Friday, July 8, 2011

Etsy Seller Feature & Giveaway: Kirameku

Today we have a really great etsy shop feature and giveaway!  Maxime is truly one of the sweetest etsy shop owner's I have met.  She has been super busy with college and exams and still found the time to create a special art piece just for this giveaway!  Also, she has generously offered our readers a 10% discount for her etsy shop - just use the code: AUFEMININ.  She is so talented and I'm really excited about sharing her talent with you!  I love her watercolor artwork and my favorite is definitely Revised Columbine - in love with that one!  Check out how to enter the giveaway below and enjoy!


A little bit about Maxime: My name is Maxime Pagé and I am the proud owner of Kirameku, nice to meet you all! :D I am situated in the city of Montreal, in Quebec, Canada and I have a wonderful shop full of colors and sparkling pieces! I sell handmade jewelry and original artworks.




When did you start creating?  I started drawing as far as I can remember and the creative aspect of it somehow it translated in a lot of what I do, from decoration to cooking, you name it! I started to take concentration classes 6 years ago and have two degrees in my domain, one in Fine Art and one, now completed, in Illustration and Design. My mediums are very wide, I can paint with any medium and do digital illustration. Along my favorites mediums, you will find graphite, watercolor and acrylic paint. I have explored many venues in the last ten years and I am always seeking out new approaches and new medium to widen my knowledge and abilities. I am in love with anything colorful and archival! :D I spend about 8 to 35 hours on a piece, depending on the theme and size, so I want to make sure it will last a long time! :D I usually choose my mediums on the type of effects that I want to create in a piece or the deadlines I have to meet.





What is the most time consuming part of your art?  I
would say that the most consuming part of my work in not to actually do the research and all the thumbnails development, but to make all the color variations samples to achieve the color palette that will depict as closely as possible the feeling I want to translate in my work. And after that you have the actual coloring, which in my case is thin layers of paint added one after the other. So first thing I know, ten hours just went by and I barely start to see my volumes appearing. But let me tell you that it is so worth it! :D




Where do you create?  I create mostly in my small atelier at home, surrounded by tons of references book and a hard drive packed with inspiration from all around the world to study the compositions and coloring techniques from different cultures. There I have my precious drawing table and mabef easel.





Do you have any advice on how you have made your business grow?  My piece of advice to painters that are beginning would be to keep reading on their medium and favorite artists. The technical aspect of your medium is as important, if it is not more, than the practical aspect of it. You will learn so much about colors and conservation and you will be able to make crucial choices in your palette simply because you now know which type of color mix is better or which color is not archival and will disappear within two or three years. You will be amazed on how much it is important! :D







Maxime is giving away this beautiful original watercolor that is named Spring Dream, and it is ink on yupo paper, about 5x7 inches; signed on the back.  



To Enter to win this beautiful watercolor by Maxime:

Just leave a comment below with your email address!

Extra Entries and chances to win (Leave another comment for each additional item for extra chances to win!):

1. Follow this Blog
2. Leave a comment stating your favorite item from Maxime's Etsy Shop
3. Become a follower of Kirameku on Twitter
4.  Become a follower of Maxime's Blog
5. Share this Giveaway on Facebook and Twitter!


You have until Sunday, July 17th to enter to win this giveaway!  Winner will be announced Monday, July 18th so check back!

70 comments:

  1. WoW! Such a beautiful piece of art!

    --Meagan
    cheercfa07 at aol dot com

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  2. I'm a follower!

    --Meagan
    cheercfa07 at aol dot com

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  3. I tweeted about the giveaway @vivalameaganx3

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  4. I follow Maxime's blog via GFC

    --Meagan
    cheercfa07 at aol dot com

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  5. This is my favorite item from her shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/65316500/snow-berry-necklace-aurora-borealis

    --Meagan
    cheercfa07 at aol dot com

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  6. I shared on facebook.
    Betsy
    bbeal1113@gmail.com

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  7. I follow this blog.

    bbeal113@gmail.com

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  8. I like all the artwork at Kirameku etsy shop.

    bbeal1113@gmail.com

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  9. It's stunning!

    according2princess AT yahoo DOT com

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  10. I would love to win - this painting is gorgeous and you are a very talented artist!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I follow your blog publicly with google friend connect
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I follow Maxime's blog publicly with google friend connect
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. The Sweet Berry original ACEO is my favorite item from Kirameku!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. It is beautiful! And blue is my favorite color..so of course I love it :)

    Nury77 at live dot ca

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  15. Love the Sunset Swarovski Earrings!

    Nury77 at live dot ca

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  16. I follow Kirameku on twitter @daer0n.

    Nury77 at live dot ca

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  17. I shared this giveaway on fb:
    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=216978061680106&id=100001042776974

    Nury77 at live dot ca

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  18. I tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/#!/daer0n/status/89731595652706305

    Nury77 at live dot ca

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  19. Very pretty artwork!

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  20. This has got to be my favorite feature so far; the art is beautiful :)

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  21. It's so hard to choose a favorite... I love the berry rings, but I'd have to say the Pink Quartz Ring

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  22. This is soooo gorgeous! I would love to have it - I'm a watercolor medium lover. :) Thanks for offering it up for giveaway!

    Lindsey
    ladyufshalott at yahoo dot com

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  23. Gorgeous! Would love to win!

    faymara(at)ymail.com

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  24. I am following this blog using GFC.

    faymara(at)ymail.com

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  25. that is one gorgeous print!
    uk7ss@yahoo.com

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  26. i am a public gfc follower of your blog with the name uk7ss@yahoo.com

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  27. my favorite item from the shop is the "Glamorous Purple Chandelier Earrings"

    uk7ss@yahoo.com

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  28. i am a follower of maximes blog
    uk7ss@yahoo.com

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  29. thansk for the chance it's beautiful
    nannypanpan at gmail.com

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  30. Thank you for this lovely giveaway!!

    hannahherrick@gmail.com

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  31. very pretty

    egle dot mane at gmail dot com

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  32. love the work!

    florentina.tase@gmail.com

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  33. beautiful artwork id love to own

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  34. I would love that painting for my room!

    faked_Sugartone at hotmail

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  35. follower

    faked_sugartone at hotmail

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  36. love Turquoise Flower Paper Earrings - Limited edition

    faked_sugartone at hotmail

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  37. Kirameku twitter follower under stopdropandread

    faked_sugartone at hotmail

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  38. follow maxine's blog

    faked_sugartone at hotmail

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  39. Would love to be entered!

    tjmetz@ mchsi. com

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  40. Blog follower via GFC

    tjmetz@ mchsi. com

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  41. My fave is the AB Pink BlackBerry - Limited Editon

    tjmetz@ mchsi. com

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  42. Following Maxime's blog via GFC

    tjmetz@ mchsi. com

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  43. Dana Beeman: danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. Following publicly via GFC.
    Dana Beeman: danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. My favorite item in Maxime's Etsy Shop is the 'Revised Columbine Original Artwork Watercolor.'
    Dana Beeman: danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. @hazelfinn follows @Kirameku412 on Twitter.
    Dana Beeman: danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. Following Maxime's Blog publicly via GFC.
    Dana Beeman: danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. Tweeted Giveaway; http://twitter.com/#!/hazelfinn/status/91530450543194113
    Dana Beeman: danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. Shared on FB; http://www.facebook.com/danabeeman/posts/234926806528225#!/danabeeman/posts/236747236345621
    facebook.com/danabeeman/
    Dana Beeman: danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. I also like the Floral Variation - Original Watercolor at the etsy shop.

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  51. half_blue_sky@yahoo.com

    This is beautiful! I'd love to own it!

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  52. half_blue_sky@yahoo.com

    http://twitter.com/KissesForUsAll/status/92478676565889024

    shared on twitter

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  53. half_blue_sky@yahoo.com

    following Kirameku412 @kissesforusall

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  54. girl23rocks at hotmail dot com
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  55. GFC follower
    girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

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  56. I love the Sweet Berry - Original ACEO
    girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

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  57. Become a follower of Kirameku on Twitter @Alliegal101
    girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

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  58. Become a follower of Maxime's Blog
    girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

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  59. tweeted: https://twitter.com/Alliegal101/status/92659111489048576
    and facebooked: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=256586784357930&id=100002317946860
    girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

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  60. i followed this blog :) mojo3777@gmail.com

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  61. my favorite item is the Poison Ivy Original Artwork :)

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  62. i am following Maxime's Blog mojo3777@gmail.com

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  63. What a stunning piece of artwork! I would love to have it displayed in my room :)

    Thank you for this giveaway!

    TheEclecticElement AT yahoo DOT com

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  64. My favorite item is definitely the Revised Columbine Original Artwork - Watercolor!

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  65. I follow Maxime on Twitter @TheEclecticE

    TheEclecticElement AT yahoo DOT com

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  66. I really, really like this piece of art, I would even re-paint my room and redecorate around this piece. GREAT job.

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  67. I'm following this blog via GFC
    dianeking01@aol.com

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  68. hmmm, I think my favorite from etsy is the water color with flowers, the aerial "feel" one. I still think I like the one you have up for the giveaway better. dianeking01@aol.com
    OH, and thank you so much for the opportunity to win this.

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  69. I'm following you on twitter.
    dianeking01@aol.com

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