Friday, June 24, 2011

195 Studios - Artists' on Pemberton

Check out the wonderful video created by one of our 195 artists, Sandrine Pelissier.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


 Happy first day of SUMMER! (aka Summer Solstice)

Our next open studios ART SOLSTICE is this Sunday, June 26th, from 11am-5pm.

Discover the energetic group of artists working and exhibiting their vibrant art at 195 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver.

Find paintings, collages and sculptures during your stroll through these welcoming buildings.

Participating artists: Anna du Bois, Michael Gordon, Brenda Henry, Sharka Leigh (that's me!) Sandrine Pelissier, Isabelle Procter, Ricardo Spinacé, and Norm Vipond.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Award Ribbon

My friend called me up last week to ask if I would help her create something for an event she's doing for work.  Today we did that; making paper rosettes and using our own supplies, we created 20 special award ribbons. I think they are pretty cool and I think her work will be wow'd when they see them!

Buying the supplies for 20 of these was quite costly, and we had trouble finding "doggie" paper as these are for a "doggie fundraiser". We went to the ribbon section and found ribbon with paw prints instead - a great alternative. We then picked out papers to match the ribbons.

The cost was $35.00 and when we had all 20 completed this afternoon, we still had plenty of paper and ribbon left over (I guess our math needs some help!). I am now thinking "who's birthday is next" so I can make a birthday version for them!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Paper Collage {aka Butterfly Storm}

I needed a break from cows and had a vision to try a mixed media or paper collage. I knew I had things tucked away in the closet, collecting dust so I brought them all out - canvas board, decoupage glue, tissue paper, oil pastels, metallic acrylic paint, shimmer/glitter mediums and lots of scraps of patterned scrapbook paper.  

The term collage derives from the French "colle" meaning "glue". It is work made from an assemblage of different forms, creating a new whole. A collage may include newspaper clippings, ribbons, bits of colored or hand made papers, portions of other artwork, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas.

After checking out my supplies, I decided to use origami paper. As this was something I did not have much of, off to the store I went - turns out it's not cheap! The  papers are all so beautiful and the vision I had was coming to life just looking at the paper... 

While working on my project, that vision changed a bit but I continued and when finished, I am quite happy with the results! 

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