Giants & Pilgrims ART Show: Betony Coons

Betony Coons is premiering her 12 piece collection (plus a couple surprises) tonight at The Atlas Theater in Greeley, CO. Pictures of the First Friday Event soon to come!

 

March Theme: “Green”

Here is our poem for March; exploring why we chose the theme “green” to describe these days…

March is a begging garden
Fingertips ready for dirt
Jeans longing for grass stains

The hints of the first warm days 
find us oustide immediately
Our hearts looking for any excuse to walk

Enjoying those tips of green in the 
fields we see

A prologue of the good garden to come

 

February Almanac Ephemera FREE Download: Envelopes

How great is it to get mail? To tear into the envelope and hear from a friend? Here’s some envelope templates. Make your own out of old maps or other crazy such things. And here’s to getting real mail!

 

 

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Curled up Series by Betony Coons

All curled-up and cozy this end of February. Betony Coons, a Giants & Pilgrims artist and founder, created these original illustrations to represent peace and rest.

All three pieces are available at http://www.etsy.com/shop/graysparrow?ref=shop_sugg

Original illustrations by Betony Coons
“Curled up” – india ink on watercolor paper.
$50 each – $75 framed.
All images ©Betony Coons 2014

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Incredible FREE Art Download by Kyle Steed

Kyle Steed is a wonderful and accomplished artist. You’ve seen his work in commercials (the Walgreen’s new font) or maybe you’re one of his followers on Instagram (he’s one of their featured gramm-ers, with good reason: ). And Giants & Pilgrims LOVES him, his family, and his work.

Kyle graciously donated some of his doodling time to make a beautiful, hand lettered illustration for our February Almanac. We present it here now for download in postcard format. We suggest you print it on card-stock, cut out the postcards, and write a note to someone you care about.

The words come straight from our Almanac “poetic intro” for February, with the theme of “SEND”.

Click the link below to download a printable pdf of the postcards:

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See more of Kyle’s work at www.kylesteed.com

 

New Art Piece for Almanac No. 1: “Hopes, Dreams, Fears, Secrets, and Prayers”

One of the twelve paintings done for Almanac No. 1 featured here. This piece coincides with the song “All the Lights” to be released soon!

The simplicity of the things we capture and hold on to- feathers representing hopes, butterflies for dreams and so on. What have you kept close in the dark?

In process…

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12X12 inch prints can be purchased at Betony’s etsy shop – www.graysparrow.etsy.com

Featured Artist: Joni Lissak

Joni Lissak

Artist & Lover of Elephants

Joni teaches art at a charter school in Greeley, CO with an undergrad from the University of Northern Colorado. She produces intricate, beautiful, and interactive art shows. (One being a narrative thread of paintings inspired by a Regina Spector song.
Gallery goers could listen, touch, and contribute to the show).

Click the download button below to get the high resolution 5X7 file. Print it out and place the music jar somewhere it will “play” for you.

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(Note: click the download button, then the purchase button – it will be $0.00, then click “download now” to get the high resolution file)

 

Contact Joni for art commissions:

box.of.paints@hotmail.com

Stitched Snowflake Download

So these are snowflake patterns from crochet directions that Betony designed to make beautiful all on their own! Below are a myriad of creative ideas as to how to use them.

We hope they make for a great addition to your home, celebrating this winter season. And perhaps they can be an indoor activity to do in the Great Cold happening right now!

Click the link below to download the pdf:

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IDEAS:
Print them out on card stock paper, cut them out and sting them together to make a beautiful winter garland.

Print them on vellum paper and hang in your windows.

Copy and paste them to make into your own notecards, stationary, or thank you notes. Hobby Lobby or Michaels have great blank printable cards that you can just run through your home printer.

Print them (or send off to Office Max or office store) on sticker paper and cut out as stickers.

Use as a drawing reference to draw or paint your own intricate snowflake designs.

Print them out on decal paper and transfer to candles
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Use as an embroidery pattern on a pillow

Print it out on fabric using this freezer paper method:
http://thegraphicsfairy.com/print-fabric-freezer-paper-method-2/

Create a seasonal cheese tray with a wood cutting board and the wax paper transfer method shown here: http://www.unexpectedelegance.com/2011/09/01/wax-paper-transfer-tutorial/

Save those free ugly coasters from your local brewery and mod-podge these designs over the top.

 

Our January Almanac theme: “Begin”

Each month as Giants & Pilgrims creates all the content and stories and art for  Almanac No. 1, a theme will be chosen that resonates with the month and the place we find ourselves in this year. For January our theme is “Begin”.
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January is a blank canvas. A snowy field. Untouched clay.

Now is the time to reflect and be resolute again.

The resolutions we make now guide and direct our new year.

So here’s to new beginnings.

May the fresh start find you this season.

And now

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Begin

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Almanac Adventure: November “Family Tree”

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On October 31st we celebrated a very well-known holiday. Halloween was a blast this year for the Coons family. We dressed up, trick-or-treated with lots of friends, and had way too much candy.

November 1st, however, we also celebrated a holiday not nearly as well-known. The day after Halloween, or All-Hallows-Eve, is All Saints Day.

All Saints Day is a holiday in the Western-Christian calendar set aside to honor all of the saints, known and unknown. A friend of mine, K.J. Tencza, several years ago came up with a way of celebrating this holiday in a very non-traditional way. We gathered together on the Friday night of All Saints Day and lit candles for those who have been a light in our lives- people that God has used in significant ways to shine and guide us. As people lit the candles they shared stories of those who have meant so much to them and how deeply they’ve impacted their lives.

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It was a really incredible time. By the end of the night I felt this wonderful sense of gratitude; I am so thankful for the people in my life. And the lives of others. Encouragers, supporters, teachers, family.

We didn’t want to stop there, though. Betony made a “Family Tree” chart for people to take home and fill out how they liked. You could write in family members or take a more creative approach: who has deeply impacted your roots? Who are the people- family, writers, friends, teachers, people from camps, retreats, etc, who have been a part of your lineage as a human being? Who has truly shaped your soul? And write those names in.

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We are providing here  the same “Family Tree” chart for download here. Print it off and take some time to reflect as you fill it in. And let it enrich your November! Here’s to the Adventure!
Click the small thumbnail below to download the large size file.
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Much love,

Tim (Giants & Pilgrims)