Mixed Media Mania

Tags

, , ,

IMG_8888

Crafting Area

Since moving into my new place, I’ve been able to get back into some mixed media work now that I finally have a space to craft in. I plan on making a few more prints similar to the ones below, to put together a gallery wall piece that is Hollywood themed. The materials I use are mostly scrap pieces of paper, stickers, stencils, stamps, paint, and magazine cutouts. Plus modge podge of course. The Hollywood canvas turned out more like a collage. The other 2 are more mixed media.

I know this isn’t ground breaking, but the trick I’ve found is to use lots of layering to give it that mixed media effect, and to hide things that you mess up. That’s the main thing I like about mixed media; there seems to be hardly any room for error, because whatever you do usually ends up looking okay whereas with drawing or painting, you need to be more precise usually, so it’s easier to mess up and get frustrated or discouraged. That being said, I did just buy a new watercolour brush pen, so I will be trying some painting and sketching soon. More to come on that, if they turn out okay…

IMG_8858IMG_8879image1

 

Advertisements

Before & After

Tags

, , ,

Before August, I was doing a decent job of publishing a blog post once a week or every 2 weeks or so. And if I wasn’t able to post regularly, then I at least would never let a month go by without doing a post. But unfortunately I broke that cycle during not only August, but September too. For August, I have a somewhat legitimate excuse since I moved to a new place. Continue reading

Haunting….ly slow – A Review

Tags

, , , , , , ,

wolf.jpgWhen I was working at Chapters, I kept seeing this book on the shelf in the fiction section, staring out at me for weeks, and finally decided to get it. It follows the story of teenage Linda, living with her parents on a lake in northern Minnesota. On summer, a family with a 4 year old son named Paul move in across the lake, and Linda begins to babysit Paul. Over the course of that summer, “Linda makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life.”

From that synopsis, I was prepared for some sort of epic, tragic revelation and subtle but crazy events at every turn. There’s this whole build up to what happens to Paul; you know something bad is going to happen to him (it’s revealed in the first page), but you don’t know what. Then finally when it does happen, I was a bit shocked but it all happened so fast, I expected more to come. And then when it ended later without much else happening, I was just super underwhelmed. It was not what I was expecting; it was subtle to the point of being almost so subtle I missed what the point of it was.  Continue reading

Update: I got a publishing job!

Tags

, , , , , , , , ,

ebook_shelf_displayYep, that’s right. I now work in a publishing house!

Back in mid-May I was surfing the job boards online, hoping to find another part time job to go along with my part-time job at the bookstore – but I ended up stumbling across a posting for a full-time job at a local publishing house. Funnily enough, this was the same publishing house I’d looked at last summer right after I’d graduated. I had seen then how awesome it looked with its team of friendly looking people and the laid back but professional nuance of their website. I desperately wished they had some sort of job opening – but alas, they did not, and so I moved on to other things.  Continue reading

You won’t want this one to end – A Review

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

Reid-Im-Thinking-of-Ending-Things-674x1024You’ll be scared, but you won’t know why – that’s what I kept hearing people say about this book, and they weren’t wrong.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Canadian author Ian Reid follows a first person narrative of a young woman and her boyfriend driving on the road, headed towards the house of the boyfriend’s parents. On this drive, it becomes clear from the first line in the book that the girlfriend is thinking of ending her relationship with the boyfriend. Sounds harmless enough, right? It possibly even evokes expectations of some sort of rom-com or chick-lit plot – but you couldn’t be more wrong. From the first page onwards, things just get exponentially bizarre and creepier, more than you would ever think, and it keeps it up, right until the final page.  Continue reading

What I’ll miss about working in a bookstore

Tags

, , , , ,

That’s right  – I no longer work at a bookstore. As of exactly a month ago, I’ve gotten a new job somewhere else, somewhere just as good as a bookstore – if not better in some ways. But it’s a secret for now; more shall be revealed later in a separate post. While I love my new job and am very excited for it, there are definitely things I’m going to miss about my old job… Continue reading

Someday, someday maybe I’ll do this review

Tags

, , , , , , , , ,

somedayI read Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham over a month ago, and figured I should probably get around to reviewing it…someday…maybe (cue eye roll).

I first heard about this book when I read Lauren Graham’s memoir Talking As Fast As I Can last November. I had no idea she had written fiction as well, and I really enjoyed her memoir, so I decided to pick this one up.

Someday, Someday Maybe follows a rather cliched sounding story: a young woman, Franny Banks, is pursuing an acting career in New York City while working as a waitress part time – but that’s one of the things I liked about this book. Even though is was a storyline we’ve seen before, it still managed to be unique on its own and even challenged the cliche a little. Continue reading

How not to write a gothic ghost story – A Review

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

vanFrom my experience of reading The Vanishing by Wendy Webb, I’ve devised this handy list of How Not To Write A Gothic Ghost Story, though it could easily also be known as How Not To Write Any Story.

First, begin with a promising premise: Julia’s life is turned upside down after her husband’s suicide and societal uproar against him conning thousands of people out of their life savings. Alone and estranged from society, Julia hides in her own home when a man shows up on her door step, presenting a solution to her situation. She is whisked away to start a new life out of the public’s eye, working as a companion to a cooky, elderly horror novelist in a haunted mansion – but strange things start happening, and Julia questions why she was really brought to the house. Once you have that, proceed to ruin it by following these crucial steps (WARNING: minor spoilers): Continue reading

Bullet Journal and Starbucks Adventure

Tags

, , , ,

I spent the better part of today going on a big walk with Sophie. First we went down to the Starbucks in the village, where we sat for over an hour at a shaded table. I had tea and a chocolate croissant – Sophie had some of the non-chocolate parts. Then we continued on down to the water where Sophie enjoyed a swim and played with the rocks (I know, she’s a weird dog). While at Starbucks I read my book for a bit, but mostly I worked on brainstorming a bunch of ideas and plans for my Leuchtturm bullet journal. Continue reading

Which genre is the best?

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

art.jpgToday at the store, a customer asked me if we had a certain book in stock – a fantasy book by Robin Hobb called Assassin’s Fate: Book 3 of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy. I checked the computer to find it was just released May 9th and we had 10 copies. I showed her to the section and she was so excited to see it, she picked up the book and hugged it. We chatted briefly before she left. I mentioned I had never really read much fantasy or sci-fi before – she looked at me in shock – I explained it was because I just didn’t know where to start and didn’t know what was good. She nodded solemnly, saying there can be a lot of crap to get through, but it’s so worth it because eventually you’ll find gold. Continue reading