Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Zinnie's Topiary | Cut Paper Animation


The Making of Zinnie's Topiary | Short Film Stop Motion Cut Paper Animation by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
A few months ago I had an idea that I wanted to create a series of short, minute long videos that would sort of 'introduce' my Linzer Lane animals to a new audience on YouTube. While riding the subway in January, I put together a storyboard concept for the first movie:

The Making of Zinnie's Topiary | Short Film Stop Motion Cut Paper Animation by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Next, I assembled the pieces by drawing Zinnie various times on watercolor paper:

The Making of Zinnie's Topiary | Short Film Stop Motion Cut Paper Animation by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

After that, I conducted a photo shoot of each movie frame and it came out looking like this:
The Making of Zinnie's Topiary | Short Film Stop Motion Cut Paper Animation by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

The Making of Zinnie's Topiary | Short Film Stop Motion Cut Paper Animation by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

The Making of Zinnie's Topiary | Short Film Stop Motion Cut Paper Animation by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

I assembled all the animated frames in a video editing program and VOILA! Here is the finished product!



I hope you enjoyed it!

By the way, if you like Zinnie and think she's a charming gal, I think you'll want to check out this coloring book ;)
Zinnie's Garden Coloring Book by Lady Lucas

Until next week,


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I Believe in Leprechauns

I Believe in Leprechauns | Leprechaun Photography | Linzer Lane Blog

A few years ago I sent these leprechaun photos in my monthly newsletter just for fun. I recently came across them and thought you'd get a kick out of this little guy (that my husband named 'Lep'). I created Lep out of Sculpey clay and added details like eyes and buttons with a super tiny paintbrush.

I Believe in Leprechauns | Leprechaun Photography | Linzer Lane Blog

My mom pointed out recently that I had a fascination with leprechauns since childhood. I used to practice drawing them over and over, and then when I got a little older I enjoyed making them out of clay. I even wrote a story once called, 'Shamrock Stew'. I should look for that again one of these days...

I Believe in Leprechauns | Leprechaun Photography | Linzer Lane Blog

Who doesn't love a green bagel?

I Believe in Leprechauns | Leprechaun Photography | Linzer Lane Blog

I Believe in Leprechauns | Leprechaun Photography | Linzer Lane Blog

I Believe in Leprechauns | Leprechaun Photography | Linzer Lane Blog

I Believe in Leprechauns | Leprechaun Photography | Linzer Lane Blog

Do you believe in leprechauns? Let me know in the comments below! I love to know there are other young at heart adults out there LOL ;)

Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone!


Shamrock Shake Art | Linzer Lane Blog

PS - Did you get chance to try a shamrock shake this season yet?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dollhouse Reno Challenge 2017

Join the Linzer Lane Dollhouse Renovation Challenge 2017 | Linzer Lane Blog

This month, Linzer Lane is featured in the super cute magazine Dollshouse & Miniature Scene. It's such an honor to be included in such a lovely publication! The zine, which is available at my local Barnes & Noble in NYC, can also be found online here.

Join the Linzer Lane Dollhouse Renovation Challenge 2017 | Linzer Lane Blog

Join the Linzer Lane Dollhouse Renovation Challenge 2017 | Linzer Lane Blog

When I went home this weekend to load up the van for our move, my mom suggested I take my childhood dollhouse with me and renovate it anyway I like. She did such a lovely job on it when I was a little girl, I never thought of changing it, but 20 years of display has shown its wear. I've never lived in an apartment large enough to house this adorable little mansion (below), but now that we have the room I am SO excited to renovate this baby!!

Join the Linzer Lane Dollhouse Renovation Challenge 2017 | Linzer Lane Blog

Do you have a dollhouse from childhood that needs a face lift? How about a new one that you want to decorate? Leave a comment below with your info so I can add you to future posts and interview you about your progress.

Join the Linzer Lane Dollhouse Renovation Challenge 2017 | Linzer Lane Blog


Join the Linzer Lane Dollhouse Renovation Challenge 2017 | Linzer Lane Blog

Can't wait to get going? Purchase these adorable pieces of instant dollhouse wall art in my etsy shop!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hello March, Good To See You!

Zinnie the Rabbit with Tulips Watercolor | Linzer Lane Blog

Here's a little watercolor I painted the other day of Zinnie the rabbit. I'm thinking it would make a sweet Easter card this year. March is finally here today, which means Spring is literally around the corner! 

What are your plans for March? My husband and I are moving into a new apartment today, and I'm starting a new design job this month in NYC. So much change and renewal - I'm looking forward to fresh adventures ahead...

Happy March! xo Lady Lucas

PS - If you enjoy this blog, be sure to sign up for my mailing list which offers a free download each month along with tons of cute art & news.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Pins Are Here!

The Pins are Here! Limited Edition Wooden Animal Character Brooches by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

I'm tickled pink to announce that my first batch of limited edition pins are finished and available for purchase! These pins are a collaboration with Skill Mill NYC - a great place for artists to go when they wish to order laser cutting or 3D printing services.

Here's a peek at the sketches I completed while designing the pins:
The Pins are Here! Limited Edition Wooden Animal Character Brooches by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

The Pins are Here! Limited Edition Wooden Animal Character Brooches by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Each brooch was designed with love, and then carefully cut from wood at Skill Mill NYC. The card each pin is presented on was painted and lettered by me - an added bonus for anyone that enjoys truly handmade goods.

The Pins are Here! Limited Edition Wooden Animal Character Brooches by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Zinnie the Rabbit Limited Edition Pin
$20 + Shipping

The Pins are Here! Limited Edition Wooden Animal Character Brooches by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Treat the Owl Limited Edition Pin
$20 + Shipping

Snatch one of these cuties early before they appear in my Etsy shop next week and save some $!!



The Pins Are Here! Linzer Lane Blog

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Winter Walk

Winter Walk | Nature in New York City : Photos by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

This week has been snowy, windy, cold and sometimes sunny here in NYC. During one of the sunny spurts, I took a walk down the street to the local college campus with my husband. I've featured this little colony of squirrels before, but they inspire me so much, I just had to share a few more pics with you again! Above is my rendition of a sour bunny. I hope you get a kick out of him.

Winter Walk | Nature in New York City : Photos by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Winter Walk | Nature in New York City : Photos by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Winter Walk | Nature in New York City : Photos by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Winter Walk | Nature in New York City : Photos by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Winter Walk | Nature in New York City : Photos by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Only one month left of winter! Spring is ahead...

Do you have a favorite outdoor spot in your neighborhood? A special park or garden? Please share with us below! 


PS - Need a great way to pass the time on a winter day? Try out these adorable paper dolls that I have designed featuring Linzer Lane's resident tabby cat. Available now on Etsy

Tabby Cat Paper Doll Printable by Lady Lucas

PPS - City Dwellers - if you're looking for the perfect spot to skate with the kids near NYC this winter, a blog that I contribute to called JCFamilies has come up with an excellent list of ideas! Check out Ice Skating Rinks In And Around Jersey City here!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Miniature Dime Cakes DIY

Miniature Dime Cakes DIY | Make Adorable Dollhouse Food Cakes The Size of a Coin! | Linzer Lane Blog

I tend to get really crazy ideas when it comes to crafting. Just like the day I looked at my cereal and saw fairy donuts ;) Well, I'm an avid ear plug user since I'm a very light sleeper. The other night I realized if I cut a set of new foam ear plugs up - they might look exactly like miniature sponge cake!

Miniature Dime Cakes DIY | Make Adorable Dollhouse Food Cakes The Size of a Coin! | Linzer Lane Blog

My experiment worked! All you need to make these adorable dime cakes, is a pair of beige colored foam earplugs. Cut them into sections as shown above.

Miniature Dime Cakes DIY | Make Adorable Dollhouse Food Cakes The Size of a Coin! | Linzer Lane Blog

Trace something small and round to make the plates for your cakes. I used watercolor paper for this. 

Miniature Dime Cakes DIY | Make Adorable Dollhouse Food Cakes The Size of a Coin! | Linzer Lane Blog

Add some acrylic paint for icing and add some mini berries to complete your cake. I made my berries out of red crepe paper, but you could use clay or even red seed beads.

Miniature Dime Cakes DIY | Make Adorable Dollhouse Food Cakes The Size of a Coin! | Linzer Lane Blog

These dime cakes would be perfect for any fairy garden, dollhouse or miniature setting. 

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!


P.S. - Need a last minute gift for you sweetie? Check out my online shop and snag something special! Your support means so much to me and helps me keep this blog rollin'!

Miniature Dime Cakes DIY | Make Adorable Dollhouse Food Cakes The Size of a Coin! | Linzer Lane Blog


P.S.S - What are your plans for Valentine's Day this year? Anything special? ;)