collage house

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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.

with gratitude…nadya

paris house

paris house

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.

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with gratitude…nadya

Joggles Design Team-Village Journal Page

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!

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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.

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My Process:

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″.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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Pulling the gel plate off, I had effectively transferred a monoprint into my art journal!

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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.

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Using my Ranger Mini Round Ink Blender Tool, I applied Tim Holtz Distress Paint – Black Soot to the Wonky Striped Border Foam Stamp.

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I then stamped it on the edge between the blue and green. I envisioned this stamp as a row of houses.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

with gratitude…nadya

Toronto One of a Kind Show 2013 – Mermaids by Nadya Edwards

Artist Nadya Edwards Mermaids

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When I decided to bring a mermaid to life on canvas, she was my inspiration.  Lately I have been drawn back to her beauty in terms of colour and magnificent form.  I am looking forward to showing these pieces at the Toronto One of a Kind Show coming up from March 27-31st, 2013!

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People often ask me about the supplies I use. Currently, my top 3 favourite supplies to create mermaid canvases with are: a very limited supply of beautiful Indian paper I found in a discount bin of an art supplies store years ago which I use for her tail; Golden Fluid Acrylic paint in Iridescent Gold for the highlights in her hair, & FW Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic paint in amazing Waterfall Green.

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Many years ago, Mr CFO and I decided we would get tattoos to mark a significant birthday in our lives. About 5 minutes after it was decided, he deposited a piece of paper in front of me with his tattoo image. “Something like that,” he said. Done. It was meaningful, symbolic and totally him. Of course it was. This sent me into an instant tizzy.  My year long quest commenced, trying to figure out what my tattoo was going to be of. Who was I, what did I stand for, what did I want to imbed in ink into my skin forever?! It ranked up there with choosing my china pattern, when we were newly engaged babies eating off mismatched dishes at university and suddenly having to pick expensive dishes that symbolized our future lives together. Looking back on my journey, it did turn out to be pretty profound, but I’ll save that story for another day.

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The image that I ultimately chose was a mermaid. I have always loved the ocean and the creatures that inhabit the water. Jaws remains one of my favourite movies; it simultaneously terrified & intrigued me. I wanted to be Jacques Cousteau’s right-hand man. Alas, I chose to keep my adventures on land in Ontario, and sadly with no ocean, my inner marine biologist was put on permanent hold. Instead, I learned to scuba dive and decided to marvel at aquatic life as a temporary visitor.

The mermaid is said to, “represent a woman who is at ease in the great waters of life”. I see her as strong & independent, feminine & playful, all qualities I admire and want to emulate. She is loving, adventurous, kind & daring. She is also said to symbolize our connection with our deepest instinctive feelings, feelings that lie below the surface of our outward personality. So with that in mind, I set out to find my mermaid. In the end, I created her with pencil and paper on a road-trip from Florida homeward bound. I handed my sketch over to a local tattoo artist and he brought her to life. She has been guarding my back for the last 6 years, helping me to live authentically and embrace my creativity.

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How do you connect with mermaids? I’d love your feedback! Don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too via the commentluv feature here on the site. And don’t forget to come see me in by booth at the OOAK!

Nadya

 

 

No more pencils, no more books…

altered canvas bookLast week I had the pleasure of attending a workshop in Cambridge with the very talented  Anna Dabrowska. She is a mixed-media artist, designer & teacher from Poland, and Karen Ellis, owner of The Art House was fortunate enough to host this 5 hour class, where we created mixed-media journals, learning Anna’s collage style of using rich layers & details. The time flew as I gessoed, painted with my fingers and learned new uses for masking tape and tea bags!

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Since I am not the apron-type, and we were asked to brinIMG_2434g them, I dug deep and found my university lab coat. Speaking of school, I have to admit I love learning. Sign me up for a class every week and I’d be there (if money grew on trees — which incidentally it doesn’t in Canada anymore). Sometimes you learn new things, sometimes you realize the way you are going about it is good too. I love walking down the business and school supplies aisles — don’t even get me started on back to school sales.

Here is my latest business card — made using Avery shipping tags:

IMG_2489I have a hard time sticking to one business card. As I evolve, I try to incorporate new products & techniques that I am using into my business cards. It is cost effective and people seem to love them. So here is a little tutorial on how I create them:

STEP 1: I make them in batches using AVERY 13035 Shipping Tags size 5. The cards are placed on a Ranger non-stick Craft Sheet. IMG_2465

 

 

 

STEP 2: I use Ranger Adirondack Colour Wash dyes. All the colours coordinate, so you can’t mess up — they blend beautifully.

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STEP 3: Spray 2 squirts of 3 sprays onto the craft sheet.

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STEP 4: Smoosh the tag across the colours, checking the tag as you go until it is full of colour.Then either air dry or use a heating tool (I use the Ranger Heat It Craft Tool) to quickly dry the tags.

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STEP 5: I choose a stencil then along with Ranger Distress Stain in Picket Fence, I stencil on the tag.

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STEP 6: To use up the stain on the stencil, I  flip the stencil over and press it onto another tag to transfer the residual stain. Dry.

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STEP 7: Choose a stamp, ink it & stamp on image on tag.

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STEP 8: Place pertinent information on the flip side. I used AVERY 18663 Clear Mailing Labels. Tie on raffia or ribbon to finish.

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