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Giveaway: Craft Leftovers montlhy

Take a look at what I just got in the mail, yesterday: The new Craftleftovers Montlhy!

Kristin have been publishing this smart zine for about 2 years, already.
Not only is it about using, you guessed it, your “craft leftovers”, but there are also a lot of general art and craft inspiration. Stories, recipes, craft tutorials and much more!

For this issue, I’m happy to announce that I’m one of her first collaborator, along with Leo Babauta.
I heard that Kristin was looking for someone to make a tutorial for a Spa Gift set and, since I already had experience in cosmetic-making, I jumped on the occasion! I also made a special illustration that could go with the tutorial. 🙂
(Bottom left illustration, #17)

There’s even a Crochet Loofa Sponge tutorial next to mine. It goes so well together!

I love how everything turned out! The printing is great and the new design is so neat.
There’s even an interview with Claire Chambers from Absolutely Small which is a neat addition the zine. She makes awesome Chickenpants plushies which are adorable!


So I didn’t put “Giveaway” in my post title for nothing, right? 😉
Kristin has generously donated some issues to me and I decided to give 3 of them to my blog readers.

All you have to do is answer this question in the comments:

“What would you like to see more on”

Is it webcomics? Freebies? Tutorials? Drawings? It can even be something you haven’t seen here yet. 🙂

I will draw 3 winners randomly this Monday, December 7th. Good luck!

**UPDATE: 3 people answered my question so I’m sending the zines to you: Hanna, Melanie & Meansoybean. Congrats!**

Worth-a-click blogs

I’d like to post more drawings, comics and the such but I don’t have access to my drawing table most of the time, unfortunately. I  need to find a way to organize my time a little differently. :-/
Any suggestions on how you bloggers work this out?

In the meanwhile, here are some inspiring blogs you should visit:


Over at Dabbled, you’ll find tons of crafty tutorials and ressources. This blog have been around for quite awhile but I just recently discovered it.


The name says it all, it’s the graphic fairy! Lots of vintage images for your personnal creations. It makes me want to take a look at thoses old books again.


I’ve known Nati’s work for a few years, now. She is an italian illustrator and I stumbled on her work when I was in my Anne Rice frenzy. :-p She had done some great illustrations of the novel’s characters. Now, she’s working on her own work and it’s always an inspiration. Do, check it out!


If you’d like me to do a tiny review of your blog via this serie, just let me know via the contact form.
If I like what I read and see, there’s very good chances I’ll write about it. 🙂

Halloween serie: Weekend crafts I’m up to

This week-end, I’ve been taking some little time to craft some Halloween projects I wanted to do for a long time.

It included this Bat garland from the Martha Stewart 2007 Halloween issue I wanted to try.
It’s so easy to make. You just need to make sure your cat won’t jump on it. 😉

And I finally gave a try at Diane‘s craft book: Kanzashi in bloom. Yay !

I made an orange & black Halloween Kanzashi because I wanted to have a brooch for my Halloween makeup artist costume. I love to wear accessories as kids loves them and it give something for them to look at while I’m facepainting them. 😉

Now, off to do some graphic design homeworks. :p

Halloween serie: Pumpkin candles craft

The other day, I remembered that I wanted to make this Martha Stewart Halloween craft from her 2007 special. Basically, it is re-melted candles in a small pumpkin/acorn squash.

It’s a great Halloween project, but mine didn’t turn out as well. :-p I’m sure yours will be better. Here’s what you need:

  • Small pumpkin (acorn squash kind)
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Melon baller (You may use a spoon, like I did. But they may be useful if you already have one.)
  • Old candles you would like to re-melt or regular craft candle wax (I used some soy wax I had.)
  • Candle wick with a metal tab at the end.
  • A sauce pan set over a pot of boiling water. (Bain-marie style)
  • Candle coloring wax (optionnal)

Remove the top of your acorn squash and start removing seeds and pulp with your spoon.

Take your melon baller (or spoon) to remove more pulp in vertical stripes to mimic the outside shape of your pumpkin. It’s a tricky part but once you get the hang of it, it’s all good.

While working on your pumpkin, melt the wax in a saucepan set over a pot of boiling water. I used my big Pyrex bowl in my tinyest pot. It works a wonder.

I also added an orange candle coloring piece of wax to give it an Halloween feel.

Once your wax will have all melted, you should be done carving your pumpkins. The melting time depends on how much wax you have, this may take about 30 minutes.

Pour the melted wax in your carved pumpkin.
Add the wick in your pumpkins right after. It won’t stand still at the beginning but, after a couple of minutes,  the wax will start “fixing” you will be able to place it the way you want it.

Let sit until squash is cool to the touch, about 4-5 hours. Peel away squash with a knife when it’s ready.


Okay, you may laugh. Here’s my pumkin “we didn’t turned out how you expected” candles:


Here’s my mistakes so you won’t make them:

1) I didn’t pour in enough wax in each pumpkin. Perhaps I should have made just one candle instead of two. :p
So make sure you put enough wax in your pumpkins.

2) My orange color looks a little fade. I should have put just a little more. So don’t be afraid to put too much color if you wish to.
And if you used some already colored candles, it will have a more “natural” look.

I am sure  yours will turn out better than mines. 😉

Another Halloween trick-or-treat bag project

I’m really into Halloween crafts, lately. I’m trying to get everything done before everyone else. Eheh. 😉

Other than using my free stickers, I am also planning on making theses cute muslin candy bags for Halloween from Marthat Stewart’s Living magazine of October 2008. (Yes, it is an “oldie”. :p)

It’s very simple, you need:

  • Muslin bags (You can get them at this Etsy shop)
  • Apple (This will be your “stamp”)
  • X-acto knife
  • Foam brush
  • small cosmetic sponge (1$ store kind)
  • Acrylic paint (orange & green)

01. Cut an apple in two, vertically. Use your x-acto knife and carve out the pumpkin face.
02. With your foam brush, apply a thin layer of your acrylic paint. Stamp.
03. To create stem shape, cut off the tip of your small cosmetic sponge, dip in green paint. Stamp.

Only 31 days left untill Halloween! ^-^

New Martha Stewart Halloween special 2009

I just found the latest issue of Martha Stewart Halloween special. Yes, already!
I’ve always been a huge fan of Halloween. In my opinion, it is one of best event to bring out your creativity!

And it seems that Morgane’s clone got a job at the Martha Stewart Headquarters. 😉 Oh, and the pumpkin is great too! It’s a mix of pumpkin cutting -and- painting. Awesome!

And the masks are back! For pumpkin decoration, that is. With a cat and a owl design, you can’t go wrong.

Speaking of owls, I love how they are all over in this year’s issue. For this craft, you just need to make sure you get the right pumpkins sizes & “look”.

Just like each year, they have fun and easy costume to make. I really wish Oli would dress up as a beekeeper, this year. Such a great idea!

And this is a candy dispenser, my friend. I thought it was a very un-martha-stewart craft as it is rather yucky. :-p But, personally, I love it!

And with every Martha magazine comes: comfort food!
What’s interesting is that not only you have some Halloween-inspired menue, but you also have some that are more autumn-oriented. Like rigatoni with roasted tomatoes or maple-walnut oatmeal cookie. Mmm…


My only disapointment for this issue is that, in the middle of the magazine, you have a 10-page advertisement by Grandin Road. The add has the same esthetic as the Martha Stewart magazines which makes you think it’s part of the magazine

I have nothing against advertissement, but I don’t like it when it’s made that way. It makes me feel as if I’ve been “fooled” and leave me with a  negative feeling.
Am I the only one feeling this?

And, was there a 2008 issue?? I have the 2007 one… do you know this?

Why Art vs Craft?

First off, because I couldn’t believe there wasn’t one blog named like this. 😉

Secondly, I’ve always been torned between drawing and crafting.
One is an “art”, the others are “craft”. And, if you’re part of the crafty community, you’ve certainly heard about this neverending debate.

This blog will focuss on illustration and it’s related crafts:
Embroidery, printing, plushies, etc.

Since I am from Montreal, Canada, , I will also be talking about related events 

And I’m also planning on showing you some weekly drawings themes and a weekly comic.

Hope you’ll like it! And if you do, you can link back and comment. 🙂

Art vs Craft“? Not anymore!

Art vs is the blog where arts & crafts are no longer fighting!
It's about illustration, crafts & related events.

My name is Fanie and I’m a Montreal based illustrator & graphic designer. You may know me from drawing The Crafty Life comic in CLM. I ♥ comics, vegan food & ghost stories.

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