Free Posters: Grow Yourself Bigger than Any Problem

Hey loves,

Amanacer here, in Haiti. I was recently handed a copy of the book “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” by wise little sister Victoria Bauman (thanks, sis!) . One of the key takeaways from T Harv Eker shares is this epic advice, which I’ve turned into a poster for my office and want to share with you all too!

BONUS: Colour edition. If you’re a baller with a colour printer or want to send it off to a local print shop, then look no further because I’ve also created this 18x 24” version for you.

P.S. I went to school up to Grade 1 in Canada so I’ll never stop spelling colour with a “u” :)

Here’s to your exponential growth, infinite beings!

P.S. Have we connected on Instagram yet?

I post all kinds of new paintings, events and projects exclusively over on @Amanacer_Art


DIY Resin Art Table in 8 easy steps

Hey loves,

Amanacer here in Haiti. I recently gave a cheap IKEA table a major makeover and some of you on Instagram asked for the recipe. So here’s my secret formula in 8 easy steps, pro tips included, just for you.

Key ingredients

  1. IKEA GLADOM side table. $20 Link to purchase here

  2. Art Resin Epoxy 32 oz. $49 Link to purchase here

  3. Alcohol Ink Dyes. Ranger Rick Brand $11-30 Link to purchase here

  4. White Acrylic Paint. Any variety will do!

  5. Resin accessories (gloves, stir sticks, scrapers, measuring cup, blowtorch). Link to purchase here

  6. A closed box or hard lid to allow your table top to dry without dust or bugs getting in the mix. This is super important to achieve a glossy, smooth, bug-free finish. Trust me.

By the way - I have no affiliate links with the stores above. I just think their product are the best and recommend them to you because it’s what I use after years of testing out the market. Muah.

You’re welcome. :)

 
 This is my typical resin art setup at the home studio here in Haiti. Lots of air flow is important is key when working with epoxy resin and blow torches.

This is my typical resin art setup at the home studio here in Haiti. Lots of air flow is important is key when working with epoxy resin and blow torches.

The Recipe in 8 Easy Steps

  1. Mix equal parts A & B of the resin together for 1 minute

    Watch this Resin 101 Video if it’s your first time working with this sticky stuff!

  2. Pour the transparent resin equally into 4-5 different cups

  3. Add a dime size of white paint and 10 drops of alcohol inks into 4 of the cups. One color per cup.

    Pro tip: Stir the paint and ink together lightly for a marbled effect. Stir it thoroughly for a solid effect.

  4. Reserve the 5th cup as a transparent layer to add depth

  5. Mix your cups of paint and dye, then pour them freely over the IKEA table top. Once you’ve got a solid base, pour transparent resin on top, and layer more colors on top of the transparent resin.

  6. Swirl, mix, fork, spread and wave it out into a design you love

  7. Torch slowly over the entire surface with the blowtorch to remove bubbles. That’s how it gets glossy and gorgeous AF. Don’t light it on fire now! That’s a thing.

    Pro tip: continue to torch it periodically for the first 4 hours, every half hour. Those bubbles are damn sneaky and can try to pop up after you’re supposedly done.

  8. LET GO, LOVES! Resin is a flowing substance with a mind of it’s own. As it begins to harden it will stay in place more or less as you pour it. But a big part of playing with resin is letting go and embracing where it ends up. So for all my control freaks and A-types, it’s a great lesson in loosening up and letting it slide into it’s own idea of perfect. Mkay?

Thanks for stopping by. Have you said ‘hey’ over on IG yet?

It’s where I post my latest creations, tutorials and adventures. @AMANACER_ART

New Workshop: Paint Yourself as a Mermaid (Online and In-Person)

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Introducing a new workshop: Paint Yourself as a Mermaid. It's fun. It's free. You can download the guided workbook. Or join the in-person class in Haiti this Saturday April 21st.

If you know me at all, you know I've been painting mermaids since about the age of 10. It's been a way to create self-portraits, while hiding behind the mermaid's symbolic presence. Now it's your turn! What better way to spend an hour or two on a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon than dreaming of your life as a mermaid? What symbols, superpowers or home would you paint?

Basic instructions on how to paint yourself as a mermaid can be downloaded at the link below for free.

Are you in Port-au-Prince, Haiti? The live workshop with guided instruction is happening this Saturday at Le Pinceau, in Complexe La Promenade in Petion-Ville.

To register for the in-person class this Saturday from 12:30-2pm in Petion Ville, please email LePinceauHT@gmail.com or call Joanne at +509 2813-1414. I can't wait to see you all! 

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No skill required

Just imagination

Six easy steps will take you from a basic outline to a singular painting, all your own. 

 For inspiration: these are just for possible positions, symbols and patterns. This is not paint by number or a coloring book page. You'll have to dig deep and use your imagination. 

For inspiration: these are just for possible positions, symbols and patterns. This is not paint by number or a coloring book page. You'll have to dig deep and use your imagination. 

Complete the workshop at home, for free!

You asked for it on Instagram, lovelies, so here you go. Here's the link to your very own free workshop PAINT YOURSELF AS A MERMAID to complete at home. Use it once; use it twice; but, above all, please use it. I hope it unlocks a new found creative threshold for you.  

 Stay inspired, my lovelies!

Stay inspired, my lovelies!

From leafy green Pacot, Haiti with art and excitement

-Emily 

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It's back! A Sip & Pour Class in Haiti at Galerie Monnin.

Back by popular demand.  Join me Sunday March 25th at the luscious Galerie Monin in Port-au-Prince, Haiti for an exclusive Sip & Pour Resin Class. Pure fun. Zero experience required.

Sip and Pour with Amanacer March 25
 Create your own. $70. All supplies included.

Create your own. $70. All supplies included.

 Create your own for $100. All supplies included.

Create your own for $100. All supplies included.

 Please email HelloAmanacer@ gmail.com to reserve your spot!

Please email HelloAmanacer@ gmail.com to reserve your spot!

Unveiling the Urban Mermaid & Wishing Wall Mural

 Jerry and his daughter celebrate as we finished the final touches on the mural last weekend.

Jerry and his daughter celebrate as we finished the final touches on the mural last weekend.

This past weekend we brought a new piece of world-caliber street art to Port-au-Prince. A 5 day collaboration between Amanacer Art and Moise Jerry Rosembert "Jerry Graffiti", called "The Urban Mermaid and the Wishing Wall". If you'd like to visit, it's located at the corner of Avenue St Cyr and Rue Capois just off the Champ de Mars on the exterior wall of the historical Le Plaza Hotel. We like to think of it as not in the hood, but "hood adjacent". 

Here are some shots, and a full reveal write-up below:

Thanks to everyone who came by to write their wish for 2018 on the wishing wall! We also wrote down the wishes that had been messaged to me from a special tribe located everywhere around the world from New York to Bali. Gotta love Instagram and Facebook for that.

One of the most interesting parts was the many a random encounters with passerbys on the street. To say the concept was novel and took a bit of explaining is an understatement. But the wishing wall is now full of wonderful words, and remarkably all the wishes generally fall into 2 categories:
1.  wishes for more self confidence to make dreams happen
2.  wishes for a better Haiti

Isn't that warm-and-fuzzy inducing? 

The Urban Mermaid and Wishing Wall were created in the context of the 5th Ghetto Biennale Arts Festival "Cartographie de Port-au-Prince." The concept started from my desire to map the contemporary understanding of the Haitian vodou goddess "La Sirene" in the city and beyond. 

And on a personal note...

When we first meet, people often assume that because I'm white, that I know little to nothing about Haitian culture. The truth is, a profound curiosity and need to understand has driven me since early childhood to independently study Haitian art and the religions like vodou that so strongly influence it. I was just seven years old when my family permanently relocated to Port-au-Prince. That's grade two. Kids can be cruel at any age, but as a very blond outsider I needed to quickly get up to speed, to learn creole, folklore dancing, ballroom dancing, and everything else about my environment to adapt. For me art was a natural fit, and some of my very earliest representations were of veve symbols off my household gate, and the mermaids I heard were seen swimming in the seas around Les Cayes and the rivers of Jacmel. 

Why the mermaid obsession? Did I watch The Little Mermaid one too many times? It's not that simple. Mermaids, for me, beyond the sensual freedom, luck and feminine power they represent  also a symbol of yearning. You see, mermaids need no passport to travel the world. They intrinsically belong to a single home in the sea, and no one would ever question their nationality, or ask "where are you from?" If only that would be the case for me.

 I think, looking back, there were a lot of wonderfully elements to the mermaid archetype and the Haiti-specific  mystical representations of LaSiren that drew me to her. The element of freedom from constraint of cultural specificity,  of being at home in the deep, that feeling of escape into the deep, they all inherently and forever bind me to her flowing tresses. I've gotten more at home in my own culturally complex skin these past 3 years. Coming home to Haiti, and claiming my own sense of self has had a lot to do with that. 

When it comes to street art and film, this is my very first project. It's a declaration of what I'd like to deep-dive into on the creative front and how I can stretch my outer limits. Besides Jerry, who'se been doing street art for 15 years, I'm grateful to be collaborating with Moise Pierre (film maker), Luc Segur (documentary expert from Muska group) and Isabelle Vasquez (writer/journalism) in bringing La Siren Urbaine to life thus far.

Here's the Master Plan:

1.  Creating the Mural in collaboration with Jerry Graffiti

2. Gathering stories, interviews, photographs and artifacts

3. Releasing a Film and Coffee Table Book "The Blue Book" - Mermaids Myths, Art and Sightings in Haiti

The film that comes out of our interviews is still taking form in my imagination but the answers we've received to our mermaid-related questions are fascinating! They range from everything to "No, I don't believe in mermaids" to "Yes, in my family we have an affinity to the mermaid goddess and my great-grandmother was taken down to the depths by La Sirene before she was released to us 3 days later. Plus she came back with a sea-shell encrusted comb." Now that's a story.

 Pictured: Moise Pierre, Amanacer (Emily Bauman), Isabelle Vasquez, and Luc Segur of Muska Group. Just missing Jerry!

Pictured: Moise Pierre, Amanacer (Emily Bauman), Isabelle Vasquez, and Luc Segur of Muska Group. Just missing Jerry!

This is Haiti, afterall. A land where mystical tales and the daily grind intertwine without a pause. Magical realism isn’t a genre of fiction here, it’s a way of life. 

Until next post, thanks for being here and don't hesitate to leave your comments below! 

Happy holiday season to you and yours,

Emily 

Photos From the 2nd Sip & Pour Resin Art Classes

On October 21st 2017, I had the pleasure of hosting two more Sip & Pour Resin Art classes at Magdoos Restaurant in Petion,Ville Haiti. With help from Isabelle, we taught  22 lucky ladies (and 1 charming Brazilian gentleman)  from 7 countries how to create their own resin art masterpieces. Once again, I was impressed by how freakin unique and individual each creation turned out. After just 2 hours they went home with gallery quality art. But don't take my word for it, just check out the photo evidence below!

Thank you again to our generous hosts, the Mahfoud family at Magdoos Restaurant in Petion Ville. Your bohemian-Lebanese garden space and generous staff made this Sip & Pour event all the more memorable for us. 

Are you interested in hosting a Sip & Pour event at your home in Haiti over the holidays? Just email HelloAmanacer@gmail.com and start gathering  a group of 6-15 adults together to get the party rolling.

Much love to you all,

-Amanacer (Emily)

Register here for the Oct 21st Sip & Pour Class in Haiti

Register here for the Oct 21st Sip & Pour Class in Haiti

Introducing the next Sip & Pour resin class on October 21st! Zero experience is required to create a resin art masterpiece. With an intimate class size and expert instruction from Amanacer (Emily Bauman) you're guaranteed to have fun and walk away with your own work of art. $75 all inclusive class fee, with bubbles and all the art supplies required. Click here for registration and full event information in Haiti.

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My Bare-All Interview with Volver Art

Amanacer Art in Haiti by painter Emily Bauman

What's your aesthetic? Could you sum it up in two or three words? Regardless of your style, I believe that paintings, sculpture, books and photography are what give a home its soul. Below is a sneak peek into some corners of my home-studio that embody my tropical boho-luxe aesthetic.

With the advent of social media and online inspo galore, we can all become the curators of our dream spaces.  That's one of the sensibilities behind my friends at Volver Art, who believe life should be a living work of art. What a gorgeous idea, non!?

In my world, creole and art are the two healing balms that explain everything without words. Finding a sense of belonging comes down to my accent and what comes out of my paintbrush. I recently confided this in a bare-all interview I recently did with Volver Art. They wrote:

"Through her art, Emily aims to create a sense of belonging. There is a sense of differences being reconciled across her body of work. In her words, “Rich, mythical creatures from opposing traditions find a home on the same canvas.” She creates her own mythical world, replete with its own symbols and meaning. Emily’s sensibilities speak to art’s ability to cut across differences in traditions and bring people back together. They also give pause for thought about art’s capacity to make people feel at home."

Sarah, of Volver Art has a beautiful way with words, and I love that she aims for "poetry not perfection." For the full in-depth interview and more of Volver Art's coverage of artists, you can check out their page here!

It's Time to Sip & Pour! Create your resin art masterpiece at a class in Haiti

It's Time to Sip & Pour! Create your resin art masterpiece at a class in Haiti

The first ever resin art “Sip & Pour” event is finally happening in Port-au-Prince. Put aside your to-do list for a Saturday to experience the fun. You’ll be pouring resin into a custom frame and walking away with a gallery quality art piece. Zero experience required. Did I mention bubbles are included?

Sign up today for one of two time slots. Very limited spaces to create a tailored experience.

When: Saturday, Sept 30th12pm (10 people) or 3pm (10 people)

Where: Magdoos Restaurant in Petion Ville, Haiti. 

Why: Forget about your to-do list this Saturday and try something new! Come with your friends, sister, your partner or just you and your sense of adventure.

You can sign up through the form in this blog post OR email HelloAmanacer@gmail.com

xx Amanacer (Emily Bauman

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Art on the Run: Côtes de Fer, Haiti

Welcome to the wild beaches of Haiti's "Iron Coast" AKA the Côtes-de-Fer.                                                                                     Art on the run is a fun way to combine my art with the spaces and people who inspire it's inception. I hope you enjoy these captures from last weekend's salty adventures in Haiti's south.

Amanacer Resin Art pictured : Inner Sea Scape #1 from the 2017 GOLDEN DREAMS Series. 12x12"

 Climb out of your shell. The colour and texture of the caribbean coast never cease to inspire me. I escaped the life of a cubicle-dweller, 9-5  government employee to become a creative entrepreneur, painter and part-time development practitioner instead. Welcome to my new life in the 509. #AyitiCherie

Climb out of your shell. The colour and texture of the caribbean coast never cease to inspire me. I escaped the life of a cubicle-dweller, 9-5  government employee to become a creative entrepreneur, painter and part-time development practitioner instead. Welcome to my new life in the 509. #AyitiCherie

 Amanacer Resin Art  : Secret Wishes from the 2017 GOLDEN DREAMS Series. 12x12"

Amanacer Resin Art  : Secret Wishes from the 2017 GOLDEN DREAMS Series. 12x12"

 I adore Yanvalou Designs, a company that leases original Haitian paintings to produce this boho luxe beachwear. What could be more perfect?

I adore Yanvalou Designs, a company that leases original Haitian paintings to produce this boho luxe beachwear. What could be more perfect?

A special thanks to the lovely Cloe for sharing in the off-road weekend and taking these snaps.