This weekend, I felt like adding a little bit of loveliness to our house, so I went out and bought some materials to make this floral arrangement in time for May! It has been so sunny and warm recently, and it makes me want to have flowers everywhere. Follow this tutorial to make your own floral arrangement!
Materials needed: Silk flowers, pebbles/stones, twine, Acrylic Ink (gold), big glass vase, dirt, scissors, cardboard/newspaper. (Optional: Sand, Oasis/Styrofoam)
To dry your rocks, lay them out on a piece of cardboard or newspaper. After you've laid out your rocks to dry, wrap some twine around the neck of your glass vase. Tie it in a knot, or tie it in a bow! Once the rocks are dry, put them into the glass vase, and put your flower arrangement in! Place the flowers how you want them to look, and then add a layer of dirt on top of the rocks. If you need more stability, you can add ANOTHER layer of SAND on top of the dirt, and it will still look pretty! Another option is to use a piece of styrofoam or oasis underneath the rocks to stick the flower stems into, and the rocks will cover it. VOILA! Happy May!
Here are just a few pages from the 5 Mixed Media Collage Journals that I've been working on for the past 3 years. I love mixing different 2D drawing materials with paper clippings, drawn illustrations, and paint. This might seem like I'm writing a romance novel for art nerds, but something about the way that oil pastels sit on top of acrylic paint and watercolors is just so rich and creates these beautiful textures. I mean, I love to make digital artwork, but the materiality of physical mediums on paper is so satisfying!
My 5 Mixed Media Collage rules to keep in mind:
1. Oil based products have to go on TOP of other materials, because the curing/drying time is different. If it goes underneath other materials, it compromises the archival quality of the work (meaning it won't hold up or dry properly).
2. Pens, charcoal, and other dry drawing materials have a hard time sitting on top of Acrylic layers because the paint's plasticity is not porous, so it will not take in the dry drawing mediums (such as any charcoal, ink pens, pencil, and pencil crayons). IF you want the marks in your work to have archival quality (meaning that they will last for many years without fading or rubbing off), seal them in with a spray sealant or a matte/gloss acrylic gel medium(with a brush or a palette knife).
3. Watercolors should be done FIRST because they will not sit on top of collage pieces or the binding agent (glue or medium used to adhere the pieces).
4. Layers are good!!
5. Don't try TOO hard- go with the flow! Mistakes can sometimes be made more awesome than you might have planned!
I taught a Seniors art class at the Canadian Mental Health Association and we made mason jar candle holders! They are easy to make, and mason jars have been really trending lately. Also it seems that everyone has a couple of them lying around their house. Follow the instructions below to make your own mason jar candle holder!
You may also choose to use a bigger candle or have the jar filled with a wick and candle wax at a place like Avalon Sunset Candles in Kelowna! They provide a refill service when you bring in any non combustible container, and they charge based on the size of the jar. They use 100% pure beeswax (unscented) and natural soy wax (with your choice of fragrance). Make citronella candle jars for your deck in the summertime!
I started a new line of winter accessories called "Ebenezer Winterwear"! I have been crocheting since I was 10 years old, and recently developed a way to crochet without any crochet hooks, and using only my fingers. I find that this helps the loops to be fatter, and the crochet turns out chunkier. I have been playing around with acrylic/wool blends because they are so soft and there are amazing colors available!
I will be at the Bo.Ttega Christmas Art Market this weekend I've got lots of adult, child, and infant sized toques (with and without pom poms), blankets, headbands, infinity and regular scarves, Art Cards and Prints, and Wooden Signs! This Market is always extremely busy, so make sure to get here early! Hot chocolate will be on!
Today is a big day for me because tonight is the Opening Night Party of my Solo Exhibition in Toronto at the Jane Roos Gallery, and it is ALSO the due date of our baby! Needless to day, I won't be attending the opening reception in Toronto, but I expect it will be a lot of fun! I just received a call from the gallery, and they told me that I'd already sold 4 of the paintings! If you are in the Toronto area for October, please stop by and check out Jane's Gallery and my artwork! I am so overwhelmed at life right now, it's ridiculous! Now, let's have this baby!
I recently went through my closet and found some clothes that had holes. They were definitely NOT going to be easy to fix, and unfit to donate, so I decided to re-purpose the material into these little animals! I made my stitches on the outside for aesthetic purposes, but if you are making a scrap animal for children younger than 3 or 4, I would suggest doing inner stitching and replacing buttons with fabric.
We started this mural at the beginning of the month in Nopala! The youth group has made their mark by helping us to block in the background colors. Once that was finished, Dylan and I went in with finer paint brushes and started doing the detail work.
And here is the finished mural! Reminiscent of the lush scenery in Nopala, and the bible verse from Psalms 121:1-2. It was a lot of work, especially because we had to mix every single shade of green (they've only got primary colors in the stores), and the mosquito's were unrelenting! But definitely a beautiful addition to the church for a beautiful group of people!
This is a 101 about how to make party decorations with printer paper and a tight budget. I just made the last of 130 snowflakes that I've been making all week for a Women's Appreciation Retreat tonight! We are stringing them up as decorations at the church! Fold paper into 8 and cut, cut, cut! I've never made them like this before, but I started making them with more curves than straight angles, and I love them!