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Popularity in highland cow paintings

You might be thinking to yourself, ‘I don’t know anything about Highland cow art.’ I’m here to tell you that it’s okay. You’re not alone! Many people in the world are just like you and me when it comes to understanding art. But we can all agree on one thing: cows are pretty cool.”

“Cow paintings have been around for a long time, but they’ve become more popular over the past few years because of some high profile artists who specialize in them. In this blog post, we’ll explore a popular Highland cow painter and why Highland cows became so popular.”

A lot of people enjoy watching cows graze on a field. It’s so peaceful and calming to watch them do what they were made for, while we humans sit back with our coffee in hand or take pictures from afar. But why is it that some cow paintings are more popular than others? What makes one painting stand out among the rest? I’ve done some research and found out! Let’s talk about this week’s most popular highland cow painters.

In a short time, Steven Brown has found success in the art world with his nostalgic take on McCoo. His first painting was so well received that he felt encouraged to create more and made one for charity as well.

Steven’s style is the perfect blend of nostalgia and modernity. His first McCoo, Harris, quickly became a sensation among his friends who showered him with tears of joy when they received it as a gift from Steven. Encouraged by their enthusiasm for this painting which was later auctioned off for charity Cash For Kids in support of  sick children across Scotland.


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The rise in colourful animal paintings exploded and you couldn’t turn anywhere without seeing one of these works of art.

Be it from Steven brown himself or one of the many artist he inspired.

Festivals took on the look for logos, cafes displayed brightly coloured paintings all in a new recognisable direction of vibrant colour meets animal.

But still… the classic highland cow had its spot in traditional highland hotels and bars, peoples homes and collectors alike.

Weather you like bright colours or traditional art. There is something for everyone.

Isla is a self confessed Highland Coo Art collector.

I caught up with her to ask exactly what it is that sparked her passion for these wonderful Scottish animals

Isla MacRae – I loved all cows growing up, my nana and I used to walk through the fields and she’d always remind me “just dont look at them and you’ll be ok”

“Highland cows are just so cute just like big teddy bears” -Isla says

They leave me with memories of village life, something that inspired where I live today.

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We’ve all seen them. They are the cows in your pasture, on a hillside, or at an agricultural fair that seem to be looking right back at you with their big brown eyes and happy faces. These highland cow artists have captured something special about these animals that we often take for granted. But they aren’t just making pictures – they’re capturing memories of what it means to live alongside this noble creature who is so important to agriculture and our rural communities! So whether it’s “Moo” or “Baa,” let these talented highland cow artists help you inspire lasting memories of your own today. 

I hope you enjoyed the article about our favorite highland cow painter and that it was fun to learn a little bit more about Highland Cow art.

If you know of any other famous or popular cows, please let me know in the comments!


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Taking care of your Jesmonite pieces

Tips on caring for your jesmonite pieces

Jesmonite is a great product, but it needs to be taken care of properly.

Here are some tips on how to keep your Jesmonite looking new!

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-Wash with warm water and mild soap when needed.

-Use a soft cloth or sponge for cleaning. Avoid using abrasive materials like steel wool, scouring pads, brushes with hard bristles, or sharp objects that can scratch the surface of your dish ware.

-Pat dry with a cloth.

-Jesmonite is a very strong material but may break or chip if dropped on a hard surface.

The care and maintenance for your jesmonite pieces is easy!

Follow these simple steps to keep your piece looking its best.

In most cases, you can use soap and water or a gentle dish detergent on the surface of the piece – just be sure not to mix anything with bleach as this may damage the finish.

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It’s important to take care of your jesmonite pieces so they last a lifetime.

I hope these tips will help you maintain the beauty and integrity of your jesmonite for decades to come!

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask us in our social media channels or contact customer service 

What are some ways that you take care of your own Jesmonite?


Click below to read “3 Ways to use jesmonite”

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3 Ways To Use Jesmonite


Jesmonite is eco-friendly material that you can make anything from tables to trinket trays with. You can even use it to make jewellery. It’s made of gypsum based material and doesn’t require many steps in the production process, so it has less waste than other products on the market today. This blog will give you some ideas on how to use Jesmonite in your own home!

keep reading to find out more.

If you can find a mould for it you can make it and if not there are way to make your own moulds. I had left over moulds from my short stint with resin. i used these moulds to design these bright trinket trays. 

These guys have been sealed with jesmonite sealant and jesmonite say that you only need to resealed then every 10 years. They can also be kept inside or out. 

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yellow terrazzo plant coaster, i dont know about you but i have hundreds of plants and not many snazzy coasters to catch the extra water at the bottom. 

I designed these with my medium to small plant pots in mind. I didn’t have a mould for this so used an old container top lid and it worked perfectly as the lid had a grove all the way round to produce a nice lip on it. 

This lovely yellow terrazzo coaster is one of my favs it really brings a beautiful pop of colour to any room and the yellow really brings out the green of the plants.

Next is the plant pots!

Now these little and I mean little guys are just for fun, they are called my mini desktop plant pots.

I made these using 4 old and washed yogurt containers.  Can you spot the quirky shape?

I made these little guys in my Dumfrieshire studio,

i was just pottering about(excuse the pun)and I came across the yogurt pots ready for recycling. 

I used slightly bigger ones for the pot size and little small ones to place inside with rice as a weight.

Then using gold foil to drip a lovely gold finish round the edge at the top.

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The final product is a bright and colourful jesmonite piece that can be used in many different ways.

I’ve always loved how versatile this material is, which has made me want to explore it more as an artist.






From now on, you will find these pieces for sale in my shop!

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5 Reason why I made the switch to Jesmonite

Hey there,

I’m a big fan of jesmonite and always enjoy reading new articles about why people love it so much. A couple reasons that I like it are because it is eco-friendly, trendy, inexpensive and easy to maintain. If you’re interested in learning more feel free to read my blog post!

I have never been a huge fan of plastic, 

Plastic is a huge problem for the environment. It’s so pervasive that it can even be found in our food, A lot of plastic ends up in landfills and the sea where it will take thousands of years to decompose and only then will it become micro plastics that get washed up on shore or in the fish you buy from the supermarket. We’re running out of space to put all these bottles and bags and our seas are drowning in plastic!  The best way to avoid this is by going with reusable containers like stainless steel or glass – They won’t pollute our planet and are better for your health anyway!

Thats only just one way to Improve our eco living,  Down below is a link to a much more in depth  article/blog by Good Energy

More resources here

So when I found out about jesmonite and the benefits it has to offer I was ecstatic. Jesmonite is a sustainable material that can be used for almost anything – from building tables, to making cutting boards. It’s hard-wearing and durable properties make it perfect for any home project or DIY project because you know it will last! Jesmonite also has an eco-friendly component which makes me feel better about using it in my house with four legged friends and family around. At first glance, when someone sees one of these products they might think “what is this?” but after seeing how versatile this product is, people are more than likely going to want their own piece of This eCo friendly material.

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The final product is a bright and colourful jesmonite piece that can be used in many different ways. I’ve always loved how versatile this material is, which has made me want to explore it more as an artist. From now on, you will find these pieces for sale in my shop!

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Shop Update

Hey All,


Tvisual alking to you all from my wee Dumfriesshire studio,

I’m just popping on to say we will be having our biggest shop update to date.

this will include some handmade items as well as the new collection of prints and sticker packs!

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Junk to winter wonderland

winter wonderlandHey guys and welcome to Irosestudios, today i am making a winter wonderland from bits and bobs Ive found lying around the house.

from polystyrene packaging I cut this in half to reveal a really cool landscape for my back drop.

I used a saw and a few small tools to roughen up the edges.

using a hot glue gun to make a frozen lake with icicles around it.

used cotton fluff this made a cute snow effect. I then wired fairy lights in the caves and snow.

adding animals, santas and some pine cones and orange slices.

I used little bits of greenery i found and wood slices for pathways.

it may not be pintrest perfect but we love it!

I enjoyed making this winter wonderland as a cheap and easy diy that only took a few hours to put together and even better knowing i used something destined for the dump or landfill!

Full video below ⤵️

Let me know what you guys think!



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