Friday, 29 June 2012

Boring Flower Photos?

I saw some beautiful raindrops today on my way out.

I didn't want to take flower pictures - they are the most difficult thing to really *capture* in my opinion. Instead I decided to take some photos of the raindrops with the flowers as their backgrounds ;-)

Thursday, 28 June 2012

It's Been a Busy Week!

Just a short post to tell you about what we've been doing these past seven days!

We removed the carpet in our dining room and hallway to make way for a new hardwood floor. This is my monkey scrubbing the floor with bleach. Our kittens had a couple of "accidents" and we wanted to get rid of any lingering smell before the new floor goes in.

We're now down to a plywood floor which feels great on the feet but is littered with nails and patches. It will be nice to get the new floor laid down.

What are your summer projects?

Thursday, 21 June 2012

A New Experiment

A few days ago I told you about an artist that I've been stalking admiring, Elizabeth Cherry Owen.

Click here for that post.

I set out some fabrics that I like together, then I got to work.

Here are some pics of what I've been working on - so fun! :)

I LOVE the swirly stitching and blue-toned buttons :) This part is my favourite.
Here is a close-up of some of the stitching that I did!!

And here it is in its entirety - it's about 10" x 30"

Monday, 18 June 2012

Don't Be Alarmed!

As you know, I am a religious blogger, posting new musings every weekday without fail.

In the upcoming weeks, however, I may not be as reliable. I am away for most of July, and starting next week will have less time to dedicate to blogging.

My summer holidays start at the end of June, and while I am planning to explore some great art, I may not blog about everything that I'm doing regularly.

Don't worry though! I'll still keep all of you lovely people in the loop regarding any big discoveries!

In the meantime, enjoy summer and step out of your comfort zone. Try an new craft or work your way into a new colour group.


Friday, 15 June 2012

Planning Out a New Project

I've been dividing my time between stalking and drooling over Elizabeth Cherry Owen and her incredible artwork.

I honestly spent over 30 minutes marvelling over her work and feeling more and more inspired. It's mixed media taken to a whole other level!

Please! Have a look at her site and tell me you love her art!!! You won't be sorry.

Here are some photos of my own preparation for a piece of work inspired by the amazing Elizabeth Cherry Owen.

Can you guess what colour I'm leaning towards...? :)

I'm thinking that a mixture of patterns and solids will work well.

And different textures too!

Thursday, 14 June 2012

I Organized My Fabric Cupboard!

The title says it all! I spent a few hours this weekend folding, sorting and organizing my fabric cupboard!

I'm so happy with how it looks. The cabinet is a $20 craigslist find and the wooden box holding the fabrics was on the side of the road!

This wooden box makes me swoon! I carefully folded all of my smaller pieces of fabric and lined them up so that I could see them all. Perfect for grabbing a pattern or colour that I need when I'm making journals!

I love this photo. the fabrics are so lovely and the lace just adds a little touch of femininity!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

A Fat Fabric Journal

And when I say "fat", I mean luscious, voluptuous, and full of life!

I watched Teesha Moore's Fabric Journal series and couldn't help but get started on my own!

Here is the first video if you're curious - her journals are so beautiful and whimsical! She remains a huge inspiration for me.

I showed my friend sue the pieces that I was working on (just simple "pillow" as Teesha calls them, and she requested a custom journal right away!

Here is a shot of the pillows that I made and stitched together for Sue's journal:

Different fabrics and colourful threads really added a great whimsy to the project.

I added buttons for some different shape and texture.

Here is the cover with all of my signatures. I used a hammer and nail to punch the holes into the signatures.

I made signatures of 10 sheets - here is a close-up of the stitching that I used to fasten the signatures into the covers.

Here is the front cover.

This is the spine once I had sewn in all of the signatures.

Here is a close-up of the stitches of the signatures to the fabric-pillow spine.

Here is a glimpse of the edge - nice and fat!

And here is the front cover. I stitched a tie strap onto the back cover so that the journal could be help close with wrapping.

I have another journal of the same style that is now for sale in my etsy shop! Blues and greens and buttons and beads!!! :)

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Tree - Inspired by Insurgent

I'm reading a book by Veronica Roth called Insurgent.

On the hardback cover there is a picture of a tree with a lot of whimsy. I was inspired, so I used one of my new Copic Markers to draw it over a watercolour background that I had done.

copic marker - black
acrylic paint with a cardboard stamp (homemade)

Monday, 11 June 2012


Just a couple of photos on a journal page that I'm working on...

watercolour paint
copic marker - black
sakura gel pen - white
magazine clipping
washi tape
acrylic paint with homemade cardboard stamps

Thursday, 7 June 2012

My Postcards Have Been Sent!

For me this time around, it was all about COLOUR!

Here are just a few of the ones that I sent out.

- watercolour background
- Papermate Liquid Flair pen in black
- fabric
- thread
- on the back (not shown) - Adirondack Espresso Spray Ink, White Gesso

The texture is GREAT! These are definitely a touch and feel experience. The photos don't do them justice! :)


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Postcard Preview

Just a sneak peek at my postcard textures. Can you see the felt lines and the thread lines?

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Our New Kitten

He's fluffy and rambunctious and soft and cuddly and chatty!

He snuggles beside us in bed and follows us around the house.

So far we have a few names that we like, but we can't decide!

Duke (he's royalty, obviously!!)
Sherriff (he's very important!)
Goose (He's soft like goose down)
Digit (he has one black toe)
Magic (as in black magic...)

Monday, 4 June 2012

Interviewed on Creativity Portal!

Hi lovelies! I was chosen to be interviewed on Creativity Portal, a website for artists on different media. Their slogan is creativity, consciousness, kindness.

Here is the link if you want to go over there, or read on for the full interview :)

1. What’s your name?

Shannon Lea Ganshorn

2. Where are you from?

White Rock, BC, Canada

3. Who are you today?

Today I’m a Secondary School teacher trying to keep my kids interested while it’s sunny and warm outside. Later this afternoon I’ll be a thrift store shopper in search of a round end table for a lounge area that I’m creating off my kitchen.

4. What do you do? (Elevator speech)

What don’t I do…? I’m an artist, I teach French and art to teenagers, I’m a newlywed, I’m an avid gardener and I love to watch the ocean. I have a cruiser bike that becomes my main transportation in warmer weather, I struggle with overeating, I love to cook, and I have a seemingly innate passion for life!

5. What’s your story (how did you get here)?

I’ve always been creative but only in my twenties did I begin to cultivate this aspect of my being. Once I finished high school and college, I began to discover more about myself and about the things that ignite my spirit. I began mixed media art on a large scale and after a few years moved into art journaling. This is where I am now, and I feel like I’m still just on the verge of entering this world!

6. Why is creativity important to you?

Art keeps me sane. It offers a portal into my inner workings. It is a form of meditation for me. Whether it is two hours or 10 minutes, I feel refreshed and renewed after putting my energy into art.

7. When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?

When I finished College I realized that I had a higher calling in the sense that I was capable of bigger, more expressive things. I went to school for business, and I quickly discovered that the limitations of the business world wouldn’t allow my soul to blossom as I wanted.

8. How did you embrace it?

I poured all of my extra money into art supplies and search my community for cheap surfaces to paint on. This resulted in some pretty cool art pieces and opened my eyes to the realm of mixed media. To me, the sky was the limit. I gathered whatever art supplies I could get my hands on and repurposed pretty much anything I could into art materials. It was, and still is, a time of discovery and wonder! Everything that I see has an artistic value!

9. How did that feel?

Liberating yet overwhelming. I felt like a child seeing the world for the first time. It was amazing and scary and exciting all at the same time.

10. Where has your journey taken you?

I’m now a successful blogger. I organize the International Mixed Media Postcard Swap and have met other artists from all over the world. I feel that my community has grown to include other artists who inspire and guide me in my own art journey, and for this I am completely humbled as an artist. It’s really amazing how individual each artist is, and I love the fact that every artist can learn from every other.

11. What challenges have you faced?

Initially I was shy to share my own work. I started the blog as a challenge to myself to diligently create art and share it on a daily basis. It has really become a labour of love. Another challenge was to surround myself with other artists. I was rarely able to converse with other artists and often felt stifled by complacency in my art. Meeting others through the Postcard Swap led me to a group in a community close to my own (geographically) that meets once a month to share their work and to share new techniques. This group (The Sisters in Art Society – SAS) has quickly become a monthly afternoon that I yearn for and anticipate every month! Furthermore the conversations that emerge in group emails that follow each meeting keep us inspired and entertained in the weeks between meetings.

12. What worked for you?

Stepping outside of my comfort zone has done wonders for me. Starting my blog has opened up a world where I am inspired, surrounded and supported by other artists. Sharing my work, my processes, my techniques and my musings with my new friends and online community has allowed me to grow as a person and gain confidence in my creations.

13. What didn’t work for you?

Worrying about selling my art. I am getting over an obsession with selling my art for money. I have indeed sold many pieces, but as soon as someone requests a new item, the inspiration and creative process disappears from me. I am learning to create art on my own terms and follow my own creative process instead of the replying on commissions to drive my creativity (which has become frustratingly difficult). If I earn money with my art, so be it, but my main goal of earning money though art is shifting to creating art in order to satiate my own needs and expression.

14. What three tips can you share to help others starting on a similar path?

1. If you’re afraid to do something, force yourself to do it. This one is SO important! You can only learn from your experiences.

2. Blogging is easy once you learn the interface. Take the time to put yourself out there!

3. Don’t underestimate the power of social media. As much as I hate to be surrounded by technology, I put time aside to nurture my online relationships and have found that this time is well rewarded by friendships and the success of my blog.

15. What are you working on now?

I am creating a lounge area off my kitchen that I aim to be reminiscent of a luxurious and eclectic Parisian cafĂ©. I’m also working on creating some fabric covers for new art journals.

16. What’s coming up for you in the next year?

We’re planning to have a baby in the next couple of years, so I guess we should get on that! ;) I’d also like to continue on the path that I’ve been following – connecting with other artists, developing my own art processes and creating things that I love.

17. What else do you desire/dream to do?

I would love to be an art journal workshop facilitator and mentor. I feel that art journaling is such a process! I would love a chance to help guide others into this process and nurture their art learning and own creative development. I also have a secret wish to create a major art conference similar to Artfest/Journalfest in or close to White Rock (which just happens to be a stone’s throw away from both Seattle and Vancouver, BC, Canada.)

18. How will you make that happen?

I have experience as an events coordinator, and I feel that I could make this event quite successful. I don’t feel, however, that I presently have the art connections and relationships that I would need to make this fly. Again, continuing on my path of networking in the art world and cultivating my own processes and techniques will pave the way for this dream to become a reality.

19. What question would you like to be asked (or are just itching to answer) that’s not on this list? (Please list and answer question below.)

What’s one thing that you’ve recently discovered about yourself that surprises you?

I’ve recently begun to realize that I am impressive to other people. I’ve always been really shy and hesitant about my work and my creative processes, but lately I’ve been getting strangers approaching me online to discuss art and treating me like an equal. I feel like I’m really making it as an art creator and that my ideas and works are valuable to others. This is kind of an amazing feeling!

20. What’s your Web site and/or blog address?

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