Friday, March 28, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt - Etsy Finds

In this post I am sharing my fantastic Easter Eggs finds from my fellow Etsy sellers. Take a look at these original, creative ideas!

Love these birch bark eggs, love their very unusual rustic look! Beautiful, spring home decorating idea!

This birds nest Soap should be on everyone's wish list! Made from natural moisturizing shea butter soap and mild exfoliating of natural fruit fiber speckles.

Beautiful hand painted Easter Eggs! The eggs are decorated using a wax pinhead, which is the oldest and most widely used technique.


What an original idea! Chalkboard painted Easter Egg inside a hand-stamped muslin storage bag with chalk. Be creative: write, erase, repeat! Have fun!

I just couldn't resist these adorable egg hunters!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Whimsical Art Demystified

I am describing my art as "whimsical art". But what the term "whimsical" really means? According to the dictionary, it "1. characterized by imagination and whimsy--fanciful; 2. playful or odd, especially in an endearing way; 3. unpredictable." 

"Whimsical is formed from the archaic word whim-wham, which was a frivolous kind of knickknack, usually bought on an impulse. The related noun whim refers to an impulse. Whimsical is often a compliment used to describe a person who is carefree and makes decisions on impulse....." Whimsical is also synonymous with capricious.

Artists and art academia use the term "whimsical art" to describe works of art that are fun, fanciful, playful, colorful, vibrant, engaging, eclectic, ornamental and imaginative. The art often has a child-like quality to it and primary color palette is often dominant.

I like to think about my whimsical art as a "surreal art" with the playful, colorful overtones. Whimsical artists are depicting the world through their imagination and their artwork can take the viewer to the unexpected, imaginary places.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

What Are Artists Trading Cards?

Let me start by saying that I love ACEOs! What are they? And why I and millions of art collectors around the world love them?

"Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards" (like baseball cards) 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size.

"The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or fiber. The cards are usually traded or exchanged. When sold, they are usually referred to as art card editions and originals (ACEOs)...M. Vänçi Stirnemann is credited in many circles with popularizing the modern artist trading card in 1996."

Collectors love ACEOs because they are affordable, small enough to fit inside standard card-collector sleeves or be displayed in small frames (wall mounted or on a desk) and give a real insight into the work of your favorite artist.

In my HJM Art Gallery shop on etsy, I offer both original ACEOs and ACEO reproduction prints from my original paintings. Check out my ACEO section here: ACEOs

Why not try them out?

Sorce: wikipedia
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Valentine's Day Cats

I have unique Valentine's Day gifts in my HJM Art Gallery shop for cat lovers and nature lovers in your life. This is a perfect time to purchase since I am having a 20% OFF sale shop-wide! Come and take a look! Happy Valentine's Day! Helen

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

BIG Christmas Sale!

20% OFF Christmas Sale! Visit my HJM Art Gallery shop on etsy!

Find stocking stuffers, handmade desk calendar featuring my original art, Christmas Tree ornaments, prints, home decor and gifts! Excellent customer service and fast shipping!

Happy Thanksgiving and hope to see you in my shop!

Helen :-)

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