Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Totally Rad Sneakers

My good friend Mr. Sam spent some time with me this weekend. He had these cool, retro sneaker on but they were very plain. I noticed that he had taken a blue ballpoint pen and scribbled along the tongue of one of his shoes. I commented that I liked the way he 'personalized' his shoe. He immediately said, "You know what would be so cool? I could use your paints and add more!" I immediately said, "Call your mother and ask her."

Mom said, "Yes."

Instead of paint, he decided to use Studio Calico Mists, Staz-On Ink, stamps and Sharpies to decorate his sneakers. Because the mists are water soluble, I sprayed the sneakers with acrylic sealant when he had finished his design. I'm sure that the color will still fade over time but it will certainly last longer having been sealed.

 As you can see, the sneakers turned out awesome. It only took about 20 minutes from start to finish. I helped a bit with the stamping but otherwise Mr. Sam did the whole project himself.

 Pretty good for a 7 year-old, right?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday Photo Love: The Whole Package

Photo credit: Irene Suchocki

I have fallen in love with the photography of Irene Suchocki. She describes her work perfectly - "I am a Montreal-based fine art photographer. I enjoy experimenting with different styles and techniques, both in-camera and in my digital darkroom. Faithfully capturing a scene is less important to me than finding that little bit of mystery or evoking a certain mood. I like to explore the ethereal, the surreal, the whimsical, the mysterious, and the beautiful. I enjoy creating little poems for the eyes."

See more of her gorgeous art here.