Kate Middleton: Artist makes portrait of Duchess of Cambridge with lipstick marks on canvas

Kiss me, Kate! Artist makes portrait of Duchess of Cambridge with thousands of lipstick marks on canvas
Unusual work of art took American artist Natalie Irish three weeks to complete

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17:06 GMT, 14 August 2012

A young artist who paints using only her lips has created the ultimate Royal tribute – with a portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge made by kissing a canvas thousands of times.

Natalie Irish of Houston, Texas, created the portrait by putting on lipstick before pressing her lips against a blank canvas.

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Ultimate tribute: Natalie Irish created the portrait by applying lipstick and kissing a canvas thousands of times

Pride of place: The portrait is on display at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! in London

Pride of place: The portrait is on display at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! in London

A close-up showing the detail of the lipstick marks

The portrait joins other similar works by Natalie Irish, including those featuring the likenesses of Marilyn Monroe and Jimi Hendrix

The portrait joins other similar works by Natalie Irish, including those featuring the likenesses of Marilyn Monroe and Jimi Hendrix. Left: A close-up shot shows how the shading and detail are created

The artist, who says she started
creating these stamp-style portraits at school using thumb prints, has
previously rendered Marilyn Monroe and Jimi Hendrix in lipstick marks
too.

In a video she uploaded to YouTube last year, Ms Irish is seen in action, creating the Monroe portrait, solely with the use of her lips.

The Hendrix canvas was rendered using Urban Decay 'Confession' lipstick.

Jimi Lips: Ms Irish created this Hendrix portrait by kissing a canvas with Urban Decay 'Confession' lipstick

Jimi Lips: Ms Irish created this Hendrix portrait by kissing a canvas with Urban Decay lipstick

Ms Irish says: 'It was a more sheer colour and had to be applied in numerous
layers to get the darker tones'.

Telling MailOnline how she came to
the idea of her lipstick portraits, Ms Irish recalls learning how to
paint pictures with thumbprints back in high school.

She
said: 'I always got a good response from them, but because it had been
done before by other artists, I never felt like it was my own.

'I
was getting ready to go to a show one night and put on a bit of red
lipstick. I blotted it on a piece of paper and it hit me.

'I started experimenting and decided Marilyn Monroe would be the perfect candidate for a portrait with kisses.'

Ms Irish admitted that her lips get very tired, and that she owns 'many tubes of both lipstick and chapstick'.

She said her eyes get tired from constantly moving between very close to farther back from the canvas to examine her work.

On her website, natalieirish.com, she writes of herself: 'There
are rumours that she has been creating works of art since in utero.

'Following
her birth, Natalie Irish quickly began to shock and amaze every entity
with her astonishing artwork of all conceivable mediums and dominate all
competitions of the arts'.

Ms Irish goes on to claim that she
earned Best in District at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art
Competition when she was five years old.

She then went on to study with the
Galveston Arts Alliance, and attended the University of North Texas,
where she studied metalsmithing and ceramics.

Pucker up: Natalie Irish, an artist based in Houston, Texas seems to put this classic lipstick snafu to good use

Pucker up: Natalie Irish, an artist based in Houston, Texas seems to put this classic lipstick snafu to good use

Skill: Instead of a paintbrush, Ms Irish employs her rouged lips to create portraits, like this one of Marilyn Monroe

Skill: Instead of a paintbrush, Ms Irish employs her rouged lips to create a portrait of Marilyn Monroe

Unique style: Ms Irish has found her own way of adding colour to her life

Unique style: Ms Irish has found her own way of adding colour to her life

Natalie Irish, an artist based in Houston, Texas

Natalie Irish, an artist based in Houston, Texas

Trained: Ms Irish attended the University of North Texas, where she studied metalsmithing and ceramics

Natalie Irish

Cheeky: On her website, natalieirish.com, she writes, 'There are rumors that she has been creating works of art since in utero'

Natalie Irish

Natalie Irish

Blank canvas: Ms Irish starts with a fresh space, then starts kissing away, her lips dabbed with colour