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Little Sister Comics!

After the success of the Little Sisterz, Shhh… No Peeking Project in which I created handpainted window panels while the restaurant was being renovated. The buzz that was created in the community and online (there was an online version as well.) inspired Gina, owner and chef at Little Sisters, to think of a way to bring the joyful character to life. The character was created with the vibrant fun vibe of Gina in mind. Gina has all kinds of fun stories, humour and laughter to share. Little Sisterz is a fun, casual Food Preparation Studio serving delicious food with great service. So with all of this wonderfulness wrapped with Gina’s inspiration for comics and for having the character come alive. I created this ongoing series of comics. 

These were created to be an Instagram ongoing promotional tool. However, these fun comics and the character have gone on and continue to be used in fun different ways. The character even appeared on their anniversary celebration cake!

If you need fun, colourful promotional images! Contact me at

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I love Art Resin

So happy to bring you my latest video! First, I have to give credit to my youngest daughter as she helped a lot in the production of this video. Her help and expertise were invaluable to the completion of this project. I will definitely be contracting out editing, directing, script writing and such to her going forward. She was a huge help! And bonus for me, another daughter! 😉 My oldest is a wonderful writer and she provided her editing skills to this post. 

I was sent a sample of Art Resin just before Christmas by the lovely people at Art Resin. I’ve been using this product on my Whimsical ladies since the day this series was born. It has so many benefits and awesome qualities. So long before receiving this sample, I was an Art Resin customer. 

This is not a step-by-step process there are plenty of videos and articles on that. In fact, Art Resin has a fantastic youtube channel filled with all kinds of tips and techniques.

Why I love it so!

Low VOC’s, I can not stand fumes, therefore, this was my first consideration and the first thing I noticed about this product.

Protective shiny goodness!

Easy to use. There is prep to create a dust free area and to set up the resin area but nothing extensive. Some plastic drop cloths, prop the piece up off the surface (if resining sides), mixing equipment and you are good to go. You will also need to cover your piece and have it in a spot where it will not be disturbed. I like to say, my ladies are in the resin spa! Hmmm… the spa ….

And if you have a sharp eye, you may have noticed this Custom Whimsical lady features a piercing as her recipient has a piercing. This was a fun surprise addition to the piece and I was able to add it easily and know that it would be protected and would not be going anywhere. I completed 2 layers of resin for this piece and that was enough to cover the brad so nothing is protruding from the piece. 

The very best is … it makes my Whimsical Ladies come to life! All of my hand illustration work on these pieces POPS! And the difference between the bare painted piece and the resin piece is quite something. The two pieces I have featured have some lovely tree reflections.

My Whimsical Lady series are created using Acrylic paint, Varnish (back) and Art Resin. 

Check out this Facebook album of available for purchase Whimsical Ladies

Interested in your own Custom Whimsical Lady? Here are previous examples.

If you are interested in either of these options, email me at 

Barbi 🙂

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Whimsical Lady Christmas Custom Order Deadline

Hello Christmas Season! It looks like a Winter Wonderland here in Ottawa. This past week we received all of the snow we usually get in November – all in one day! Thank you Mother Nature! 😉 Bonus is instant Christmas spirit! I find myself making a Christmas gift giving list, Holiday Prep list and simply looking forward to the family time we get to enjoy during the holiday season.

My Custom Whimsical Ladies make a wonderful gift for yourself or someone on your gift giving list! The person on your list that seems to have everything. Someone that inspires you. Someone you are thankful for. Your wife, your partner, your sister/sister-in-law, your daughter/daughter-in-law, your best friend, your cousin, your Mom! Show them how special they are with a gift that tells part of their story and/or highlights what makes them unique and special. 

Pricing for 10×10 artwork.

Level 1 – Colour Choice & 1 Element -$150 plus HST. 

Level 2 – Colour Choice & 2 Elements – $175 plus HST. 

Level 3 – Colour Choice & 3-4 Elements with more detailed customization – $200 plus HST. 

Other sizing and options available. I finish the Ladies in Resin and Varnish so they are ready to hang as soon as received. No added framing costs. 

To secure your spot full payment is required. Delivery options at an added cost; Canada Post (for outside of Ottawa/Ontario), Gopher It Deliveries for Ottawa and some outlining areas. Free Personal Delivery within the Ottawa West Region or Pick up at my studio can be arranged however limited.

View some of my previous Custom Whimsical ladies here:

Custom ordering is always available however if you would like yours to be a Christmas gift for someone you must order by December 7, 2018. Any questions? Email me at

Photo of my Christmas Whimsical Lady