About Brigitte

Brigitte Boucher, Artful Home’s Copywriter, has always been passionate about writing and art. She appreciates having the opportunity to combine these passions to help artists sell their work. An artist herself, she loves messy media like oil paint, charcoal, pastel, and clay. When she is not writing about art or making it herself, she enjoys gardening, reading, camping, and going on adventures with her husband and step-daughter.

for the love of prints, part 2

In my last post, I introduced you to the art of printmaking and discussed relief print techniques in more detail. Next, we'll explore another popular discipline: intaglio. While most relief prints are created by carving wood or linoleum blocks, intaglio prints are created primarily from metal plates (e.g. copper or zinc), though glass, plastic, and other materials can also be used. An [...]

By |January 26th, 2016|articles|1 Comment

for the love of prints, part 1

Traditional printmaking is an incredibly diverse area of the fine arts—and one that does not always get the attention it deserves. Traditional prints have a unique beauty that sets them apart from drawings and paintings—the graphic shapes and colors of woodcuts, the intricate tonal variations of etchings. Well-known artists throughout history, including Rembrandt and Hiroshige, Cassatt and Picasso, have created prints in addition to [...]

By |January 15th, 2016|articles|1 Comment

michael monroe: curator, change-maker, visionary

Over the course of the past 30 years, Artful Home has evolved in many ways—from a name change to an expansion into new areas of art, craft, and design. But one thing has remained constant: our collection has always been juried. And the team responsible for jurying the collection has always been led by the same remarkable person: Michael Monroe. Michael Monroe (image [...]

7 ways to bring art outdoors this summer

Who says art has to stay in the house? Including artwork in your outdoor space can complement the style of your home, make outdoor activities even more enjoyable, and provide a visual focal point for all seasons. From artist-made garden sculpture to handcrafted furniture, here are seven great ways to enhance your outdoor space with art. 1. Gather ‘Round the Fire One of my [...]

art on fire: the beauty & drama of raku

As someone who loves all things clay, I am fascinated by the many "alternative" methods of firing -- those that take place outside of a traditional kiln. One of my favorites is raku. I have tried raku several times, and found it to be a lot of fun—it’s fast-paced, hands-on, and it yields gorgeous yet unpredictable results. Plus, there’s the thrill of handling [...]