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Monday, February 8, 2016

Masks for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is tomorrow and masks are very much a part of that particular celebration, particularly in New Orleans. Masks worn during Mardi Gras allow revelers to mingle freely without their identities being revealed. Mardi Gras began in New Orleans soon after the city’s founding in 1718. The Spanish, who ruled from 1762 to 1800, apparently cracked down on certain Mardi Gras rituals (though documentation from that period is scarce). U.S. authorities did much the same after taking control in 1803, banning both masked balls and public disguises. Nonetheless, they eventually accepted the festival’s existence. The first recorded Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans took place in 1837, by which time the city had been transformed into a major metropolis. Twenty years later, six men organized a secret society called the Mistick Krewe of Comus. By holding a parade with the theme of “The Demon Actors in Milton’s Paradise Lost,” along with a lavish grand ball, Comus reversed the declining popularity of Mardi Gras and helped establish New Orleans as its clear epicenter in the United States. This information was found here. Check out the site for additional interesting facts.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Party Animals!

Just taking pictures today, but will have these in my shop soon.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Valentine Tag Download

Cat Valentine tags are a free download here. They will be available for the next couple weeks. Happy Valentine's Day!
The original cat illustration was done on a brown Mi-Tientes paper with a combination of pastel pencils and pastel chalks. There are three tags on a page and it prints best on card stock.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Valentine Accordion Book How-To

This little accordion book is heart shaped and patterned after old fashioned button books. The art was done in watercolor and the illustrations outline a family recipe of my mother's for making sugar cookies. They are a favorite with my husband and I try to make them every Christmas and Valentine's Day. I painted small wooden hearts for the front and back cover and coated them with a layer of Mod Podge. The actual book is only 1 1/2 inches tall.

 

However, you don't need to be an illustrator to make your own book. The layout is outlined below. Stamping, collage or simple handwritten words of endearment would make a sweet gift for your beloved!

 

I did my original art about 25% larger than the size of the wooden hearts that I was using for my front and back cover since I was planning to reproduce the art on my printer. Watercolor paper, especially for such a small book, would have been a poor choice in terms of the weight of the paper. So, you can use your origianl art to make the book, just keep in mind the kind of paper you pick. Your book could have fewer or more pages than mine, but it does have to be an even number. Also, you will need the blank space at both ends, that is the part that will be glued down on your back and front cover. You will be folding the art along the center line where the tips of the hearts match. This way your front and back pages will line up.
After folding along the center line use a glue stick to adhere the back to the front. Cut out around your hearts. Fold. Glue to your heart shapes with white glue.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Safe Travels

Safe travels to all those who are going home for the holidays.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Collaged Nature Calendar

This is one of the calendars that I illustrated for 2016. All the elements are comprised of cut paper.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Fox Christmas Cards

Cutting and mounting fox images today for a large order of Christmas cards.