Wednesday, May 29, 2013

St. John's Houses

One of the highschool art projects going on right now is to do a painting of the colourful row houses of downtown St. John's, Newfoundland. I lived there for 2.5 years, and I gotta say, the only place I would ever move away from my home town would be to go back to St. John's. Its just a colourful, artsy, and friendly place to live, and I made some really good friends there whom I miss dearly.

Here is my version of the row houses! I have seen these colourful houses painted in this sorta warped, graphic-like style a lot so I went with it for funsies. I also created the bottom painting a few years ago which I was actually commissioned me to paint it this way. Love it, and love that city!


PS: St. John's is the 13th most colourful city in the world! Some useless knowledge for ya. ;-)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Birthday, Momma!

My Mom turned the big 7-0 yesterday! I celebrated by creating a birthday filled with her favourite things: Seafood (me and my chef husband made a seafood chowder, and Mom's fave: Sushi!) baked brie in phyllo dough (Cause she loves cheese ALMOST as much as me), and I made jell-o mousse (Cause she loves her jell-o too!) and of course I had to make her a cake that matched her candle colours, and her love of gardening and flowers. So I made these paper flowers out of scrapbooking paper and glued them to skewers. They turned out so pretty! (Just keep them far back enough to NOT be engulfed in flames. Hehe!) My baby boy Clark certainly loved the num-nums. :-)


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Carving Your Own Stamps

After purchasing some goodies last summer, I've finally gotten around to carving up some home made stamps. ( Of course I was heavily influenced by one of my fave artists, the amazingly talented Geninne Zlatkis, and her new book on stamp carving, check her book out on Amazon!

Soooo having a few semesters worth of printmaking under my belt during University, I purchased some carving blocks online (Apparently the ones I bought here, made by Staedtler, isn't available any more. Too bad because they are INSANELY easy to carve... yup... says right on the pack, "Cuts "like butter", and I couldn't agree more.) I also had a lovely Colorbox stamping ink set with a wide variety of colors in my Christmas stocking last year, so along with my little carving set I purchased at Walmart, I am ready to ROLL! :-D

So I started off with simply drawing out what I planned on carving. I wanted to make a flower set, so here is a rose stamp that I started. 

I started by using the small V shaped tip that came with my carving set to cut out the lines that I drew. Remember that whatever you carve out will remain white when stamped.

After the lines were carved I added a few more details to it, and cut away what was around the drawing. Now we're ready to stamp! I love this Colorbox set my hubby gave me, you can detach what color you want and ink up your individual stamp with. Nifty!

So here is the result with a few other flowers I carved and stamped. You can use these for scrapbooking, or making your own cards, heck, why not make a personal stamp for using on the backs of your envelopes! Ooo! Schnazzy! :-)

Happy stamping!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Happy birthday tractor!

This is a little gift I did up for my baby boy for his Daddy on the weekend as a birthday gift. I used his foot to stamp on paper and paper collaged the rest of the image to make it into a cute little tractor! Awww! I saw this idea on pinterest and HAD to try it. It's so simple to do and will be cherished FOREVER. I think even Daddy teared up a bit. ;-) (What a wuss hey? Hehe!)


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tundra Blueberries.

I painted this blueberry picture for a local art project. These aren't just blueberries, they are TUNDRA blueberries (Just to prove how north we really live, right?) and they are the sweetest most flavourful blueberries I have ever eaten. Not biased... honest! ;-)

Painted with acrylics on canvas board.


Friday, May 3, 2013

Awesome vintage "how-to-draw" book archive!

I was just browsing through Pinterest ( I joined last week... what an amazing time suck!) and I was looking up projects for the students in my art classes and lookie what I found! This AMAZING archive of how-to-draw all kinds of stuff published in 1913 by E. G. Lutz. Its an old book, but hey, drawing never gets old, and especially tricks on how to draw subjects more easily. PLEASE use this and share with your kids/students. Its a great reference resource. Here are a few images from the book. :)