This paper sculpture (top pic) titled ‘Bloom’ is now available in my shop. Go take a look. It’s inspired by big lovely summer flowers as I can feel summer just round the corner.
I’ve also been working on some new pieces for an exhibition at Calgary Arts with Lisa McKenna. It’s all gone a bit colourful and mixed media-y, most unlike me! This is always an exciting and terrifying moment, putting your ‘babies’ out there in the public eye. Wish them luck!
Kids know how to have fun, like wearing a cape just ‘cause or painting in your underpants. I’m constantly amazed at their enthusiasm, positivity and energy. Where did all mine go?!
I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to have a Mega Super Successful Art Empire IMMEDIATELY and somewhere I forgot about the fun bit. So must try harder to give myself a break, be a bit nicer to myself and not panic when I’m not the world’s most famous artist by Monday. I’m still learning, still working out my direction.
If you sometimes think about things like this you might like to have a little read at these articles by some lovely ladies - Meet Me At Mikes and Do What You Love.
April is disappearing! I always crave springtime in the depths of winter then all of a sudden it’s whooshing by. There hasn’t been much creative work going on lately, life has been more about kids and chocolate recently. But whilst enjoying the benefits of a mainland internet connection during the holidays, I did a bit of behind the scenes tweaking of this website and my shop. Since I got back home I have managed to complete my latest Library of Inspiration book and do a bit of painting on lovely watercolour paper for my next exhibition.
Wishing everyone the joys of spring!
Thought I’d give you a little How To this week, using the Turkish Map Fold to make a book. This was the style of book I used to make my first book in my Library of Inspiration Project (making a personal library of mini books containing my favourite quotes). It’s very easy to do but looks pretty impressive when done. For my book I used one fold as I just needed one page, but when you glue a few together it looks great. I used origami paper for this tutorial because it makes it fairly easy to see what I’m doing but you could use any, fairly thin, paper you like. Let me know what you think - it’s my first tutorial! And if anyone wants to create their own Library of Inspiration I’d love to see.
Here’s my month of March in pictures. The sun came out, I framed up some recent work and delivered it to some local venues and I popped a new Teacup papercutting in my shop. Hope March has been treating you well where you are.
This little book made it to my online shop this week. Not blowing my own trumpet but I do rather like it. I’ve been doing bucket loads of paper cutting recently which I do love too but felt the Urge To Make Book. So make a book I did. Thinking about books has spurred me on to get started with my Library of Inspiration project so I’m going to make a mini book every month, filled with a favourite quote or poem, until I have a unique collection. I’ll share my efforts with you here and on social media with the hashtag #libraryofinspiration .
The sun came out! 3 whole days of it! My eyes and my skin almost couldn’t cope it was so awesome.
Speaking of awesome, the PaperLove Blog Hop that we did on Monday was super cool. I had a very pleasant evening reading through all the posts and it was great (and reassuring) to see all those overflowing paper stashes in various studios and craft rooms around the world. Click through the links if you get a chance to discover all sorts or papery goodness.
I managed to get two new paper cuts in my Etsy shop this week too - Red Lovebirds and Home Sweet Home. And I have been busily framing up lots of pieces for some local galleries. My challenge for this year is to have my work displayed in more places, possibly even on (da-da-daa) The Mainland.
Spring is round the corner so I think it’s a perfect time to decorate a dusty corner with something pretty - which is where paper garlands come in. Here’s one I made from the pages of a book I found in my local charity shop.
I had planned a monthly tutorial for you on this blog but I have quickly realised that I am both lacking in time and expertise. Instead I’m going to send you on a papery, garlandy, buntingy journey with links to other clever peoples shops and tutorials.
If you want a tutorial try Minieco (want to live in this website) or Okapi-cat or Poppytalk for ideas. If you want to buy something ready made from a lovely artist type try LaMiaCasa or petitprojects or Fabulously Handmade.
So I recently saw a blog post by Pip Lincolne of the awesome blog Meet Me At Mikes where she is instigating a Link-a-long. It’s a chance to acknowledge those people out there that are inspiring you at the moment. What a GOOD idea!
I decided to pick one person today and that is Geninne Zlatkis. I have just been soaking up the colours and aesthetic of her work and blog as I have been trying to incorporate colour into my recent work. Geninne lives in Mexico and I really see those Mexican colours all through her work. So check out her blog and shop and maybe treat yourself to some to some colourful, painterly loveliness. Thank you Geninne for creating such beautiful work.
All images above by Geninne Zlatkis.