Paper Collage Using Double Sided Adhesive

Collage on Studio table, Helen Bushell, Summerhouse Art

A while ago, in another post on collage, I said that artists aren’t hoarders, we’re just collectors with a plan. Not all the paper that comes into our home leaves by way of the paper recycling bag. Paper is, after all, for collage artists, a valuable resource. So I use old envelopes to create paint patterns on and even save envelopes with that lovely security pattern on the inside, as a rather tasty texture to use in collage. Anything out of the printer is saved as well for its textural value. Continue reading “Paper Collage Using Double Sided Adhesive”

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A Foray into Fabric Design

A while ago I created a mosaic from broken dishes, in a few of my favourite colours and patterns, all the pieces were Triangles.

Mosaic in Broken Dishes, Helen Bushell, summerhouseart.com

Now we are a couple who do NOT just sit around doing only things we already know how to do.  Oh no!  We sit around in front of youtube and watch tutorials on things like creating seamless patterns for fabric design.  And eventually we’ll manage to make a lot of designs, because it’s kind of fun.  Zazzle, which is a great Print on Demand company, happen to have fabric by the yard in Print on Demand.

So, after much work and learning, we created a seamless pattern based on the above mosaic.  We are rather pleased with the result. We called it Triangle Treat.  We’re offering it by the yard, in Combed Cotton, and you can also order Swatches and Fat Quarters of it for the Quilters.

Triangle Treat fabric, close up, Zazzle, Summerhouse Art
Triangle Treat fabric, close up, Zazzle, Summerhouse Art

Triangle Treat Fabric, on Zazzle, SummerhouseArt

BTW, it’s really worth it to check out Zazzle and get on their email list because they are constantly having sales. Check out a little sample of what we have on Zazzle in our Zazzle shop page, where you can click directly to the shop itself.

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Summer Sales in our Etsy shops

Summerhouse Art has 2 Etsy shops and it just seemed right that we have a Summer Sale in both of them.

FoundMadeArt shop on Etsy from Summerhouseart.com

Our FoundMadeArt shop has a selection of driftwood and beach pottery jewelry, just right for summer, don’t you think?  All pieces are 20% off until Sept. 10.  This is jewelry that not only looks good on a summer day on the beach, but the driftwood and beach pottery was collected right here on the beaches around Victoria, all handmade by Will Bushell.

Sea Glass Pendant by Will Bushell, FoundMadeArt   Driftwood pendant by Will Bushell, FoundMadeArt

FoundMadePrint shop on Etsy from Summerhouseart.com

Our other and most recent shop, FoundMadePrint, is also having a Summer Sale,  30% off until Sept 10.  Here we have a nice selection of Instant Downloadable Prints of photos of the beach ( of course, where else to be in the summer),

FoundMadePrint on Etsy, from summerhouseart.com
Rock and Beach photo, Will Bushell, summerhouseart.com
FoundMadePrint on Etsy from summerhouseart.com
The Evening Choir, photo by Will Bushell

some artsy shots of classic cars, another summer fave,

FoundMadePrint on Etsy from summerhouseart.com
Jaguar Grill, photo, Will Bushell

as well as instant download prints of drawings and collage done by us, Will and Helen Bushell.

FoundMadePrint on Etsy from summerhouseart.com
Off the Grid, collage by Helen Bushell
FoundMadePrint on Etsy from summerhouseart.com
Jug, Drawing by Will Bushell
FoundMadePrint on Etsy from summerhouseart.com
After the Fact, Collage by Will Bushell

We hope you are enjoying this summer, taking some time out and enjoying yourselves.

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Our 2nd Shop on Etsy, FoundMadePrint!

FoundMadePrint shop on Etsy

The lovely thing about technology these days is that, for artists, we now have a terrific way to get our work into the hands of many many people. No longer is art only for the well off, and only to be seen by a few people. We can get it out there for anyone to enjoy and even afford. The time is here for affordable art.

We already have one shop on Etsy called FoundMadeArt , which at the moment, sells jewelry made by Will. And it will eventually expand to include all sorts of other artworks we make from found objects like mosaic and assemblages.

The name of our new 2nd Shop on Etsy, is a play on the name of the first shop. This shop ONLY sells instant downloadable prints. So we thought to avoid confusion we’d have a totally separate shop. But the name is part of the set, it’s called FoundMadePrint. The tie in is that the prints are of art “Found”, as in photos of views we find and love and want to share, like a glimpse of the ocean,

Rock and Beach photo, Will Bushell, summerhouseart.comor a detail of shiny vintage car.

Hood Ornament photo, Will Bushell, summerhouseart.comWe are also including prints of collage made from “found” paper and glass.

Tuxedo collage by Will Bushell, summerhouseart.comAnd for the “Made”, prints of drawings that we’ve both made. Bird Bath drawing, Helen Bushell, summerhouseart.com

We love the idea that Etsy has made it easy for anyone to quickly download a print and then take that file and print it on their own printer or take it to a print shop and have it printed. Either way you have a piece of artwork instantly for your home or office. And at $7.50 Cdn, very affordable. No waiting for shipments to arrive, no shipping costs! Pretty cool! The files come in jpg format and we offer sizes that are suitable for the image to look really good.

Right now as a shop opening special, we’re offering 30% off if you buy 3 or more prints.

We also encourage you to get out to the thrift shops and find vintage framing to put your prints in. There’s a whole world of great framing out there that’s waiting for you to “find” it. This print shown is actually in a used frame found at a thrift shop for maybe $4.99. So, obviously, very affordable art!

Stained Glass collage, Helen Bushell, summerhouseart.com

Now, if you don’t want to just download and print but are enamored of the idea of having a print already matted and framed for you, or would like to see a print on something entirely fun like a pillow, t-shirt or even a rug, then head over to our shop on Society6. You will probably find many of the prints offered in FoundMadePrint, already featured in our Print on Demand shop on Society6. And if not, just drop us a line and we’ll see if we can accommodate your idea. Our Society6 Store

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Time for New Paper Collages in Vintage Frames

Paper collage Helen Bushell, summerhouseart.com

I like to say that artists are not hoarders, we are collectors with a plan. So while everyone else is recycling all the paper that makes its way into the home, we tend to pick through it and save some savory bits for future use. For instance, I might like the color of an envelope from a birthday card, or the texture on the inside of an envelope from the bank, or the color in a bit of junk mail that made it past the sign on the mailbox and put them aside. Or sometimes we’ve saved some cool mags found at garage sales. So it all gets tucked away, more or less in an organized manner for later use. As I say, we have a plan….

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Starting up Mosaic classes again in May!

I’ll be giving mosaic classes again starting May.  So, if you’ve been waiting to learn how to make mosaics with broken dishes, now would be a great time.  I teach my classes in my home studio here in Victoria.  It’s just a little studio, so classes are very small, just enough room for one or two people, so lots of individual attention to help you create your own unique project.

Take the classes by yourself or bring a friend to share the fun.   Please take a few minutes to check out  all the details on the class costs and hours and also see what other students have created,  on our Mosaic Classes page.

You can contact me by email by clicking on the mosaic heart in the top right corner of this page or click here.

Student Irina's Finished Mosaic, summerhouseart.com
Student Irina’s Finished Mosaic, summerhouseart.com

 

 

Student Rahni’s table/wall hanging, Summerhouse Art mosaic classes
Student Jane, cleaning grout on her mosaic, summerhouseart.com
Student Jane, cleaning grout on her mosaic, summerhouseart.com

 

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Glass Windows to Paper Lampshades

Close up, Momentum, stained glass composition by summerhouseart.com

It’s funny how things progress one to another. First you bring home some old windows from a garage sale. Who knew what we might use them for? Cold frames for starter plants perhaps? Next, have a birthday and get discarded shards of stained glass as a present. And everything just sort of sat about for a while. Then one day, inspired by some stained glass designs made on old windows, I decided to create a few compositions of my own. Except, instead of the usual method, I chose to glue the glass shards to both sides of the window. I quite liked the results, a couple of windows with flowing abstracts.

Momentum, stained glass compositon by summerhouseart.com

Of course they were rather breakable, what with being made of glass. Not something you’d want to ship out anywhere. But we did enjoy them, set up as they were, in our greenhouse.

Airborn, stained glass composition, summerhouseart.com

Then, this year I started to see other possibilities for these fragile compositions of glass on glass. Prints!

So the windows transformed into designs on paper. And we had created a few prints and other products earlier in our shop on Society 6.

Composition-in-blue-and-orange131768-framed-prints Society6 by Summerhouse Art
click on image if you would like to see this in our shop on Society 6

Then I remembered that Zazzle, another Print on Demand business, happened to have lampshades you could print designs on …..and well, it’s not hard to progress from the idea of light coming through stained glass, to thinking of a lampshade, with stained glass printed on it.

Stained glass tripod lamp on zazzle by Summerhouse Art
click on the image to connect to this on Zazzle

The pendant shade is actually a merging of the first window and a few choice bits of the second one.

Stained glass pendant lamp on Zazzle by Summerhoue Art
click on the image to connect to this on Zazzle

Oh the wonders of cut and paste, etc, in Photoshop. But it does look kind of cool doesn’t it? Imagine light shining through these shades. We rather like them. I wonder if anyone else,shopping for a new lamp, will enjoy them too.

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A Couple of Mosaic Studies Transformed

Triangle Treat-mosaic-prints by Summerhouseart on Society 6
To see this product on Society 6 just click the image

My last post was about a couple of rather colorful mosaic studies made with broken dishes, one in small squares and the other in triangular shapes. These days we look at everything we do and wonder where else we can take that design. With all the print on demand opportunities you have a huge number of products you can put that artwork on.

We’ve both become interested in fabric and surface design and have been teaching ourselves how to take an idea and make it an all over pattern. So the mosaics presented an opportunity for experimentation. It was one thing to just take the original and make a print of it. Which I think worked out rather nicely…

Square On mosaic-prints by Summerhouseart on Society 6
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But to create more with it, especially to create an all over pattern required days and days of trying things out, experimenting, and repeated trips to youtube tutorials as we refreshed our memories on the steps to take. Then back to Photoshop and Illustrator.

The triangles were actually quite successful as an all over design. We took out the grout digitally, of course, and basically blew the triangles further apart, did a bit of rearranging and created a quite seamless surface pattern with it. It looked quite wonderful on some of the Society 6 products like leggings

Triangle Treat-mosaic-leggings by Summerhouse Art
see this on Society 6 by clicking the image

or a phone case…

Triangle Treat-mosaic-cases by Summerhouseart on Society 6
click the image to see this on our shop on Society 6

and even entire comforters.

Triangle Treat-mosaic-comforters by Summerhouse Art
click the image to see this on our shop on Society 6

In fact, in the future we may even venture into fabric design with it.

The squares were a bit more difficult and in the end we decided to go with just more or less tiling the pattern, which is basically taking the square and repeating it over and over as it was. This too, looks quite good on a variety of products. Society 6 also allows you to scale the pattern so that you can have it larger on some things, like a tee

Square On-mosaic-all-over-print-shirts
click the image to see this on our shop on Society 6

or travel mug,

Square On-mosaic-metal-travel-mugs by Summerhouseart.com
click the image to see this on our shop on Society 6

or even smaller as an all over design on a duvet,

Triangle Treat-mosaic-leggings by Summerhouse Art
click the image to see this on our shop on Society 6

or a rug or shower curtain. But we’re not done yet and are coming up with even more products on other sites. We’ll have those up soon. It’s proving to be fun and challenging all at the same time. What more can you ask?

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Two Mosaic Studies Created With Broken Dishes

 Studies are like sketches or perhaps experiments. I quite like the idea of doing studies, just to see where an idea will lead, curious to see what it will look like when done.

Just working on small 6 inch by 6 inch pieces of wood as a base for the mosaic studies, I went through my many many containers of dish bits and put together a small set of colors and textures that appealed to me. The first piece was made using bits of dishes that I’d cut into only rectangular or squarish bits. The pieces aren’t exact or tidy rectangles or squares like you’d get with normal mosaics, but the uneven, variances that you get when cutting up dishes which I think adds to the surface interest.

I arranged them in an intuitive order, balancing the colors and textures as I went.

Mosaic in Broken Dishes, Helen Bushell, summerhouseart.com

Then, looking at my work table, I realized I had quite a few triangular pieces scattered about and decided that, as my next study, I would use only triangular bits of the same dishes. An entirely different composition but still fun to look at.

Mosaic in Broken Dishes, Helen Bushell, summerhouseart.com

Looking at them now, I’m quite enjoying them and seeing many possibilities as well. We’ve become interested in surface design in the last few years and Will and I have been having a bit of fun teaching ourselves how to make repeat patterns. And we’ve also been applying our work to all sorts of other products from prints to pillows on our various online Print on Demand shops like Society 6 and Red Bubble. Looking at these studies, I can see some fabric design ideas, prints and other possibilities. It’s a whole new avenue to explore. Watch this space to see what we make with these…..much more to come.

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Mosaic Bird Bath Delight

We’re sort of lazy gardeners. We follow the no dig, layered methods and don’t go in for applications of herbicides, pesticides or unnatural fertilizers. We don’t do a big fall clean up either. We just let the garden be at the end of the season, leave the leaves, leave the seeds, don’t take down plant growth. We just walk away and leave it all for the birds and squirrels.

And the birds reward us by coming by and eating all the seeds left on flowers and plants, the berries on our shrubs, the seeds in the trees and rooting around for insects in the layers of leaves and whatnot. We keep a set of binoculars at our kitchen window right next to a couple of bird books to identify who flies in for lunch.

The best thing, of course, is watching our bird baths. The two baths are placed just so we can get a good view.

Two Mosaic Bird baths, summerhouseart.com

We’ve had a bit of cold snap here in usually balmy Victoria, and the water in the birdbaths has been frozen. Yesterday the temperature came up and with it a lot of birds in the garden, mostly Robins.

We saw one Robin trying to get drink around the ice in the birdbath and decided to do the birds a favour.

The layer of ice was taken off and the baths cleaned out and refreshed with new water. Within minutes of our return to our kitchen window we were rewarded with a steady stream of birds coming to bath.

First one, with one waiting on the rim…

Mosaic Bird bath, summerhouseart.com

then two,

Mosaic Bird bath, summerhouseart.com

then three Robins ..

Mosaic Bird bath, summerhouseart.com

and then two Robins and a Towhee..

Mosaic Bird Bath, summerhouseart.com

and then the baths were full of rowdy, splashing birds!

Mosaic Bird bath, summerhouseart.com

We actually had to go out two more times to clean out the baths and refresh the water and each time, within minutes, the baths were filled with splashing and happy birds, who then flew up into the trees to preen and clean their feathers. Thought I’d share our little bit of bird bath delight today. And thanks to Will for creating this little video, he says apologies for the bumpiness and bad resolution.  But hey, you know it’s just for fun.  And also big thanks to Kevin McLeod, who seems to make just the right music for us to use.  You can find Kevin’s work at incompetech.com

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