Monday, October 16, 2017

The Crazy Plate Lady: Jacqueline Poirier

Toronto based artist Jacqueline Poirier also known as The Crazy Lady makes amazingly realistic hand-painted plates. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2004 with a Bachelor in Fine Art in drawing and Painting. She has been painting on porcelain and ceramics for about 7 years and is currently the Resident Artist at The Ritz Carlton in Toronto. As a server for TOCA, the hotel's restaurant, Jacqueline created one-of-a-kind, hand-painted charger plates.

Her designs range from animals, food, landscape and characters. The paintings are so detailed that her pizza will make your mouth water and trees so real that they seem to be a part of the background.

She has worked with Facebook, Molson Canadian, Samsung, Celebrity Cruises, Hewlett-Packard, and the Toronto International Film Festival. Her work has been featured on many publications in the US, UK, Australia, Africa, and Malaysia. More of her work can be viewed on her website.  

Friday, October 13, 2017

6 Free Halloween Printables

Printable halloween cube garland, from here.

Halloween paper mobile with printable templates, from here.

Hi friends, I hope you all are gearing up for Halloween. What are you going to be this year? There is only a couple of weeks left for the spookiest night of the year, so get your costume and crafts ready! For now, I have some super cool printables that include Halloween tags for treat bags, trick or treat printable bags, cube-y monster garland, owl-oween art print, lunch box printables and owl and spider paper mobile.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hand-Torn Pieces of Paper Used to Make Amazing Artwork


Karla Schuster is a Georgia based collage artist who creates amazing artwork using found paper, hand-painted paper, colorful paper, and any paper with interesting pattern or texture. Each piece of paper is hand-torn and mixed with other tiny papers before being placed methodologically one by one to make an animal or a bird shape. Her work is vibrant and has lot of amazing details created with thin strips or bits of paper.

"Each bit of paper has its own personality and character. It’s a brush stroke waiting to be placed on the right piece of art. This inspires me to transform common bits and pieces of paper into unusual pieces of art that attract from a distance and surprise from up close."

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New Work by Ellen Giggenbach


New Zealand based designer Ellen Giggenbach and her work has been featured on the blog over the years. Her new work is bursting with whimsical characters and bright colors that will be loved by both children and adults. Her illustrations are featured on variety of products including art prints, wall hangings, sling bags and aprons. More of her products are available in her store Ellen G in Petone, New Zealand. Also, she has over two hundred products in her online store.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Intricate Embroidery Kits and Printables by Nancy Nicholson

Nancy Nicholson was born in a bohemian enviornment to parents who were both textile designers. She went to Maidstone Art College to study Graphic Design and later on studied Textiles at Royal College of Art. Nancy has an experience of over 10 years in the field of embroidery. She is a founder and designer of distinctive embroidery kits and downloadable stitch templates inspired by folk art, Russian children’s books and her mother Joan Nicholson’s work from 1950s through 1970s. She shares "It's important that my design has broad appeal, while being uncompromisingly fresh and modern".

Her characters are delightful in nature, and the rich color palette is a visual treat that runs through out in her pieces. Visit her online store to see all her beautiful kits and printable designs. They are perfect to make for someone who loves a handmade gift.