Category Archives: Calgary

If I only had one obsession…

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I have come to realize over the last few months, that when inspiration hits, I will drop everything else to try my new obsession. I completely submerge myself into the medium and cant imagine how it lived without it or what I did before it. Recent obsessions include Zentangling, Mandalas and Art Journaling. There is a never ending list of projects and ideas mostly introduced to me by Pinterest and some amazing art blogs. So every day I am inspired to try something else. Here are some photos of recent works.

Zentangle Inspired Whale

I was inspired by a beautiful stamp made by 100 Proof Press. They have beautiful stuff and deliver to Canada! http://www.100proofpress.com/

http://geeden.blogspot.ca/2013/01/circle-mandelas.html I loved this post on Pinterest and it inspired me to make my own.

 I loved this post on Pinterest and it inspired me to make my own. Check out this blog for more info. http://geeden.blogspot.ca/2013/01/circle-mandelas.html

Tunnel book inspired by the amazing work of Ingrid Dijkers. Check out her amazing blog at http://ingriddijkers.blogspot.ca/2011/09/under-sea-new-tunnel-book.html

Tunnel book inspired by the amazing work of Ingrid Dijkers. Check out her amazing blog at http://ingriddijkers.blogspot.ca/2011/09/under-sea-new-tunnel-book.html

art journaling page...

art journaling page…

I am in love with mixed media artist Tamara, aka Willowing. She inspires me...she has several websites, this link is her online classes. Absolutely worth a look! http://willowing.ning.com/group/theheartofart/forum/topics/art-heart-healing-week-1

I am in love with mixed media artist Tamara, aka Willowing. She inspires me…she has several websites, this link is her online classes. Absolutely worth a look! http://willowing.ning.com/group/theheartofart/forum/topics/art-heart-healing-week-1

My little flower, honestly cant remember who I was inspired by but I believe it was either Willowing or Suzi Blu, another fantastic mixed media artist. http://suziblu.typepad.com/

My little flower, honestly cant remember who I was inspired by but I believe it was either Willowing or Suzi Blu, another fantastic mixed media artist. http://suziblu.typepad.com/

Im so grateful to have the chance to see what others are doing and to be completely inspired and rejuvenated by them. I am also so thankful that they are willing to share with the world. The Arts community is an amazing group of people and I am proud to be a part of it finally.

I hope I have inspired you to look at these amazing blogs and to get out your art supplies and get creating!

 

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WE HAVE WALLS!!

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you have no idea how pathetically excited I was today to open the door to the space and to see real, actual walls!! Holy Moly its been so slow I sure didnt expect to see that today! here are some pics of what it looks like so far!

Walls...real walls!!

Walls…real walls!!

The Dance/Movement/Yoga Studio space

The Dance/Movement/Yoga Studio space

My Office!!

My Office!!

Visual Arts Studio!

Visual Arts Studio!

OMG Im so excited! The plan is to be moved in at the beginning of March…so please keep checking on our website http://www.mandalaartcentre.com or add your name to our newsletter to keep informed on registration for classes.

I am still looking for experienced yoga, dance, movement teachers. If you are interested please contact me at jade@mandalaartcentre. com

A blank canvas…the space has been demoed…

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After months of waiting, I went to my future art space yesterday to see how it feels with all of the walls gone…It became very real to see where the new walls will be built by looking at the drawings on the floor. I was able to stand in each of the rooms and finally see how big each studio is going to be. I could also start to visualize how things will be organize in each of the spaces. It was very, very exciting.  Seeing it is so different then imagining it. Ive been looking at blueprints for months, but seeing it in real life brought the picture into focus.

here are some pictures…

our space with the walls removed...

our space with the walls removed…

windows will be in all three studio spaces

windows will be in all three studio spaces

from the other end

from the other end

I am seeing things come together…I am hoping to be in the space by March…I will keep everyone updated on the progress of Mandala Art Centre!

Aviva Community Fund Contest

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Aviva Insurance is running an amazing contest right now called the Aviva Community Fund where they are giving out over a million dollars to the best community enhancing projects across Canada. Mandala Art Centre has submitted their idea to the contest that started on Oct 1st. We are currently ranked 511, so not the best but we are not out of the contest yet. If you would like to support our program and keep us in the running, please click on the link below to vote. You have to sign up, but then you can vote every day for an idea for 10 more days! Such an amazing contest and very proud to be involved. Thanks very much for your support!!

https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13527

May the force be with you…

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In an effort to reacquaint myself with stained glass and based on a comment that my art programs were “girly”, a Yoda stained glass piece was born!

No one can say that Yoda is girly~

Having been out of doing stained glass for at least 6+ years, this was like learning how to ride a bike again…but I honestly had a great time doing it! I found a template online for this Yoda at http://www.yumeglass.com/Hobby/Pattern/index.html. This site has a ton of very cool options.

I then got really lucky by being able to by the glass from a “rack pack” which offers 12″ x 12″ squares of glass for a reduced price at Muk Luk Magpies Stained Glass Emporium. So overall it wasn’t too pricey for my first project back.

I think he turned out to be pretty cool. So what I am thinking of doing is an auction for him, with any proceeds made going into Mandala Art Centre’s Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will be set up to raise funds so that those who cant necessarily afford an art program can apply to have their program covered through our fundraising efforts.

I will of course post more info on bidding on this stained glass piece. Just wanted to share it with all of you…what do you think of it?

I am a terrible blogger…

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Some how time always seems to get away from me. The last time I posted was at the beginning of August, so I apologize for such a long delay. To be honest its been a huge drag waiting to find a place for my art centre. As I have said in earlier posts, commercial real estate is painful and nothing I would recommend to anyone who wants to get things done quickly! Its like watching paint dry. So in an effort to remain some what useful, I have been busy trying out mediums and reintroducing myself to old favourites.

One night I was thinking of potential projects to do with students and it hit me that stained glass and/or mosaics could be an awesome addition to my classes. No one is offering this type of class to people with disabilities and was even questioned as to how I could possible do this type of craft with people with disabilities. I was pretty shocked as I think ANY craft can be adapted and made safe with the right frame of mind. So I got to work, thinking how I could adapt programming to ensure safety for all.

Bevel snowflakes…one of the “safest” stained glass projects that always turn out beautiful! I say safest because with bevels there is very little chance of cutting yourself because the edges are not sharp. Its also an easier project to use with copper  foil because the sides are flat, which makes putting the copper foil on easier.

So this is coming from me, someone who has been helping her mom do stained glass for years, so I got my boyfriend to try to foil a bevel.  He was worried about making a mistake but really with the tape if you do make a mistake, you can take the piece off and start again. It’s very much like using a sticker and putting it on the edge of the glass. He actually did really well. I have a few more people I’m going to try to demo with this to see where there may be potential pitfalls. But I think I will definitely add this to my class list.

Along with this I looked at how to do mosaic work with people with disabilities. I used to be a mosaic artist when I was in school and its something I really enjoy. Again I thought about how I could do this with very little opportunity for people to hurt or cut themselves. While wandering around Michaels, I saw a book called “Mixed Media Mosaics” by Laurie Mika and was totally inspired. In this book, Laurie makes tiles out of polymer clay and awesome and easily useable medium. I became inspired and made one of my own mosaic projects to try out the medium. While quite time consuming, I had a great time experimenting with the clay, pushing objects into it and letters to make words. Then using mica and acrylic paints to create different looks on the clay. I will also offer this as a class option. I think it would also work really nicely with scrapbooking or journaling.

I also made a glass mosaic to get myself back in the habit of working with glass again. This is an area that I will have to think about how to make it safe. I think if I just used glass globs that the projects could be entirely safe. Or else I can pre fab the pieces of glass, grind the edges to make sure that people don’t get cut. Either way stained glass and mosaic work will definitely be options as Mandala Art Centre. If anyone has any ideas of how to make these projects safer, please let me know!