Bringing My Art to Archery

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My daughter’s idea of archery! by Jen Doyle

Archery is one of things that had been on my bucket list of things to try for years. Ever since I saw Robin Hood as a child, I wanted to try it out. Two years ago, after we moved to Newport, South Wales I finally got the chance to try it when we found a club not far from where we lived, and I dragged my partner and daughter along- first session was free 🙂 I think Bee’s idea of archery ran more to galloping around on horseback and flinging arrows left and right- think Disney’s Brave!

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My Bow, artwork by Jen Doyle

Two years later we are all archers and will be trying our luck at our first tournament at the end of June! My bow is a Ragim Wildcat- great starter bow, but comes with very plain limbs- blank canvas says I!

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Eagle design on the bottom limb, artwork by Jen Doyle

Within weeks of getting my bow, I came up with some designs- tattoo style- because of the very narrow space I had to work with (just under 4 cm wide). I used acrylic to hand paint my deigns onto the limbs of the bow and then when that was dry, I gave it three coats of varnish, and so far, so good. I have shot indoors and outdoors, in rain and scorching sunshine and two years on, both the artwork and the varnish have held up really well.

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Wolf Design on the top limb, artwork by Jen Doyle

I will be upgrading to a heavier pair of limbs and will either paint the same design on those or try something new- have not yet decided, but I love how I have been able to combine two of my favourite things- art and archery.

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4 thoughts on “Bringing My Art to Archery

  1. Well done Jen, The design is beautiful, you never know with more competitions you may get a few requests from fellow archer’s… as this is so unique!

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  2. Oh wow so beautiful! Agree with previous poster – show this off to the archery club, and on archery sites online too – I bet there are many. You might get requests! I am actually pretty sure you will get requests even if it will cost more than the limbs. The talent of yours… never stops to amaze me! Hugs!!

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    1. Our club is quite a small one which is nice because everyone knows everyone but we all have very different bows so not much call for my design services there lol! But I have upgraded my limbs for heavier ones and will be painting them over the next couple of weeks so watch this space ❤

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