Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Come take your Selfie Here for a chance to Win a $50 Gift Certificate!

CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) in the States is Celebrating National Craft Month with a Selfie Contest.   As Canadians, we are invited to share our photos on their site but we, unfortunately, will not be eligible to win the $100 prize because of legal restrictions.

SOOOOO   I've decided to extend this offer to you and let you know that any Selfies taken in our Store during the month of March will be entered in an in-house draw for a $50 Gift Certificate.   Sound fun??  YAYYYYYY!

So get your creative selves down here and take a selfie.   Be creative!!   Show us what you love about getting crafty, inky, painty....  etc etc etc!  Take the photo in the Studio and post on Facebook and/or Twitter with the hashtag #NationalCraftMonth and #theArtHouseStudio and on April 2nd (that way no one thinks this is a April Fools Prank) I will randomly select a winner from the entries.
Creating Paint Magic at The Art House Studio *wink*
One Entry per Person...   although you can take multiple shots if you like :)   The Gift Certificate is not electronic, however, it can also be used with phone in orders if you're doing by from out of town.

SEE YOU SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please note the small print *smile*: by entering you are agreeing that I can re-post your selfie on this blog and on our Facebook and Twitter Page.  Thanks so much!

Monday, March 02, 2015

Hope for Haiti Banners

On Thursday evening, during my ustream broadcast, I created a banner in support of a fundraising initiative speerheaded by Canadian Scrapbooker team member Allison Orthner: Hope for Haiti.

She, along with Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine and Live Different, are raising money to build an Art/Music Classroom on the rooftop of a school that overlooks Cap Haitien, Haiti.

Art education sparks creativity, improves motor skills, builds confidence, promotes decision making/critical thinking skills, focus, collaboration -- all this and increases self esteem and is a proven aid to mental health.   Is there any wonder why I'm so passionate about it?  Every child deserves access to to art and the ability to express themselves through it.  I am thrilled to be able to support this effort.

Below is the recording of how I created these banners...   I hope you watch and it inspires you in some way!

Want to contribute to this initiative?  Every donation helps.   Tax receipts to Canadians donating more than $20 will be issued.   I hope you MAKE A BANNER TOO!


créer means create 
(en francais)

Supplies used:
6x8 piece of Canvas 
Acrylic Paints
Fineline Pen
Carving Rubber - Speedball
Carving Tools
Archival Ink (Jet Black) - Ranger
Misc Background Stamps - Christy Tomlinson for Unity Stamp
Misc Silks Acrylic Glaze - ColourArte

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Silk Scarf Painting with Susan

 We had a great day in the studio yesterday with Susan painting some fabulous silk scarves.

Nothing like getting creative with a group of people who like to play too!  Thanks for joining us at the studio and look for another silk painting class soon...  details to follow :)

Have a creative day!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Gelli Printing on Fabric

People have ask me all the time how I use my gelli plate to create printed fabric for my rag quilts and home dec projects here at the studio....

Well, here's how!!    It's much easier than you think!  Just print like it's paper - except use a fabric paint OR add fabric medium to your acrylic paints as you brayer them on your printing plate.  It's not difficult but it does open up a whole lot of possibilities, doesn't it?  Every Gelli lover should give this a try.

These are the fabrics that I made on my USTREAM broadcast last week....

I use similar ones in my Rag Quilting class and you may have seen pictures of those fabric sheets posted here on this bog.  But I also use these fabrics in my applique projects.   It's all great fun!

Enjoy the edited broadcast here and I'll see you live online tonight at 6:30 est! USTREAM LINK

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hope for Haiti

"Happy" Banner by Kim Gowdy
 One of my Canadian Scrapbooker team members is spearheading a fundraiser - Hope for Haiti.

Allison Orthner has teamed up with Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine and Live Different to raise money to build an Art/Music Room addition to a school overlooking Cap Haitien in Haiti.   I think this is FANTASTIC and would like to support it in any way I can.

Yesterday's Tuesday with the Team blog post, Kim Gowdy showed us how she created a Banner that will be taken to Haiti to decorate the new Art Room. I am saying WILL be taken because I believe we will raise the funds to make this project happen!! Very FUN banner, Kim!  Thank you for sharing that!  (read the blog post here)
Photo by Allison Orthner for Live Different

In support, in addition to my donation that I will be making here, I will create a banner too!  Be sure to watch my ustream broadcast tomorrow tonight (recorded live at Thursday 6:30 est) to see what I create!
Link to my ustream channel

I hope you create one too! And support this fabulous initiative!   Much thanks!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CHA Designer, Educator and Creative Professionals Meeting

I had a lovely day yesterday at Bead FX with some fellow creatives from the CHA Canadian DECP group!!   This was the first meeting I have been able to attend (because it was on a Monday - YAY) and they all made me feel so welcome.   THANKS GIRLS!!

Not being a beader, I had never been to Bead FX before.   Let me just say -- I will certainly be back for a class or two!   Not only do they have a VERY LARGE, bright, organized bead and accessory showroom, they also have 3 working classrooms.  One for beading, one for metal forging and other metal work and another for lampwork!!  Yes, a fully functional and decked out fused glass area.   WOW.   So impressed.  If you like to make jewelry, be sure to drop by their Toronto location!!   Thanks for hosting us, Bead FX!

CHA meetings mean fun creative time too!   We were treated to 3 different mini classes presented by some of the group members.

Pam from Bead FX showed us how to macrame with wire to create these fun bracelets.   A quick yet beautiful project we did in about an hour...  I picture our cadets doing something like this on one of our overnights!  

Nancy Donaldson, whom some of you know after taking wire jewelry and encaustic painting classes at our Mixed Minded event a couple of years ago, showed us what she has been doing with Soutache.   STUNNING!   I can see these embellishments (that she is making into jewelry) ending up on an art quilt or two in my future!  (not to mention as a pendent or two around my neck - hehe)

And Elizabeth Glenday, presenting the Westcott Shredder Scissors, had us create some fun paper flower bouquets...  Very Cute..
Look for my version of the flower bouquet and these scissors at ScrapFest in Kitchener.   They're pretty cool! *wink wink*

Have a creative day!  Hope to see you in the studio soon!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

from my inbox...

This awesome photo was sent to me this week ...  love it.   It's a photo of Gord taking close up snaps of a painting he worked on at the studio on the weekend.

Love having people in the studio creating, experimenting and enjoying each other.
Thanks for sharing, Gord (and Janet for taking the photo).

Have a creative day!