Posts Tagged ‘art’

To The Rescue!

November 15, 2009

Superheroes Among Us 33 by Estasketch

Superheroes Among Us 33 by Estasketch

I love this fashion design-esq illustration mixed with collage. EstaSketch is an Australian based artist that works in the 2D medium and creates some really wonderful original pieces for sale in her etsy store. She has a great collection of similar human figure drawings mixed with paint color swatches called “Colour theory”. I really recommend checking out her shop….I even like the way she’s displayed her drawings with paper clamps.

I also recommend checking out this artist’s blog!


Matte Finish

November 14, 2009

Canal Street New Orleans

Canal Street New Orleans Limited Print by MatteArt

I love this print! The colors and shapes are just beautiful. The artist, Matte Stephens, has has quite a career in illustration making work for the likes of American Express, Disney, and IBM. His work shows all over the world but you can find his beautiful art work at his etsy store, MatteArt.

A Happy Town In France

A Happy Town In France by MatteArt

I could see these as fabric…but even still I’d love them on my wall. His city scenes, animals and portraits are all reasonably priced. Don’t wait to see him in advertising! Take him home!

Sculpture by the Sea!

November 12, 2009

Last year I just missed being able to see Sculpture by the Sea, an event held every November on the Sydney coastal walk from Bondi beach to Tamarama.

Submissions are made from tons of artists and the walkway by the water is littered with all different types of artistic expression. Apparently this year had significantly fewer submissions than usual, but I thought it was quite a spectacular exhibit with the ocean in the background! Here are just a few of my favorites…

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These panels of colored plexy glass looked beautiful over lapping on the beach. My house-mate Cindy was a trooper and made it out at sunrise for some beautiful photography of this sculpture.

Sculpture by the seaI loved this horse and rider at the park mid-way on the walk. He is woven completely out of what looks like hay!

Sculpture by the seaThere were a few of these metal wire sculptures near the beginning of the walk. They looked like 3d sketches!

Sculpture by the seaThis was the first thing I saw… and it saw me too! It was a bit creepy but clever use of the space I thought!

If you’re in Sydney, Australia and you have a chance to check out Sculpture by the Sea I highly recommend it. Start out in Tamarama and walk your way along the coast to Bondi Beach. You can catch a bus to anywhere from there!


November 12, 2009

camera pouch

Woodgrain and Camera Pouch by KayLah7

Well I love cameras, and I love silk screening…so I most definately love this pouch! Actually, it’s a set of two lovely pouches. Kaylah is the creator of these bits and pieces and you can find plenty more at her etsy store, KayLah7.

She has a great collection of zippered pouches in fabulous fabrics in addition to these two I’ve posted. But her shop has much much more! She keeps quite and eclectic (and large) inventory of goodies. Pocket mirrors, pencil cases, jewelry and pins. My favorite of her items is a little camera ring (and such great prices!)

You can follow kaylah on her blog too! She posts an interesting collection of creative inspiration that I recommend keeping up with.

How-To (Carve a Rubber Stamp!)

November 7, 2009

Carving your own rubber stamps can add a beautiful and professional touch to your hand-made items. It’s so easy to do and worth the time it takes to carve.

I’ll be carving a version of the Megnificent Made logo to stamp my shipping products with. For this project you’ll need a printed or hand drawn design, a stamp pad, carving tools (speedball makes really great gouges with interchangable nibs), and a rubber eraser or carving block.

I’m using ezy carve printing blocks by Renoir. They’re really really easy to carve and cut like butter! I have memories of carving blocks in high school and struggling to get through the materials and gouging my hands with our super sharp carving tools….but no worries these blocks are heaps better!

I used a printed piece of artwork for this stamp. If you’re artsy you can draw your artwork right on your carving surface and skip this step. If you are using printed work, color in the image with a soft drawing pencil.

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Put your artwork face down on your carving surface and tape it in place.

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Rub the back of your artwork with a pencil, credit card, or bone folder. This presses the pencil off of the paper and transfers it to the carving block.

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Your image should show up nice and clear! It’s backwards but that’s perfect for a stamp…

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Use a sharpie marker to darken in your image and keep it from smudging while you carve.

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Use your various sized carving gouges to carve away the negative space of your design.

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Stamp Away!

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You may find after your first stamping that there are some high spots in the block leaving ink on your page. Carve them back further as you find them.

You can mount your stamps on wood blocks for a more professional look. Some craft stores sell stamp handles. Clear ones are best so you can see where to line up your stamp.

Good luck and happy carving!


October 30, 2009

I’ve come across a lovely Sydney based artist named Kate Banazi that works mostly in silk screen.

I LOVE silk screened art as it is one of the first times I really got involved in design and discovered how much i love it. It’s something I’d like to get into again once I have the money to invest in quality inks and screens.

Her prints are beautiful and dizzying combination of graphic, color and shape. There is so much fine texture overlapping they feel like they’re in motion.

I also like the way she combines photographic images with a vintage feel, with boldly colored graphic patterns.

It’s not as though I’ve found one I don’t like yet but I really love this one:

Sunscreen Screenprint

"Sunscreen Screenprint" by Kate Banazi

You can check out Kate Banazi’s work for sale on Etsy at Alyoisiusspyker’s Shop. She has additional work for sale on her website at Don’t forget to check out her blog too!

I’d like to send out a thank you to pretty*swell at She took the time to make a lovely post about my etsy store. Please take the time to stop by her blog and see what creative work she’s been up to!

A “Day Off”

October 28, 2009

I needed a break from sewing while I wait (and hopefully not too long) for things with my store to kick up, so I spent the day organizing the front room of our apartment into a home office.

After sending out my first to packages  I celebrated with cake and a kool-aid popsicle which isn’t all that different from a regular day. But I really enjoyed packaging my first sales with ribbons and tags and taking them off to the post office (which is conveniently around the corner).

The front room is at the corner of the apartment and has heaps of light and big windows. The lighting is perfect for photographing my etsy goods.

Graham used the room as his office when he was finishing his PhD and now it gets very little attention. There’s a desk and plenty of shelf space to hold all of the ikea boxes I’ve stuffed with finished products and fabrics. At the end of the room is a little purple couch where I can sit and do my laptop work in the morning.

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The room has a lot of Graham’s photography he had framed and these posters that we picked out when I took him to NYC. We got them at a little movie shop along with a dvd of an old sci-fi flick called “TOBOR” about a robot that goes on a rampage. It’s fantasticly bad! My favorite is the “Vertigo” poster by Saul Bass. I love his style 🙂

From the desk I have a top-notch view of the happenings on my street. For some reason people forget that people live in these buildings and they often sit on the wall outside the window and play out bizarrely personal bits of their lives right there on the curb. It’s like a soap opera in my window and even has reoccurring characters. While these curtains aren’t the prettiest, I can see out but they can’t see in 🙂 I wonder if they notice that my sewing machine stops when they start speaking?


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In addition to cleaning out the front room and sending my first packages, I built an awful lot of furniture…and not that easy ikea flat pack either! The new drawers and tables were all for the bedroom, but one of the old set of drawers to be replaced I moved into the office. It’s not the prettiest thing and it’s missing a knob but I’d like to get crafty with it. I’ll let you know when I do! In the mean time it’s full of all of my sewing bits and bobs, and packing tags and string.

I think this means I’ll have to get back to sewing now that this new space is calling to me. I feel much more prepared to get back into it though.

While I’m doing that….pop on into and shop shop shop!