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
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!
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, https://www.redbubble.com/people/CarlaErk
Just put up my first 5 designs this morning!
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, https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/117095302201https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/117095302201
I look forward to creating with you!
With his recent fascination over these little buses, and the hefty price of a small set online I decided to give this a try..
Grabbed some toy blocks from his room, got my acrylic out, and got to work.
He already trashed a paper Tayo I made for him.. expected, but boy was he totally heartbroken.
Maybe this one will hold up better.
A bit of clear nail polish to make it waterproof, and hey! It’s Tayo!
Now to do the toddler test. Let’s see how long this one lasts.. lol..
I miss the sea.
Doing this workshop today was a bit nostalgic as I blended away thinking of my time in Sinope, Turkey.
The Black Sea, and the local food. All the artisans that came to the docks every evening. I definitely miss it.
Sinope has my heart for sure.
It was nice to do something that brought those memories to mind.
Hosting workshops each week has been a lot of fun, and the finished works are always so pretty.
Gives my family a chance to head out without me, and a chance for me to zen in peace with a little art.
Next week zines! I think I may do something nautical to flow with this theme.
I never talk about it… cause really.. who can honestly do anything.. or even wants to.
All there is to do is talk. Nothing changes. You still end up feeling the same in the end, and the things that bring it on always spiral back around to remind you of how miserable you really are, and how hard it is to bottle it up.
…but you keep smiling. Not for yourself, but so you simply don’t inconvenience others by making them feel what you feel, cause that only makes you feel worse.
Its a struggle, and no amount of, “What you need to do is…” or “You need to look at it this way…” will ever help.
It always makes me feel more vulnerable to admit it. I have had depression for over 20 years.
I never talk about it… my social media is always full of all the good things in life.. but some days make me scream inside. #smilingdepression it’s real.
Just a couple days till I host the ‘Seaside Blends’ workshop, but I’m always so busy with creating things that I never get around to do enough marketing.
So, quite often I’ll be hosting a workshop with only 3 or 4 viewers, and at times there has even been none, but I still went through it all as if someone was watching ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Even after workshops are complete I keep the videos, and event posters available as studio content for anyone to go back to and participate whenever they wish.
..but I’m no marketing expert. I ask for tips for that!
So instead of sharing the info for the workshop this weekend be sure to checkout the workshop coming up next week!
I’m making zines! Event info can be found here, https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/113006942808
Seriously have to give a shoutout to this product by Speedball Art Products.
I bought this jar of block printing ink over 10 years ago, and the last 5 years it just sat in my closet.
Pulled it out to see if I could prep another workshop with it while doubting it would be anything other than a black brick, and yet to my surprise it worked like a charm!
Spread a little thicker than brand new, but still perfectly good 10 years later… lol… Consider me impressed :)…
We’ve collected so many beach treasures from our adventures with our son that I wanted to craft something to hang up and enjoy them all.
Turned out so pretty that I decided to turn it into a workshop for others to enjoy too!
Be sure to check the event poster for a list of materials to collect if you wish to participate. More info on Eventbrite at, https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/113010064144