Looking forward to wonderful weather this coming weekend for the Georgina Studio Tour! I will once again be at Homestead Orchards in Sutton. I am there with the talented Thelma Sellers, and we are just upstairs from the yummy goodness of the Orchards baked goods, apple cider and of course apples!
If you are in the city the following weekend, please come to The Yoga & Wellness Show, taking place at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, Hall C in Toronto. The show runs September 29 to October 1st, and to entice you, print out the ticket below for FREE ADMISSION to the show!
So excited to be an exhibitor at the very first Creative Spark in the Park this Saturday in Guelph! If you are in the area, please drop by to see what wonderfulness these lovely, talented artisans are up to!
If you can’t be there this Saturday, maybe you will be lucky enough to be attending The Simplicity Project IGNITE YOUR LIFE event in Newmarket on Sunday June 25th.
At the end of this month, I will be an exhibitor at the Toronto Yoga Conference. I attended this event last year, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. This is a great show for the novice to the expert; even if you haven’t performed a single downward facing dog, this is a great place to check it out. You can choose to take a variety of classes, or simply stroll about and check out the hundreds of exhibitors.
Last year I discovered a amazing facial moisturizer at the Healthy Planet booth, wonderful skin care products from Toronto-based Parkdale Butter, and I bought the amazing Canadian Kickstarter-funded Knix Wear bra. All of these vendors will once again be at this show. I am so excited (for all the shopping opportunities)!
I am busy creating new canvases, making hand-bound journals and maybe conjuring up some surprises!
This quote is by an incredible lady named Emily Rosen, who I follow on Instragram.
My booth is #311. If you are in the area, drop by and say hi. If you would like FREE tickets to this show, running March 31st to April 2, click below.
Currently, I am on a journal-making frenzy! I was asked to make a large travel journal as a wedding present for newlyweds travelling around the world on their honeymoon. I loved the finished product so much, it gave me a bit of travel fever! I love to re-use old books, tons of ephemera as well as incorporating my art into the pages.
I will have a brand new batch of them November 12 in Uxbridge at the USS Drama Students Fundraiser. Check out my events page for more information.
Currently, my art is also on display at beyondCRAFT at the Latcham Gallery in Stouffville throughout the weekend.
I am fortunate to have a lovely supply of very old, western red cedar at my disposal to play with. So along with my wanderlust series of photographic images I have taken in my travels & transferred onto wooden blocks, I have decided to use this wood to showcase my mixed-media images.
Some blocks have the live edge on them, others do not & instead all the sides are painted. They are wonderfully heavy; they can be put on a book shelf or stand beside a lamp on a end table. And of course they can easily be hung up on a wall.
So excited to see my third project on the Joggles blog! To see how I created this house, head over by clicking here.
I am working feverishly on getting ready for the Waterfront Artisan Market June 18 & 19. It will be a great Father’s Day weekend in Toronto on the picturesque Queen’s Quay. Stay tuned to my Instagram account (@nadyaedwards) this week as I send out sneak peeks of what I will have at the show.
My latest Joggles Design Team project can be seen in its entirety on the Joggles blog. I really enjoyed creating this wooden house with a photo I took in Paris. It was one of several shots I had taken atop the Arc d’Triomphe. I had walked the perimeter of the arch taking photos that I hope to piece together one day. These views were some of my favourite photos & memories of our 10 day stay in Paris back in 2010.
Hello great weather! Before I head outdoors for the weekend, I am very thrilled to share my first project as a Joggles Design Team Member!
I have acquired several foam stamps over the years, but when I received the Joggles Foam Stamps I was intrigued! I have been trying to get myself to art journal more, so now was my chance.
Mono printing has been my passion lately, so it was natural that I would try out the foam stamps with my Gel Press Reusable Print Plate – 8″x10″.
I started off with 3 colours of acrylic paints on an 8×10 Gel Press Reusable Print Plate. I used a Speedball 2”Rubber Brayer to spread the paint in a smooth, blending fashion, until the gel surface was completely covered.
I then pressed the Wonky Layered Circles Foam Stamp onto the wet paint in a random fashion, making sure to press the newly transferred paint on the foam stamp to scrap paper each time. This allows the foam stamp to pick up more paint when it was stamped again on the gel plates. (If you are like me, you don’t waste that stamped image, but use it on other journal pages, cardstock or on tags for later.)
The 8×10 gel plate fits perfectly onto my Small Dylusions Creative Journal, so I carefully laid it onto a blank two page spread. I pressed on the plate making sure to get into the crease between the pages.
Pulling the gel plate off, I had effectively transferred a monoprint into my art journal!
I then added blue & green acrylic paint to the plate, but instead of mixing them, I kept them separate, thinking that I wanted a blue sky, green land layout. I stamped the Teardrops in the Round Foam Stamp into the blue paint and used the end of a paintbrush to make marks in the green.Then I once again layered it onto the art journal, making sure that the blue was on top.
Using my Ranger Mini Round Ink Blender Tool, I applied Tim Holtz Distress Paint – Black Soot to the Wonky Striped Border Foam Stamp.
I then stamped it on the edge between the blue and green. I envisioned this stamp as a row of houses.
I went back to Teardrops in the Round Foam Stamp, added Tim Holtz Distress paint Mustard Seed using the Dina Wakley Media Brush -1/2”flat brush. I stamped it in the left top corner to make it look like the sun.
It did not stand out as much as I had intended, so after I cleaned the foam stamp and let the page dry, I embossed to give it some texture. I inked the Foam Stamp using an embossing pad then tried to position it back as close to the original as I could (without fretting too much over it). I then sprinkled Ranger Clear Embossing Powder over the stamped image and tapped off the excess powder back into its container. Using my Ranger Heat It Craft Tool, I melted the embossing powder.
Now is was time to play! Using my Micron Pigma Pens, I doodled in house peaks, windows & doors. To highlight, I used a white Uni Ball Signo pen on the roof, in the windows & doors.
Int this point, I knew I wanted to write below the village but the space looked too big. Using the Joggles Wonky Bubbles Foam Stamp, I stamped several images side by side on white yardstick using Jet Black Archival Ink.
I then cut 1/2 inch strips out of the cardstock and glued them down under the houses, leaving about 1/2”spaces in between.
In the space below the houses, I used a great quote by Stephen Covey, but started running out of room, so I had to shorten it by a few words. I could have used typed words, rub-ons or stickers, but I wanted to force myself to use my own handwriting, hence the human error of running out of room!
I really enjoyed using the Joggles foam stamps. I found they were quick and easy to use with minimum clean-up. I think my journal page turned out really well. What do you think?
If you would like to see this project on the Joggles website, or you would like direct links to any of the products I used, please press HERE.