Mini Butterfly Canvases

You know what makes me happy? Mini art. Little tidbits of artistic magnificence that you can tuck away on those on walls in your home that are hard to decorate. Delicate watercolors and little Milagros and shrines and exquisite oil paintings. I love that stuff!

And now I have my own collection of little delicate masterpieces to share with all of you!

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It all started with the acquisition of my cherished butterfly punch. I loved the little butterfly prints so much I wanted to showcase them and share them with the world. I bought a bunch of mini canvases and through the addition of art resin ended with a polished little gem of whimsy fun. Each butterfly is unique! Each butterfly is punched from one of my gelli prints. The patterns and shapes and colors of the prints reminded me of the kaleidoscopic beauty of real butterflies. This is just my first iteration on this project but I see it evolving to include different color palettes and inspirations. For now it’s simply a wild and eclectic explosion of color!

You can take these little beauties home on July 22nd at the A Place to B Studio Swap and Sell. Hope to see you there! Facebook Event

Let me know which color combos are you favorites in the comments. I’d love to know!

 

Firefly Handmade Market

On Sunday I visited the Firefly Handmade Market to peruse the arts and crafts for sale. I always love attending art fairs and markets for a couple reasons.

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  1. I would like to sell my art at one of these markets someday. I like to see the different ways people present their work and approach the public. I take note of what makes me want to enter a booth, and how my interactions with people affect my desire to purchase their goods.
  2. Along the same lines as point one I love collecting business cards. Right now there are lots of really cool business cards. They come in all different shapes and sizes. This time around I saw square cards, round cards, two-sided, one-sided, and so on. A good font on a business card can make a huge difference
  3. I want to support local artists. Although I didn’t buy anything this time around I do want to be a patron of the arts. I made a treasury list on Etsy of artists I saw that I may go back and buy christmas presents from. Or when I have a home again I may buy some pieces for my home. Check out my treasury list here.
  4. I get to meet other artists. Workshops, possible collaborators, interesting conversations are all over the place at these fairs. I met one woman who made the coolest hats and hopefully we will collaborate in the future. Fantastic!
  5. They generate ideas. Art shouldn’t be created in a vacuum. Sometimes I see things and think to myself, “I want to do that too!” Other times I see trends that I want to explore. As you will see in my treasury list birds are the coolest thing on the block right now. Not sure if that would mean jumping on the bandwagon or breaking out and doing something really different. Either way it got my creative gears moving.

I plan to go back to the winter market to see more vendors, generate more ideas, buy presents, support local artists, and meet new people.

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