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I am obsessed with dumplings at the moment.  OBSESSED.  This is a self portrait of me on the best day ever.  Seriously.  Dream come true.  I am a dumpling fiend!

'Dumpling fiend' - Gouache and ink on 245gsm Stonehenge paper, 280 x 385mm(Unframed)

‘Dumpling fiend’ – Gouache and ink on 245gsm Stonehenge paper, 280 x 385mm (Unframed) Private collection

Thanks Melbourne, you’ve totally ruined me – And the prospect of Wgtn with its low par dumpling standards is not a good one.  Well, until I found out about The Dumpling House handcrafted dumplings… Somone say Spinach, Tofu and Bok Choy. How about Japanese six-mushroom?  Hell yeas!  I think I’m gonna have to start hanging out at the City Markets each Sunday… And hey whats that about – Fresh markets only on the Weekend?  Not impressed Wgtn. Not impressed!

Note : Dumpling fiend is currently available NZ$100.00 (Unframed) from Vin’s Nz online Felt shop or by contacting Vin directly at vincenteknight@gmail.com

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I finally got myself sorted and got some business cards printed up.  Super stoked with how they turned out – Really nice and simple design to show off the images.

I decided to go with the barest of info – My website and a contact email, this way I can use them both in Melbourne and back in New Zealand.  They don’t have a link to my Felt sale shop, but I figure thats fairly easy to find from here.

So great I finally have something to hand out when someone asks me about my work or commission ideas.  Now I just need to remember to keep them on me!

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I like the last Fearsome friends record so much I thought I’d have another go :

This one however, is done using a different method.  Where I painted directly onto the last record, using a base layer of acrylic before adding the gouache and resin topcoat; This one is painted on 245gsm Stonehenge print paper.  I then cut out the image – And all the little blank spaces between the tentacles, and applied it onto the record.  I still need to add the resin to give it a high gloss finish.

This is the method I used when creating my skate decks, trading in the vintage paper for 30″ Vinyl record as support.  Its meant I can add more detail than painting directly onto the record – Which offers no absorption, resulting in bleeding or cracking and flaking with the gouache once dry if you add too many layers.

Will post up the finished result when the poured resin is dry.

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I’m supposed to be working on a new flock of cut-out swallows as a commission for a close friend of mine.  But they’re tedious and slow going, cut out by hand and all… And I’m a bit over all the black dust created when sanding them at finishing stage.

So I took a wee break and re-purposed one of the extra records I’d picked up.  What with all the brightness I painted up for Magic beans, I thought I’d keep on the same theme and create a gathering of Fearsome Friends.

And ya know what?  I think the two fit really well together!  I cant wait to paint up a couple more …Once I’ve finished those Record Swallows and all!

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I painted up this rather random Fearsome Friends party pic last week, to post up on fb as a Bday card for a friend of Mine who lives all the way over in Dubai…

I liked him so much I decided todo up a reverse version in slightly different, but still super-bright colours…

I love them both – Which one would you pick?

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