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Hello everyone!

I hope you are doing well!

I launched a Patreon page!

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I’m having a 10% sale in the shop for the month of March! https://tinyurl.com/y4ztuueu

Yay! I’m so excited!

Take care,

Anne

Weekly news: June 30, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

That’s it friends, I have started stencilling the tote bags! It is so exciting to get to this step and to discover indigo. The first thing I want to say is that indigo is such an incredible plant, and it has been so interesting to learn about how so many cultures all around the world have been using this plant for dyeing. One thing none of the books I’ve read mentioned however is that indigo does not have a pretty smell. As I am working on the bags, I have the feeling I am in the middle of a farm or barn. Still, the end result is actually a lot better than what I was expecting, so I am very happy. It takes me around 20-25 minutes to stencil each bag, so it is a process. I am almost done with the bags I prepared and will spend another lovely afternoon stencilling away!

It has been so interesting also to make my own stencils. I love designing them and thinking about the negative spaces and how to make sure the shapes I want to paint on actually show. It is quite different from “regular” painting, and it is nice to explore a new skill.

I am so excited to share the final results of all this work with you: once the stencilling will be done, I will still have to fix the indigo to the fabric to make it permanent. In the meantime, here is a sneak peak of the bags!

This week I’ve also been able to order and receive a second printer. I realized at the beginning of the year that my shop was quite dependent on the printer I had. Having a second one will allow me to reduce my production times, and to have a backup if anything were to happen. Yay!

Finally, outside the atelier, I’ve been… in the atelier! The glass work atelier that is. I’ve recently completed this lotus frame. It is the first piece I make since taking the stained glass class, and it was a very nervous process. Working on my own on this new skill made me very insecure, and I doubted myself every step of the way. However, I am glad that I persevered despite all the doubt and fear because I really like the final product: there is a lesson there somewhere 🙂

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

I am obsessed with these little watercolour cards and couldn’t resist adding this set of Canadian wild flowers.

Inspiration

I found some really nice books last weekend, but as I am working through the bags and the creativity course, I don’t want to rush through writing quick reviews.

Instead, I invite you to visit this artist’s, Hanna Lee Joshi, portfolio: I love the blues she uses and how graceful her ladies are. The hands are particularly stunning and expressive. Her colour palette is also so soothing and rich. I am always in wonder when I look at other artists’ portfolio and see all the wonderful things they create. I have been thinking a lot about time management: there seems to be too many projects and so little time to do everything!

It is incredible to discover her work, and I hope you will like it too!

A small treat…

I mentioned Julia a few months ago while I was taking her class on sketching. She is such an incredible illustrator and teacher, and here she takes us with her as she goes on a sketching hike. Incredibly, she comes across so many different wild orchids growing in this German park. How wonderful!



Weekly news: June 23, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

The tote bags are coming along nicely! I have been dyeing everyday and ran out of bags. After waiting for a few days for the new ones to arrive, I’ll be able to finish the “main colour” dyeing next week 🤞🤞🤞 I really like the colours and cannot wait to try phase two of this project! It is all very exciting to be creating tote bags with natural products and pigments.

I am also working on the creativity class, filming exercises. It is nice to have such varied tasks. Here is a sneak peak of one of the exercises:

Finally, aside from tote bags and the course, I have also started to paint some products the end of the year. It is so nice to be painting again.

Outside of work, I’ve been trying to give myself some time each day to sketch and make “ugly work”. This is a taste from my own medicine as it is a theme I explore a lot in the creativity course. It has been very therapeutic, fun and inspiring. Many ideas have downloaded during these free hand sessions.

In the garden, we have a promise of fruits for the fall, and it makes me so happy! We had a lot of rain and these baby apples really fattened up! 🍎🍎🍎

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

I am obsessed with these little watercolour cards and couldn’t resist adding this set of Canadian wild flowers.

Inspiration

I hit my usual June reading slump and was very unlucky with my library books… until this one arrived! This is such a beautiful book filled with incredible work.

Over here for the full review!

A small treat…

I love visiting these artists’ website because their work is incredible. Beautiful, funny and slightly eerie: it always inspires me and cheers me up. It is such incredible photographs! I hope you will go have a look!



Cottontails and Columbine Flowers in the Portfolio!

New in the Portfolio

My latest painting has made its way to the portfolio! It was so much fun painting these delicate and unexpected flowers, but even nicer to work on the rabbits! Over here for more details!

If you like this painting and would like to support my work as an independent artist, it is available as a print and card in my shop.

Portfolio and Shop Update

New in the Portfolio

I hope you are all doing well 🙂

I have a few new things all around! Yay! It’s a bit cringey to promote my work like this, but as an independent artist, it is an important and essential part of my work. Thank you so much for your support! It means so much and enables my to keep on creating, painting, hoping and dreaming.

In the portfolio, some buttercups (what lovely flowers) and bears!

In the shop, Spring has sprung! It’s not here yet here in real life, but it’s good to hope and dream about flowers and butterflies coming back!

I have some new postcards:

A few notepads too:

And some greeting cards as well:

Weekly news: June 16, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I’ve spent all mornings working on the Christmas products in the kitchen! I am experimenting with natural dyes, and it has been a lot of fun to discover new techniques. So far, my favourite colour is this rich red-orange (but at the moment, a sunny yellow is brewing, so I might need to change my opinion soon!). I cannot wait to share more of this project with you: cross your fingers it works out! So far the process has been very interesting. Each step is a bit long, but I love that everything is natural and kitchen grade, meaning I don’t have to deal with using and disposing of harsh chemicals. It is also fascinating to be working with plants that have been used for hundreds of years to dye fabrics and yarns!

I am also still working on the creativity course. I have filmed about half of the demos I have written down. It has been really fun to work on these and to revisit old favourites.

Outside of the atelier, we have started harvesting some herbs and salad greens in the garden! It is so fun to be able to go outside at lunch and pick a little of this and that to eat right away. We also had a few strawberries from the plants we planted last year. We weren’t expecting them to come back, but they are strong! Mind you, we would need about a 100 more to have a decent harvest, but still, it is nice to have these sweet treats as we walk in the garden.

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

I am obsessed with these little watercolour cards and couldn’t resist adding this set of Canadian wild flowers.

Inspiration

I got this book when I first started working with watercolours. I love how dreamy and beautiful each flower is!

Over here for the full review!

A small treat…

Such incredible skills, and steely nerves to be working on amazing pieces like these!



Book Review: The Mouse who Carried a House on His Back, by Jonathan Stutzman and Isabelle Arsenault

Book Reviews

(Par ici en Français!)

A friend recommended this book a few weeks ago, and as she has excellent taste, I knew I had to find it! When I saw that it was illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, well, I really had no choice whatsoever. I’m so glad to say that The Mouse who Carried a House on His Back, by Jonathan Stutzman and Isabelle Arsenault is a hit!

At this point, I think I’ve read all the books written and/or illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault. I love her work so much! It is so simple, but so evocative and full of imagination. I also really like the handmade feel her pictures have. With this book, I was surprised and please to see that it was a different kind of work. I was expecting a world of graphite and lovely pencil textures. Instead, I discovered a world of colours and collage. The pictures look like they are made from cut and paste characters, and it is wonderful! I really enjoyed how that aspect of the work gave the book a more 3D feel, like the characters could just step out of the book.

Adding to this feeling of interactivity, the book is a cut out book. Throughout the pages, a house shape is cut out revealing and framing characters in a clever way. I really enjoyed that this window worked on each side of the page, making it so fun! As I was reading the book, I was excited to see what the next window would reveal.

This is such a cozy book! The characters are adorable animals all dressed in cute clothes. We spend a lot of time in the mouse’s house and it is wonderfully comfortable with a large table to welcome everyone, rocking chairs, a fireplace and lovely fabrics. I really enjoyed all the details that were put into creating this warm atmosphere. Many repeat patterns as well as different textures and colours give this space an eclectic and lively feeling: this is a house meant to be lived in, and it is so inviting!

Going with these incredible illustrations, the story is adorable and full of wisdom. Mouse goes around carrying his house. When he feels it is right, he puts it down. As he makes friends, he welcomes more and more of them into his seemingly small home. The house grows, expends, takes colours as more and more animals find their way to Mouse. A lesson in hospitality, friendship and generosity, this story is incredibly charming.

This book is truly incredible! Full of lovely details and adorable animals, it is sure to charm readers of all ages. I had such a good time reading this cute story and turning page after page. I hope you will give it a read!

The Mouse who Carried a House on His Back, by Jonathan Stutzman and Isabelle Arsenault, Penguin Random House


 

Book review: La souris qui portait une maison sur son dos, par Jonathan Stutzman et Isabelle Arsenault

(Ce livre est disponible en français! Youpiiii!)

Une amie m’a recommandé ce livre il y a quelques semaines, et comme elle a un goût très sûr, je savais que je devais le trouver ! Quand j’ai vu qu’il était illustré par Isabelle Arsenault, eh bien, je n’avais vraiment plus le choix. Je suis heureuse de dire que La souris qui portait une maison sur son dos, de Jonathan Stutzman et Isabelle Arsenault, est un hit !

À ce stade, je pense avoir lu tous les livres écrits et/ou illustrés par Isabelle Arsenault. J’aime tellement son travail ! Il est si simple, mais si évocateur et plein d’imagination. J’aime aussi beaucoup l’aspect artisanal de ses images. Avec ce livre, j’ai été surprise et heureuse de voir qu’il s’agissait d’un genre un peu différent. Je m’attendais à un monde de graphite et de belles textures de crayon. Au lieu de cela, j’ai découvert un monde de couleurs et de collages. Les images ont l’air d’être faites à partir de personnages découpés et collés, et c’est merveilleux ! J’ai vraiment apprécié que cet aspect de l’œuvre donne au livre une impression de 3D, comme si les personnages pouvaient sortir du livre.

Pour ajouter à ce sentiment d’interactivité, le livre est un livre découpé. Au fil des pages, une forme de maison est découpée révélant et encadrant les personnages de manière astucieuse. J’ai vraiment apprécié que cette fenêtre fonctionne de chaque côté de la page, ce qui la rend très amusante ! Au fur et à mesure que je lisais le livre, j’étais impatiente de voir ce que la fenêtre suivante allait révéler.

C’est un livre tellement douillet ! Les personnages sont d’adorables animaux tous habillés de vêtements mignons. Nous passons beaucoup de temps dans la maison de la souris et elle est merveilleusement confortable avec une grande table pour accueillir tout le monde, des chaises berçantes, une cheminée et de jolis tissus. J’ai vraiment apprécié tous les détails qui ont été mis en scène pour créer cette atmosphère chaleureuse. De nombreux motifs répétés ainsi que des textures et des couleurs différentes donnent à cet espace un sentiment éclectique et vivant : c’est une maison faite pour être habitée, et elle est si accueillante !

Accompagnée de ces incroyables illustrations, l’histoire est adorable et pleine de sagesse. La souris se promène en portant sa maison. Quand il estime que le moment est venu, il la pose. Au fur et à mesure qu’il se fait des amis, il en accueille de plus en plus dans sa maison apparemment petite. La maison grandit, se développe, prend des couleurs à mesure que de plus en plus d’animaux trouvent leur chemin vers la souris. Une leçon d’hospitalité, d’amitié et de générosité, cette histoire est incroyablement charmante.

Ce livre est vraiment incroyable ! Plein de détails charmants et d’animaux adorables, il ne manquera pas de charmer les lecteurs de tous âges. J’ai eu tellement de plaisir à lire cette jolie histoire et à tourner les pages les unes après les autres. J’espère que vous le lirez aussi !

La souris qui portait une maison sur son dos, par Jonathan Stutzman et Isabelle Arsenault, Éditions Scholastic

Weekly news: June 9, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I am continuing work on my creativity course. It is coming along nicely: I finished the illustrations and have started working on the layout. I also started working on the videos that will be demos of the different creative exercises I am sharing in the course. This part has not been easy. Low battery, full memory cards, out of focus, out of frame, hair in the frame: name it, it happened while filming. As I am working on my own, I usually can’t tell if something went wrong before I am editing the footage. It has been incredibly frustrating to refilm some of the exercises over and over again, but I think I have my set up worked out now. Let’s cross all our fingers for smooth sailing from now on!

Outside the atelier, I spent yesterday evening spying on a turtle laying her eggs! It was incredible to see this huge turtle walk around and make her hole. After further inspection this morning, it seems that this was a trial run: no eggs and an open hole.Still, it was all very intriguing… Country life, very exciting isn’t it?

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

I am obsessed with these little watercolour cards and couldn’t resist adding this set of Canadian wild flowers.

Inspiration

A special book from my childhood. This one is so incredibly well done!

Over here for the full review!

A small treat…

I’ve been listening to a lot of Floor Cry while I work this week. I love her synth pop songs. They have such a summery, light comfort feel. I hope you’ll like them too!



Book Review: The Magical Yet, by Angela DiTerlizzi and Lorena Alvarez

Book Reviews

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There are some books that you stumble upon by accident, on a whim. Sometimes these books fin you just at the right moment, as if in answer to your thoughts. This is exactly how I felt with The Magical Yet, written by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Lorena Alvarez.

I’ve raved about Lorena Alvarez’ work here before, but, what can I say, her work just makes me so happy! With this book, it was nice to see her incredible talent for creating plants and patterns once again. Trees, leaves, and other plants wrap around each page and create a rich and beautiful world. Adding to this lushness, big-eyed birds fly around, inviting the reader to explore and guiding the eyes through each double page spread. They add so much movement and dynamism!

Another thing that I find so inspiring in this artist’s work is her use of colour. She is juggling with so many colours and is still able to create a sense of cohesion. I feel like there are two main palettes that work so well together. The first one is rich in olive greens, browns, purples and is accentuated with bright turquoises, magentas and oranges. The other one comprises soft blues and purples. These two palettes work together to create striking details and soothing backgrounds. It is so well done!

To inhabit this wonderfully diverse universe, she creates equally wonderful characters. So many children take part in this book and they are all diverse and so curious. I always love seeing children characters trying different activities and being curious, and this book had a whole collection of them! I also liked that she did not discriminate activities to genders. It all felt very natural, and I feel like there is at least one character each reader can identify with in this book.

Finally, the thing that completely stole my heart is the story of this book. Sometimes, being an independent artist can feel like walking alone in the dark for a really long time. This book felt like a candle or handrail suddenly found, just at the right moment. A beautiful story on perseverance, learning and giving up, this book presents the magical Yet. Yet accompanies each character as they learn, make mistakes, feel discouraged or lost. Yet believes, is patient, finds solutions, and helps the children reach their goals. It is such an important message for children but also for adults alike.

I cannot recommend this book enough! Filled with incredibly beautiful and fascinating illustrations, this book also delivers a powerful message that will serve children and adults alike. I am so glad I stumbled upon this book, and I hope it will find you just at the right moment too!

The Magical Yet, by Angela DiTerlizzi and Lorena Alvarez, Disney Hyperion


 

Book review: Tu y arriveras, par Angela DiTerlizzi and Lorena Alvarez

(Ce livre est disponible en français! Youpiiii!)

Il y a des livres sur lesquels on tombe par hasard, un peu par accident. Parfois, ces livres vous tombent dessus juste au bon moment, comme en réponse à vos pensées. C’est exactement ce que j’ai ressenti avec Tu y arriveras, écrit par Angela DiTerlizzi et illustré par Lorena Alvarez.

J’ai déjà fait l’éloge du travail de Lorena Alvarez ici, mais, que puis-je dire, son travail me fait tellement plaisir ! Avec ce livre, il était agréable de voir son incroyable talent pour créer des plantes et des motifs une fois de plus. Les arbres, les feuilles et autres plantes enveloppent chaque page et créent un monde riche et magnifique. Pour ajouter à cette luxuriance, des oiseaux aux grands yeux volent tout autour, invitant le lecteur à explorer et guidant les yeux à travers chaque double page. Ils ajoutent tellement de mouvement et de dynamisme !

Une autre chose que je trouve si inspirante dans le travail de cette artiste est son utilisation de la couleur. Elle jongle avec tant de couleurs tout en parvenant à créer un sentiment de cohésion. J’ai l’impression qu’il y a deux palettes principales qui fonctionnent si bien ensemble. La première est riche en verts olive, bruns, violets et est accentuée par des turquoises, magentas et oranges vifs. L’autre comprend des bleus et des violets doux. Ces deux palettes fonctionnent ensemble pour créer des détails frappants et des arrière-plans apaisants. C’est tellement bien fait !

Pour habiter cet univers merveilleusement diversifié, elle crée des personnages tout aussi merveilleux. Tant d’enfants prennent part à ce livre et ils sont tous différents et si curieux. J’aime toujours voir des personnages enfantins essayer différentes activités et être curieux, et ce livre en avait toute une collection ! J’ai également apprécié qu’elle ne fasse pas de distinction entre les activités et les genres. Tout semblait très naturel, et j’ai l’impression que chaque lecteur peut s’identifier à au moins un personnage dans ce livre.

Enfin, la chose qui a complètement volé mon cœur est l’histoire de ce livre. Parfois, être une artiste indépendante peut donner l’impression de marcher seule dans le noir pendant très longtemps. Ce livre m’a fait l’effet d’une bougie ou d’une main courante soudainement trouvée, juste au bon moment. Une belle histoire sur la persévérance, l’apprentissage et le doute, ce livre présente “Yet”. Yet accompagne chaque personnage lorsqu’il apprend, fait des erreurs, se sent découragé ou perdu. Yet croit, est patient, trouve des solutions et aide les enfants à atteindre leurs objectifs. C’est un message tellement important pour les enfants mais aussi pour les adultes.

Je ne saurais trop recommander ce livre ! Rempli d’illustrations incroyablement belles et fascinantes, ce livre délivre également un message puissant qui servira aux enfants comme aux adultes. Je suis si heureuse d’être tombée sur ce livre, et j’espère qu’il vous trouvera aussi au bon moment !

Tu y arriveras, par Angela DiTerlizzi et Lorena Alvarez, Scholastic

The Magical Yet, by Angela DiTerlizzi and Lorena Alvarez, Disney Hyperion

Weekly news: June 2, 2022

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, as I am slowly gathering material for my fabric project, I am also working on my creativity class. I finished writing and editing the text (🥳). As I was going through it all, I thought that adding a few illustrations could make it more fun.

*hummm*

As you may suspect, a few quickly morphed into a lot, and I’ve been working on them. I chose to use a “comic” style of drawing to match with the creativity theme and to make things engaging. As my course is all about exploration and fun, I thought it worked well.

I am also introducing my CloudHead character for the first time to the world. This character came to life in 2019 when I was deep in my concussion recovery. I often felt like my head was full of clouds or cotton, and I started drawing myself like this. I’ve been looking for a way to use this character because I like it so much! CloudHead is perfect as a creativity guide, so I am please that you all get to meet finally!

Outside the atelier, I received some plants that I couldn’t find in the nurseries around here this morning. I am so excited to add them to our garden. It’s always the best boxes to receive! The plants are now enjoying a well-deserved soak, while Stella is doing her mandatory inspection.

That’s it!
Until next week,

Take care 🧡🧡🧡

L’Atelier

I just added some thank you cards, ready for any occasion! I love these little cards because they are printed on watercolour paper.

Youtube

Here’s my vlog for the month of May! I spent a lot of time painting, but I was also able to garden and make some yummy refreshing dessert 🙂

A small treat…

I am completely obsessed with migrating birds: it is always such a big event when we ear them come back. This is definitively going on my bucket-list!