Other Animals

Following on from my Sunrise Silhouette painting I thought I'd do a Moonlight selection, once again using the sketches and artwork I already have as inspiration,

I've already done a few star and moon gazey paintings, here is a selection that I used as a starting point, there are a couple of  Aceo's of a hare and a fox, a framed picture of a moon gazing hare and a unicorn on canvas.

For this Moon Light series I wanted the colours to be a bit more dramatic so like my previous Sun series I painted the center the palest colour, in this case, white.

 I then gradually went darker as I went outwards with the edges a very dark blue, almost black but not quite as I needed the black lines of the trees to show up. I love painting the Unicorn, you can see the process of choosing the silhouette in my previous post

I painted the hearts in the same way and chose the Wolf, the Fox and the Hare for the center, the back of these hearts are painted blue with silver hearts.

The Unicorn plaque has a 'D' fixing on the back for hanging up or why not prop it on a shelf or desk using a little easel or plate display stand.

You can find all these items in my Handcrafted by Picto Folksy Shop

Thank you for checking out my blog

Jan x 
I'm going to link this post over on the Folksy Forum and Twitter for #FolksyFriday

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Woodland Silhouettes and Forest Creatures

I've been having a play and experiment with silhouettes and as I have already got lots of photographs and sketches I decided to work with what I had.

I trawled through my photo's for background colour inspiration.I liked the orange and yellow sunrise.

Sunrise or Sunset, you decide

Unicorn on Canvas

I chose a prancing unicorn painting as my first subject matter, I've used this image in a few of my paintings and everyone loves Unicorns don't they?

I played around with to get different looks, I liked the black unicorn and thought it would stand out nicely against the orange background.
(PhotoScape is photo editing software and you can get it as a free download), I can't get my head around PhotoShop and PhotoScape is easy as well as free, so that's a bonus.

A selection of silhouettes

I went through my stash of wood and decided on a rectangle and some wooden hearts. I started with the background using orange and yellow. These colours work well for either a sunset or a sunrise.

Work in Progress

On the rectangle I painted trees up the sides following the arch shape of the sky, they help to frame the unicorn and add some interest.

Unicorn Work in Progress

For the hearts I thought other woodland creatures would carry on the theme.

Woodland Hearts

Woodland Hanging Hearts

I added a 'D' hook to the back of the wood so it can easily be hung up from a hook or nail or it could be put on a little desk easel or propped on a shelf.

Unicorn Silhouette

I have loved working with these colours, they are so bright and cheerful.

Prancing Unicorn

I think I'll pop these into my Jan Ryan Art Etsy Shop if for any reason you can't see them you can always message me via my shops or my Handcrafted by Picto Facebook page.  

That's all from me for now

Jan x

Friday, 19 January 2018

A Pony for Folksy Friday

Folksy Friday is a way to try and get the name of the online shopping venue known to the masses, Folksy is a place to buy hand crafted gifts and handmade goods.
When you buy an item from Folksy, you buy directly from one of over 15,000 UK based designers.

It's 3 little ponies for this weeks Folksy Friday, the link for each shop is under the photo

Painted Pony

Dappled Pony on Rocker

Grazing Pony

I hope you've enjoyed my selection this week

Jan x