Monday, December 31, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

Large Mongo Canvas - USTREAM

Even USTREAM had enough...  LOL   It was  a long canvas painting broadcast last night while but so worth it :) I created this 3'x4' canvas (yes, that is feet - not inches) while online last night.   The record cut off after the max time limit was hit (LOL) but I kept going.  THANK YOU to all those who stuck it out through the long ugly stage! *smile*
I am happy how it turned out :)  ...but reserve the right to add something tomorrow !  LOL

Hope you're having a creative day....  I am open tomorrow (Sat) but Closed after that until Jan 2 for New Years.   I will be in and out of the studio all weekend so feel free to call if you have any questions or are looking for something in particular.  You know I'm happy to help!

The Christmas Love Campaign...

I was honoured to be asked to be a part of Susan Weckesser's Christmas Love Campaign and contribute to the Designer Chat.  My "little chat" was posted today on her blog.   Here is the link

Be sure to check out some of the other designer "chats" too - they're lovely!!  Such a wonderful idea Susan.  Thanks for having me a part of it!

Hope you're having a creative day!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Gelli Printed Backgrounds - USTREAM

created these two fun paintings on "stamping cardstock" using the Gelli Plate, some Crafter's Workshop Stencils, paints and yes, there be some stamps on there too!

I really like how these turned out.  As you can see I framed the one picture already *wink*
Here's the video.  

Hope you have a creative day!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

How about a little JUMPSTART this January?

I'm so excited to be part of Creative JumpStart 2013! 

After last year's success Nathalie Kalbach decided to organize another Creative JumpStart! About 4,500 subscribers joined last year...amazing.    Can't wait to see how many people participate this year!

We will help you get back into the creative groove and get your creative juices flowing by showing you "3 Ways to ..."    
Take a look at who is participating!

The Creative JumpStart Summit 2013 Trailer from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Here's how it works:

Throughout January we will share videos showing tutorials to inspire you.
  • To participate, you must sign up for the Creative JumpStart 2013 newsletter HERE. In January 2013, you will receive a daily link and password to unlock the view of the materials each day.
  • On some days our sponsors will have a giveaway for you (you will receive two newsletters those days).
  • Enjoy the presentations and be inspired to be more creative—all for FREE! If you like it, you can donate to the cause - check it out here.

Go ahead!!  Join the creativity!!!!!   What a way to "JumpStart" the New Year!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I'm just a little tease....

Working on some new in studio AND ONLINE classes for the new year.  So exciting!!
This is part of one I was playing with today.....

wet your whistle yet?   Stay tuned .... more to come in January!
Have a creative day!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Some Great Gift Ideas at the Studio...

Looking for some fun gift suggestions?
Here's something vintage loving scrapbookers will love!   Graphic 45's Place in Time paper pads and some fabulous flip Easel Albums.  Create a display page a month and flip to display just like a calendar.  Super Cool
Graphic 45 Place in Time Paper Packs
(8x8 or 12x12)
& Easel Albums and Matchbox Album Covers
Or....  someone you love interested in ink sprays?
Here's a group of 3 Dylusions or Color Shine spray inks packaged with a handy Colour Catcher.  A collapsible spray box that will fit beautifully in your crop bag.
Coordinating Ink Sprays and handy Colour Catcher 
Speaking of crops and crop bags, Check out these fun NEW embossing powders from Wow! Embossing in the UK.   AND...  yes, they also have super cute carry cases perfect for crops that hold 6 or 12 powder containers.   Buy 6 or 12 and get the coordinating case for $1!  Pick your own colours or let us choose an assortment for you...
NEW!  Wow Embossing Powders and fun carry cases
(6 or 12 pack)
Love to colour?   If you know about Prismacolour Premier Pencils, you'll know what a great deal this is!   We have the 48ct Tin of Prisma Premier  Pencil, Solvent and 3 paper stomps for $85 ...  Regular $120!
Prismacolour Premier Pencils with Solvent & Paper Stomps 
And yes, we have Zentangle books too!   For kids AND wannabe kids *smile*
Also available, and a beautiful complement to the books, Micron Zentangle Kits that include different sized pens, a pencil and some Zentangle papers too.   
Zentangle Books and Pen Set
Looking for something fun for your tweens and teens to do between New Year's and School?

How about a Fabulous Polymer Clay Class with Alyssa Light?  Alyssa will be at the studio on Wednesday January 2 and will host a class for kids 10 and up on how you can create your own one of a kind clay beads and pendants to wear.  SUPER FUN!  Make it a GREAT gift - include a clay sampler and tools so after the class you can create for beads and pendants at home!
Sculpey Clay Samplers and Tools

So many fun things you can do this holiday!

Hope you have a Merry Christmas and that you get something creative in your stocking this year!
Have a creative day! Ho Ho Ho

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Souls Take Flight - USTREAM Broadcast

Thank you for watching me create this canvas last night.  As always, I loved creating with you!

For those of you who didn't get the opportunity to watch live, this canvas (named by Ms Kelly Panacchi - who did watch last night) was inspired by the events of the day.   A tribute (of sorts) to the 26 souls who died in CT yesterday.

As requested by the viewers last night, I will be creating some note cards of this canvas and will offer them for sale so that the proceeds can be sent to the families of the victims.  I will also offer up the original canvas for "silent auction" with the proceeds going to the families as well.  So, please watch for more information about this when the cards are created and an established fund is in place for the families.

Thank you again for joining me last night!   Art is therapy!
Have a creative day!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I spy with my little eye...

that someone else created a tree canvas too!

I am so happy to share this...   Wendy sent this to me a little while ago.  It's a pic of her tree inspired by my USTREAM Broadcast (here's it's youTube link) .   LOVE it...  and the cute crow and bauble she added for a personal touch.  Thanks for sharing, Wendy

I also got in some Christmas Cards with My Tree Canvas printed on it.  I'm selling them in the studio $3 ea or 5 for $12.  How fun is that.?

I am running a little give a way on our Facebook Page today.  
Share a link to your Christmas Cards in the Card Post and I will send a pack of 5 of my cards to one person who posted. (Randomly selected around 10 EST - open to all)   I hope you share your card creations!  Love to see what people create!

Less than two weeks until Christmas....   Are you getting in the spirit?
Hope you're having a creative day

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Just a little photo shoot....

On Friday I had a GREAT time with my photographer Holly (Photos by Holly) at a photo shoot for some new head shots, photos for my new website (coming soon - I hope) and for some online projects soon to be announced.     Whoo Hoo!  BUT, oh good golly....  I think I should not have had that "hit" of cold meds   (can you tell I was sick for a couple of weeks?)  - or is that really me?  LOL  What's life without a few smiles, eh???

Thanks Holly!!   
Love the pics!!
If you live in the Waterloo Region you should really consider trusting Holly with your photographs - Family AND Business!   She's awesome  - can you tell I highly recommend her?  We've used her services for all our family photos for a few years now.   Treasure them all!

Have a creative day everyone!

Friday, December 07, 2012

One Starry Canvas

Thanks to those who were able to log onto USTREAM to watch me create this fun Starry Canvas. I had oodles of fun making it - as always!  Painting makes me smile!

The only thing I added after the record of last night's broadcast was some metallic paint applied with some bubble wrap.

Here's the recorded stream for you to enjoy.
But be sure to come on by the studio to see for yourself.  It's hanging proudly on the wall right now and will be in the window in January.

If you do come by the studio Saturday (Dec 8) -- remember to bring gifts to wrap!  The Sea Cadets are holding a fundraiser in the studio - They will wrap your gifts for you while you enjoy a nice cup of hot cider for a donation to their corp program.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Holy Moly.... Stuff keeps arriving!

I have been very busy getting new things into the studio.   Look what has already arrived....
Oh my, YES!  It's here!  The WHITE Big Brush Pen!   I think I have to play with this during tomorrow night's USTREAM broadcast......

and the Faber-Castell Gelato Gift Sets are back in stock too!  YAY!!!

 Also NEW to the studio -- 30 fabulous colours of WOW! Embossing powders (and their accessories.  Wait till you see the fun little carry cases!)
See...  Aren't they cute?  We'll be filling these with some coordinating colours and packaging them up pretty for Christmas

And, expected today....  Drumroll Please.....
In honour of Joanne Sharpe's Classes at the studio in February we are getting in
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pens

AND  Tombow's Dual Brush Pens too!!!

Look for these in the online store soon.

Hope you're having a creative week!  See you online tomorrow night AND if you are in the Cambridge area, Don't forget that Downtown Galt and the Cambridge Market is having a BIG CHRISTMAS MARKET and OPEN HOUSE this weekend!  
Friday evening and Saturday Market and Christmas Vendors, Santa, Horse Drawn Rides, a Beaver Tail or two AND....  Come by the Studio to get your 
Bring your gifts purchased at any downtown merchant, or the market craft vendors to the studio and the cadets will wrap them up for the holidays for you!  Donations to the Cadet Program welcome.  See you soon!!!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Christmas in Cambridge Market and Downtown Open House

The Christmas in Cambridge Market will see new vendors join forces with the already successful Cambridge Farmers' Market and the Galt on the Grand BIA Open House to attract an even larger holiday season crowd. New vendors will be in market square, and City Hall to create a one-stop shopping destination for unique gifts, seasonal food and a great shopping atmosphere and experience. Food trucks, wine and beer tasting, Beaver Tails and more.

Friday, December 7, 4-9pm and Saturday, December 8, 8am - 3pm

The Art House Studio is thrilled to be participating in this event.  We'll have some hot cider and I'll have Gift Certificates and "Baskets" available to purchase and complimentary wrapping too!  (with a donation to the Region's Sea Cadet Corp)

Hope you can join us......


Looking for something specific under the tree?   Let us know!  When your favourite gift giver comes looking for a gift we'll know you'd like (and in which colour *smile*)  so we can help!

Contact the studio by email - subject: Gift Registry (Your Name), give us a call 519 267 6620 or drop on in and write your list yourself.  Oh what a creative holiday it will be!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Meet Joanne Sharpe

“Whimsical art maker” Joanne Sharpe is a colorful mixed media artist and enthusiastic teacher with a passion for art journaling, lettering, doodling and illustration. Joanne’s playful art has been featured in the popular publications Cloth Paper Scissors, Studios, Somerset Studio, Somerset Art Journaling and Somerset Apprentice magazines. In addition to teaching nationwide, she has been licensing artwork to the craft, fabric and giftware markets for two decades. 

And guess what everyone ... She's coming here this February!
She will be teaching 4 classes here at the Art House Studio:

Oh My Word -  Artful Lettering Inspiration Journals

Saturday February 16, 2013

Class Time: 10am to 4:30pm
a light working lunch will be served - contact the studio if you have any dietary concerns.

Do you have handwriting envy? Drooling over art journals pages thinking, “I wish I could write like that”.  This workshop will discover and embrace lettering ideas and samples while learning “artful lettering” style secrets using pens, markers on inky water colored background pages.  Create a composition book journal of practice pages, lettering styles, inspirational samples, quotes and sayings.  Focus on identifying your own distinct lettering preferences, composition and aesthetically pleasing pages.  
SUPPLIES: Bring a wide ruled, school grade hard cover composition book, your favorite lettering markers, black pens, alcohol markers like Copic, Prismacolor or Spectrum Noir, Microns, etc. 

Decorative Doodling

Saturday February 16, 2013
6:30pm to 9:30pm

After this workshop you’ll be a Doodling Diva!   Learn colorful sophisticated doodling techniques to create stylized drawings and page decoration for your journals, cards, sketchbooks and mixed media pieces.  Explore repetitive line work, organic elements, and whimsical patterning that will inspire and define your own “decorative doodle” style.  You’ll experience the fun and therapeutic benefits of artful doodling, using 15 techniques with pens and paint (watercolors, Twinks, Silks) to create pages of whimsical borders and brilliant illustrations in your  6”x8” Visual Journal (provided).  No experience necessary, really!
*NOTE: This is not Zentangle, but a whimsical organic approach to decorative drawing, lettering and sketching. 

SUPPLIES: Your favorite black ink pens in various tip sizes such as Pitt Pens, Microns, Sharpies, small watercolor set, #4 watercolor brush, Niji or Sakura waterbrush, markers for coloring.


Sunday February 17, 2013
10am - 1pm (3hours)

Combine words, quotes, artful lettering, decorative doodles and vibrant watercolors to create a magical miniature journal and accordion book.   Learn whimsical art techniques through simple line drawing, hand lettering and painting exercises. Experiment with rich, vibrant color using dye based markers, liquid watercolors and Peerless paint palettes.  Take home two handmade gems, little books full of your own colorful creative expression.

SUPPLIES: Pencil, eraser, black waterproof fine tip pens (Sharpie, Micron or Pitt pens), glue stick, scissors, Niji or Sakura waterbrush.

Sunday February 17, 2013
2pm - 5pm (3 hours)
It’s alphabet soup on paper!  Learn 26 different hand lettering styles using pens, markers, paint and paper. Create stylized letters based in art and design principles to inspire your own alphabets.   Draw, doodle, color and create letters with consistent elements to make whole alphabets for your lettering projects.

SUPPLIES: Bring your favorite lettering markers, black pens, alcohol markers like Copic, Prismacolor or Spectrum Noir, Microns, etc., pencil, eraser, watercolors and waterbrush.

I am thrilled to pass on some exciting info.   Starting TODAY, Joanne is offering a
on a special blog she has set up.  Here is the LINK to all the information.   I hope you join me -- cause you know I'll be participating!