It’s time for the latest in our series about fabulous artists, designers, creatives and hobbyists who are turning their passions into profitable side hustles!

What’s the hustle?

Plants are the new pets and pets are the new children. So it seems only right that your furry child gets custom art made of them. A masterpiece for you to treasure and behold for years to come.

This week we are looking at two artists who use their skills to make Pet Portraits of all the most amazing dogs, cats, hamsters and even salamanders of the world!

Featured Hustle: Danelle Malan

Danelle is a freelance creative and does many wonderful projects, but notably she applies a lot of her creativity to producing the most amazing pet portraits for her clients.

She currently lives in Cape Town with her husband Ben, their mini dachshund, Indigo, and their two cats, Goya and Pixel.

Danelle previously presented popular watercolour workshops at our Salt River branch, and we hope to welcome her again in the future.

Get in touch with her on Facebook / Instagram or consider supporting her on Patreon.

Just look at these stunning pet portrait commissions she has up on her Instagram feed!

Danelle’s favourite products: She loves working in watercolour, ink and pencil. Watercolour is her favourite in particular. Danelle often gets Schmincke Horadam Watercolours from The Deckle Edge and we know she enjoys working on Bockingford and Saunders papers. She also stocks up on the Finetec Pearlescent Watercolours and absolutely loves the Daniel Smith Artist’s range of tube colours.

Featured Hustle: Arnella Wiborg

Arnella has been with The Deckle Edge for 20 years and is an expert on almost everything we have to offer!

She studied at Cape Technical College but honed most of her skills while working at Studio Tiles under the tutelage of renowned ceramic artist, Sandra Uttridge.

Arnella used her skills to paint pet portraits on tiles while working in the ceramic studio, and today she continues her passion for animal art through sketching.

Get in touch with Arnella on her Instagram / Facebook if you would like to commission her to draw your fuzzy friends, or come say hi to her the next time you visit The Deckle Edge in Salt River!

Have a look at her beautiful sketches below:

Arnella’s favourite products: Daler Rowney Smooth Heavy-Weight pads or Fabriano Academia 200gsm are Arnella’s favourite papers. In a pinch she also uses Canson Mixed Media. She sketches with her trusty Kaweco Pencil and recommends using the Kum Long Point Sharpener to keep your points sharp. For colour she adds in Faber Castell’s Polychromos Pencils. She highly recommends using a kneadable eraser to lift and blend colours and the Marie’s Cheese eraser for correcting linework.

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