Portfolio: Corn Drawing

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been fascinated by the arts, specifically visual arts. So, with the completion of my first portfolio piece, I have decided to create a digital art portfolio on my blog! I hope you enjoy, feel free to post comments and constructive criticism 🙂

To kick off my digital portfolio, the following photos are of my final corn drawing, as well as my sketchbook pages. My task was  to create an oil pastel drawing of corn from life. I started my corn drawing with a series of preliminary studies, such as observing corn, sketching kernels and husks, and experimenting with the media. My inspiration was an Indian corn (pictured below), which had a variety of red kernels.

Indian Corn

The process of drawing my corn was fairly simple. In my sketchbook, I sketched kernels, husks and full-sized corn, based on my observations. On small samples of my desired color of paper, I tested pastel colors for my husks and kernels, in order to get an idea of which colors and techniques looked best. The most important design decision I made was choosing the color scheme. I chose contrasting colors for my color scheme; vibrant hues of purple for the kernels and neutral hues of orange, brown, peach, red and green for the husk. For my final paper, I chose a burgundy colored paper, as I thought it was an ideal neutral background that would compliment my color scheme.

Sketchbook PagesSketchbook Pages

 After I had an idea of my composition in my sketchbook, I lightly sketched it out on my sheet of paper. From there, I proceeded to form the kernels individually and add color to them. While drawing my kernels, I made sure to add shadows by using black and blue, and highlights by adding white. I used these techniques to give a three-dimensional effect. I also did not heavily blend the colors with a stomp, due to the fact that I wanted a raw look. Once I had completed the kernels, I moved on to drawing the husks. While drawing the husks, I made sure to not blend the colors, like I did with the kernels. I used this technique because I wanted viewers to be able to see all the different strands of colors in the husks. Also, to add visual interest and movement to my corn drawing, I drew a husk looping around another one. Furthermore, I created contrast in my corn drawing through form and line. With horizontal lines in the husks and my kernels arranged vertically, I create a piece that reflects form vs. line and made it visually interesting.

Pastel Corn Drawing

 Overall, I enjoyed the corn drawing project. I liked creating sketches from real corn and I liked the freedom in creative decisions. Not having many directions to follow during the project, allowed for me to create a unique and creative artwork of my choice. Throughout the project, the difficulties I experienced were the magnification of the corn kernels and properly executing oil pastel techniques. If I were to do this project again, I would try to improve on using different oil pastel techniques and I would like to improve on making my drawing more realistic. I found out that I could space my design layout from a small scale to a larger one and that I could create emphasis on my kernels due to my color scheme. By completing my corn drawing, I learned the magnification of smaller items to larger ones, form vs. line and oil pastel techniques.



With the start of September, it’s back to school for most of us living in the northern hemisphere!

Many students (including myself), get really excited when it’s the season for back-to-school shopping! But buying new school supplies can get very expensive (especially in Canada!!). So I decided to reuse and DIY some of my most expensive basic school supplies: BINDERS! ~Enjoy~

What you’ll need:

– Binders (I reused my old ones from last year because they were still in excellent condition & I ended up saving ~$25 +    tax!!)

– Old magazines

– Scarp-booking paper

– Scissors

– Ruler

– Pen/pencil


1) Pick out some magazine pages that you like and rip them out (I chose a couple pages of Fashion Magazine’s September 2014 issue, starring Lana Del Rey).

2) Chose some scrap-booking paper that goes well with the magazine pages that you picked out and your binder.

3) With your ruler, measure the width and length of your binder and mark it on the scrap-booking paper, then cut it.

4) Write your subjects on the paper and slide it into the binder sleeve and then your magazine page (I didn’t cut the ripped edge of my pages because I liked the asymmetrical & textured look it gave).

There you go! Super easy, quick, eco-friendly and cheap!!  I especially love this DIY because it personalizes your old/boring binders and looks amazing! Also, having the one and only Lana Del Rey, one of my favorite artists, on my binders makes my day! So far at school I’ve gotten so many complements on them! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed them, I know that I do! If you have any questions, feel free to comment them in the comment box below!!

By: Purple Pansy

DIY : Wall DĂ©cor – Part III

Here is my final post for my DIY : Wall DĂ©cor series. Of course, there will be many more dig’s to follow, however I intended to make this a 3-part series as I had done all of them around the same time. 

So without further ado, here is one of my favorite wall dĂ©cor’s…

If you’re like me and love to travel, this diy will not only be very intriguing for you but will have a great purpose. With a few simple office supplies, you’ll be able to create a visual display of all the countries and cities that you’ve travelled to! This diy is perfect for any traveller, whether it’s yourself or a fellow savvy traveler! It requires few materials, it’s simple and makes any room look sophisticated and adds a cultural vibe to the atmosphere. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • World map
  • Bulletin board (the same size as your world map)
  • Push pins 
  • A wall (surprise, surprise)
  • Optional: any type of liquid glue


  1. Take your world map and line it up on the bulletin board, making sure the corners line up.
  2. Pin your map to the board (I did this to make it super easy and quick but you can chose to glue it on).
  3. Take your push pins and pin them on the places you’ve been! (To give my board more life, I color-coded my pins: black for the places I’ve been, and colored pins for places I want to go).
  4. Hang up your new visual display and enjoy!

VoilĂ ! Inspired by many different photos from tumblr and pinterest, I’ve recreated a popular display! Not only is it super simple and quick but it makes a great wall display! Here are photos of my board, I hope you guys enjoyed it! If you have any questions, go ahead and ask them in the comment box below!

By: Purple Pansy 

DIY : Wall DĂ©cor – Part II

Here’s part II of my DIY:Wall DĂ©cor series. I hope you enjoy! 

Have you ever wondered what to do with movie ticket stubs, concert tickets, boarding passes, museum tickets or basically anything that brings nostalgic memories from your travels? Well I sure have, which is why they’ve slowly accumulated in my room. So, with my new DIY:Wall DĂ©cor series, I decided to put them all to use! It’s super easy, simple, cheap and extremely quick to do! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Framed bulletin board (I got mine for $10 at Homesense, but if you can’t find one in your area you could always buy a frame and cork tiles from the dollar store and glue the cork tile to the back (cardboard area) of the frame. Or you could just use a regular bulletin board but personally I think the framed one looks better in rooms.)
  • Your sentimental items (I’m mainly using movie ticket stubs, but just to show you guys how other things looked, you’ll find other tickets as well 🙂 )
  • Push pins 
  • Here’s a shocker: A WALL


  1. Once you have your framed bulletin board and sentimental items, go ahead and design your layout. (I chose to organize my movie ticket stubs by date.) 
  2. Pin your items to the board.
  3. Hang it up on your desired wall location, sit back and reminiscence away!

There you go! A super simple, easy and quick DIY! Here are photos of my board, I hope you guys enjoyed it! If you have any questions, go ahead and ask them in the comment box below!

By: Purple Pansy

DIY : Wall DĂ©cor – Part I

This past week, I’ve been quite busy in the DIY sector. With a newly painted room, comes bare walls and thus many walls dĂ©cor ideas. So to start my three part DIY wall dĂ©cor series, here’s my first DIY for you guys!

DIY #1 : Photo garland 

If you’re like me and take thousands of photos wherever you go, but cannot find a way to display them without creating millions of holes in your wall, you’re in luck! With some online inspiration from Pinterest and Tumblr, I figured out a way to make a DIY photo garland! You can easily display your photos with minimal damage to your wall and for cheap. Easy & cheap, a perfect combination of words! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Printed photos (I got mine printed at Costco for $6)
  • Push pins
  • String, hemp twine, yarn (Basically any string-like material that you can hang photos on, I used embroidery floss because it’s all I could find in my house.)
  • Mini clothespins (I got mine at Michael’s for ~$4/per pack & I chose mini clothespins as opposed to the regular size because I didn’t want to worry about photos flipping or the string not being able to support the weight and I preferred the look.)
  • A bare wall (duuhhhh)


  1. Select the photos you want to print and go to any store that will print them (some places that do them for a reasonable price are: Costco or Wal-Mart).
  2. Once your photos are printed, select a nice spot on your wall where you’d like to hang them. I recommend somewhere that’s about 1.5 meters in length.
  3. Cut your string to the desired wall length and use your push pins to pin the two ends of the string onto your wall (see photos down below for reference). 
  4. Create a pattern/design for your photos and use the clothespins to attach them to the string. 


Voila, 4 easy steps and your old, bare wall is now full of your personality and a sight to look at! Here are some photos of my wall, I chose to do two garland on top of each other. Also, some parts are blurred out because of privacy reasons. 🙂 


I hope you enjoyed this super simple DIY, feel free to comment down below if you have any questions!

By: Purple Pansy

Music of the Month (Summer Edition)

We’re constantly surrounded by music; some people more than others. Whether it’s while turning on the radio, singing in the shower or going to a concert – we all have a collection of favorite songs! 🙂

Thus, without further ado, here is the music of the month (well technically months because it’s summer). I’ve tried to include an assortment of genres, hence the divided sections 🙂 Hope you enjoy, maybe you’ll recognize some of the songs or give them a try!

Riptide – By: Vance Joy
The Walker – By: Fitz and the Tantrums
Come A Little Closer – By: Cage the Elephant
Breezeblocks – By: alt-J
Inside the Sun – By: Weezer
Stolen Dance – By: Milky Chance

Bailando – By: Enrique Iglesias Ft. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona

Wanderlust – By: The Weeknd
Black Widow – By: Iggy Azalea Ft. Rita Ora
Fancy – By: Iggy Azalea Ft. Charlie XCX

Wonder – By: Adventure Club Ft. The Kite String Tangle
Help Me Lose My Mind – By: Disclosure Ft. London Grammar

By: Purple Pansy

World suffers a setback, as polio outbreaks in the Middle East – are Canadians at risk?

Canada’s involvement in the global eradication of polio – is our government doing enough?

Learn more about the fight & how you can help at www.endpolio.org (Statistics: Rotary International)

Learn more about the fight & how you can help at http://www.endpolio.org (Statistics: Rotary International)

With the World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration of polio being a “public health emergency”, the World suffers from a setback in eradicating the deadly virus. As cases of infected children increase by the day and with polio reoccurring in Middle Eastern countries; the global campaigns to end this disease are at risk. For the past four decades, we have been trying to globally eradicate polio. With 350,000 cases in the year 1988, those numbers have been decreasing over the course of years. 25 years later, the global amount of polio has dropped to 417 in 2013. However, the world is currently suffering a setback in eradicating polio. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared polio a “public health emergency”, with 68 cases so far in 2014 – nearly triple the cases this time last year! Perhaps the reason behind the disease’s outbreak is the lack of coverage it gets in the media? Are our government and politicians disregarding this global issue? Their reasoning and the cause for polio has yet to be unveiled…

Administration of the oral polio vaccine with Syrian children on the street – not a clinic. (Photo: UNICEF)

Administration of the oral polio vaccine with Syrian children on the street – not a clinic.
(Photo: UNICEF)

The international effort to eliminate the spreading of polio has redoubled. For Canada, polio eradication has been our country’s top priority in Afghanistan. In countries such as Pakistan & Afghanistan, terrorists have actively opposed against vaccination campaigns and have gone to the extreme of killing health workers, as they are against western influences. There are persistent problems of corruption, mismanagement and insecurity in these countries. However, with renewed political will and enhanced international investment, we would be able to globally achieve the eradication of polio.

The following countries have been flagged by the WHO as areas of concern for polio. (Photo: WHO)

The following countries have been flagged by the WHO as areas of concern for polio. (Photo: WHO)

Although the issue is overseas, Canadians across the country are wondering whether they are at risk. In Canada, high immunization rates are required to be protected against the importation of polio – much similar to the importation of measles. However, the concern for many surrounds the possibility of infections in individuals who cannot meet the vaccination rates. According to Dr. Michael Gardam, director of infection prevention and control at the University Health Network in Toronto, “People could literally get on a plane carrying the polio virus, not even necessarily be sick with it and bring it to Canada where we don’t have perfect vaccination rates anymore.” In addition, public health experts say that polio can only be prevented if the community is 90% vaccinated. It is advised by the Public Health Agency of Canada to keep your vaccinations updated and to keep records on hand. The reason behind this is that Canada is never zero risk.

Last year at the Global Vaccine Summit, the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, announced that Canada would continue to be a world leader in eradicating polio and immunization. Minister Fantino announced that the Government of Canada would contribute $250 million between 2013-2018 to support the global goal of eliminating polio from the planet. The money shall ensure the supply of quality immunizations and work towards sustainable immunization programs – a key attribute for Second and Third countries in the Middle East. This commitment will certainly advance Canada’s priority development of securing the future of youth and improving maternal, newborn and child health. It also provides the opportunity for Canada to further engage itself in polio eradication.

The oral polio vaccine is simple to administer. A few drops, given multiple times, can protect a child for life. (Photo: WHO/Rod Curtis)

The oral polio vaccine is simple to administer. A few drops, given multiple times, can protect a child for life.
(Photo: WHO/Rod Curtis)

In 2011, at the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), Primer Minister Stephen Harper announced: “Our Government is committed to improving the health and saving the lives of women, children and newborns in developing countries. Support […] will help put an end to polio […] which can be prevented with a simple vaccine.” However, the big question for many is: If only a simple vaccine is required, why is the deadly disease still breaking-out to this day? In reality, despite Canada’s efforts in polio’s eradication, they’ve been inadequate and require far more attention at the federal level.

In 2008 when Prime Minister Harper announced the Polio Eradication Signature Project in Afghanistan, many Canadian political parties voiced their opinions on the newly founded project. At the time, the Liberal party supported the project and pledged to work with allies to develop “a more effective military and political strategy to improve the mission.” On the contrary, as expected, the NDP did not support the mission and were committed to withdrawing Canadian troops from their present role in Afghanistan. The Official Opposition claimed that “the situation has continued to deteriorate and Canada must refocus international efforts in Afghanistan under the UN banner.” The Green Party claimed that the counter-insurgency led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was lacking strategic focus and that it risked the lives of our military. The Green Party also claimed that air raids by NATO were diminishing support for Canadian engagement in the region. Lastly, Bloc Québécois Leader, Gilles Duceppe, thought that it required some rebalancing and that it should focus “away from combat and toward humanitarian aid, reconstruction and development effort.”

(Left) Prime Minister Harper during a news conference on Polio Eradication in Perth, Australia. (Photo: Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images)

(Left) Prime Minister Harper during a news conference on Polio Eradication in Perth, Australia.
(Photo: Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images)

What is disappointing to many is that political parties, specifically the Official Opposition and their politicians, are not saying enough about the recent outbreaks. Their opinions are quite outdated and for this reason, it is important that as Canadians, we make our voice heard and inform our local members of parliament (MP) and city councilors in support of a world without polio. It is recommended that the federal government of Canada take more action and fulfill their duty as global leaders in the eradication of polio. For this reason, Canada shall close the funding gap for 2013-2014 and inform other donor countries to join this effort. Continuing Canada’s profound relationship with WHO, Rotary International, UNICEF, as well as collaborating with other nations’ governments would further initiate polio’s eradication.

end polio

For fellow Canadians willing to play an important role in eliminating polio from the world and fulfilling their civic duty, the following steps can be taken:

  • Sign the petition at theendofpolio.com
  • Help raise awareness by educating others on polio and its eradication
  • Donate to organizations that contribute to ending polio, such as The Rotary Foundation (Canada) of Rotary International’s PolioPlus fund – endpolio.org
  • Contact your local member of parliament (MP) and city councilor in support of a world without polio

Hopefully, in the near future, if we work amongst our government and other countries– as global citizens – polio will be successfully eradicated off of our planet’s surface.

By: Purple Pansy