Category Archives: INSPIRATIONS

The Wonderful World of Print: Print-spirations!

I’m feeling blessed today. Over the past few months, I have been struggling with the idea of going back to school. When I finished last semester in April, I was bound and determined that I didn’t want to continue my degree. I felt frustrated with school. I felt uninspired. It felt like a waste of my time…time that could surely be spent in much more worthwhile ways. All summer I wrestled with the idea of continuing. I lacked motivation and direction. But after a significant amount of time and prayer spent considering my options, I decided to enrol in course anyways and leave the actual “decision making” to a later date. Well, it’s no surprise that the “decision making” time came around, and it came around quick.

Needless to say, I’ve opted to head back to school. I never have and never will for one moment regret or disregard the value of an education, regardless of what it’s in. In the past two years, I have learned more about the world around me and about myself than I have in all my other years of existence. I’ve discovered my passions, my direction, my holy discontents, and all that lies between. I appreciate all of that, no matter how stressful and overwhelming “school” may be. I was sick of “wasting” my time just learning, learning, learning, instead of doing something about the things that bother me and the things that fire me up. But I truly believe that heading back to school is where I’m meant to be. I have more learning, more discovering, and more exploring ahead of me before I embark on the mission ahead of me.

Anyways, let’s get back to the purpose of this post. I start my first class tomorrow. This year I get to begin specializing in my area of choice and I have opted to explore the wonderful world of printmaking. Ever since I started print courses two years ago, my heart has been in it completely. The process is so physical, yet magical. Today I had a chance to sit down and do some brainstorming for the year ahead. I have decided to share with you some of the pieces that have been inspiring me and will (hopefully) pop up in some of my work this year.

Anything and everything grid. I love the grid composition. It’s a way of organizing and categorizing that is so visually appealing. I love this illustration which is organized, yet still has a little bit of chaos.

Natural vs. Unnatural. I love the play between detailed and graphic in this image. I also love that it involves a natural subject entangled in a web of almost unnatural colour. They create a very interesting and beautiful contrast.

Text. Doodling and journalling words is one of my favourite things to do. Words have such a dominant voice, so when paired with aesthetic beauty (or ugliness), they speak even more strongly. I particularly love the use of only black ink with lots of line and movement in this print.

Collage. I have always loved collage. I particularly love it in print, because the printed layers are collaged in and of themselves. I love when artists accentuate these layers, offering the viewer a glimpse into the process of creation. I love this image where a few unlikely images are paired with graphic block-outs and line.

Windows to the soul. I love untraditional frames in print. I adore how this artist offered us a glimpse through a window overlooking this scene, while also playing with the subject matter of a child’s silhouette. It gives more interest and meaning to the piece.

The boundaries of print are limitless. I love these approaches and can’t wait to get creating my own works. What are some of the things you like about print? Are there any approaches you want to incorporate into your work?

Happy back-to-school (or not)! I hope you are all having a beautiful and inspired week.

I found these images primarily on Pinterest, so I can’t locate the original source. Sorry!

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Triple Salted Caramel Cupcakes

I just wanted to share a quick little post with you about one of the most delicious recipes I have tried in a VERY long time. I’m not a “cake” girl, but I like making the odd cupcake here and there. Today is one of my dearest friends’ birthday so when we got together last night to make some cards for a special occasion I decided to surprise her with a few birthday cupcakes. Recently I have been on a home-made craze so I have been experimenting with a bunch of new cake recipes. But I can honestly say that this is one of the best ones I have tried to date.

Are you ready for the sweetness overload?

This recipe for Triple Salted Caramel Cupcakes comes from Sprinkle Bakes. I have to admit that my version is really only Double Salted Caramel Cupcakes because I didn’t have the chance to make the caramel decal for the top. But they were still absolutely delectable and insanely sweet. Inside is a small pocket of caramel and the icing is salted caramel buttercream. De-lish.

Heather from Sprinkle Bakes explained in her post that she tested and tried this recipe over and over until it was perfect. She speaks the truth…these cupcakes bake up perfectly, the carmel is deliciously salty-sweet, and the icing is perfection. I just made a few amendments based on my lack of ingredients (mostly that I only had Salted Butter instead of Unsalted Butter) but they still turned out great.

The little buntings were made out of pretty scrapbooking paper, toothpicks, and glue.

The cupcakes were a hit and served quite well as a sweet pick-me-up as we worked liked busy bees to make cards. This was our card-making station–not very organized but definitely workable!

Thanks for stopping by and come back for tomorrow’s Top Five Friday post. Blessings,

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