Thursday, January 28, 2016


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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

#Color of the Year Art C.A.C Annmakes' Art Journal

How to make an Art Journal Page with Mixed Media using the two colours of the year by Pantone. Watch this video I made of my attempt at using the Gel Press to make some textured background on the page of my journal.  This # Event is part of the monthly Collaboration of Creative Artists on Youtube.  Learn some do's and don'ts!  See how well those Tombow colouring pencils and markers work well on canvas!  Enjoy.

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Products used:
Tombow Recycled Coloring Pencils: K1411, K1409, and K1312
Tombow Markers: 452, and 755

Gel Press
Linnie Blooms Journal
DecoArt Acrylic Paints
Plaid stencil25089
Sharpie pen in black

Watch other videos by using the hashtag on Youtube:  #ColorOfTheYearArt

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

How to market your Crafts and Art by attending a trade show.

Hi, I have been absent from blog land as I was busy getting ready to travel to Anaheim California to attend the Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show in January.  This year I went as an Exhibitor and a Designer.  I had my own Designer Display in the Designers in Action section in the centre on the Trade Show floor.  It was a very exciting time in more ways than one.

Here is a look at my Designer Display:

I wanted to showcase some of the Mixed Media Art I do in addition to the Designer Work I have done in the past year.  My Design Team work was displayed in photographs in an album.  Mean while, my published writing samples were in another portfolio.  Being a proud Canadian I also had a bowl of Maple Syrup candy for visitors to enjoy!  

At the centre of my display I placed my latest project: The Artist Doll.  She got quite a bit of attention.  I did design her from start to finish and I stitched every part of her myself.  She is truly a Mixed Media Piece as I used cloth, wire, batting, paint, coloured pencil, and ink to create her (of course there's a lot of Tombow adhesive used in the projects in my display :)).  I sat her on a chair which I also made with a variety of materials.  I am also proud to say that her clothing and chair cushions were made with fabric Designed by fellow Canadian Designer: Kelly Panacci.  I used her "Little Critters" line of fabric by Riley Blake.

Going to CHA is always so exciting and filled with lots of emotions.  I have returned exhausted from my experience and excited for all the new ideas I have bouncing around in my head.  I hope that you will come back to see what changes and new experiences I have in the works for my viewers on Youtube, and by followers here on my blog(s).

I am also taking a moment here to announce that I have been offered the position of Brand Ambassador for Tombow for which I am thoroughly thrilled about!  So stay tuned for lots more of my projects with Tombow.

Thank you so much for stopping by!