Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Blog Hop

As a member of the  Paperbag Studios  Design Team, I'm very happy to join in the launching of their new rubber stamp collection, Dream Thicket, by Kristin Peterson.



 And this is what I created with them. I used collage, painting and embroidery.
The stamps are available HERE.













To see the beautiful creations by the Paperbag Design team, click on the links below.

 
Kristin Peterson:  http://alteredstatesstudio.blogspot.com/2015/06/dreamthicket.html
Roben-Marie Smith: http://www.robenmarie.com/
Susan Gallitto
Jennifer Stone









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Friday, June 26, 2015

Teapot, coffee pot or chocolate pot. Probably not a teapot.
 With a blue snail.

Ceramicists make fun and whimsical teapots, but I can only paint them on paper, but it gives me great enjoyment.

available in my Etsy shop


  
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Thursday, June 25, 2015


At the end of the month, Paperbag Studios will be releasing a new line of rubber stamps and, as one of their designers, I'll be showing you what I've created with them.

Meanwhile, these are photos of my tiny self, having fun on Paperbag Studios' gorgeous Art Pops™.


 



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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Finding a subject in your scribbles.
Pay no mind to the scribbling; it doesn't have to look like anything. When you've had enough, step back and look at it. What do you see? It's good practice, and a good letting go exercise. It's also a lot of fun.

Once I'd finished scribbling and applying some paint, I turned the paper sideways, and I saw a boat in a busy port.




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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

One of the best tools in an artist's kit is the humble and versatile bubble wrap. It protects items from breaking, creates patterns in paint, and makes noises (snap!).



 


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I've mentioned these bags before; I tend to coffee-dye and distress them, but this time I left them to their pristine condition and just decorated them. Another use for scraps of fabric!







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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tiny collages are a good way to use up scraps. When I'm cleaning up, I sort through the leftovers; I tear them, stamp on them, trim them, and glue them. Then I group them by theme. If there's no theme, they still all go well together.

 




 
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Continuing with my stash from Austsralia, I fashioned this lovely fabric from the Vanves fleamarket in Paris into hearts. I love making hearts. They are, surprisingly, not a good seller for me, but I continue to make them.



 The three "lumps" were given some features.
"Oh, my, what strange whiskers you have!"






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Friday, June 12, 2015

How to have fun

I had some leftover modelling material that I separated into thre lumps that took on a life of their own. They are now drying, and when they're ready, they'll get a little painted nose and maybe some whiskers...


 And there's that cat again, That Darn Cat!




 Cheers to you!


  
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

If it feels like summer, it's summer.


Cat among the pigeons.....

 This tiny stamp is so precious that it's showing up all over the place.


TAGS AVAILABLE IN MY ETSY SHOP SOLD




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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I was the happy recipient of a box of supplies from Australia. When sender and recipient have the same tastes, it is magical.




At the bottom of the box, there was fabric. French, of course. Made my heart go pitter-patter.



I started sorting things out.



 Then got distracted by these safety pins and turned them into earrings.



 

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Continuing with my cotton drawstring bags... I had a little fun with these.

They're a nice size -- 5.50 x 7 inches -- purchased at Stampington.com. They make sweet gift bags, guaranteed that they'll never be thrown away.







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Monday, June 08, 2015


I really like distressing, sewing and decorating drawstring cotton bags.

I started with small ones that are decorative, mounted on mat board.



Then, larger ones, which can be used to store treasures.





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Friday, June 05, 2015

Some time ago, I bought a pad of sturdy brown paper placemats because I liked the design and I wanted to use it in my artwork. I used it to make envelopes, and as wrapping paper.


Then I experimented with paint and ink. I cut the paper in two and used them separately. Then I put them together.





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Thursday, June 04, 2015

If you hate to throw your scraps away -- the interesting ones, that is -- think about composing something with them.
Give them new life. This small collage is 4 x 4 inches. It was built around part of an old book spine, about one and a half inches, that was too beautiful to throw away.










 
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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

 Because I didn't want to waste some acrylic paint, I applied it onto a piece of cardboard. I liked the ragged edges, so I let them be. A while later, as I was cleaning up, I almost threw it into the recycling bin. It only needed a little something-something. My vintage geisha was peering at me from a pile of scraps, so I gave her a home.








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Monday, June 01, 2015

After a few days' break, I'm back and pleased to share with you my article in the new Sew Somerset. The cover art is by my friend Vesna Taneva-Miller.









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Thursday, May 28, 2015

I wanted to share this. So often we forget.



Photo: Boot Campaign Canada





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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How to lift your spirits and increase your energy.

Colours.



 
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I'm fortunate to be in quite a few Etsy Treasuries, and for the first time I was able to get a screen shot of one that I was in a couple of days ago. This is a diverse collection that meshes together beautifully.
With thanks to Debra Boudreau.








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Monday, May 25, 2015

This weekend.
I will have a variety of handmade items and artwork on my table.
Come and see me!





 

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer is almost here, and the fish are jumpin'.

This bunch is going to market May 30-31


The latest addition to the school of fish
Eastside Pop Up Market, 1382 Queen St. East, Toronto. 
http://www.thevberghouse.ca




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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Necessities of the simple life...

Coffee, black, no sugar, in moderation.





Tags and string. The possibilities are endless.







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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New work

Sail Away

"Oh God, your sea is so great and my boat is so small." -- Breton fisherman's prayer




 
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Friday, May 15, 2015

So I decided to design my own fabric. I began with this one because it's fun and colourful, and lends itself to repetition. It available as a fat quarter, as well as other lengths,  here.




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