Now For Sale ~ Original Art Printed on Shirts

 

NEW Crazy Cat Lady Tank Tops  $35 each

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Men’s and Women’s Tshirts

 4 UNIQUE DESIGNS

7 DIFFERENT COLOURS 

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Canadian Buck     $32

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Geometric Lion   $32

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Octopus and Anchor   $32

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Geometric Whale  $32

All Tshirts are available in burgundy, heathered navy, heathered retro blue, heathered dark grey, heathered athletic grey, heathered green, heathered red (and I didn’t choose those colours because I liked the name…the heathered material is super soft with flecks of colour woven in)

If you are interested in purchasing a Tshirt feel free to message me at heathernhalpern@gmail.com

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AND MORE ABOUT THE URBAN GYPSY…

This past year I can say without a doubt that I have grown in so many ways. Seeing the world has always fueled my zest for life, but like most people I have to work full time in order to pursue my passion. Life at home has a tendency to become mundane and with this monotony I feel like in the past I have not taken life by the balls and lived to my full potential. After returning from an amazing trip abroad I would always come home and slowly slip into a form of depression. That is why this year I said NO MORE! I am going to use that passion that I have for travel, tap into it, and ride that wave all year long. I am going to stretch my boundaries and comfort zones and pursue things that I once was too afraid to try. I am going to unleash my creativity and see where this will take me.

This is where The Urban Gypsy began. Sharing my experiences. Writing about my passions. And using my travels as inspiration for creating art, writing and photography.

This month I was honored to participate in my second ever craft market. Along with so many talented artisans I was able to showcase my work at the Curated Market.curated

At my booth I sold my art on canvas, Tshirts with my original art screen printed on them, enlarged photography from my travels, and mala jewelry. So much of what I make is directly inspired from what I see and the people I have met on my travels. To be able to share this with the market goers was truly a remarkable experience. Putting yourself out there and having your work be judged by others is incredibly nerve wracking. Being new to the art world I have never considered myself an ‘artist’. After my first market I felt like most of my sales were from friends. Even though I appreciate their support with all my heart, in the back of my mind I felt like they only bought my work because they felt obligated. But after this past Curated Market I had so many strangers talk to me and support me; which in turn has truly has helped build some confidence in myself and my work. I realize that if we don’t push ourselves out of comfort zones then we really deprive ourselves of becoming the best versions of who we are meant to become.

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My booth at the 2016 Curated Holiday Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed Media Art on Canvas


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I know that I am the happiest when I am traveling but unfortunately I need to make the big bucks (or small bucks) and can’t do this all year round. I have tried to make changes in my life over the last year to help make my life at home become a bit more fulfilling. I found that  upon my return from trips I would soon sink into a funk, so this year I was going to grab life by the balls and sail right past ‘Funk Island’. By doing so I have tried to tap into my creative side. This is where my art comes in…

Although I have been artistic most of my life, I am relatively new to the art world. My favorite forms of art are both mixed media and pen and ink. I love how mixed media can take the best qualities from all art forms by bringing in colour, texture, and real images into one piece. And on the opposite spectrum, I enjoy the simplicity of pen and ink.

Over the last six months I have been asked to create custom pieces as well as sell some of my art at local art/craft markets. Check out my pieces that I currently have for sale and if anything interests you, drop me a line.

IMG_2218“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

$200

  • Acrylic, pen, ink
  • Sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen
  • 12 x 36

 

IMG_0927“Like a lotus flower, we have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness and radiate into the world”  

$185

  • 12 x 24 canvas
  • Acrylic, pen, ink
  • Photo taken in Sri Lanka
  • Sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen

 

 

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Dreams Are Never Too Big ~ “In dreams we enter a world that’s entirely our own”

    $125

  • 12×12 canvas
  • acrylic, pen/ink
  • sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen

 

 

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“Peace begins with putting yourself together”                            

    $85

  • 8×10 canvas
  • acrylic, pen/ink
  •  sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen          

  

 

Set of Geo Feathers                $25 each

  • 2 mini canvases 4×4  
  • acrylic, pen/ink
  •  sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen

 

 

Dragonflies in the Night ~ “Having flown the earth for 300 million years, dragonflies symbolize our ability to overcome times of hardship. They remind us to take time to reconnect with our own strength, courage and happiness”                           $125

  • 12×12 canvas
  • acrylic, pen/ink
  •  sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen

 

 

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Nature at Dawn ~ “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise”                    $125

  • 12×12  canvas
  • acrylic, pen/ink
  •  sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen

 

 

The Lost Tribe of Botswana ~ “We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong”                                                                                                                  

  $85

  • 8×10  canvas
  • acrylic, original photography
  •  sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen

 

 

 

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On the Road Again ~ “Roads were made for journeys not destinations”                       $85

  • 8×10  canvas
  • acrylic, pen/ink
  •  sealed in resin giving it a glassy sheen

 

Past pieces sold:

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Commissioned Piece

Elephants Mixed Media Canvas

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Cat Mixed Media Art

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This piece includes a photo of my grandparents who immigrated from Holland to Canada.

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“Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless”  

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The One Who Got Away

 

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Take Me to the Sea

 

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Set of 3 Commissioned Pieces

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Set of 3 Commissioned Pieces

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Mala Necklaces & Bracelets

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Having seen MALA BEADSworn in many places around the world I have been inspired to create them as well. They were first introduced over 3000 years ago in India and have roots in Hinduism and Buddhism. The term ‘MALA’ is a Sanskrit work for ‘meditation garland’, and these beads were used for a special type of meditation where a mantra would be repeated 108 times.

Although I may not use my MALA for religious meditation, I truly believe that the beads are more than just an accessory. They encourage us to pause, breathe and realign ourselves with our deepest intentions. They motivate us to invest in moments of self-care and compassion. They are our physical, spiritual forget-me-nots.

My one-of-a-kind MALA necklaces are all made with semi-precious stones from around the world and I string the beads with 100% natural silk thread. Semi-precious stones have healing qualities and for thousands of years ancient civilizations have utilized the power from the stones and their energies.

Give a MALA as a gift to a loved one or for yourself as a physical reminder to manifest and achieve your goals. Payment is quick and easy through Paypal and I can have the beads shipped to your front door. Just sent me an email and you are a click away from owning a MALA yourself. (heathernhalpern@gmail.com)

  INTENTION SETTING

What are your dreams?

What are your goals?

                    Take a minute. Think about it. Get intentional.

Necklaces

Sunrise over Santorini Mala                                                                                               $70

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This mala is crafted with 108 semi-precious stones and a raw agate pendant. Brown Agate promotes inner stability and composure. It also has protective properties and encourages security and self-confidence. Amazonite – the light blue stone, is said to inspire inner peace and freedom ~ trust yourself and know that you are limitless.

 

Golden Sands of Namibia Mala                                                            $70

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This mala is hand crafted with a mix of semi-precious stones, silver-plated beads and an obsidian stone pendant. Obsidian lends support while inspiring growth. It also helps shield us from negativity while bringing clarity to one’s life. Goldstone is said to help you stay calm and stabilize your emotions. Because this stone is made up of two different elements it symbolizes the bonds of friendship. Onyx is said to help alleviate fears and worries and help you feel more comfortable within yourself and in your surroundings. 

 

Sacred Sigirya Rock Mala                                                                                                 $70

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This mala is crafted with 108 semi-precious stones and a gold plated druzy agate pendant. Druzy is the glittering effect of tiny crystals over top a colorful mineral.  Green Aventurine helps release old patterns and habits so new growth can take place. It also brings about optimism and a zest for life. Crystal Quartz is believed to inspire strength and clarity. It also helps absorb, store and balance energy.

 

Sunshine in Botswana Mala                                                                           $70

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This mala is hand crafted with a mix of semi-precious stones, silver-plated beads and a moonstone pendant. Moonstone has long been known for its calming and soothing qualities. Its energy is also balancing and healing. Botswana Agate has a nurturing energy that can boost your creativity and help initiate transformation in your life. Like all agates it helps with self-acceptance and healing. Coral helps quiet the emotions and brings peace within. It also is said to facilitate intuition, imagination and visualization. 

Gorgeous Beaches of Goa Mala                                                                                     $55

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This mala is crafted with a mix of 108 semi-precious stones, natural seeds, a mustard yellow tassel and a magnesite Guru bead. Magnesite is a relaxing and calming stone used in meditation. Mother-of-pearl is said to attract prosperity as well as protect from negative influence. It originates from the shell of an oyster or mollusk giving the pearl extra protection. Turquoise is a protective stone said to inspire well-being and dispel negativity. Bodhi Seeds signify the Buddha’s attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Over time your Bodhi seeds will absorb your own oils from your skin and become tuned to your enlightened path.

Vibrant Colours of Kandy Mala                                                                                     $70

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This mala is crafted with semi-precious stones, silver-plated beads and an amethyst pendant.  Amethyst is believed to provide one with stability and strength. Is relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability and helps balance mood. Purple Agate is said to heighten your intuition and like all agates helps with self-acceptance and healing.  Purple Jasper stimulates the crown chakra and eliminates contradictions.

Sounds of the Sea in Essaouira Mala                                                                    $70

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This mala is crafted with 108 semi-precious stones, copper plated beads and two separate pendants. The Hamsa Hand is a Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the hand of God. It is a protective sign that brings happiness, luck, health and good fortune.  A sea shell is a reminder that no one or situation will ever be perfect. They also help us to gain clarity and insight so that we may make better choices in life.  Turquoise helps to instill inner peace while providing a grounding energy. It also aids in creative expression and is excellent for promoting self-realization and problem solving. Blue Tiger’s Eye is a soothing stone that aids in reducing stress, increasing calm and easing anxiety. Crystal Quartz is believed to inspire strength and clarity. It also helps absorb, store and balance energy.

Hawaiian Paradise Mala                                                                                                  $60

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This mala is crafted with semi-precious stones, a vibrant teal tassel and a rose quartz Guru bead. Rose quartz is said to balance the emotions, raise self-esteem, restore confidence and open the heart to all types of love. Rhodochrosite – the pinky/grey stone is known to help with self-confidence and bring a sense of balance. It symbolizes self-love and empathy for others. Mother-of-pearl is said to attract prosperity as well as protect from negative influence. It originates from the shell of an oyster or mollusk giving the pearl extra protection.

Enchanting Chiang Mai Mala                                                                                       $55

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This mala is crafted with a mix of natural and semi-precious stones, a vibrant turquoise tassel and a tiger’s eye Guru bead. Tiger’s Eye enhances integrity, willpower and confidence. It is a very protective stone which is especially useful during travel. Turquoise is also a protective stone said to inspire well-being and dispel negativity. Yak bone – Using bone is a reminder of impermancence. The more we embrace our time on earth the more fruitful our lives will become.

Amazing Angkor Wat Mala                                                                        $60

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This mala is hand-crafted with faceted semi-precious stones, an ebony black tassel and an onyx guru bead. Onyx is said to help alleviate fears and worries and help you feel more comfortable within yourself and in your surroundings. Mahogany Obsidian helps to identify old patters that are holding your back while giving you the confidence and strength to change. 

 

Meditation by the Sea Mala                                                                                                     $70

IMG_1131This mala is crafted with semi-precious stones, a seashell pendant and a silver plated Om pendant. Om is a sacred sound and it appears at the beginning and end of most Sanskrit recitations, prayers and texts. Brown Jasper is connected to the Earth and encourages ecological awareness. It brings stability and balance and is particularly grounding as a worry stone, for dissolving a sudden rush of fear, anger or panic. Green Jasper helps soothe the spirit and decreases negative thoughts. It also balances obsessive tendencies and restores balance to the emotions.

 Brilliant Bangkok Mala                                                                                                  $45           img_1119

This mala is crafted with a mix of faceted glass, Swarovski Crystal beads and a leather grey tassel.

                                                
 Mala Bracelets

 

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$25

This mala is hand-crafted with a mix of semi-precious stones and a silver-plated charm. The wishbone is a symbol of good luck. Rhodochrosite is known to help with self-confidence and bring a sense of balance. Grey Map Jasper is said to help bring the courage and determination necessary to pursue your dreams. 

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$25

This mala is hand-crafted with a mix of semi-precious stones and a silver-plated LAUGH charm. Dalmatian Jasper helps relieve depression and dispel negativity. Magnesite is known to help love yourself, which in turn increases your self-esteem. 

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$25

This mala is hand-crafted with a mix of semi-precious stones and a silver-plated charm. An Anchor is seen as a symbol of strength as they hold ships down in stormy weather. Fossil Stone can help in your quest for transition, transformation and personal growth. Blue Chalcedony is a calming stone that is said to sooth and foster mental and emotional stability. 

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$25

This mala is hand-crafted with a mix of semi-precious stones and a silver-plated LOVE charm. Rutilated Quartz encourages spiritual growth while helping allow forgiveness of both ourselves and others. Red Jasper is helpful to those who are feeling overwhelmed. 

 

 

 

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$25

This mala is hand-crafted with a mix of semi-precious stones and a silver-plated charm. An anchor is seen as a symbol of strength as they hold ships down in stormy weather. Blue Lace Agate helps to neutralize negative emotions and deal with intense emotions with a level and calm heart. Howlite helps to slow an overactive mind and help achieve a restful sleep. 

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$25

This mala is handcrafted with a mix of semi-precious stones and silver-plated beads. Snowflake Obsidian helps shield us from negativity while bringing clarity to one’s life. Red Aventurine helps enhance perseverance, will-power and personal integrity. 

 

 

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$25

This mala is handcrafted with a mix of semi-precious stones and silver-plated beads. Indian Agate is a great aid for meditation and is a powerful healing stone. Purple Agate is a healing stone and is said to heighten intuition. 

 

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$25

This mala is handcrafted with a mix of semi-precious stones, naturally found beads and silver-plated beads. Dalmatian Jasper helps relieve depression and dispel negativity. Red Jasper is helpful to those who feel overwhelmed. Basalt (lava rock) is a stone of strength and courage. It is also a great material to absorb essential oils in aromatherapy. 

 

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$25

This mala is handcrafted with a mix of semi-precious stones and silver-plated beads. Buddha literally means enlightened one and the Buddhist practice is meant to attain an ideal state of ethical and intellectual perfection. Rutilated Quartz encourages forgiveness in both ourselves and in others. Citrine helps stabilize emotions and overcome grief. 

 

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$25

This mala is handcrafted with a mix of semi-precious stones and copper -plated beads. Obsidian helps shield us from negativity while bringing clarity to one’s life. Rutilated Quartz encourages spiritual growth while helping allow forgiveness of both ourselves and of others. 

 

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$25

This mala is handcrafted with a mix of semi-precious stones and a silver-plated charm. An Anchor is seen as a symbol of strength as they hold ships down in stormy weather. Sodalite enhances intelligence and communication helping us to express our thoughts and feelings more clearly. Fossil Stone can help in your quest for transition, transformation and personal growth.