Sunday, August 20, 2017

Art Deck 1

I love working small. It is my comfort zone and my go-to for when I am just playing in the studio. There is something about a compact canvas that I find freeing rather than restricting. Yesterday, I got in the zone and started a new project which I am calling Art Deck. 52 small pieces of art.


Today I am posting the first 11 pieces. I will be selling each "card" in the deck individually for $35 (including postage if you are in the US/plus postage if you are International). Most measure 4 x 4 inches but they range from 3.5 x 3.25 to 8 x 2 inches. Many are built on paper while some are layered on vintage book cover slices.

As each grouping is ready, I will post images on my blog and announce the sale on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Each piece is available for purchase through my online shop.

Thanks for browsing the gallery!

Horizon Line
Sold - thank you

Pieces
Sold - thank you

 Shread

 Intersect
Sold - thank you

Jagged

 Western
Sold - thank you

Avenue
Sold - thank you

 Figure Eight

Republic

Wrapped

 Stepping Stones
Sold - thank you

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Travel the World...

Travel with me around the world with the International Tournament of Art & Craft. This online adventure runs for six weeks and is completely free to join. Every week a group of international artists will present a challenge based on the culture of a different continent.  They provide a guide to follow so you can create a project, share their own artwork, and offer videos and step-out instructions so you can learn new skills. There are giveaways every week as well.

Week 1 - Europe

Week 2 - Asia

I am happy to be one of the artists participating in Asia Week. 
Head over to the challenge page and you will find a link to a step-by-step tutorial for binding this mini-book. While you are there, check out all the work and join the challenge!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Australia 2017: Post 4

Still recounting my recent month in Australia and happy that you are joining the adventure here. We started in Melbourne (Post 1), headed to Ballarat (Post 2), and then to Lismore (Post 3), all as part of my adventure with Fibre Arts Australia. I then headed to Sydney, the focus of this post and the last stop on my journey.

First up was a visit to my mate Sallianne McClelland, of Art is You fame.
We caught up, made plans and spent way too much time across from each other on our laptops trying to keep up with our inboxes.

I taught two Art is You pop-up workshops.

Day 1 was 52 Card Pickup. I always have fun teaching this.

My demo deck

Student work in progress



Day 2 was Mixed Media Mashup. Anything goes in this class and I was very impressed with the creativity and variety  of the work.





Happy campers

Speaking of Art is You - plans are being made for 2018 and 2019. Sign up here to be the first to hear. And join the Art is You Movement here.

After my "work" ended, I had a few days to relax in Sydney.

Saw some amazing exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Gordon Bennett

Lena Yarinkura

Jenny Watson

Saw the Opera House from a distance...

...and close up

Got together with Linda Lucas and her husband Ron (and there is that Opera House again)

Visited the stalls at The Rocks

Ferried to North Sydney for a different view of the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney skyline

Took 1,000 photos at Luna Park

Visited Wendy's Secret Garden

Found my first book on the shelves of Kinokuniya Books

Saw the most magnificent and moving outdoor art installation 

In the end, I was ready to stay and ready to head home. Happily, I have plans to return again in July 2018. Will be teaching again in Ballarat (workshop full), Lismore (registration open), and Sydney (to be announced). May have a few surprises down under to announce as well. Stay tuned...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Make it Your Own: Eclectica

I always find it exciting when I come across artwork online that incorporates my product lines. Seeing how different people use these items in such creative ways is always inspiring. I love the wide variety of styles and unique choices.


Today I am featuring artwork I have found that uses my newest stamp sets from PaperArtsy: Eclectica 5 and Eclectica 6.



Nikki Acton