Hello & welcome! My name is Leigh Snaith-Brunton also known as The Sharpie Domino Queen & yes, that is a TARDIS in my bio photo ;0)
I'm a scifi, fantasy & supernatural fan that to read, watch movies, TV & listen to music when I'm not creating Art!
I'm a trained Fine Artist in painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking & photography & a certified Gare Ceramics instructor. I'm also a Graphic Designer, Digital Artist, Jewelry Designer, Rubber Stamper, Altered & Mixed Media Artist! I recently began doll customizating too & have a large collection of ball jointed dolls plus an impressive collection of the original Monster High doll line too.
I was born in England but raised in South Africa & prior to launching my stamp line as LeighSBDesigns I was originally known as Velvet Paw Ceramics, a name which reflected my deep love for cats & I specialized in painting realistic & fantasy ceramic cats & other animals. I sold my ceramics in stores, at cat shows & fairs. Velvet Paw Creations was formed when I started rubber stamping in 1995 & I taught ceramic & rubber stamping classes in South Africa until 1998 & now I create out of my studio in Southern California.
About my Stamp line
LeighSBDesigns Art Stamps is a unique & eclectic collection of whimsical & quirky designs based on my original drawings & photography & will constantly be morphing & expanding as inspiration takes me on my Creative Adventures. I see beauty in everything around me from cute kitties to creepy skulls & my collection of themes, styles & genres will appeal to everyone!
In 2014 I designed a rubber stamp set for Smeared Ink called Autumn's Pencil that consists of autumn & Halloween tangle inspired designs. Smeared Ink sadly closed their doors & I'm now thrilled to bring you my Autumn's Pencil designs as digi stamps. My designs are currently available at my Etsy Boutique as instant downloadable digital images but my rubber stamp set will be available again soon & my entire collection will follow so be sure to follow me to stay up to date on my new releases & news!
I have been involved in the world of Rubber Stamping for well over 20 years now. My passion for art & stamping got me through the worst times in my life, first when I was diagnosed with breast cancer & then when we lost my precious Daddy to cancer too. Then later stamping & my involvement in the world of doll collecting, where I served as an admin on 2 popular doll Facebook groups, saw me through a 3 year long nightmare due to a breast cancer scare that resulted in surgical complications. I remained strong & positive throughout & I'm now a Breast Cancer survivor for 16 years, fit, happy & healthy & creating art to my hearts content!
In 2002 I discovered my passion for Altered Game Art & pioneered using Sharpie markers to create vibrant miniature works of art on dominoes & was given the nickname "The Sharpie Domino Queen" by members of my DominoART Yahoo group. My Yahoo group still exists to current members only & now all our activity takes place on my DominoART blog & Facebook group & you can follow what's happening on my DominoART Facebook Page too. Come & join the fun and discover the world of Altered Game Art!
Magazine Publications & Accolades
I was featured in Somerset Studio's July/August 2003 issue with an article I wrote titled "The Sharpie Domino Queen" where my love for Alice in Wonderland became synonymous with my nickname. I have written articles & had my art published in the following leading stamping magazines: Somerset Studio, Just Steampunk, Belle Armoire Jewelry, The Rubber Stamper, Stamper's Sampler as well as online at Altered Arts, Unmounted Central, SkyBluePink & The Stamper's Mall where I managed my Leigh's Altered World of Game Pieces' design team & our projects & challenges were featured in the Stamper's Mall monthly eZine. Check out my Publications & Accolades pages to see more!
I keep very busy creating for awesome stamp companies. All my DT projects are showcased by company in my Stamping Galleries so stay awhile & enjoy exploring them ;0)
Current Design Teams
- The East Wind
- Delicious Doodles
Past Design Teams
- 2013 - February 2017 I was Design Team manager for Lost Coast Designs & Carmen's Veranda & Linda's assistant. I founded Lost Coast Designs' DT, launched the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Event & Challenge blog which I designed & maintained as well as the Facebook Fan Group & revitalized & maintained their Lost Coaster's Review blog & both Facebook company pages too. I hosted the Portal Events & shared my tutorials on the Review blog.
- Leigh's Altered World of Game Pieces @ The Stamper's Mall - I managed my design team & we created project tutorials for The Stamper's Mall monthly eZine
- Smeared Ink - I also helped with their Smudgy Antics Challenge blog & designed a few DT badges too
- Blockheads Paper Arts - & designed their DT badges
- Third Coast Art Rubber Stamps - as a designer, painter & founder & host of their Challenge blog & designed the Challenge badges. Val is now back as Third Stone Rubber Stamps where you will often see the images I coloured being featured!
- About Art Accents
- Beeswax Rubber Stamps
- Rick St Dennis Mfa
- Dark Attic Challenges
- Forever Dark Challenges
- Altered Eclectics
- Ambassador for Perfect Paper Crafting
- Hearts in Touch
- The Stamper's Mall
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my website! I hope you'll stop by & shop at my LeighSBDesigns Art Stamps Etsy Boutique & follow all my Creative Adventures online too!
See you there ;0)
I also run these Facebook Groups too!