A Little Gif of a Small Mosaic Pot

Another pot that hasn’t been seen on the blog before.  The thing with pots is that you can’t see all the sides at once, so we thought, why not show it as a gif so it turns?

This one is set on a fancy little stand I found in Chinatown here in Victoria which just happened to fit it perfectly and add to it’s look.  It’s made from a selection of thrift store dishes.  It’s a small pot,  just 5.5 inches by 7 inches or approximately 14 cm by 17.75cm.

Small mosaic pot on stand by Helen Bushell, summerhouseart.com

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All Sides of a Mosaic Umbrella Stand

I realized the other day, that there are quite a few mosaics that have never made it to the blog. Ones I like but have never gotten around to photographing. I’m trying to remember when I actually made this umbrella stand. Years and years ago. It spends it’s time in the front hall, bristling with umbrellas, canes, long handled shoe horns, and in direct site of the couch so I see everyday and I still enjoy looking at it. That’s the thing about mosaic, it’s like eye candy, always something to look at.  Watch the cup handle as it turns from pic to pic.

Mosaic Umbrella Stand, Helen Bushell, summerhouseart.comMosaic Umbrella Stand, Helen Bushell, summerhouseart.com Continue reading “All Sides of a Mosaic Umbrella Stand”

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“Sidecar”, new Paper Collage

"Sidecar", paper collage, Helen Bushell, summerhouseart.com

This is a 6in Square paper collage, again using double sided adhesive.  All the papers are created or found.  The speckle is a favourite, the security inside of envelopes in the post.  And that little orange bit in the middle, that is actually a series of numbers with the edges muddied in photoshop and then colored.  Most of the colors come courtesy of junk mail, proving again that artists see a use in junk.  I’m quite happy with the over-the-top color.

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My Studio Caught in Reflection

Studio Reflection, summerhouseart.com

I was going to post a few more of my collages today, but got fed up with Photoshop and decided to share a little view of my studio instead.  We love shopping at Thrift stores and garage sales mostly because we like to be thrifty, but also because you find such unique things.  You wouldn’t find this convex mirror at any department store, would you?  Continue reading “My Studio Caught in Reflection”

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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.

(If you’d like to leave a comment, we do like comments, just link to the title and comments appear at the bottom of the post. )

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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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