Sweet, sweet curiosity.

This blog is all about things I have made. I happen to be on a paper quilling kick right now, but you can find intense embroidery, crazy gingerbread houses, steampunk clothes, ornaments, wackiness and sculptures on this site. So have fun and check it out!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Peace for always, oh and seahorses too.

This piece was created to be featured in Dasherie Magazine's winter edition, it is on the back cover of the magazine, which is pretty exciting. I love the focus on "peace" in this creation. There is so much turbulence and chaos in this world right now that the focus on peace and resolution feels like the right kind of energy to send out into the world. I wish all of my readers peace and joy over this holiday season and always.

Creating this piece was a challenge as it was all in one colour on a light blue/teal background. This presented a difficulty in that I wanted the piece to have different areas of definition, but couldn't use my typical aid, watercolour, to create that.  So, I cut out some letters and raised them up, so that the text would have the punch it needed to really stand out. 
 The Snowflakes were quite challenging as they were extremely specific geometric angles.  As I went it became clear that this section would be the most time consuming and  meticulous part of the piece.  I did this part in stages because it drove me crazy.

Friday, November 21, 2014

A little bit of Quillling and a whole lot of watercolour - a Mountainous wedding gift

 This piece was commissioned and created as a gift for a wedding. The happy couple got engaged on a mountain and later got married on a mountain as well. Some people are so much more adventurous than me! But kudos and Congratulations to them!  This is the mountain in which they wed and obviously, their names. Originally, I was going to paper quill the whole piece, but after doing a piece similar to this I realized that sometimes quilling works better with things that are close up, rather than a lot of fine detail in the distance,as a lot of the details and depth gets lost the further out you go. It's necessary to generalize the space which I didn't want to do with this.  So, I created the watercolour intending to quill over it like I usually do, but I liked it so much I realized quilling would kind of defer from the image so I left it at that and just quilled the names.  I have not painted a lot of watercolour landscapes, very few, in fact so this took me a long time and was very challenging, however so much fun! I am really happy with the results and intend to make this something I do more of in the future!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Featured in Dasherie Magazine!

I was asked in September to be a part of this really cool magazine called Dasherie that focuses on text, typography and calligraphy. Their tagline is "For hearts that love letters" and that really fits who I am!
It was a real honour to be included and it is so just so neat to be in a print magazine.  There are some really amazing artists that they feature in the magazine who create beautiful handcrafted lettering from many areas of the world, and in many different styles. If you want to check out the feature or order your own copy, you can check them out at Dasheriemag.com.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Quiller Mandala - reflection time.

 I am not one of those people who typically spend a lot time on self reflection or meditation, it's simply not my bag.  However, I had done a little reading on Mandala's and healing and thought "I could do that. It might be outside of my realm of comfortable but I could try." So I drew up a mandala on AutoCAD and started painting into it.  I focused on blue tones because according to the internet that is a healing mandala.  I had a lot of fun creating it, it was puzzling at times and quite intricate as well. This piece is up for sale on my etsy site if you like it!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Full of mind, or not at all...

 This piece was a bit of a triumph. I say this because I did it twice.  The first time, I finished it and sent it off, only to become aware that "Mindfullness", is in fact spelled Mindfulness with one "L".  It was embarrassing and ironic, because I was in fact, not being mindful as I created the piece.  It was very humbling and it taught me a lot of lessons.  One thing is for sure, I will be checking and triple checking my spelling on everything. It has also shown me the importance of sharing my sketches with the client before I send it out, that way they have approval before I carry through the labour intensive part of quilling. 
It has also shown me that life is more fragile than you think. I was going through a rough patch in my life, and I had thought that I was doing all right, but clearly my life problems were spilling into my work. This also became evident in my day job as well. However, How can a person know how they will deal with stress or grief until they experience it? I learned for myself one of the results of being under that kind of duress is that things slip through the cracks.  I was lucky to have such a patient and understanding client while this was going on and she is quite happy with the pieces now that they are correct!  

 I do still really like this piece, and I think, I liked it even better the second time around. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

20 Sweet years...

This piece was inspired by a Yulia Brodskaya piece. With the same idea in mind I created this piece all in white featuring the number 20. This is apparently going to be the front of a program for a 20th anniversary celebration!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tutorial for a Mot mot Bird pinata!!! for a Fundraiser you should come to!

This Pinata was created for a Silent Auction for a Fundraising event happening on Oct. 6th, at the Tom Patterson theatre in Stratford, Ontario.  The event is being held to raise funds for a school and theatre in Suchitoto, El Salvador, where they are creating a theatre so that they can bring in tourism, keep the kids away from gangs and to promote the arts in that country. For more information please check out the Suchitoto Cabaret facebook page. You can also buy tickets at the Stratford Festival Website. So please come and if not at least check it out and perhaps donate!

 Inside the pinata will be Latin American Candies which I had to go to Toronto to get! I would have liked to find purely El Salvadorean but they are not readily available in Canada.