Coffee Filter Valentine’s Kids Art Activity!

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A fun Valentine’s craft making cards for our class using coffee filters, arcylic paint, water, glue, and cardstock paper. #childrensactivities #kidscrafts #creativeactivities #valentinesday #artandcrafts #earlychildhoodeducation #carlaerkdesign


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Found a bunch of unused canvases in my storage and got a bit of a #muse today🥰 #paintpouringart #acrylicfluidart #traditionalart #mixedmediaartists #carlaerkdesign might layer them for texture a bit still, but I’ll repost when they’re finally up for sale!

Check out the preview on my FB page!

New to the shop!

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Another original work to add to my Musings ❤..

Mountain Landscape – 2.5 inch canvas panels. Available for sale for $20 CAD.

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Only one day left for bids! This piece was created exclusively for submitting to the Pacific Wild auction. Only one print will be made for my own personal collection. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to help support the 2021 campaigns of #pacificwild for our #greatbearrainforest by purchasing an original work of art! ❤

Approved for auction!


Been offline a bit, and hard at work on some projects. One of those being this beautiful piece of a Sockeye against the rocks.

A mixed media work of digitally edited images painted with acrylic, and watercolor. Then torn into the pieces needed to create the images in this piece. 14×11 canvas panel.

Starting bid: $120

Auction starts November 9th! Come check out my submission of “Spawning Sockeye in the Rapids”, and all the other amazing works that are donating portion of their proceeds to the 2021 campaigns of Pacific Wild. #wildauction2020

I’m very excited to be able to participate in this event!

New shop!

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I’ve closed my digital image shop on Etsy, and reopened it with Redbubble.

You can find all my digital art now on some cool merch at,

Feel free to check it out!

Busy, busy…

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Taking a break from workshops for a while, and spending more time on unfinished projects.

Like updating terms and conditions, half painted canvases, half sketched sketches, and all that time consuming mind numbing work involved with sitting at your computer uploading it all.

Geez…. no wonder I feel burnt out.. lol..

On the other hand I finally got my Redbubble setup so you’ll now be able to purchase more and more of my artwork on wearable, and usable merchandise! Yay!

Feel free to check it out, and follow at,

Just put up my first 5 designs this morning!

New workshop coming up!

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At a temporarily discounted price of $15 for a 30 day pass, and $5 for a single workshop day pass!

Options available on Eventbrite at,

I look forward to creating with you!

Treasures at the river.

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Down at our favourite little river spot I’m always finding these beautiful deposits of minerals in all different colors.

Figured I would collect some today for crushing into pigments.

Most of them are already so crumbly it wouldn’t take much effort.

A bit of black, red, and yellow hues. All so natural and earthy.

Even found some gold flakes that probably aren’t gold, but they sure shimmer when you spread them out.

Might use them to for gold leaf highlights if I can get enough of it.

My mind is racing with ideas…

I wonder what I’ll end up making with it :)…

I’m back!

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Coquihalla Highway, BC, Canada

I need more roadtrips in my life.

Whether its a week or a month it’s never long enough!

There’s nothing like packing up those few essential belongings, and realizing just how much stuff you own that isn’t needed for your happiness.

As long as I got my loved ones, my dog, and clothes on my back then freedom is the bird.

Avalanche area on the Coquihalla Highway

We went from one end of the Okanagan to the other. I know of a few private camps after living there for ten years.

Its always one of my favourite places to go back to.

Joyce Lake, Falkland, BC

Joyce lake was definitely on the list. Just a small little spot out by Falkland. If you blink you’ll miss it, but its perfect to get some fishing in.

The horseflies are terrible, and there were thousands of tadpoles all over the edges of the water, but as soon as we put a hook out we got a big beautiful trout.

Tadpoles at Joyce lake

After that we headed over to Mabel Lake in Kingfisher, and rented a boat from the Rivermouth Marina.

Mabel Lake, BC

New owners from last time we went, but still just as fun.

The water at Mabel is so clear, and there are shallows everywhere. Perfect place for a big adventure with a toddler for sure.

Beached at Mabel Lake

We held fort for a few nights at Mabel Lake Farms where there was a nice cold river next to it, and did some gold panning.

Kingfisher, BC river at Mabel Lake Farms
Gold panning in the river at Mabel Lake Farms

Didn’t find anything, but it was a nice way to spend a hot day for sure.

..and their blueberry pepper jelly is so yum!

I also promised our son a giant waterfall so Margaret Falls was a must.

Margaret Falls, BC

Such a gorgeous hike in. About 1 km both ways. If you ever head up past Salmon Arm be sure to check it out!

To end the week we went to a local lake I had always heard tons about, but never actually visited.

Hidden lake, and boy was it beautiful.

Hidden Lake, Enderby, BC

Very clear water for such a small lake without any creeks, and warm.

It was the kind of water you could wake up, and jump right into first thing in the morning.

Dock at Hidden Lake, BC

I’m going to miss those lakes.

If I could spend a whole summer like this I would. I need more roadtrips…

Now its back to work and the regular hustle of life.

Ahhhh… till next year.