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:)

Monday, February 22, 2016

Merchandising My Owls!

I took my six owls off the pages of my book and put them on some pendants, 4x5 notecards (blank insides) and 5x7 prints. All available at in the mosaicworks shop and...
stay tuned... 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

A Great Conference!

I was in Toronto on Thursday and Friday pitching/selling my book + mosaic workshop to lots of Teachers and Librarians at The Reading for the Love of It Conference.
I'm Happy to say that it went very well. I made all sorts of new contacts (nice), got some really wonderful feedback (nicer) and sold some books (nicest). Yeah!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Reading for the Love of It, 2016

I have a table (#306) at this years Reading for the Love of It conference promoting and selling my children's book, Six Owls and A Party.
Reading for the Love of It is the largest literacy conference in Canada.


"The goal of the conference is to provide a wide spectrum of speakers
to inspire and provoke thinking about literacy issues, and to promote 
the lifelong love of reading, all at an affordable cost to delegates."


Reading for the Love of It, 2016 Sheraton Centre, Toronto 
Thursday, February 18 (8:15am-4:30pm) and Friday, February 19 (8:15am to 4:00pm)
Mosaicworks, table #306