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December Virtual Papercutting Workshops

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Want to learn how to make papercuts? Need a dose of creativity? I am teaching a few different papercutting workshops in December. These are all virtual so you can join from anywhere. We’re heading into a busy season, and what better way to make a plan to slow down than taking a class? 

Thursday December 1, 2022 4-6pm PT: Festive Papercutting with Creative Fuel Collective. This workshop is devoted to covering papercutting basics and exploring a couple different project ideas for papercuts that you can use for cards, ornaments, garlands, and beyond. Come connect with the Creative Fuel community and play with paper! A blade is preferred for this class, but if all you have is scissors, I’ll be giving a few options for that as well. Tickets + more info

Sunday December 4, 2022 10am to 12pm PT: Papercutting For the Holidays with the National Nordic Museum. In this season of Advent we are focusing on slowing down and creating moments of warmth and joy, and the same goes for this class. I’ll be bringing some Scandinavian holiday illustrations and motifs for inspiration and we’ll be working on seasonal papercuts and making a project that you can keep for yourself or gift to a friend. Tickets + more info.

Tuesday December 13, 2022, 6 to 8pm PT: This is exactly the same class with the National Nordic Museum, we just wanted to make sure that we had a couple of time options so everyone who wanted to come would be able to attend. Tickets + more info.

Written by Anna Brones

November 29, 2022 at 07:08

24 Days of Making, Doing, and Being Digital Advent Calendar: Sign Up for the 2022 Edition

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24 Days of Making, Doing, and Being Digital Advent Calendar by Anna Brones

This will mark the sixth year of my digital Advent calendar, and it’s time to sign up.

originally started this whole endeavor because I wanted to do something around the holidays that wasn’t focused solely on consumption, and I was inspired by the Advent calendar that my parents did for me growing up. It was a beautiful handwoven one made by my mother. She had made a pocket for each day, so that you could slip in a small piece of paper. My parents would write a new prompt every day and slip it in the night before. When I woke up in the morning the first thing I would do would be to go straight to the calendar and see what was written on the day’s note. It was the source of a lot of magic for me in my younger years (and even now—it gets hung up every year to this day).

My digital version is similar in nature. Every morning you receive an email with some kind of a prompt or reflection. Each day features some artwork, and there are often recipes, projects, poems, etc. The goal is always to create a little magic every day during the month of December, so that’s it’s not just a countdown but an everyday celebration. It’s a focus on slowing down, finding balance and contentedness.

While it originally started as an antidote to the consumer frenzy that this season is often known for, over the last two years it has felt even deeper and more poignant than that. These last two years were largely defined by a global pandemic, and as we move forward with our lives, the ongoing impact of tour experience years is still with us. We are processing. In the midst of this, we need reminders of joy, reminders of light, reminders of gratitude. We need a little extra magic.

In the northern hemisphere we are moving towards winter, and this calendar pulls a lot of inspiration from seasonal rhythms. It’s the time of winter solstice, a time of finding light in the darkness, a time of moving at a different pace.

I hope that you consider joining me for the 2022 edition of 24 Days of Making, Doing, and Being. I hope that it will infuse a little celebration into your everyday, that it gives pause for reflection, and that it inspires creativity. I hope that it gives you permission to slow down, to breathe, to be present.

To receive the digital Advent calendar, you can sign up here. The daily email will include artwork, prompts, reflections, recipes, and more, all with the intention of inspiring presence, creativity, and gratitude. You will be able to access the archives during the month as well (because I know keeping up with a daily email can be difficult). 

Patreon supporters receive a free subscription to the digital Advent calendar. Want something more tangible? I also make an evergreen print Advent calendar that’s meant to be hung up year after year.

Puns to Tell Your Friends You Appreciate Them

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A few papercut puns that I made for Valentine’s Day, mostly as a reminder to tell your friends you love and appreciate them.

Written by Anna Brones

February 14, 2022 at 08:35

24 Days of Making, Doing, and Being Digital Advent Calendar: Sign Up for the 2021 Edition

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I am doing my annual digital Advent calendar 24 Days of Making, Doing, and Being again this year, and now is the time to sign up.

This marks my fifth year of creating this calendar, which certainly feels worth celebrating. The format will be the same as usual: a daily email with a written post and artwork, as well as a few prompts, projects, and recipes scattered throughout.

I originally started this whole endeavor with the inspiration of the Advent calendar that I had growing up: a beautiful handwoven one made by by mother, each day made to hold a small slip of paper. My parents would write a new prompt on a slip every day, so that I would read it when I woke up in the morning. It was the source of a lot of magic for me in my younger years (and even now—it gets hung up every year to this day).

The goal with this Advent calendar is always to create a little magic every day during the month of December, so that’s it’s not just a countdown but an everyday celebration. It’s a focus on slowing down, finding balance and contentedness.

It originally began as an antidote to the consumer frenzy that tends to define this season, as a way to challenge people to make space for small moments of magic throughout the month. Writing the calendar last year in the midst of a dark winter defined by a global pandemic, I was reminded of how it was also an antidote for uncertainty, anxiety, loneliness, and weariness. It feels like we need a little bit of all of the above this year too.

I aim for this calendar to be a source of light, a source of joy, a source of thought. It’s a way to settle into the darker days, to get cozy, to slow down.

We need daily reminders to keep us present, to keep us breathing, to keep us existing, to keep us hoping. We need to remember the things for which we are grateful. We can all benefit from creating a little extra magic, both in our brighter moments and our darker ones. 

$5 will get you access to the entire digital Advent calendar. If you are a Patreon supporter of mine, you will get a subscription to the digital edition of the calendar for free. There is also a print edition of the calendar. I do this in a small print run, so if you want one be sure to snag one before they are sold out (buying one includes a subscription to the digital edition).

The daily email will include artwork, prompts, recipes, etc. all with the intention of inspiring presence, creativity, and gratitude, and you will be able to access the archives during the month too (because I know keeping up with a daily email can be difficult). 

Can you gift the calendar to someone else? Of course! Just be sure to include their email address when you order so that I know who to send it to.

I hope that you consider signing up.

Sign Up for 24 Days of Making, Doing, and Being Digital Advent Calendar (+ Preorder a Limited Edition Print Calendar)

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I am doing my annual digital Advent calendar 24 Days of Making, Doing, and Being again this year, and now is the time to sign up!

The goal with this Advent calendar is always to create a little magic every day during the month of December, so that’s it’s not just a countdown but an everyday celebration. It’s a focus on slowing down, finding balance and contentedness.

While in the past, the calendar was intended as an antidote to the consumer frenzy that has come to define the season, this year I think we need an antidote for something different. We need an antidote for uncertainty, anxiety, loneliness, and the weariness that 2020 has left us feeling. Fortunately, the antidote is essentially the same, and I think that putting out this year’s Advent calendar feels more important than ever.

We need daily reminders to keep us present, to keep us breathing, to keep us existing, to keep us hoping. We need to remember the things for which we are grateful. We need to be challenged to create a little extra magic in what has felt like a dark and heavy 12 months. If there ever was a year where we needed a bit of seasonal magic to cheer us up, it certainly seems like it’s this one.

With that in mind, this year I am doing the digital version again, but I also made a limited edition print Advent calendar. There’s a daily card with a prompt (featuring versions of some of my favorite prompts from the last few years), something that allows you to just be in analog mode and create some moments of stillness and presence throughout the month. Anyone who buys one get signed up for the digital version as well. I will be sending them out next week, and if you preorder one now you get free shipping.

$5 will get you access to the entire digital Advent calendar. If you are a Patreon supporter of mine, you will get a subscription to the digital edition of the calendar for free.

I hope that you consider signing up!

Vote: 2020 Election Posters

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I have been making a collection of vote-inspired artwork over the past few weeks, and I have turned several of them into a series of free, downloadable posters.

All of these posters started as papercuts, made from a single piece of paper.

The posters are designed for 8.5×11″ and 11×17″ paper. You can download and print these posters at home and hang them up wherever you like. You can even color them in!

I want to encourage people to get out the vote, and I want you to do the same, which is why I am making these posters free. They are intended for personal use and may not be sold or used for profit. For those who are able/want to, you can make a donation or support my work on Patreon. And if you want vote postcards with some of these designs, I have those available for sale in my shop as well as the original artwork.

Head here to download. 

Written by Anna Brones

October 19, 2020 at 10:19

Benefit Women’s Wisdom Project Prints

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I have a new collection of six different 8×10″ prints from my Women’s Wisdom Project collection, and 50% of each print is being donated to a different organization.

Here are the prints currently available and the organizations that they are supporting:

I am excited to be able to use this artwork in this way, and I hope that you consider buying one and supporting one of these causes.

Written by Anna Brones

June 18, 2020 at 10:34

Women’s Wisdom Project Exhibit – March 2020 at Vashon Center for the Arts

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If you have been following along here, you know that for the the last two years I have been working on my Women’s Wisdom Project, a collection of papercut portraits and profiles showcasing the wisdom of inspiring, insightful women.

I am honored that all 100 original papercuts are going to be displayed at Vashon Center for the Arts on Vashon Island in honor of Women’s History Month.

The show will open on March 6, 2020 and run through March 29, 2020. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 9pm on Friday March 6th, and if you are in the Seattle/Tacoma area, I hope that you will consider attending and interacting with all of this artwork in person. And celebrating the completion of the project of course!

If you can’t come, be sure to check out the digital versions of all the papercuts here, as well as some of the profiles. I’ll continue to update the site with more stories and profiles over the coming months.

Written by Anna Brones

February 25, 2020 at 16:25

Glad Lucia

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Glad Lucia!

Written by Anna Brones

December 13, 2019 at 10:45

Send a Little Love in the Mail

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I made a few sets of holiday cards, all featuring my papercut illustrations.

Who doesn’t love receiving snail mail? Make sure someone you know gets a little love in the post this holiday season.

Some ideas:

-Write a note to a friend.

-Give a card as a gift.

-Send a thank you note to someone.

-Write a recipe on the inside and send it to someone you wish you could eat a meal with.

-Pencil in your favorite quote or poem and send to someone who could use the words.

-Draw a picture inside, or add a touch of color on the outside.

There are three cards in each set so you can even keep one for yourself and frame it on the wall.

You can buy a set (or two) in my shop.

 

Written by Anna Brones

December 2, 2019 at 07:02