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Monday Journal – Antler Mixed Media

Sometimes when looking for inspiration I flip through my W Magazine which is a large format fashion/art magazine.  I tear out anything that moves me and this time it was this pic with one of the Olsen twins wearing a funky headband.  Not a fan of the Olsen twins but thought I could make some kind of antler mixed media with it.

The background had already been started from all of my stencil wiping.  I also took down some of the magazine image with Nevr-Dull so the face wasn’t as clear.

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I extended the antlers with a black sharpie.

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 Then painted in some yellow hair and highlighted it with a brown Faber Castell marker.  Then some blue for the eyes and some luscious red lips.

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 I added the quote “she who seeks beauty shall find it” which is what I wanted the theme to my art retreat to be this last weekend.  I think the original quote actually said “he” but I of course, had to change that.

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The finishing touch was adding some crackle paste that was mixed with yellow paint to provide some texture.

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 So next time you are struggling for inspiration, just open up your closest fashion mag and get cracking.

Halloween Decor

Trick or Treat time is quickly approaching and is only about a month and a half away so I thought I would whip up some Halloween Decor on this rainy Saturday afternoon.  This could be a great project for kids if you are looking for something to keep them busy.

I started with some inexpensive 5×7 canvas panels I had picked up at Dollarama and painted both sides black.

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I then went snooping on the Graphics Fairy website for some vintage Halloween images and found plenty I liked.  I printed some out onto plain white paper then adhered them over top of some old encyclopedia pages with Mod Podge.

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I didn’t like any of the witch images so just printed a photo of a very stern looking lady and a witches hat then put them together.  Don’t be afraid to combine images, they tend to turn out better.  I highlighted the ribbon on her hat with some glitter glue.  Even witches need a touch of glam.  I added a bit of glitter to the other two pieces as well.

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I then punched a couple holes through the top and strung some rusty wire through, curling the ends so they wouldn’t slip out and voila!!

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Cheap and cheerful Halloween Decor!!

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You could make this much more fancy if you like and add more layers, maybe some ribbon or lace.  I might actually go ahead and do that now that I think about it.  I think tying a bit of trim to the wire would finish it off nicely!!

Nuit Blanche Ottawa + Gatineau

It’s almost time for Nuit Blanche here in the capital region.

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Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau is a 1 night per year, dusk-until-dawn celebration of multidisciplinary Art and local culture that takes place across multiple venues and within the cityscape of Ottawa and Gatineau. Nuit Blanche showcases the creativity and cohesion of the local community and the success of its industries. Approximately 160 artists took part in the inaugural event, and it was attended by approximately 30 000 smiling people on September 22nd, 2012, between 6pm and 4am.

It is a platform for recognizing the region within the national and international arts and festival scene, and it fosters the region as a cultural destination while generating revenue for local businesses.  You can head to the their website and get an idea of what is happening and a map here.

The 2014 theme is BYPASS.  The Oxford Dictionary says that the noun bypass is ‘A road passing … its centre to provide an alternative route for through traffic…[and] A secondary channel, pipe, or connection to allow a flow when the main one is closed or blocked.

I was asked by the City of Gatineau to do an art installation on this little ole tree that will be in the centre of a few activities (including a fashion show) happening the night of Nuit Blanche.

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My installation is all about getting out of the rat race, bypassing the highly technological road we are currently on and heading back to the past.  It is important to remind everyone and make the younger generation aware of how things used to be.  Time for everyone to return to the past lane, stop to smell the roses of yesteryear and remember the simplicity of things.  The kids, students and friends of Studio & Boutique Peaberry will assist in creating images of classic forms of entertainment and toys before the world of cell phones and tablets.  We will then be embellishing everything, including the tree with the crafts of the past such as embroidery and crochet.

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I invite you all to come down to the Boutique and be a part of the installation by embroidering together one of these pieces to be hung from the tree.

I also wanted to let you know about the Nocturnal Bazarre that will be happening the night of the festival on Laval Street in Old Hull.

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There will be street performers and artisans all along the street from 7pm to 11pm.  Come find me and a few other vendors such as

FARFALLE

VINTAGE GIRLS

ANNE COTE

KRYSTHLE DESIGNS

LITTLEST BIRD WORKSHOP

TEAROMA

and many more!!!

Atomic Rooster – Cock Show

The Atomic Rooster (on Bank Street in Ottawa) is having their annual Cock Show and have released their call to artists.

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The winner gets a $100 gift certificate to Wallacks and they usually turn the winning piece into a coaster.  I think it’s pretty cool.  Here is the piece I plan on submitting.

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Hope to see you at the Vernissage on September 23, 2014, it should be a great show!

The Studio Cafe

I finally got to check out The Studio Cafe in Hintonburg and I just wanted to share this amazing space.  Open, bright and welcoming at the same time.

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I grabbed a delicious latte and got to sit and read my Somerset Studios magazine.

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They change out artists every few months and currently on exhibition is Laura Inksetter with her Flora & Fauna series.  They are gorgeous, btw.  The colours are amazing!

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I even took a little peek at the classroom in the back where they have all of their classes.  Nice big space with high ceilings.

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They have a Tea Party coming up where you get to paint and make a fascinator, you should head over and check it out!!

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Mixed Media Map Class

I had a great mixed media map class last week and I just wanted to share the final projects with you.  Sorry about the pics as I took them with my Iphone.  Here is Mona-Lynne working her magic.

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Now Natalie doing her thang.  She was sure she would never finish a painting in three hours as she has been feeling like she has been in a bit of a rut.  She has quite a few unfinished pieces at home.

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She was wrong.  Painting done, gorgeous and ready to hang in her dining room!!

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Mona wanted to add a few touches from nature as this was a piece for her new cottage.  So she went home with it undone, shockingly she came in within a couple days with her completed piece.  It turned out amazing and she too had a completed piece she could put up immediately.

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 Such a productive class.  Here is my painting I got to work on.  I rarely get a chance to do a painting while I am teaching but the girls were working so independently I got to have some fun too!! I think this one will go in my living room.

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 Hope everyone had a great weekend!  I was busy organizing the Savoir Faire and I had a superb time.  I will be doing a post op on it shortly but in the meantime a lovely customer was so disappointed about missing the mixed media canvas class she organized her own at the store.  There are a couple spots left if you would like to attend.  The make-up class will be this Wednesday from 6-9.

 

Monday Journal – Bird Mixed Media

What a rainy miserable day today.  Great day to play around in my art journal however.  I knew I wanted to do a bird mixed media as I was missing hearing their songs today.  This was the last available page in my Book of Paris turned art journal.  I love that you can still see some of the images through all the paint and ink I have applied.

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Most of this was already there from my cleaning up of stencils and using up leftover paint.  Love the colour combination.

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I wanted to keep this simple as I had the two youngest girls with me so not a lot of time to create.  (My oldest is gone to camp, 7 hours away from here for over two weeks.  She just left on Saturday and I am already going crazy without her.  Probably because she doesn’t have phone access so we can’t communicate at all, URGH!!)  Anyway, focus Renee, haha.

 So, instead of painting the inside of a stencil I decided to trace it and colour the outside with white Shiva Artist’s Oil Paintstick.

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I was sorting through cards I had received during the opening of the store and one of them had the quote “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it” by Ralph Waldo Emerson which is so true.  So I decided to cut up the card and incorporate this little reminder and stuck the first part to the insert page with a little washi.

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For the opposite page I did the opposite of the first and used the stencil properly with the white oil paintstik.  It was a little difficult to get the fat stick into the little lines of the stencil.  Won’t be doing that again.  I then just stuck the rest of the quote over the birdcage.

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Here you can see the entire insert where I used only part of the same bird stencil from the previous page.

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 Got it all done just in time for Amelia to wake up from her nap, YEY!!  Hope you all have a great week.

One last thing, I still have room in my mixed media canvas workshop at the store on Wednesday if you would like to come down and get your art on!!

Belated WOTY – Fearless Mixed Media

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Boy has this been a long time coming.  Finally, claiming my word of the year-FEARLESS- half way through the year.  Doesn’t seem very fearless does it?  To tell you the truth, I knew very early on what my word had to be as I knew I needed something strong to keep me going through this first, difficult year in business.  My first year without knowing where money was going to come from and when.  I have been working full time for 20 years.  20 years…boy that makes me feel old, haha.  I have always had this huge sense of responsibility and inner strength but as I looked at the year ahead I became terrified for the first time in my life.  Afraid of not being there for my girls, my relationship falling apart and the store not succeeding. I felt I should be riding off into the proverbial sunset since I am getting to follow my dream.  Instead, stress and worry set in and there it has sat, in my gut, festering for months.  To the point where I haven’t been able to really enjoy what I am getting to do every day and completely taking it for granted I might add.

This seemed to really spill over into my work as I started my usual WOTY painting well before January 1, 2014 but here I am at my Beyoutiful Souls art retreat in March still trying to work on my Fearless mixed media piece…

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and I worked on it for a bit, second guessed myself the whole time so I put it away again.

This last week has thankfully provided me with some clarity and the realization that nothing ever usually goes exactly according to plan and that is ok.  My favourite thing to say to students while painting is “there are no mistakes only happy accidents”.  I am now trying to apply this to life.  So here it is, my fearless warrior, done.  Finally.

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I have realized that I may need to make some tweaks, detours and adjustments to the plan, but that is ok, as long as it keeps the dream alive, right?

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Monday Journal – Altered Photos

 For this week’s Monday Journal I did some altered photos as I was inspired by the theme for our upcoming Etsy Craft Party on June 6th.  I pulled out my journal that I had made out of a book to a spot that already had some yellow, blue and pink paint on it from previous projects.  Instant colour scheme.  I added some stars with florescent pink, aren’t they awesome?

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I didn’t take any in between photos unfortunately but this is mostly how is turned out.  It says “Be You, Be Happy, Be Free”

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I used one of my favourite photos of the girls and I on vacation in Quebec city for both techniques.  It took many tries to get us all off of the “jumpolene” (which is what Amelia calls it) at the same time to take that picture.

For the first technique I used paint pens and my favourite Faber Castell Pitt Pens.  Milah is flying away with her ankle wings and Ava sprouted horns.  Totally normal right?  It should be noted that all of the pens work better on photographs printed onto regular paper.

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Here is the same photo but I embroidered it instead.  So many different stitches you can do with both but this technique worked best with actual photographs.  I got bear ears and Amelia some pink socks.  I then just stuck the photos in with good old washi tape.  I really enjoyed this project and will definately be doing some more.

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 Hopefully you will come out to enjoy some photo fun with us on the 6th.  I am quite looking forward to it.

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Etsy Craft Party 2014 – Gatineau

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It’s time to (craft) party!!  Every year, people from around the world come together on the same day in locally organized Etsy Craft Parties to create art and inspire each other. In 2013, more than 11,000 people took part in Craft Parties in locations across the globe.

This year I am super excited to be co-hosting the Gatineau party with my friend Krysthle of Krythle Designs. It will be held at the most adorable Chorizo et Chevre Noire at 150 Rue Principale, Gatineau (Aylmer Sector).  They have the most amazing sandwiches and treats.

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Our theme is Recapture your old photographs. We will be offering 3 small workshops (Each will be $5): the photo embroidery workshop, the photo paint workshop and the scrapbook page workshop (to put your new fabulous pictures on and make them frame worthy!)  They should be a lot of fun and we hope that those of you in Gatineau/Ottawa can join us and meet some crafty cohorts in your own community!

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To sign up and get further information you can head to Evenbrite and register here.  Please note you do not have to pay immediately to register.  Just click on the “Show other payment options” which will allow you to pay at the door.

What to bring:

the photo embroidery workshop: 1 or 2 pictures, black and white (recommended) or color

the photo paint workshop: 1 or 2 pictures, black and white (recommended)

the scrapbook page workshop: nothing really except the dimensions of the frame you might be using to frame your masterpiece once it is all finished.  Recommended sizes are 8.5 x11 or 12×12 inches.

Other ideas to bring rather than an original photograph:

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Hope to see you at our creative and affordable Etsy Craft Party!!