Monday, 28 October 2013

My Feathers for Yanik Finished









I really enjoyed making these because I was able to experiment and it was interesting to see what works best on different surfaces. The worst surface was the one with gesso because I really like to use either color pencils or watercolors and well... color pencils are o.k. over the gesso but watercolors... not really :)  The mistake was all mine, I should have used the papery side of the boxes from the beginning and just glue two pieces of the cardboard together with the printed sides. I did it in the end so I had to cut some of the feathers twice (which is the worst part of the job for me :) ).


I can't possibly choose the favourite one because I really like most of them :)  I think I'll be drawing or making some more in the future because they really are such a cool project.
   
There is still time for you to make some and send them to Yanik. If you haven't seen the "why part" about it - jump here.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Feathers Please

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 This time I'll be really short because it's late and because all I really want to do is make you all aware of this cool project I stumbled upon earlier this evening. It's about making feathers out of cardboard boxes and sending them to Canada to Yanik. She is going to make a big bird installation with all the feathers in it's tail. There's another highlight in this; she will try to have the bird hosted by as many heart-centered businesses in order to get the money to donate onwards. "Each 300$ donation feeds and educates one child in Haiti through the Eddy Pascal School and the Haiti-Laurentides Committee."

You will find all the info and instructions over HERE.

Let's create some pretties! :)

Here's my batch that is going to be gessoed asap to dry over night.




Saturday, 12 October 2013

Drawing



Was it really a month ago when I published my last post? Jeez... I need to master time tweaking a.s.a.p. or things will get even worse :D

Here is a little update on the First Accordion Swap I'm in with 6 of my on-line friends and which I mentioned and explained about here.

I had a chance to draw in three of the books and the art that is already in them is amazing. Two of them are patiently waiting for me to wrap them up and send them on the road again as I've been hoarding them for a bit too long but I guess it was inevitable. I hope I'll be quicker for the next ones but I don't want to rush it. It's about art that will end up in someone else's book and if I want to put a little bit of me in there I just have to wait for the right moment. Here is a sneak peek of my three drawings:



Sometimes I surprise myself with what I come up with or with the way I draw things - it's almost like somebody else did them. I think I'll never end up with just one way of drawing/painting things because that's not who I am, but I know in time, my pieces will definitely get that feel of »me«.

Soni Raj wrote about her experience with these little books and it's really lovely to see her parts of the art made for us. Don't they look pretty?

I am also still participating in ACEO/ATC monthly swaps at willowing. Last month the prompt was »Harvest Moon« and here's what I came up with:



This was my third pair and I think I'll continue with the »double spread way« of making them from now on. I like it because I can tell a little story this way plus I need to make sure they stand well on their own too. It's quite a double challenge and sometimes I like challenges too :)