Sunday, March 6, 2011

Italy Illustrated

Having had spent three weeks in Italy, I have decided to create a sketchbook filled with images of my travels.

I drew these two spreads in a store-bought sketchbook, the one with the pebbly black cover.

Collage/Illustration   by Margaret Braun

Ink, pastel and watercolour illustration by Margaret Braun

Since I wasn't very happy with the paper, I purchased some Fabriano paper from a local art store and will make my own hand bound sketchbook to create the illustrated memories.

As luck would have it, I found an old TEDTalks program from 2002 of one of my favourite illustrators, David Macaulay who wrote and illustrated  All Roads lead to Rome Antics.  I'm sure you will enjoy his process and birds-eye-view of the city.

Although Rome is fascinating, I must admit, if I were Italian I would be a Tuscan woman.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Papermaking: Learn the Basics

Handmade paper adding silk fibres         Photo:  Margaret Braun

Not only is it a fun experience for you and the kids, but it's a good way to recycle waste into wonderful possibilities.

If this is the first time you are making paper, don't be afraid to experiment.  Add dried flowers, scraps of yarn, glitter, and even seeds. It all comes down to what you want. Experiment with different textures and colours.  Have fun with it! Express your creativity!

Sign up at Harcourt House Art Centre by calling Terrena at 780. 426.4180 or email  Class is scheduled for Saturday, 2 April from 1 - 4 p.m .  The Art Centre is located at 10211 - 112 Street, Edmonton.