Queen of Hearts 8.5x11 inch hand painted and detailed with acrylic, acrylic glitter, relief paint and gems. Original image created by Priscilla Ilasi and print on watercolor paper hand detailed and painted by her.

What can I say about Priscilla.  She is my twenty-eight year old daughter, and has been painting all of six months.(I’ve been painting for over twenty years and I had to do it for years before I was even close to being able to do something like this!!   She hasn’t gone to school to learn how to do this.  She just knows. A natural talent.  (she sings to)  Priscilla’s concepts are wonderful and intense. I think she is a very intense person.

We sit across from each other at the art table.  When she painted this I looked over and actually felt jealous of how wonderful it is!! I just want to let everyone know how she put her heart and soul into it. Not only into the original, but into the hand painted reproductions as well.  Creating art is not hard,  but it does take intensity. It’s like you have to project your powers onto a page.

I want to talk about the print, version A.  The print, which is a reproduction of Priscilla’s original painting is on watercolor paper. We printed it ourselves. Then Priscilla took that print, and painted the hair with acrylic paint, as well as the eyes and lashes. The heart on her head glitters with extreme red glitter paint. (what an amazing paint product that is! It is not like kid’s glitter, it’s this amazing paint that dries hard and sparkly. It can take several coats to really get it to shine. I love the dimension it adds to her work.  ( I use it as well. ) Her necklace in version A is made of gems that Priscilla applied herself. Then the solid red portions of the dress are painted with red acrylic, we have this fabulous red color that is just perfect. And then she has applied a design with more extreme glitter paint. I estimate she put in two to three hours of her intense attention and talent to create this one of a kind print.  She even repainted the skin, to make it just so.

Priscilla has also created greeting cards of  “Queen of Hearts”  The cards are the exact same process, and one might think they take less intensity because they are smaller, but the fact is, they require more precision, and thus more concentration. Not as much space to fill, but the communication has to come out of a smaller space, so you have to pack in more wallop in the miniatures. The cards in fact are real works of art themselves.   Our thoughts were that we could create these fabulous and beautiful cards for people that were works of art in themselves, and they could either send them as a card, to someone really special or they could frame it, as the work of art that it actually is. They are 5×7 inches, on watercolor greeting card paper.  So lovely!

Queen of Hearts, greeting card version C

I love the necklace on this one. It is gold relief paint, with a tiny red gem.  You can see the other versions on our website.

You can see version A in the gift section, under Hand-detailed Prints on page three, and you can see the greeting card version under handmade cards.


Priscilla is an amazing artist! She sat with a toothpick and applied the glitter design to the red portions of this card. I believe she spent at least one hour on the card itself.

by Kathy Poitras,