a journal of original drawings and screen prints of animals

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Canada 150

copyright Barbara Di Lella, Canada 150 design, 2017
As most Canadians know, it will be Canada's 150th anniversary this July. I have been working on a number of designs for that occasion and this is one that I submitted to the government, using their logo for the occasion. 

Geometrics seem to be heavily used in designs of all kinds these last few years. Not to mention that this 'Maple Leaf' symbol is somewhat reminiscent of the 1967 logo. Although it also reminds me of the NBC Peacock.

However, to make a long story short, I ended up abandoning the above design for another one:

copyright Barbara Di Lella, Canada 150 design.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New Pouch Design

Sparrow Avenue, new pouch design

I've been working on a new pouch design. This one is larger than the petites that are so popular. As well, it has a metal brass zipper and a rounded bottom. Here it is with my new Fox image.

I will also have this design with the Snowy Owl, my other Owl from 2011 and my Grizzly Bear.

Some of the back panels of these pouches will be made from natural dye linen that I have left over from the days when I was doing that work. I've also been thinking of doing some more and so I've been collecting avocado peels and pits for that purpose.

Monday, March 27, 2017


copyright Barbara Di Lella, Sparrow
Yet another dreary Spring weekend. Lots of rain which will loosen up the soil and allow the plants to poke their head up. I have already seen little crocuses but I'm sure elsewhere Spring has come much sooner, or later, depending where you are.

This little sparrow was from a number of years ago, I can't quite remember; lets just say 4 or 5 years ago. Anyway, I've decided to use him again with an idea I have. But first he needed a bit of colour.  

There will be a few more 'elements' that will accompany him...

Friday, March 24, 2017

It's a Wrap

A little collection of some of my packaging materials.

I found, a few years ago, the sweetest little stamp of  little birds flying, carrying the post and thought is perfect for Sparrow Avenue's labeling on shipments.

I have a new rubber stamp of the Sparrow Avenue logo. The old one bit the dust after about 5 years.

The business card is printed on both sides: one side has all my information and the other, seen here, shows some of my images. This is particularly helpful at shows as it reminds people of what they have seen in my booth.

Everyone who purchases from Sparrow Avenue, receives a hand written Thank you note on special paper.

Everything is wrapped in re-cycled Kraft Wrap as part of my way of being as Eco-friendly as I can be.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Case of the Bunny Mistake

Sparrow Avenue, Rabbit on Natural Linen
There's more to this Bunny than meets the eye. Actually, she is a different Bunny than I have shown so far. Nevertheless, she's the Bunny that made it to a screen; the others are on the cutting floor. But even with this one (which I did a number of times because there were little mistakes), I have found, still has mistakes. What are you going to do?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Teach an Old Dog

Sparrow Avenue
Looking back on old images, I've come across the drawing of the sparrow that became the logo for Sparrow Avenue. This drawing was originally done with a simple ball point pen, just scribbling around. Back in those days my son helped me with the lettering as I hadn't a clue how to do it. Boy, I've learned a lot since those days! Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Owl Petite

Sparrow Avenue, Owl Petite Pouch
Playing around with photo shoots while I have my morning coffee. The hint in this picture being that these little pouches are great for having your coffee money readily available when you're getting your cup-a-Jo.

I see that I have run out of these particular ones in the shop. Will have to re-stock the shelves, so-to-speak.