Category Archives: Block Print / Lino Cut

Fort Saskatchewan River fest 2017


As I mentioned earlier I was invited to exhibit my art at the final day of the Epcore Riverfest. A celebration of the North Saskatchewan River. This was the first year that Fort Saskatchewan has participated and they wanted a local Artist presence to add to the exhibit.

I was originally supposed to set up inside the pavilion but the weather was nice and the exposure was better outside so I had a gorgeous albeit chilly location and got to meet with some wonderful people as they took in the beauty surrounding us.

Here are a few pictures and pieces of the day.

Big thank you to everyone that came by for a look, sale or chat!

A

Time for an Update


Hello my poor neglected subscribers I’ve yet again abandoned you to go on a creative frenzy.

Sometimes I feel like being an Artist is like a boat on the ocean; sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the waves of creativity and other times I’m drifting on still waters.

The last few months I’ve definitely been tossed about creatively. It seems it’s all I can do to get the ideas out of my head fast enough.

So let me catch you up on a few things. I’ve of course been busy with my hand stamped Jewelry business as well as the whole art studio aspect of life.

I’ve become the secretary for the Society of Fort Saskatchewan Artists so that’s new

and I continue to be a member of CIVA Christians in the Visual Arts and am now listed in their artists guide.

I’ve also had a solo and a group exhibit at the Fort Saskatchewan City Hall Art nook Gallery.

Here’s a pic of my latest pieces on display

If you’d like to see more on the creation of these 2 check out and follow me on Instagram for daily posts at milke.amanda

So those are up on exhibit until the end of the month.

Tomorrow I am attending River fest as celebration of the North Saskatchewan River in Fort Saskatchewan. They invited me to attend the Artisan Fair so I’ve been busy prepping art for that. Including these new pieces.

And trust me that’s not everything! So as you can tell I’ve been insanely busy. If I’m not painting, I’m hand stamping and being a stay at home mom and training a new puppy

So now we have 2 munchkins and 2 poochies and a whole lot of busy daily life.

And starting Monday I’m also back to teaching some public art classes

And in all this crazy creative chaos I’ve been extra busy with my home based business growing over 300% this year and we’re only into September! My customers must think I’m doing an ok job since my business was nominated for the following awards from the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.

So now I need to go dress shopping so I can attend the Awards Gala in October and see if I bring home a trophy.

So that pretty much sums up why I’ve been so busy and why we haven’t spoken for a while.

I’m hoping to eventually even with classes running and stamping orders to slow down a bit and not be so rushed. But until then, keep me loaded of paint and caffeine 😉

Cheers for now!

Amanda

Block Print Bonanza 


As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been working away on a new series of Block Prints inspired by themes and imagery in the Bible. I’ve been focusing primarily on animals and plants of significance. 

So far I have done the classic Lion and Lamb, Eden tree Pomegrantes, Soul Mates, Sparrow and a Honey Bee. 

Here’s a peak at these new blocks and two test print and reveals.

You can see lots more of these by following me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/milke.amanda/

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I haven’t decided what to do next so it will be a surprise for both of us 😉

Once the print run is done I’ll be listing the prints for sale in my etsy shop and by direct message. What’s your favorite so far?

Cheers!

Amanda 

Artistic excavation 


As I was hunting through the studio over the weekend looking for something else, I came across my stash of block printing supplies and thought I was long overdue for a new run of prints. 

So I spent the weekend carving out some blocks. Here’s a look at the new pieces, I have a few more in the planning stages that I hope to carve out soon and then maybe this coming weekend I’ll have time to do a print run.


Thanks for checking things out.

Cheers,

Amanda 

Holiday Shopping local & online


Local

If you are in the Edmonton/Fort Saskatchewan Area this Saturday then you must stop in and check out the Christmas Marketplace.

More info here: http://www.fortsaskchamber.com/index.php/events/christmas-marketplace

There will be over 100 vendors and I will be at Booth #49 as soon as you walk in the doors!

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If you plan on attending this event, I have a special Christmas treat for you.

Print off the coupon below and bring it to this event to receive 15% off your purchase

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Online

For all my online shoppers I am having a week long Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale on my Etsy site.

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/AMilkeArtStudio

Spend $40 before shipping charges and use coupon code
CYBERMONDAY2013SALE
to save 25% off your order. This is a great time to stock up on
Artwork or place an order for a custom painting.

Either way it’s a great weekend to get some Holiday shopping done.

Enjoy the Holiday!

Cheers,

Amanda

 

Time for Christmas Shopping!


It may only be mid November but with Christmas right around the corner it is time to get shopping if you want your orders to arrive in time for Christmas!

Here is

Canada Post’s 2013 Holiday Season Suggested Mailing Dates

So there is no time like the present to get your shopping done.

In the spirit of giving I am holding a sale on all my ARTWORK & Jewelry from now until December 26th Online Only of my Etsy shop

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/AMilkeArtStudio

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Just go online to my ETSY shop and use coupon Code CHRISTMAS2013 to receive 20% off your order!

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This includes custom work! Just convo/msg/email me to discuss the details and I will do up a custom listing for you at my shop OR choose from some of the already posted custom Art Options.

Everyone should have a lil bit of Art in their lives and what better time than at Christmas!

Hurry on over and find that unique gift you’re looking for 😉

Here are just a few things you will find.

Happy Shopping!

Cheers,

Amanda

pretty prints


Alrighty.

Here are the prints I’ve been working on lately.

The betta fish piece was a trial run of printing on painted paper. I thought the multicolored effect suited the fish.

I had it painted from a previous project I was working on and hadn’t used.

It’s painted with watercolors, salt for effect, and cheese cloth for texture.

At the moment, there are only two using this background effect, but I plan on doing up more sometime in the near future.

Next, my Magnolia’s.

I wanted to do something with a subtler touch, so I went with yellow, white, and silver.

Finally, the pomegranate.

I wanted this piece to be rich and warm so I went with red and gold.

All in all, I think they turned out pretty well.

Here they are laid out to dry.

Well, that’s it for today.

I’m off to work on something new though I  don’t yet know what.

Cheers!

Amanda