This month’s zine pick is Girl Glue, a collection of work by various female artists put together by Mel Stringer. There is two issues out of Girl Glue to date and some of the artists include have been Wishcandy, Rudy Fig, Lilly Piri, Bec Winnel, Buttons, Lindsay Campbell, Mab Graves, Natali Koromoto Martinez, Gemma Flack, Hungry Designs and others. Both have 30 pages of content to enjoy, and the production quality and size of both zines is superb. One of the main differences between the two zines is that issue one featured the work of over 50 artists and issue two takes a different format and does 1 or occasionally 2 page profiles on 27 artists. While I like the larger size of the work featured in the second issue, most of the profiled artists are already respectively well known in their communities and it honestly didn’t contain any artist I wasn’t aware of before which is what I loved about the first issue. I love collective zines for discovering new artists and the second issue came across more as the top artisans of Etsy (which isn’t a bad thing but felt a shift away from the first issue). I do love the colored cover and back page however of the second issue over the colored paper cover of the first. Both recommend to pick up although I don’t know if it’s possible to get the first issue anymore. The newest issue #2 is currently available to purchase through Mel Stringer’s store here.
This month’s DIY project isn’t exactly Halloween themed but I thought a resin sticker table felt along the same spirit as my favourite holiday. This is a great and simple project to do to spruce up an old piece of furniture or a thrift store find. The main reason I wanted to do this project is because my Ikea coffee table after 5 years was getting discolored and Ikea furniture isn’t exactly well known as an ideal surface to repaint so I thought I’d create a giant collage of some of my stickers that were piling up and not being used for anything. Hardly a new idea but I think when you use artist stickers you have so much room to be creative and unique. You can easily create themes as well (Sailor Moon table anyone?) or interesting geometric patterns and since this allows you to use homemade stickers that means you can print your own and create almost anything. The finish for my table will be resin as I fell in love with the glass like finish as well as being waterproof, and easy to clean. If you don’t want to get into resin territory which I understand as resin is a really hard material to get into and kind of scary (just me?), you can have a piece of glass cut to the size of your table and mount it on top, or simple use a sealer like Krylon Clear Coat or a top layer of ModPodge (the last two are not recommended if it’s a heavily used surface). At the very bottom are all the artists if you are interested on where I picked up my stickers from!
- Table or desk
- ModPodge or any type of sealer/glue
- Craft roller
- Foam brushes
- Epoxy resin
- Blow torch
- Vinyl gloves
- Plastic tape
- 2 x Plastic sheet
$16 for the supplies not including resin and stickers, available at most craft/art stores . I collect stickers so it’s hard to say how much I’ve spent but most artists sell stickers around $1-3 each and books like Sticker Bomb are $20 for a few hundred medium to large stickers. You can print your own as well, stickers sheets for printers can be bought at Dollar stores or office supplies stores for under $10. I’d say for the stickers at least $30-$40. For a resin top including the resin, gloves, plastic sheets and blow torch (if you don’t have one) roughly $50 depending on size of the surface. To calculate how much Envirotex resin you will need to cover a surface, check here. This project is not a cheap one, so if just want a new table you may want to buy. This is more for creating a permanent display of you sticker collection or creating unique themes that you wouldn’t be able to buy. Continue reading %s
Pick of the Week: Mel Stringer
Girliepains is an Etsy store by illustrator and visual artist Mel Stringer from Brisbane, Australia. She illustrates delightful drawings of women and offers a variety of goodies at her Etsy store and the store on her website (here). The last time I featured her work was when I received my custom made pin of my cat Butter, which was so cute that I had to get more of her work. I thought it’d be lovely to show off the illustration work she does as last time it was just the pin so I made her work a pick of the week for a second time. I’ve gotten two orders from her’s of postcards, stickers and my personal fav a coloring book. Everything is very high quality and I am so delighted by her work, it is even more colorful and playful in person. She is so kind as well and takes lot of care with her packages sending extra stickers and the last one I even got a little b&w zine and a heart lollipop along with what I had purchased. Below I’ve included shots of what I received with both packages along with a closer look at the zine and coloring book. I am hoping to have her do a commission of me and Butter done perhaps this year as that’d be most delightful. If you wish to check out just her artwork check out her website!
Pick of the Week: Mel Stringer
Girliepains is the store run by Mel Stringer a freelance Illustrator and visual artist from Brisbane, Australia. She offers amazing little goodies in her store like art zines, stickers, custom pins, postcards, paper project, and more. Her style is adorable and I love her confident and sexy characters not to mention the cute factor that she gives all her store items. I am really hoping to buy a few prints when she has a store up on and running for them but in the meantime I ordered a custom pin and some postcards and stickers (the postcards and stickers were a different order and haven’t arrived yet). The custom pin is gorgeous; it was only $10 when I bought it (I believe the price has gone up recently but understandable as it takes an artist time to draw individual custom pieces). I asked her to draw Butter for me as I thought Butter would be really cute in her style. I couldn’t be happier, I’ve never had an artist do any custom work for me and I was really blown away at how great it turned out. As well she sent extra goodies with the pin, a card and two cute stickers (shown in the photo below). I really appreciated when Etsy stores show so much care and included little things like this with their orders. If you want more information about her art, check out her blog.
As well if you are in Montreal, pieces of her artwork are included in the Artist for Animals show this Saturday (check out more information about the show here)