a journal of original drawings and screen prints of animals

Thursday, April 27, 2017


copyright Barbara Di Lella, Fireweed, 2017
One of my favourite flowers if Fireweed. It grows wild almost everywhere but I first saw it in B.C. and Yukon. I had it growing in my garden for a while until it was choked to death by an invasive weed that I have tried for years to get rid of...all to no avail.

I was hoping to incorporate this drawing into a screen but there just seems to be too much detail for it to print properly. As a wood block...it would probably work. But that will be for another time.

Have a great
end of April weekend.
Can;t believe it has gone so fast!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Set of Tea Towels

Sparrow Avenue, Set of 4 Cotton Tea Towels
For the summer shows I print up sets of cotton tea towels. They are less expensive than the Natural Linen. So they make great hostess gifts, housewarming gifts or just plain great for the cottage. These come with 2 Snowy Owls and 2 Foxes. The Moose and Beaver version is in the shop right now.

Sparrow Avenue, Set of 4 Cotton Tea Towels

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Start Me Up

Sparrow Avenue, Beaver Petite Zipper Pouch
My days have been spent printing, filling orders and preparing for shows. I have always liked being busy. Even if I have nothing to do, I will fill it with something, even if it's as mundane as weeding the garden or sorting out the never-ending paper that accumulates...don't get me started...lol

Monday, April 24, 2017

Cold Spring Blues

Sparrow Avenue, Right Whale Pouch
Hope you had a lovely weekend.

It would seem that Spring is slowly making an appearance, least ways, the plants are coming up beautifully and the Magnolias in the neighbourhood are brilliant. But it's still so cold, reminding me of the icy waters where the Right Whales live.

Sparrow Avenue, Right Whale Pouch
Each of these pouches that I've been making lately, are lined with different fabrics. It is a way for me to use up all the fabric in my stash, which is quite a bit, I must say.

Sparrow Avenue, Right Whale Pouch

Friday, April 21, 2017


Sparrow Avenue, Natural Line Fox Tea Towel
Had some baking to do the other day and of course that's always a good time for a little photo shoot. I love the light that comes through the west window this time of year as it gives a sort of glow off the concrete counter. 

Finding the right lighting for an image is so critical and, of course, living with four seasons requires attention to all the different places where the light is best not only in a given season but time of day too.

Well, it's time for me to go back to work...have a good one!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sparrow Avenue's "Canada 150" in Ottawa

Sparrow Avenue, "Canada 150" linen tea towel
I have received notification that I have been accepted into the the New Art Festival in Ottawa this summer...so excited! Especially in lieu of Canada's 150th anniversary.

I enjoyed my time in Ottawa last winter when I participated in the Signatures show. This time it will be warmer and I will have "the girls" with me too. So I have lots of printing to do between now and then, especially my "Canada 150" print.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Quick Zipper Tutorial

This is a small tutorial demonstrating how I achieve "neat" zippers. 

Someone who comes to my Instagram account had asked me how I do it.

When I first started making pouches with zippers I didn't like the lumps in the corners and I was quite baffled by it. Surely I was doing something wrong. I researched it in books and DIYs but it always seemed to be glossed over. 

So this is what I ended up doing to fix the problem.

1. After all the sewing is completed and the pouch has been pulled Right-Side-Out, I go back in to each corner (one-at-a-time) and...

2. ...split the seams open

3. while holding the seams open with my finger, I push the corner back into place.

4. voila