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!

Joggles Design Team-Village Journal Page

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.

Joggles Design Team-Village Journal Page

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.)

Joggles Design Team-Village Journal Page

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.

Joggles Design Team-Village Journal Page

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

Joggles Design Team-Village Journal Page

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.

Joggles Design Team-Village Journal Page

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

Joggles Design Team-Village Journal Page

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

Joggles Design Team-Village Journal Page

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.

Joggles Design Team-Village Journal Page

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.

Joggles Design Team-Village Journal Page

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.

Joggles Design Team-Village Journal Page

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.

Joggles Design Team-Village Journal Page

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.

Joggles Design Team-Village Journal Page

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

Back to School: Dorm Living

dormlivingWhat a sight it was to see my work featured on the One of a Kind OnLine newsletter! And how appropriate, since Miss Know-It-All is headed away to school!

I am in the midst of updating my OOAK Online Shop, so please contact me if you have any questions.

Coming soon… a new product to be unveiled! Stay tuned!

with gratitude… nadya

 

Open for business!

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The One of a Kind Online Shop is now open! Now you can buy handmade 24/7. I often leave the show thinking, “I forgot to get…” or worse, “I really love that — which aisle was it in?”. No more. From the comfort of your computer (jammies & coffee) to your phone or tablet (travel time — when someone else is at the wheel of course!), you can peruse makers, designers & artisans from all across Canada. Click on the above logo to get to the main website. Click on either of the photos below to get you directly to my products.

New! Prints of many of my canvases are available in blank card format. Now they are printed on thick 16pt, sustainably sourced paper stock with a light satin coating on the outside, and uncoated on the inside for easier writing. Included is a thick, white envelope.

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They look & feel awesome! The cards are roughly 4×6 (105mmx148mm). Choose from girls, homes, buddhas & more. Buy 4 cards & get 1 free! I also have some new, original canvases on the site. Take a look.

For the month of May, I will be offering FREE SHIPPING on everything in my shop.

Let me know what you think!

with gratitude…nadya

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Simplicity Malas

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Rudraksha beads & turquoise convertible necklace/bracelet.

Happy New Year Everyone! The last few months have been full of challenges, and I am repeatedly reminded of the dichotomy of the human spirit. We never really know what we are capable of until we are forcibly confronted with a situation that makes us battle with a strength we never knew we had, yet at the same time we are constantly reminded of how fragile we are. We can be stronger than we ever imagined yet we can teeter on the edge of the rabbit hole, hoping not to fall in, but fearing that we might.

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108 rudraksha bead necklace with turquoise pendant

With that in mind, it is interesting that I was approached by Jenn Pike to create mala beads for Simplicity Yoga. I agreed and hurriedly rushed off to figure out what a mala was! Once I realized mala or prayer beads can be regarded as very spiritual, I  immersed myself in this world in an attempt to create jewellery that was as authentic as possible. Along the way, I learned a lot about the stones I like to use in my jewellery making. I usually work from an aesthetic point of view with semi-precious stones — I use what I like the look of, but finding out the potential healing powers of stones like rose quartz, amethyst & turquoise, both physically as well as mentally has been a real eye-opener.

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I have enjoyed learning about & making mala bead jewellery, and although I have a few pieces at the yoga studio, for the time being I will only be creating made-to-order items. I get the rudraksha beads (the brown seed or pods) directly from India, so I currently have a limited supply. The necklaces are generally ~ $60 and the bracelets $30. If you are interested, please email me.

My main efforts for the next several months will be getting ready for the One Of A Kind Spring Art Show in Toronto, running from March 26-30th at the Direct Energy Centre. This will be my second year, but the first time in a booth! More space, more canvases, new ideas. Better get back to work!

 

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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.

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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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3 Things I Learned at the Toronto One of a Kind Spring Show

Nadya Edwards - Mixed Media artist

Me & Miss Know-It-All in front of my “booth” – click image to enlarge

I am back!

First off, I would like to thank everyone who came out to the Toronto One of a Kind Spring Show to support me. I had a fabulous 5 days of meeting awesome people and feeling like I belonged there. The show has truly opened up so many doors for me!

3 Things the BIG SHOW taught me:

1. I can never be too organized.

2. Expect the unexpected and be prepared to deal with it.

3. Don’t underestimate the buying power of people who like my art.

 

My 9 square foot booth built by Mr CFO was set up in our living room for about a month. We had the cards & canvases displayed on it, and tried to anticipate its workflow. Yet the first day of the show, I was still scrambling around my booth trying to organize myself. “Can you make this with that, or can you do this on a huge canvas?” were questions I was constantly asked and at one point, I felt I was haggling in Mexico. I was so eager to please, I practically offered to do a huge, custom canvas for someone for a cost that barely covered the canvas — without a deposit!

I quickly learned to slow down, enjoy the conversations and really listen to what people were saying. Having said that, I didn’t think “big” enough. My bags for cards were only big enough to hold about 2 cards — people tended to buy more than 2 at a time. Also, when I saw people looking and enquiring about more than one canvas, I always assumed they were trying to decide between one or the other. Imagine my surprise when a couple stacked up 5 and bought them!

The morning of the first day of the show, I woke up and thought, “I  was chosen to exhibit my work at the OOAK show?!”  Even after 2 months it was still sinking in for me. I was so busy getting ready for the show, I had not allowed myself the celebration of the acceptance. Set up the night before had me stressed, a head full of ache and trying to stay well in the midst of sickness in my family. Thank goodness my kindred spirit — Ms Over-Analyzer was there to help me. She set up all the canvases and generally took care of me.

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Favourite OOAK purchases over the years – click image to enlarge

This show has been a religious experience for me for the past 2 decades. Beautiful things adorn our home that have been purchased there. The relationships that we have built with artists at that show, the stories, the memories. Now suddenly I am on the other side — I am the artist. The support and feedback I received there last month have meant so much to me. Miss Know-It-All was an amazing asset to me the 2 days she helped out. She was the efficient businessperson & salesperson extrordinaire, allowing me to wander around on the last day, (this time not as much as a shopper, but as an exhibitor, planning my official booth space for next year’s spring show). Yes, I will be back next year, perhaps even sooner (cross your fingers).

OOAK Easter Bunny Entry

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Check out my Easter Bunny Contest entry at The Toronto OOAK, entitled “Peter Rabbit”. So many came to my booth to tell me how much they liked him, which was so awesome because there were so pretty incredible entries!

 

 

 

Were you there at the show? Share your experience with me – I love getting feedback. And don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too via the commentluv feature here on the site.

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