This past weekend was the Etsy: Made in Canada craft fair here in Ottawa (and others were held all across Canadian cities). It was my first time participating in a craft fair. I packed up my little print shop, and am happy to report that I had *such* a great time – lots of sales, great feedback from customers, and it was so fun to meet other local crafters and shoppers.
I really wasn’t sure about what was going to be the best way to setup the table, and although I have a few ideas about how to do things differently next time, I don’t think I looked like a total newbie (I hope?!).
It’s funny. The prints that I thought would do really well weren’t necessarily the big sellers. It’s so hard to predict what people are going to be into!
I have a few new ones in my shop. There is definitely still a strong black and white vibe, and lots of triangles.
There were something like 150 other Etsy sellers at the fair in Ottawa. All had just gorgeous products. There is so much talent!! I feel like I need to do a whole separate post highlighting some of the amazing Ottawa vendors.
In other news, the weekend here was gorgeous. There is nothing I love more than a beautiful fall day with the changing leaves, bright sunshine, and a crispness in the air.
We got outside for a walk, but didn’t make it all the way to the end of the trail as someone was getting cranky in the carrier. Now that Maya is so mobile, the girl always wants to walk by herself… which as you can imagine, slows down the walk a fair bit. There are frequent stops for leaves, rocks, and other interesting things. Every day is an adventure with this little one!
How was your weekend? Do you love the Fall as much as I do? Did any of you Canadians make it to any of the Etsy craft fairs?
It’s Wednesday and it feels like we are only just starting the week. Gotta love that. Dan took Monday off work and had Tuesday off for Canada Day, so we had an extra extra long one. Did some cottaging and lots of relaxing. So lovely. I got some cute photos that I’ll share later this week.
I have been having so much fun creating new art prints for my etsy shop lately. I haven’t had as much time to do any watercolours – seting up, cleaning up, and actually having time to paint means I need at least a couple of hours free (not so easy with a 10 month old!) – so when I can steal 20 or 30 minutes at my computer, I love to get creative digitally instead. And ever since I become a mum, I have been pretty inspired to create prints for nurseries and kids rooms.
Anyway, I thought I would share a few of my newer ones here and also let you all know about a summer sale I am having over at the shop! We’re doing a Buy 2 Get 1 Free promotion. So if you have a baby shower to go to this summer, need a gift for someone, or just want some new artwork for your walls – head on over and pick some up! All prints are $15, so you’ll be getting 3 for $30. There is no coupon code required: Simply tell me in the “message to seller” upon checking out which 3rd print you would like, and I’ll include it with your order.
Just in time for the holidays, I have launched a few new prints in the etsy shop! Most continue to be watercolour-based, but I have been having fun with some graphic stuff too.
I designed this “be brave” print to eventually use in Maya’s room.
These two prints were painted by my grandmother (the “audrey” in “audrey + gem”). They were on a scrap piece of paper in a sketchbook, but I thought they were just so pretty. After some digital editing, they make sweet vintage-looking botanical prints.
I have been having fun with adding layers of text and graphics to the watercolours. You can expect to see more prints in this vein soon!
All of the animal watercolours in the shop are customizable with names and birth dates, but I thought it would be fun to add a few quotes to some of them too.
I continue to try to add to the Province/State/Country watercolours over time. I would love to have full collections of Canada and the US at some point!
I haven’t added any new chalkboard prints lately, but the customizable ones make great personal gifts for the holidays.
In the lead up to December, I have a coupon code for 15% off everything in the shop. Apply the code “holiday15″ when you’re checking out. Coupon code active until November 15th.
Head on over to audrey + gem to check things out. Thanks, guys! xo.
Happy Friday, guys! So here is the last DIY artwork with tape project for our ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape week. I racked my brain and perused pinterest for a while to think about this third canvas. I didn’t want to do any kind of geometric pattern after finishing up the triangle piece, so when I saw a tree drawing online that was sort of boxy and straight, it was the perfect inspiration for a shape that could made with tape. Here is what I started with. I did the main tree trunk first, and then added on the branches from bottom to top. I just cut the ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape with scissors as I went to ensure the right sizes and crisp edges. I wanted something quirky and fun. Then it was just a matter of painting the whole canvas. I went for my tried and true favourite – turquoise. I just can’t get enough of that colour. Never goes out of style, right?! Once I peeled off the tape, it was cute, but I felt like something was missing. It was a little plain jane… So I painted on a small yellow bird on one of the branches, which took it from plain to sweet in no time at all. Confession: I totally google image searched “birdie” to get the shape right. You’d think I would know how to do something so simple?? Cute, right?
This would be perfect for a kids room, or would make a great little handmade gift for a kids birthday or baby shower. So that’s it! Three art projects in one week, all featuring ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape. It was a fun challenge to use the same material, but try to create three very different art pieces. Check out the first two here: a deer head silhouette and a triangle ombre canvas.
So we’re back with art project number 2 – DIY triangle ombre artwork – for our ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape original artwork week!
One of the more obvious ways of using tape to create some original artwork is to do a geometric pattern of some kind. Since triangles have been working their way up the trend meter lately (which I am totally digging), I thought this would be the perfect inspiration.
With my ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape in hand, I cut a whole bunch of triangles – not being too cautious about size. I was after something a bit imperfect – something that looked more stamped than taped out.
I stuck down the pieces of ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape in rows, from top to bottom of the canvas, overlapping them slightly. I made sure to give a good press down of each piece to create a good seal with the canvas.
I pulled out one of my favourite pink paints and got to work. I thought it would be fun to have a bit of an ombre effect, so I mixed in a bit of white and worked my way from light to dark. Nothing too drastic, but just enough so that it added a bit of dimension to the piece.
After a couple of hours, it was time to peel – totally the best part. The triangles came up really easily and the lines were really nice and crisp. I love the result. It’s a sweet little piece of artwork that fits perfectly into my little girl’s room.
You can display it vertically or horizontally – whatever you prefer and suits the space.
The pink plays off nicely with the dresser, mobile, and other artwork in the room.
So there is my ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape artwork project #2. My last one is coming later this week – stay tuned!
I was recently in touch with the folks over at 3M who make ScotchBlue painter’s tape. They wanted to send me a few rolls and see what kind of projects I could get up to. Well, I thought it would be fun to do a week of DIY artwork using the tape. It’s always nice to add original artwork to your home, right? And using painter’s tape? How easy-peasy is that? The three projects I’m going to share this week all require only tape like ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, a canvas, and paint, and are totally do-able for anyone (no special artsy talent required!). First up? A little buck and doe inspiration – a DIY deer silhouette canvas.
Step 1 was to draw the outline of the deer onto the canvas. I did it pretty lightly with pencil so that I wouldn’t be left with marks.
Then came filling the shape with the ScotchBlue painter’s tape. This is slightly tricky, but as long as you go section-by-section with small pieces of tape, you just work away at it until it’s all full. Some of the pieces I cut to shape precisely (especially for the small antler sections), but most of the time I just ripped the tape in small pieces and worked into the shape.
Then it was time to paint the canvas. I was after a more moody look, so I used an electric blue paint and mixed in quite a bit of black.
I dragged the paint across the canvas to create some dimension with the various shades.
After waiting about 2 hours to dry, I started to peel the tape. I was a little worried about paint seeping through since the tape was in such small bits and pieced together, but luckily the lines were still really crisp.
Doesn’t the white look nice and bright next to the moody blues?
I love the way the whole piece really pops, you know? I put it up temporarily in the living room, but I think this guy will eventually end up in the bunkie that my parents’ are building at their cottage.
So there is art project number one. Fun, right? I could totally see the same technique working with a one-colour background like a fuchsia, forest green, or any colour really! Stay tuned for art projects numeros dos and tres later this week.
Progress on the nursery has been pretty steady going. We just have a few small details to get to that finish line!
I had hinted before that I wanted to do a gallery wall above the pink + gold dresser that I refinished. It was a great big blank piece of white wall – perfect for a mish mash of frames.
My first step in creating a gallery wall is to always take stock of my frame situation. In this case, I had some leftover white IKEA frames (the Ribba series) and had purchased a couple of silver frames from a garage sale for a buck a piece.
The silver frames got taken apart and given a coat of gold spray paint – the same stuff I used on the little lamp.
Then I cut some wrapping paper to the size of each of my frames, and laid them out on the floor. I played around with the arrangement until I came to a pattern I liked, and then transferred it up onto the wall. The one space in the bottom right corner that’s empty was for a canvas (I just held up the canvas so I knew the spacing was right, instead of cutting a piece of paper for it). When it came time to hang, we just took off each sheet and hammered them in as we went – that way you get the placement just right.
Then it was just a matter of filling the frames with artwork. This is where you can totally personalize a gallery wall – fill it with photos, a favourite piece of artwork, some DIY artwork, postcards, pretty paper, sheet music, whatever! There are so many artwork ideas out there – you really can’t go wrong.
For our wall, I wanted a mixture of things. In the top middle frame I took a page out of a calendar I had bought ages ago and had been stashing in my “someday make this into art” box. I liked the yellow, the elephant, and the cute saying (“a smile is a curve that sets everything straight”).
Then I grabbed some really pretty gift wrap paper for the two other square white frames. I had actually picked this stuff up at a paper shop in Chelsea Market when we were in New York City and brought it home… as carry-on on the plane – hello, crazy lady!
I popped a few of our recent maternity photos into three of the other frames.
A winnie-the-pooh print from an old book made it into one of the small gold frames. This had been a gift from my Mum – I think she found them on a trip in England. Winnie the pooh is a bit of a family love, so it has some sentimental attachment for me. Next to it is the “everything grows better with love” chalkboard print from my own little etsy shop.
And lastly, a canvas I painted in the colours of the room made it in. I wanted something original up there, and signed the back of it with a little note to my sweet baby girl.
And that’s it! A gallery wall always adds so much personality to a room, and I’m super happy with how this one came out. I think the key here was to mix up the frames (white + gold) and the style of artwork, but to keep the gallery fairly rectangular and with mostly large frames. Sometimes gallery walls with frames that are too small get a little too busy or things just get lost, you know what I mean?
In terms of the other stuff on the dresser, we have a change pad with cover (both from Babies R Us), the little gold lamp that we had spray painted, and a basket for diapers and wipes. Simple, but it works.
Have you guys done a gallery wall lately? Into gold frames like I am? I used to be a purely black and white frame kind of gal, but gold has totally won me over lately. It’s just so warm and pretty, you know? Have you used a dresser as a change table? Any tips about what you do and don’t need on there?
Now that we’re checking a few of the bigger things off our nursery to-do list, my brain is wandering over to the small details. These are always the thing that really make a room, don’t you think? With artwork and accessories, a room can all of a sudden can feel put together, full of personality, and welcoming.
I’ve got a stack of frames that I’m ready to do something with, so I’ve been browsing around for DIY artwork ideas. My roundup is definitely nursery-themed, though I really think any artwork style you love can work in a kids room.
After looking at my roundup, there are a few general themes: Animals, Dots, Typography, and Colour! These are just some of the DIY options I have been browsing, but there are also tons of free printables and oodles of gorgeous art prints on etsy. Part of the problem is narrowing down the choices!
Do you guys have any fave nursery artwork DIY projects? Any other fun artwork you’ve added to your place recently?
I don’t know about you guys, but I always get re-invigorated in the spring and am ready to get going on projects I have been putting off on the to-do list, switch up the accessories in our pad for brighter, spring-y things, and add or switch out artwork.
One great (and affordable) way of adding some artwork into your home is with free printables. There are tons of lovely graphic designers and bloggers out there who whip these up for the masses. The gist is that you download the image (usually in JPG or PDF format) and then bring it in to your local printers (like Staples, for example) and have it printed in the size you want (usually an 8×10 looks great). Best to do it with their highest quality paper and ink – it’ll still be super reasonable!
Here are a few of my faves floating around out there. None of these are particularly new, so apologies if you have seen them before – but I still love ‘em!