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Royalty-free images, a source of inspiration

Are you looking for basic models to draw, watercolour or paint ? Get inspired by visiting royalty-free image sites.

THE COLLECTIONS OF THE PUBLIC NEW YORK LIBRARY,  more than 890,000 images: engravings, photos, maps, manuscripts, classified by theme.

ILLUSTRATIONS from OLD BOOKS

ROYALTY-FREE PHOTO galleries
Pixabay
Lifeofpix
Picography

 

Decoupage – collage workshop at the studio scheduled for April 3 postponed to Saturday May 23, 2020

Due to public health guidelines regarding coronavirus and mandatory containment, the April 3rd workshop has been postponed to Saturday, May 23rd. Stay safe, take care! See you soon!

Come and spend a day at the workshop to practice the art of collage with plain or printed paper, enhanced with gold or with stamp, liner or painted motifs… They will be cut, torn, then glued harmoniously on a background to compose a figurative or abstract illustration. Download the program and register on :   https://www.crolle-terzaghi.com/shop/cours-a-latelier/cours-a-latelier-collage/
Limited number of places (3 maximum)

My online shop remains open, and all orders will be honoured as soon as possible.  Do not hesitate to contact me.

Courage to all, happy to live and stronger than ever!

“Entre amis” – A boxed accordion book

Monotype prints – cutting, gluing, drawing, wire

A visit to the MAUSA, Museum of Urban and Street Art – Neuf-Brisach, Alsace

Nestled on the German border, in the heart of the Alsatian town of Neuf-Brisach in the ramparts of Vauban’s fortress (1698 – 1704), the MAUSA (Museum of Urban and Street Art) is an atypical place. Highly colourful, dedicated to urban art, it opened its doors in July 2018. Since that date, Street art artists recognized worldwide, invest the place and cover the walls with their works.

A giant drawing on the facade of a building announces the museum. Follow the path along the grassy courtyard and enter the ramparts through the half arched gate.

The MAUSA is a living museum. It is not uncommon to come across an artist perched on a ladder with a spray can in hand. Among the many colorful works that adorn the space, you can discover, among others, those of Charles Uzzell Edwards, Aka Pure Evil, English graffiti artist, Ben Eine, whose real name is Ben Flynn, London graffiti artist, Christian Guémy, French stencil artist, Denis Meyers, Belgian urban artist, or Charles Leval, aka Levalet, French street art artist.

 

Miou, the little cat girl – 1st illustration of a series

The beginning of a little story to soften the daily routine. 1st illustration of a series with Miou the little cat girl. Technique: scissor cutting of hand-printed monotypes, without prior drawing.

Come out in masks… and help the caregivers’ associations to protect themselves.

Calling on all people of good will to make washable masks for caregivers working in EPADH or visiting fragile people at home. I have contributed to this citizen action like many other little hands or seamstresses, such as Céline (Poupées de chiffon) that some of you know well and who has greatly contributed to this operation. We have worked for associations in Mulhouse and Belfort, but there is a demand all over France. It is of course voluntary work to help these frontline carers to protect themselves, without forgetting the barrier gestures. But these masks are already a first barrier when you don’t know if you are a carrier of the virus. Here is the link to the association “Réseau APA-la solidarité en plus” in Mulhouse, a city that has been very affected: www.reseau-apa.fr / You can also visit their Facebook page. You will also find many tutorials on YouTube and different templates. By following this link, you will be able to download the one I used as well as a technical document published by Afnor. Template to download: https://www.crolle-terzaghi.com/…/Gabarit-masque-de-protec…/Gabarit-masque-de-protec… – Afnor document: https://www.crolle-terzaghi.com/…/AFNORSpec-S76-001-Masques…/AFNORSpec-S76-001-Masks…

Illustrations from children’s books published between the 18th and 20th centuries.

Do you like to draw? Find inspiration by browsing through a database of children’s book illustrations published between the 18th and 20th centuries.

Creativeworld Frankfurt 2020 – Trends 2020-21

Every year, at the end of January, the trade fairs “Paperworld” and “Creativeworld” take place in Frankfurt (Germany). These international trade fairs present all the latest developments in the field of supplies for the fine arts and creative hobby sector.

Presented by the design office “Stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano”, the creative trends for 2020 / 21 are set in a dedicated area at Creativeworld exhibition.

The trend is no longer towards perfection and finished work, but rather towards work in progress, multiple experiments so that everyone can express their creativity.

  • by developing new things
  • by redesigning them
  • by bringing them up to date

Interviewed by Creativeworld,  Claudia Herke, designer of Stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano answers several questions about the Creativeworld Trends 2020 / 21

Read her answers on Creativeworld website.

The story of a little street library – Chaux – Territoire de Belfort

I have like many people many books on my shelves some I care about some I can part with. They’re hard to throw away so why not share them?

For years I had been dreaming of a small street library in my village and it was during a neighbourhood meeting that I proposed my project.

The enthusiasm of the citizens present during this meeting allowed me to get down to work. And I thank them as well as our mayor André Piccinelli and his municipal team . I also thank Mr. Richard for giving me the basic support, Bernard Bardot for the birch branches that allowed me to dress the library.

We would like to thank Denise for this very special gift.
This wonderful achievement will, no doubt, make children and adults happy.

The base

 

Step 1 : sand the entire structure of the bookcase

Step 2 :  dye and varnish

Step 3: replace the legs of the bookcase with cut-to-size logs

Step 4 : Create the pediments to support the framework

Step 5 : cut notches in the pediments, install the structural battens, equalize

Step 6 : replace the broken windows with plexiglass and staple the wire mesh in place

Step 7 : cut birch branches into slices and glue them with silicone on the sides of the bookcase. Also decorate the front facade.

Step 8 : make the roof mantling, screw them to the pediments, lay the tiles

Step 9 : proceed to the finishing touches: text transfer, acrylic paint, etc… And that’s it!

Installed under the big fir tree, located on the parking lot between the church and the bakery in the center of Chaux, my little library looks great! Filled with books for adults and children, it is, since its installation in October 2019, visited daily. Everyone finds what they are looking for and deposits other books… a success that I am delighted with!

Citizenship
The shared library

Denise Crolle -Terzaghi, who has already offered us last October (on the ARTE channel) some very nice programs on her “animal bestiary”, worked with her husband to provide us a beautiful shared library free of charge. It is installed at the foot of the big tree on the way to school.

Here’s its story, told by Denise:
“The piece of furniture was given to me by Monsieur Richard, owner of the building where there was a flea market and the branches that I cut into slices, by Bernard
Bardot who lives on Main Street.
I imagined this style of small house as soon as I found the furniture. I wanted the library to be in keeping with our village, in this environment at the foot of the mountains and I felt that placing it under the the fir tree was ideal. In addition, it is safe from bad weather.

The transformation took me 18 full days.
My husband helped me with the framing and the cutting of the feet. I’ve already filled it with books I had in stock, others that I have retrieved from the attic of the communal hall and which date from the time of the library installed at the town hall by Monsieur Chassignet, former mayor.
I’ve also got some books from the Bar Atteint in Belfort and 2 boxes of recent children’s books donated by the Belfort public library. Inhabitants only have to help themselves and drop off other books.

The operating instructions are pinned on both sides of the the library. The goal is to make the books pass from person to person, so that everyone can take them, drop them off, keep them or put them back for others to take advantage of them or add some new books.
It’s a shared library for everyone.
I’m going to take care of it. I pass there by every day on my way to the bakery. That allows me to have a look at the books, make some order, look at what’s been added and sort some books if necessary. I will regularly add new books.
You can encourage the population of Chaux to use this street library.
To keep it attractive, I’m thinking about organising events around books when the weather is fine, for example reading tales in the children’s playground or perhaps collaborate with the publisher of children’s books in Sermamagny… and of course any idea is welcome.
If people in Chaux have special wishes regarding events around the book we will be able to make this nice little spot under the tree have its own life. When people will have discovered it I do hope that some of them will appreciate it.

We would like to thank Denise for this very special gift.
This wonderful achievement will, no doubt, make children and adults happy.