The Paint-In is coming, the Paint-In is coming!

Hand stitched Field Note Book

Hand stitched Field Note Book

The most exciting art event of the year – the Art Gallery Paint-In on Moss Street – is coming Saturday July 19, 11 am – 4:30 pm!  Moss Street from Fort Street to Dallas road is closed to vehicle traffic and almost 200 artists will be stationed along the boulevard.  Mark your calendars and make a plan to come out with your family and friends to meet your local artists! 

I am excited to be a participating artist in the Paint-In for the fourth year in a row and once again I will be a palette station.  As well as viewing my art on site you will be able to assemble a “Field Note Book” using a simple handstitched method called the pamphlet stitch – all materials are provided – and it’s FREE! 

Stay tuned for more information as details are finalized and visit the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria at





25th Annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In


Demonstrating lino cut prints

Yesterday I participated in the 25th Annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In, or as the locals know it as, the Moss Street Paint-In.  I was one of the palette stations which meant that I was to have an art activity available for the public to try.  I decided to keep it simple and used a lino cut design I created a few years ago of apples and a jug that the visitors printed onto a shipping tag using Acqua Wash Sepia Ink.

Lino cut prints on shipping tags

I inked up a brayer and allowed the visitors to roll up the lino plate, lay the tag down, burnish it with a barren, and pull their own print!  Many were very thrilled with their results.  I was surprised at how many adults wanted to try it.  It’s usually just the kids and the adults shy away.  Several of the adults commented that they had done this in their high school art class … a little trip down memory lane maybe?

It was a great day to meet new people and see old friends and neighbours – even our former neighbours Adrienne, Mike and their little girls all the way from Calgary stopped by to make a print!  The Paint-In gives the artists an opportunity to bring our studios out to the public and show them our materials, talk about how we create our work, and offer opportunities to learn more about our art.  Thank you to Mary-ellen Threadkell and her crew at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria!

Portfolio for prints

Here are a few photos of the portfolio I constructed for the set of multimedia monoprints “Oh! What a Life!”.  I used instructions from “Books, Boxes & Wraps” by Marilyn Webberley & JoAn Forsyth (under Folders & Soft Wraps, page 145, 146).  I used a tobacco coloured Canson Mi-Teintes paper which is flexible for folding and wrapping.  I was able to use up most of the full sheet and one of the off-cuts was perfect for the piece to wrap it all together!  I used a small square of the kraft coloured Stonehendge (this is the support paper for the prints) to make a personalized label with the title and my family member’s name.  I was very pleased with the final product. 

You can make these in any size so you might want to make a few for a package of cards or other artwork.  I believe you can buy this book through John Neal Booksellers,  They have everything you need for calligraphy and bookbinding!  A few other books on bookmaking to recommend are “Handmade Books & Cards” by Jean G. Kropper and “Bookworks” by Sue Doggett.

And … today is the day I take 7 of these portfolios with the prints to the post office for shipping to my family in Calgary, Georgetown and North Bay!  Yea!

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