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

top 3 projects on the go!

top 3 projects on the go

On this blustery February day, I am happily in my studio creating with lots of colour. I can’t quite believe that I am heading into my 4th One of A Kind Spring Show! If you plan on attending, please use my OOAK link to save money on your online ticket purchase.

So what’s currently on the go you ask…

#1: I am creating many mixed-media canvases, including my whimsical girls, Buddhas & mermaids. New & old quotes, different backgrounds, experimenting with assorted art supplies, all this & more can be found in my canvases. This great quote is from the very wonderful, Tina Fey.

#2: I have been working on this project for a while now. Using old barn board & my photography, I have created unique little wooden houses. Whether they bring back memories of your travels or simply entice you to dream of creating new ones, these petites maisons are pretty perfect!

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#3: Finally, I too have got mono print fever and have chosen to create some collage animals on canvas.

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Let me know what you think!

with gratitude…nadya

I had to face the facts.

DIna WakleyDon’t you hate being the last person to the party? Last year, Dina Wakley, a fabulous favourite mixed-media artist came to Toronto, and by the time I found out about it, all of her classes were completely booked. So this year I was rock-show-quick to secure my spot in her class at Bizzy B. And to compensate for previously missed classes — I took 2!

face sketchI have always been afraid of faces — drawing them that is, so I signed up for Facing the Facts, and I couldn’t believe how the faces just came to life! I’m not sure why they seems angry, but I will work on that. I was so inspired I think I will take the 100 Faces in 100 days challenge started by that class on FB.

me & Dina

me & Dina

Next, in Graffiti of My Life, I created an art journal using techniques like colour field wash, confined collage & book binding with acrylic paints & ink on watercolour paper. It was intense!

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I will definitely use some of these techniques I learned at the GACAG KidzArt Saturday Connection art class I am teaching Saturday, June 29. If you would like to know where I will be this summer, check my EVENTS page for upcoming shows.

with gratitude, nadya

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The Countdown Has Begun!

Beautiful winter day. Snowed in. Kids home. Created all day.

The countdown to the Spring One of a Kind Show is on. Two months less a day — but who’s counting! The next couple of weeks I will blog more often, say less, show more. Please tell me what you think!

Click on these image below to enlarge them.

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Stayed tuned for coupons to the show!

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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Thanks for checking in!

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