Design, Lettering

 

A few weeks ago my friend Kat and I participated in a Linocut Printmaking Class, hosted here in town by Lee Valley. Neither of us were entirely sure what to expect from the class but we were both pleasantly surprised!

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In progress work. I was the last one to finish my carving…carving around the letters was much harder than I thought it would be!

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And finished work! It was really fun to learn the process of making the linocut and then getting it onto the page. Am planning to get the materials on my own and try some more projects over the summer!

Hand Lettering

Design, Lettering

On Sunday Dustin and I were getting our creative on and spent the afternoon working on some hand lettering. I think I would really like to take a calligraphy class but in the meantime I was letting myself get inspired by all of the great lettering online…especially on Pinterest. This is a direct copy, and I inverted the colours, but here is my first go:

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Inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/60446819972643992/

I’m back!

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Well, it has been an extended hiatus away from Fine Arts & Freckles but I have returned with excitement. I have been feeling a little overwhelmed in the ‘arts & crafts’ department for a little while now but I am determined to get back on track. I saw something on Instagram a while ago that really hit me:

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…not sure how it exactly happened but so many ideas of projects I want to do just got all jumbled in my head and for some reason I just stopped doing anything!

So here are some of the things I am excited for:

1. Cooking – I am just at the tail’s end of a one week cleanse/eating challenge and while it has been difficult it has really started inspiring me in the kitchen to think about things I would like to make that I never have. Cold rolls are near the top of the list!

2. Sewing – A couple of months ago I decided to redeem some AirMiles points as I suspect I will never have enough for a flight (Aeroplan is another story) and purchased a sewing machine. Not going to start with anything too ambitious but I have been eyeing up our too long living room curtains for about a year and I have a couple of really great pillows that came with not-as-great covers that I would like to attempt to create new covers for.

3. Designing – I am not so sure where I want to start here but I love stationery and notebooks and cards so instead of talking about it so much I am going to carve out some creative time for myself and start designing. 

I also heard about a pottery class this spring that sounded pretty interesting. I think I might be too late for registration but I am still looking into it.

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Alright. Time to create!

 

I have been absent. Blaim MoSo.

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Ack! What a whirlwind May-June it has been! I was fully engrossed in a conference I was coordinating called MoSo, which is a mobile/social (plus many more things) conference held annually in Saskatoon, SK. What fun it was. :)

I met SO many amazing people, we had speakers fly in from all over North America and even though it rained the entire time and things weren’t always 100% perfect I feel extremely happy and proud of the event. We had such a fantastic team of committee members and volunteers to pull it together in the months leading up to MoSo, it is easy when you are attending a conference to forget about how much work it takes to put something like this together. I can assure you, many 1:00 and 2:00am nights were had! That being said we are already planning for 2014 and it is going to be even better! #moso2013

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Some of my instagram posts throughout the event:

May Desktop Calendar

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Welcome May! The weather is steadily climbing in Saskatoon, so I will not mention the snow we had earlier this week! It is time for beautiful flowers to start blooming and the grass to turn a healthy shade of green.

This photo was taken last November in the Conservatory at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon. So many beautiful flowers and plants to enjoy there.

Enjoy May! I am going to post more sizes of this desktop calendar this week but here are a couple to get you started.

Rifle iPhone Cases

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Gorgeous…no? Rifle Paper Company has come out with iPhone cases! Which is pretty brilliant of them in my opinion. I love their designs so much and now they can be admired encasing your phone! My latest case was purchased at the beginning of January so it will be a while before I can justify getting a new one. But that doesn’t mean I can’t admire them in the time being…