Thursday, May 12, 2016

Six Owls and A Party goes to Peterborough!

I was at Armour Heights Public School in Peterborough, Ontario today with my Author Visit + Mosaic Workshop.
After the reading of Six Owls and A Party this grade 1/2 class had a ton of questions:)
The Batman Owl!
Accessing their work.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Clever + Enthusiastic Kids!

For the last two days I've been at Cardinal Newman Elementary School in Brampton, Ontario with my Magic of Mosaics presentation - such an enthusiastic bunch!
I loved that this girl kept using the window as a lightbox - so clever!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

One Crazy Before and After!

A while ago Hannah wanted to change her bedroom up - something I'm always game for.
The first thing she wanted to do was take the wallpaper down. Ugh! I said. That's such a big job! I said. How about we paint the wallpaper instead! I said...
Months (many, many months) later my brilliant idea(?), which was a huge job, is finished! All due to the diligent work of Hannah:)
It was the craziest before and after we've (she's) ever done!!!
Oh yeah, and we painted the bed too but that only took a couple of days.
Happy Birthday Sunshine!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Six Owls and A Party goes to Brampton

Read to some big crowds today!
Thank you Saint Mary Elementary School for inviting me to share Six Owls and A Party + my mosaic workshop with your very enthusiastic audiences ranging from JK/SK to grade 4.
'Works in progress' by the JK/SKs

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Six Owls and A Party goes to Guelph

I read Six Owls and A Party to a big crowd today - 4 JK/SK classes + 3 grade one classes.
My Author Visit took me to Guelph, Ontario where I shared my passion and (maybe) nurtured some future (mosaic) Artists:)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

My Author Visits continue...

I shared my passion with three very attentive groups today. My Author Visit and Mosaic Workshop was with Junior and Senior Kindergarten classes in Whitby, Ontario. They were wonderful and such amazing sponges - soaking up every detail!!!
Highlight of the day: While packing up my stuff a little boy came over to me, looked me straight in the eyes and said, "Thank you Karen Johnston, have a great weekend".
Thank you Ormiston PS, for making my work day not feel like a work day:)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New work, in progress

I've been working on a new piece with material that I've never used before - stained glass:)
The upside to working with stained glass is that it comes in so many beautiful/stunning colours plus it's very easy to cut and grind.
The down side to working with stained glass (actually there is no down side) the problem is that I've been cutting such small pieces - when I grind them I have to get really close to the grinder, resulting in some pretty messed up fingers and nails:(
For the love of mosaics I'm soldiering on (lol)...
P.S. Katie is officially my Muse:)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Yeah! Another Author Visit + mosaic workshop

For this Author Visit I shared my passion for mosaics with three grade 1 classes and two grade 2 classes in Mississauga, Ontario. I read Six Owls and A Partychatted about mosaics and sold some books. It was a good day made even better when the Librarian purchased a copy for the school's library:)
They were all ears while I explained my mosaic process.
They like to touch and they can:)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Princess Kate

Mosaic Portrait, Princess Kate, March 2016. 
My Process, in 10 easy steps
1. Find a Muse.
2. Draw an outline
3. Paint a plan.
4. Cut lots of glass tiles. 
5. Over think where to stick glass tiles down. 
6. Cut more glass tiles.
7. Cut some fingers.  
8. Stick more glass tiles down.
9. Add bandaids on the shopping list.
10. Finish, smile, start thinking about the next one:)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

@ The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

Exciting News!
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, in Oshawa, is selling hard and soft copies of Six Owls and A Party plus my owl note cards, bookmarks and pendants. Their Shop, full of Canadian made creations, is on the main floor and to the left when you enter (in case you were thinking of going:)