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Art experiments

This is a quick post to tell you about a local artist I really like, Guylaine Couture. She works mostly with paper and ink, creating collages and art books. She also makes zines. Since the beginning of this year, she’s started a project called Guylaine Lab. Once a month, on the 15th, she sends an email with an experiment for us to try.

The first month, we were to collect data and find a way to illustrate it: we tracked everything we drank for 5 days. We could collect any data relevant to the experience: place, time, quantity, colour… This is what my experiment looked like:

For the second experiment, we were to create a mask representing our creative flow. I only managed a few notes on paper and never actually created the mask. This was too much out of my comfort zone but I did acknowledge that.

Finally, the third experiment which I completed last week. We were to listen to a piece of music and scribble on a piece of paper at the same time. We had to do the exercise with our right hand, then our left. We then repeated the exercise at a later date, changing pens if we wanted. And again a third time on a third day. After that, we had to cut each sheet in six pieces and choose seven or more pieces to create a composition. I chose to glue my piece on an old manila folder. The final step of the experiment was to use our fingers to dab paint on the composition. This experiment inspired one of my daily collages.

I’m really enjoying these experiments. If you’d like to participate, sign up on the blog. Even though she mostly posts in French, she does attach a translation to the experiment emails. I hope you’ll join us!

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Lost and found

Dear readers,

It seems that I got lost outside the blogosphere once again. It seems to happen fairly regularly. Though I always seem to find my way back, this time I almost didn’t return at all. I almost deleted my blog. But, as you can see, I didn’t. I just couldn’t let it go. So here I am.

“Creativity takes courage”

Henri Matisse

Since I last wrote, I’ve been keeping busy. Creating on a regular basis until the holidays though not necessarily daily. But since January 1st, I’ve somehow been creating a collage every single day. I hadn’t planned to start another daily project and honestly, I don’t know how long it’ll last but I’m enjoying the process so far.

I’ve also done other things like painting flowers in February and learning to crochet in March. I joined a volunteer group where we sew reusable bags from second hand fabrics. And of course, I’m doing all sorts of activities with my students: crafts, experiments, games… Busy, busy, busy!

I’ll try to come back regularly to show you what I’ve done and to share some inspiration from other artists. Thank you for stopping by!

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Index-Card-A-Day Part 2

I’m back with the second part of my ICAD creations for this year. In this batch, there’s a good mix of collage and doodling. It’s also where you’ll find a few of my favourite cards from this summer. Without any further ado, here’s the slideshow:

I’ll be back to my 365 Somethings in the next post. See you soon!

 

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Index-Card-a-Day part 1

Hi friends!

I know it’s been a while since I last wrote but with the start of a new school year, I have to get used to my routine and, to be honest, this time around, I’m especially tired. For those of you who don’t know, I’m an educator (not a teacher) and work with pre-k and kindergarten students (4-5 years old). It requires a lot of energy and patience!

Anyway, back to blogging. Last time, I told you about my cruise. Well, after I came back, I was land sick for over a week but, thankfully, I was still on vacation. However, I didn’t get back to my daily art and, in fact, I barely created anything until June. Which is when Index-Card-A-Day started. I love participating in ICAD because other than creating something on a simple index card on a daily basis, there’s no obligation. It doesn’t have to be a work of art. It doesn’t have to be done with fancy supplies. As long as you make something, anything, on or with your index card, you’ve met the challenge. And every time that I participate, I’m reminded of how easy it is to be creative when you adopt a daily practice and don’t get picky about your supplies.

I created a little slideshow of the first half of my cards and you can view it below. I’ll show the second half soon. Enjoy and come back soon!

The first half of cards I made for ICAD 2018.
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Week 9 of 365 Somethings

I don’t have a lot to show you in this post because at the time (February 26th to March 4th), I was getting ready for my vacation. I’ll tell you all about that in the next post.

Photos 1, 2, and 3 show the pages of a mini colouring book I made with robots, aliens and gamer stamps. I wanted something that boys would prefer. I never got around to making photocopies of my mini colouring books but hopefully that will happen this school year.

Photos 4 and 5 are of two birthday cards using the same model but one in portrait mode and on in landscape mode. One of them was given to a friend for her birthday.

And, lastly, a quick page in my small art journal.

With these last creations, my total was at 81 out of 365 somethings. I was happy to be ahead but unfortunately, I stopped being productive for a while. That’s the thing about any practice really: if you don’t do it daily (or at the very least weekly), it easily goes away and then it’s harder to get back into it. I spent 3 months “off” but thanks to ICAD, I’m back “on”!

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Week 8 of 365 Somethings

I don’t know about you, friends, but lately, the Universe has been sending me lots of messages and I’m not sure what to do with it all. I was involved in a car accident over the weekend. Thankfully I’m not hurt but my car is out of commission for a few weeks. I’ve had a few bumps in the past but never anything like this. Hopefully, my insurance will cover everything since I was not at fault (the driver in front me backed into my car when he tried to change lanes because the road was blocked at the light where we were stopped) but it’s still a bit stressful. Anyway, as I said, I wasn’t hurt which is the important thing. Things can always get fixed or replaced.

So, with that out of the way, let’s get to business! Above you can see my creations for week 8, which ran from February 19th to the 25th.

  1. For this card, I used a background I had previously done with watercolour. I used a silhouette stamp, stamping it a couple of times to fill the bottom and a simple “Thanks” stamp in the right corner.
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  3. I used patterned papers that could work for either boy or girl for these “Thank you” and “Baby” cards. With this set, I decided to make more cards in french with the idea of selling them at the school where I work (a french speaking elementary school) to help raise money for a charity.
  4. I love this feather stamp and wanted to try an ombré stamping technique. It more or less worked, in my opinion. I liked the result enough to make a couple of bookmarks (which where quickly given away to friends!)
  5. Remember the wrapping papers from week 7? Well, I needed gift tags to add to the packages! I made two but since it was so small and so quick to create, I only count it as one item.
  6. Finally, a couple of sympathy cards. Another Pinterest inspiration. I love the text for the inside. It reads: “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven, where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. -Eskimo legend.

That’s it for week 8. See you soon with week 9!

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Week 7 of 365 Somethings

I have a question for you today: How do you use your rubber stamps besides making cards? I seem to have a hard time using them other ways which is what I attempted during week 7 (February 12th to 18th.)

  1. I started the week with a card because I needed one for my secret Valentine at work (those of us who participated picked a name and I got the teacher with whom I share the classroom so I was really happy about it!) But this card is different because the heart is actually a pocket and I had tucked a square chocolate in there.
  2. While I was happy with the card I had made, I decided it wasn’t enough so I made a treat bag the next day. I was able to put a couple tea bags (caffeine-free mint tea) and, if I remember correctly, four chocolate squares (individually wrapped Ghirardelli chocolates.) I ended up giving the card to another co-worker and the treat bag to my Valentine.
  3. On Valentine’s day itself, I decided I was over the day’s theme! I used an old file folder and a variety of papers to make a journal/sketchbook. I have a set of stamps I had bought especially for journals so it was the perfect reason to use them.
  4. When you have too many stamps and too much cardstock, you make your own patterned cardstock! Here, I used border stamps over and over and decided to stick to tone-on-tone for the colours. Now, I have to challenge myself to actually use these cardstocks!
  5. Finally, another way I was able to use some stamps was by making my own wrapping paper. I used plain kraft paper (the kind you use to wrap breakables) and a couple of stamps repeated in a few colours. It doesn’t make a very bright paper but when you know it’ll just end up in the recycling bin, does it really matter?

I only have two more weeks to share with you before posting about other things like my March vacation and ICAD. I might also show you a few craft projects made by my students. Until then, I have a nice weekend!

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