What do you get when you cross paint-by-numbers with cross-stitch? One of the newest crafting crazes: diamond art painting.
The difference is, says Joanne Newman of Get Messy NL, a place dedicated to arts and crafts in Paradise, N.L., with diamond painting, you use pretty, sparkly gems. The gems fill up the page according to a legend and once completed, you have a beautiful, almost three-dimensional picture.
The kits come with everything you need: a stylus, wax to help pick up the gems, a tray sorter, all the gems, and the canvas print, says Newman, noting that Get Messy NL was one of the first in the area to sell these kits.
According to Suzanne Amirault of Meteghan, N.S., diamond painting has been popular for the past several years. When she closed her dollar store in 2018, it was around the time when diamond paintings were becoming popular. As these kits were something she already sold in the store and were doing so well, Amirault decided to take the products with her and continue to sell them from her home and shows. She now operates under Suzanne’s Diamond Painting Collection.
Because it’s still a relatively new craft, many people are just learning about it, says Amirault. COVID-19 helped, as people were looking for things to do, she says.
There is a pre-beginner level right up to intermediate and expert level, explains Newman. The more expertise you have with the diamond dots, the more detailed the picture, the more space the dots cover on the scene.
Newman suggests starting with the beginner size, which ranges in price from $10 to $25 apiece. Choose an image that interests you, and get started.
Amirault says there are two kinds of kits: round and square diamonds. Round ones are a little easier, she believes, but she says the square diamonds make a nicer finished picture.
“If you do a picture with fewer colours, it’s a tad easier because you don’t have to keep switching, but don’t let lots of colours scare you,” she says.
Because it’s a fun and easy hobby, says Toni Dinn, who sells the kits from Keystone Comics in Greenwood, N.S., diamond art appeals to a wide range of people. She says most of her customers are women aged 20 to 80 years old, but she does have some customers who are children and quite a few older men.
Newman agrees that the hobby is the perfect fit for all ages.
“I fell in love with them, so did my children, even my dad and grandmother got in on the action,” says Newman. “It was a great past time, and totally addictive.”
Amirault says there is some misconception about the hobby, as anyone can do it. She says her triplets started when they were six years old, and her oldest child was eight years old, but she also has customers in their 80s who are crazy for the kits.
Some people feel they won’t have the patience to complete a project, but once they try it, they are very surprised, says Amirault.
“I often get feedback from people who suffer from anxiety. This craft really helps them a lot,” she says.
How to Make Them
To make a diamond painting, dip your diamond pen or stylus in wax and put the colour of the diamond onto the tray. Then, place them in the corresponding space on your canvas, explains Dinn.
To set up her workspace, Candy O’Brien, a diamond painting enthusiast in Berwick, N.S., uses painter’s tape to secure the canvas to a shoebox lid. She also suggests taping it to the bottom of a cookie sheet, so everything stays together.
“It does not need to be fancy, and you do not need to spend a lot of money. You will spill the diamonds. It’s inevitable,” says O’Brien, who notes there are always extra in the kit, probably for this purpose.
She also discovered she needed to wear reading glasses while doing the kits.
Amirault and Dinn both use an LED lightboard underneath projects to make it easier to see. It’s helpful because it eliminates the glare of an overhead light, Amirault says, but she recommends trying it without first to be sure that you enjoy doing this craft before investing in a light or any fancy pens.
When the picture is finished, frame them in a shadow box or a regular or wooden picture frame, says Newman.
“They look beautiful up on the wall, especially when the light hits them. They are just like diamonds on the wall,” she says.
Finding frames can be a little challenging depending on the size of the diamond painting, cautions Amirault. There is also the option to mount them on a stretch canvas, she says.
Another great thing about diamond painting is that you can have custom kits created, says Amirault. She’s been able to order kits based on her customer’s favourite pictures, like family, wedding, or pet pictures, and has been able to add words or dates to further personalize them. Some people, she says, find it therapeutic and healing to create a diamond painting in memory of someone they’ve lost, and often orders kits of family members or pets who have passed away.
“I’ve heard many stories of tears of joy in receiving a custom kit,” says Amirault.
Amirault’s most popular custom order, though, is the Nova Scotia Strong kits she designed. She used these sales as a fundraiser for the families of Portapique, N.S. mass shooting last spring. By donating $4 per kit, Amirault raised over $1,500. These designs are still just as popular nearly a year later, she says.
“Once you get started, you may not stop,” Amirault says. “Diamond painting is a great project for the whole family to work on together.”
Visit the city's tiniest art gallery: Five things to do in Saskatoon this weekend – Saskatoon StarPhoenix
In an effort to help Saskatoon residents share art with one another, Suzy Schwanke has created the Free Little Art Gallery YXE outside her home at 332 Hilliard St. E.
Whether you’re interested in art, a virtual party, some outdoor activities or cleaning up around the house, there’s a little bit of something for everyone this weekend in Saskatoon.
1. Visit the Free Little Art Gallery
In an effort to help Saskatoon residents share art with one another, Suzy Schwanke has created the Free Little Art Gallery YXE outside her home at 332 Hilliard St. E. Designed in the style of community libraries and kitchen boxes, visitors to the gallery can take a piece of art, leave a piece of art, or do both. You can check out some of the artwork on Instagram @Freelittleartgalleryyxe.
2. Hit up The Bassment’s virtual party
Featuring the music and talents of eight Saskatoon bands, The Bassment presents InTune 2021 — a free online party playing from 2 to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The shows will be streamed live through the Bassment’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
3. Check out local performers
Watch as some of Saskatoon’s performing artists share their work in Episode 1 of Persephone Theatre’s Open Stage, which was published earlier this month. The episode is available to watch whenever you want at persephonetheatre.org and features Peace Akintade, Kathie Cram, Amanda Trapp, Sketchy Bandits, Carla Orosz and Ellen Froese.
4. Have some family fun
The Fuddruckers Family Fun Centre (2910 8th St. E) is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday, weather permitting. Families can practice their skills on the 18-hole Putt N’ Bounce miniature golf course, reach new heights on The Rock climbing wall or take a swing at the Grand Slam batting cages. More information is available at fudds.ca or by calling 306-477-0808.
5. Drop off your hazardous waste
The City of Saskatoon is holding its first Hazardous Household Waste Drop Off of the year on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Civic Operations Centre (57 Valley Rd.). The drop off is open to Saskatoon residents from residential properties only. Products eligible for drop off include aerosols, automotive fluids, batteries, cleaners, light bulbs, yard chemicals and more. Learn more at saskatoon.ca/hazardouswaste.
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YK ARCC celebrates 10 years by pushing for NWT art gallery – Cabin Radio
Its trailer doubles as one of the NWT’s only art galleries. Now, the Yellowknife Artist-Run Community Centre is turning 10 years old.
The group, YK ARCC for short, formed in 2011 in a downtown Yellowknife church scheduled for demolition. “There was always something going on,” recalled Métis artist Rosalind Mercredi, owner of the city’s Down to Earth Gallery, who was YK ARCC’s first president.
“I think it was so good to be able to have a space where people wanted to work on stuff and, if they had bigger projects they wanted to do, there was a space to do it. It was pretty vibrant times, I would say, for art.”
Though the organization stayed in the church for less than a year, it has brought art and shows to Yellowknife since. Temporary homes have included an apartment above a Vietnamese restaurant and empty spaces in the Centre Square Mall.
Casey Koyczan, a Tłı̨chǫ artist from Yellowknife pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Manitoba, held some of his first shows with YK ARCC’s help.
“It really helped to be able to show work within an environment that was conducive to more of a fine arts aesthetic as opposed to … a coffee shop, or a pub, or something like that,” said Koyczan, who was on YK ARCC’s board.
“YK ARCC felt like it was getting to more of a formal-exhibit kind of feel.”
‘We need a territorial gallery’
The group made headlines shortly after opening a mobile art gallery in a trailer. At the beginning of the pandemic, the team took art to residents by accepting reservations through Facebook then driving the gallery to make house calls in different neighbourhoods.
“Because it’s so small, we might be the only gallery in Canada that didn’t have to close,” said longtime board member Sarah Swan. “It has a limited capacity. We knew we could still operate it safely.”
Yet the trailer’s success simultaneously illuminated what YK ARCC’s members believe is a glaring deficiency in the NWT: the absence of a territorial gallery.
The cost of rent makes it difficult for the non-profit to hold on to one space for any length of time. Many of the spaces that are available in Yellowknife don’t work well for art shows.
“We need a territorial gallery,” former board member Dan Korver said.
That doesn’t mean a commercial gallery geared toward profit, he clarified. Instead, Korver wants a space where artists can show their work and engage with an audience “for art’s sake.”
The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre is the only large-scale, non-commercial, gallery fitting that bill in the NWT. It hosts two fine art exhibits a year.
“It’s just simply not enough,” said Swan. “There are so many more artists and so much more work out there to show, so many more ideas.”
“We created the mobile gallery in the first place to feel that exhibition gap, but also, we created it to be a piece of agitation in itself. That’s why we called it the Art Gallery of the Northwest Territories.
“It’s really pathetic that our territorial gallery is a trailer. We all joke that if there ever is a real gallery of the Northwest Territories that’s not in a trailer, we’ll happily give the name back.”
Koyczan described obstacles in establishing his career that stemmed directly from the lack of a territorial art gallery.
“Back when I was showing at YK ARCC, it wasn’t recognized by the Canada Arts Council,” he said. “Therefore, when you go to apply for grants and funding … and you provide your CV saying that you showed work at YK ARCC, they check their records and say the show basically didn’t exist because they don’t recognize it as a legitimate gallery.
“I’ve had to work really hard on exporting myself and making artwork that is impactful so that, regardless of where I was located, it would be recognized by people in the south, or around North America, or internationally.
“The NWT needs a contemporary gallery. It’s just holding us back, not having that space.”
‘No GNWT mandate’ for a gallery
In a written statement to Cabin Radio, the territorial Department of Education, Culture, and Employment said it has no plan to create a territorial gallery.
The department said it “does not have a mandate to create physical infrastructure for the arts.”
“However,” the response continued, “the GNWT would be happy to work with regional organizations to see how the GNWT can support their plans.”
Korver believes government involvement in creating an artist-run centre or non-commercial gallery should be limited to provision of funding, so any gallery can remain community-driven and independent.
“We need that physical space, but how do you run it?” he wondered. “Is it better to just provide a grassroots organization – or organizations, maybe there shouldn’t just be one – with stable funding so they can provide those spaces and run those spaces?”
More spaces that can host art are on the way.
Makerspace YK moved into the old After 8 pub this January and is planning workshops and exhibits. The City of Yellowknife expects to open a visitor centre in the Centre Square Mall that would include art displays.
Meanwhile, the territorial government is set to release its updated NWT Arts Strategy this June. The previous territorial arts strategy, released in 2004, had identified a need for more arts spaces.
As a gallery owner, Mercredi said she is curious to see how the strategy is implemented.
“You can make a strategy but if the plan doesn’t have an implementation idea behind it, then really just sits,” she said. “How do you implement it when most of the arts organizations don’t have enough infrastructure or people to put those things together?”
Swan said YK ARCC will continue to run its mobile gallery while celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Members have applied for funding to run a series of “emerging curator workshops.”
“Art is our passion,” Swan said. “I think there’s just this drive to share.
“Because we know how good art can be, or how amazing and fully developed it can be, we want to fight for that. We want to try to grow the art community in Yellowknife.”
Imaginations, creativity of Mountview students on display at Cariboo Art Beat
Creative, imaginative artwork of students from Mountview Elementary School will be on public display at the gallery of Cariboo Art Beat until April 9.
“The students of Mountview elementary were all invited to participate in an art contest,” Tiffany Jorgensen said, an artist at Cariboo Art Beat.
Each class was separately judged by three professional artists at Cariboo Art Beat, Jorgensen said, based on the students’ creativity, techniques, use of space and originality.
“It was extremely difficult to select pieces from the abundance of beautiful art presented,” she said. “There is so much talent and fantastic imaginations.”
The artist of each selected piece was given formal invitations to their art show to distribute to whomever they choose, and Jorgensen said anyone is free to view the beautiful artwork throughout until April 9.
Honoured at the show were works from local artists Ryker Hagen, Annika Nilsson, Rylie Trampleasure, Angus Shoults, Izabella Telford, Isabella Buchner, Kai Pare and more.
“Come view their wonderful pieces to get a glimpse into the minds of our creative youth,” Jorgensen said.
“It’s been so fun. The kids have come in and seen their work on display with their grandparents, parents, and they’re all so excited.”
Following up on the success of the Mountview art show, Jorgensen said more elementary schools have been invited to participate.
April will feature the works of Nesika and Big Lake, followed by Marie Sharpe and Chilcotin Road next month.
Cariboo Art Beat is located at 19 First Ave., under Caribou Ski Source for Sports’ entrance on Oliver Street.
Source:– Williams Lake Tribune – Williams Lake Tribune
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