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June 16, 2014

The Whimsical Art of Nichola Battilana

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It's going to be another wonderful week of Design Team introductions! Are you excited to meet more of this fabulous team? Today, we spotlight the wonderful and whimsical art of Nichola Battilana. With a flair for humor, beauty, and fun - her projects are always a standout! We are so excited she will be on our team for a second year. She always makes gorgeous projects. As a believer of fairies and "maker of messes" (as she calls herself), her spirit and creativity invites you to get creative, use your stash, and try something you've never tried before. And who doesn't love that about an artist? Nichola's inventive spirit shines through every single one of her projects and we are huge fans of her work. We are so excited to welcome her for another year on our design team!

Before we see the wonderful work of Nichola, it's time for a blog contest! Do you want to win this Come Away with Me prize pack? If so, please comment here or on our Facebook page to be entered to win. We will announce our randomly chosen winner on Friday!

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Let's get to our spotlight on Nichola Battilana!

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"I am a British born, Canadian raised, maker of messes living in small town Ontario.  I live in an old crooked house on two beautiful acres (along with my husband, kiddo, dog, chickens, ducks and small menagerie of other critters) where I also work from a home based studio dubbed “Pixie Hill”.


I have a background in fine arts and earned my pennies as a graphic designer for years and years (and years). Today, my focus making ‘stuff’. Collage and mixed media, painting, papercraft, miniatures and upcycling… I dabble in everything! It sounds a little scatterbrained but it’s all pulled together with a running theme of whimsy and absolute passion.

Crafting for me is more than a hobby. I create on a daily basis and get a wee bit ‘grumpy’ if I don’t. Also, being more than a little socially awkward, crafting really and truly helps me to connect with others. When I create, I feel like I am doing what I was meant for."

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These ATCs are bursting with blooming inspiration. We love the layering, the fun elements, the ribbon, and more! She shows off the joy of mixing and matching G45 collections. Love Nichola's description as well.

"I admit this is project is a little bit whacky… but it’s whacky in a good way (like a kooky auntie). It’s cheerful and fun and although it’s been raining for 2 days, this project made my grey afternoon a little brighter. ATC’s are one of my favourite types of project. They are fast, fun, and a great way to use snippets, tiny bits and scraps. I’ve used the Artist Trading Tags-Ivory as my base and went nuts on my Graphic 45 stash using snips from Place in Time, Secret Garden, A Ladies' Diary, and Botanical Tea. It’s ok to mix and match! Go ahead… give it a try :)"

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Supply list:

 

Artist Trading Tags-Ivory
Place in Time > foundation paper
Secret Garden > May Flowers, Posy Patch

A Ladies' Diary > Garden Stroll, Lasting Impression, La Gazette
Botanical Tea > Botanical Tea, Flora, Fauna, Spring Duet, Herbal Infusion, Sweet Chamomile

Various fibers, yarns and ribbons
White Foam Stamen

White Pearl Stamen
Petaloo Flowers and Trims

This was the wonderful Punch and Judy theatre Nichola created for her final Design Team audition. It perfectly represents Nichola's fun and brilliant style! Enjoy the video tutorial she included!

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Punch and Judy 'By the Sea' Theatre Video


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Supply List

 Graphic 45 By The Sea
By the Sea

Set Sail

Splash

Pier 45

By the Sea Stickers

By the Sea Chipboard

By the Sea Tags & Pockets

Ornate Metal Key Holes

Corrugated cardboard
Thin wood doweling
Coffee stir sticks
Drinking straw
Jute twine
Tiny Real Seashells in Tin

Tim Holtz Clock Keys

Metal Hands

Metallic Mini Brads

Wood Mini Spool
Hot glue & adhesives

You may not know this about Nichola, but she has a artist studio that people from all over can come visit called the Pixie Hill Studio. She created this amazing Typography postal station for her visitors!

"When children visit my studio, they sometimes discover that the fairies who live here have left them notes, postcards or miniature mail. For a while now I’ve been thinking that perhaps my little helpers need their own little post office to work from. With construction supplies from Graphic 45 and Gina’s Design, I am proud to say that Postal Station No. 45 is now processing fairy and elfin mail.

I’ve used Ginas Designs Mini Album Display Case as the base. By upturning the drawer and attaching with a hinge to the top, I’ve created a spot for super secret messages. The piece is embellished using Typography, which is perfect for giving the look of old time billboards and classic advertising and design.

Turn the box around and you can peek inside the mail operations. The bottom floor is a mess with letters and parcels. The second floor might be a bit tight but it’s the perfect size for fairy storage.

I really love this project and I think that it could easily be adapted to personalize for gift-giving to your favourite people. Instead of a post office, design a garden shop with Secret Garden, or a boutique with A Ladies’ Diary. Mix and match collections to create a fire hall, auto garage, castle or toy shop! Just imagine the possibilities!"

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 Supply List

Graphic 45 Typography
• Typography
• Inspire
• Celebrate
• Create
• Inscribe
• Dream
• Journey
• Typography Tags & Pockets
• Typography Stickers
• Typography Chipboard
12 Days of Christmas > Pear Tree (totally snuck in!)
Graphic 45 Staples
• Antique Metal Door Pull
• Ornate Metal Keys
• Ornate Metal Key Holes
• Ornate Metal Label Holder
ColorCore Cardstock - Heritage Kraft
Ginas Designs
• Mini Album Display Case
• Steampunk Shape Set
Faux Metal Hands
Small Square Brass Hinges
Small wooden table
Metallic Mini Brads
Red Thread
Miniature Books and Scrolls
Pen Nibs
Scor-Tape
Tacky Glue

Another great project from Nichola using Typography. She uses so many great found objects on this project and the vintag photo is just fantastic. A Steampunk masterpiece!

"Even though this piece is made up of found objects, old things, new bits, and supplies from here there and everywhere, the elements compliment each other and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I started off with a sturdy Innkeeper Signboard from Walnut Hollow, painting it black then sanding the edges to give a little bit of age. Typography’s “Journey” provides enough visual punch that there wasn’t a need to go overboard with loads of different papers and patterns. A thin slice of “Create” around the edge gives just a hint of accent colour. The copper gears in this piece are made of chipboard, painted with a metallic paint, then brushed with a hint of black. A whole lot of fiddling and fussing went into this piece, but it sure was fun and I think all that playing was worth it."

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Supply List

 

Typography  > Journey
Typography  > Create

Graphic 45 Staples > Antique Metal Door Pull

> Ornate Metal Keys

> Ornate Metal Key Holes

> Ornate Metal Label Holder

> Washi Tape Set

> Metal Tag
Walnut Hollow Innkeeper Signboard 14”
Petaloo Colour Me Crazy Chipboard Gears

Gina’s Designs Cardstock Doily Set Steampunk
Gina’s Designs Steampunk Shape Set
Fairy Vial

Metallic Mini Brads

Metal Hands

Vintage cabinet card image
Tiny watch parts
Vintage watch spring
Burnt out mini lamp bulbs
Buttons

Dont' you just love the work of Nichola? What are some of your favorite projects by this talented designer? Welcome Nichola in the comments below! We are so happy she's on our team for another year. It's going to another wonderful week of Design Team introductions on the blog!

Your Pals in Paper,

Graphic 45

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Gorgeous projects! I especially love the ATCs and the Post Office!

Great work, very creative and detailed,

Nichola is amazing!!!

I would love to work with is in creating some fun things for my 30 second older twin daughter whose having twins ,winning this pack for her babies shower in August. Or I just might give it to her,might help her not be so stressed over being pregnant,because of her little body and she's 35. I really love your website,with all the designers and artist and everybody.

Love all things Graphic 45! Thank you for the chance to win!

Do I want to win this?? Silly G45, of COURSE! Who needs a real vacation when this collection can take you away!! *fingers crossed*

I totally fell in love with the "let me think project". It's stunning!

I would love to win the Come away with me pack!

Jaw dropping creative goodness. Feeling inspired! My wish is to start on something new with the Come Away With Me line.

So cool! Love it. And can't wait to see more of your awesome designs.

What fun projects! I'd love to win the Come Away with Me pack. Thanks so much!

It would be awesome to win. These designs are amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Awesome projects and tags. Lovin' this collection!!!

Awesome projects!!!!
Great giveaway......please pick me!

Fantastic projects. Love that Typography postal station.

love all the projects made lot of hard work went into them. would love to win

Welcome back Nicola. Your creations are wonderful and inspirational. I would love to win this weeks prize.

Love the post office - adorable! All of this stuff is beautifully done. :)

While I love all of G45s papers, Come Away With Me just strikes a chord and I LOVE it!

Не перестаю удивляться работам, которые делают мастера из График 45! В самых разных стилях. И, конечно, очень хочу выиграть одну из них!!!

Gorgeous projects, gorgeous papers and great prize...love to win!

Beautiful tags! The new collection is another classic G45, can't wait to craft with it x

If your not in it ... you cant win it .. oh and boy doI wanna win it .. love love love .. well done .. great inspiration x hugs jane x

Such creative creations! The post office is adorable!

This has given me some great ideas and I especially love the quirky postal box.

Какие интересные работы!!

Great projects and gorgeous paper collection. I would love to own it.

Wow what great projects! Wishing I could win the Come away with me pack!

Sooo many gorgeous projects here again. I´m totally in love with this post office here and I really look forward to see a lot more like this in the future too. Almost can´t wait to see, what the next will be??

The collection looks beautiful. Would love to create something with it!

Nichola, I love all your wicked wonderful imaginative projects! I also would love, love, love to win the awesome "Come Away With Me" collection! I have a need (more like a hunger) to create with those papers.

Awesome. I so want "Come Away with me" It's perfect for my Europe trips Scrapbook. I hope I win!!

This is great work. A post office is so amazing!

Wow amazing !

Wow i love this project, and i love this paper thanks for the chance!

Great projects, love the post the best I think lol great detail in all !! I would love to win Come Away With me pack. Thank you

Come away with me G45 paper and tags!!!!

Beautiful work!!! Just amazing!!!!! Thanks also for the chance to win the paper kit!!!!!

Beautiful projects and gorgeous paper as always. Thank you for sharing.

Very artistic work and so beautiful. The Come Away With Me competition pack is gorgeous too and I would love to win it - please.

Talented lady. I love the postal station and I absolutely adore the steampunk project.

Nichola rocks Graphics45 products!! Wow! completely out of this world fab designs! Bravo!

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