This was an amazing opportunity. The Toronto Arts Foundation called me a week before the Mayors Evening for the Arts Gala, asking if I could create a 12 page mini colouring book to be handed out at the event! Of course I could! I just love the way it turned out. What I love even more is that they plan to hand it out this summer to lots of kids during their wonderful initiative called Arts in the Parks. Free arts events in Toronto Parks! Wonderful! Their vision: Creative city, block by block. I just love that!
Hello! I have been playing around with art journaling this summer. This one above was from this week- First day of grade one! Amazing. My baby is getting big, I love it.
These ones I did over the summer while Finch and I were at my mums. My mum showed my a video from Mindful art studio,
about using art jornaling as a way to ease anxiety and stress. It really spoke to me because I get super anxious sometimes and being a crafty gal, I thought this could really be useful and fun for me.
I am loving it. I bought a special book just for this, apart from my sketchbook I'd use for illustration jobs.
The nice thing about it is the lack of perfection, the act of turning the page and really just being in the moment while working on it. It doesn't have to be a
masterpiece or even pretty. It is just to get out the feelings and to create. Plus I get to use all the great patterned bits and pieces I have all over the place.
I collage, draw, add paint, write- whatever! If I don't like it, I turn the page- no big deal. More often than not though I find I go back and admire my past pages
and feel inspired to keep going. I also like to use inspiring quotes and words to help myself remember to not lose faith. This last image here has a scrap of text from a magazine article saying "Sometimes the greatest inspiration comes from listening for that still, small voice." So true!
I struggle with feelings of guilt that I get to "be at Home" while my husband slaves away all day at his job that he is unhappy with. Artwork IS work. Motherhood is work. Now that its back to school, I am getting a bit of a break. I deserve it and mustn't waste it feeling guilty.
Not only was she so nice and friendly, it just so happened she needed something to put on the cover of her next three books! She asked if I would be interested and I said "OF COURSE!". I was very happy when her publisher, Dundurn, was also interested. This is the cover for book one of three, and it was a pleasure to work on! The story is so good, for middle school age kids, but I think any adult would enjoy it as well. It comes out on January 7, 2017!!
This map was commissioned by Coach House Books to celebrate Authors for Indies Day 2016 in Toronto. The map pinpoints every Indie book store in the central Toronto area. What a fun project! I gave them the "Full Tania" - meaning a total riot of colours and they loved it! Yay! You can click the map for a bigger view-
This time last week we had a major snowstorm, but now its all melted and lovely and springy outside. Everyone is so much perkier. The evenings are getting lighter and it's the best!
I've got some more instagram shots to show you- the new Willow book - Willow's Smile! My early copies arrived this week and I was taken quite by surprise! It is out officially on April 1st - yay!
I have been doing a bit of work which is wonderful. This is a snippet of quite a large map I did for the Kit Compact. It's a part of downtown Toronto where Toronto Fashion week is held within a big tent. I loved drawing this map, its the area where I used to work at my beloved library job at the CBC before Finch was born. I have also completed a super fun illustration for the June issue of Chirp magazine! A dream come true! I won't show it until it's published, but I will tell you it was a drawing of lots of plants! Talk about a wonderful thing to draw in the dead of February!
I went to quilt Sunday at the workroom! Why I don't go every month is a mystery, it's such a pleasure. Everyone is happily looking at each others projects and chatting. I went with my friend and we sat chatting in a corner while I arranged little squares and beamed at everyone.
Here is a part of what I am making. My friend up the street showed me this technique where you arrange squares on fusible interfacing, iron it in place and then sew the rows to minimize them moving all over as you go. It looks great and is so easy. Since I've decided it doesn't matter if it's all crooked and wonky, it's going much faster. Plus talk about a great way to use up all the teensy bits of cute fabric I have hoarded over the years!