At the beginning of every single year I have all intentions to make gifts for my family and friends as birthday presents. Well, I kinda failed at it again this year. Hubby’s gift was approximately two and a half months late… And my friend’s birthday gift, just about the same. Yeah, you see how that idea worked out for me. (more…)
I am not saying that I have not been having fun, but some days, sadly, I didn’t. I have been trying to challenge myself with little minor things, just to be able to say “I kicked my own butt.” Well, that did not went well. I followed the Dukan diet for an entire day and a half. I did not go back to yoga. I did not try new recipes. I did not add one additional word to my novel. I did not do anything, really. Well, I painted the walls of the deck outside, but that did not even fix me up (usually a change of colour recharges me unlike anything else). Like in The Neverending Story, the nothing slowly took me over… and one morning I woke up indulged by the nothingness that absorbed the whole of me. Lanaland became a graveyard of dusty unicorns and fallen stars without wishes upon them.
I find it difficult to fix myself. I’d much rather distance myself from me and assist other people with organising their minds – even if I just have to listen them through it. Some other morning, say three, four weeks ago, I woke up again – thankfully – and I realised that the greatest challenge I had, was to not only WAKE UP, but to actually GET UP. I went to one of my favourite clients’ store (mosaic4africa) and started collecting tiles in shades of bright greens, reds and oranges. I covered myself in sunblock and sat myself down on the deck outside (which is still not entirely painted) and started creating a mosaic flower pot for very dear friends of ours. While working on the pot, I slowly felt my happiness creeping up on me again.
To sound all philosophical and stuff, I might say that creativity is slightly like doing mosaic work. Tile by tile the colours all get together and form a big bunch of happy patterns. All of a sudden I started craving my sketchbook again. I found myself with the willingness to read…to watch movies…to paint…to write…to blog.
I missed you, and I really am glad to be home.
This year we have gone all natural and earthy. I made a cone out of wire and paper mache which I wrapped with rafia. The little flowers are made from paper I bought a while ago, just because I liked it. I knew I would use it for something at a later stage!
I hope you have a peaceful festive season full of light and laughter!
Much love and warm wishes
Wondering what to do with left-over paint? Well, I have a slight – yet remarkable – obsession with New York city. Never been there, but it is on my bucket list. Living in a “renovator’s dream” often leaves you with lots and lots of little bits of paint.
So, here’s the plan:
What you will need:
- Lino Tile (or a novilon tile if you don’t have a lino one)
- 3-4 Different shades of paint
- Roller and paint brushes
Draw yourself a city scape (or download one) here instead). You can work on any amount of canvasses you like. I chose four 1700mm x 700mm (only because I was planning a room divider initially).
Download a seamless pattern. Keep in mind that a simpler pattern would be easier to carve out. Here is the one I used in PDF format and here you can search for other pretty ones from Vecteezy. You might want to pick a two-colour pattern to make it easier to know where to scrape the tile out and where not to. The pieces you scrape out will not be printed.
Now, draw the city on your canvas.
Print your pattern onto a piece of paper. Paste the paper on top of a lino tile (or novilon tile). Make sure the paper with the printed pattern fits the tile perfectly. Carve the pieces out that you DON’T want to show.
Pick your colours (I used two shades of yellow for the background, dark purple for the buildings and white for the main focus.)
Paint the background of your canvas. Leave the buildings unpainted for now.
Cover the carved-out tile with paint.
Start from a corner and press the tile firmly down onto the canvas. Repeat until the whole background is covered with your pattern. You might want to wipe the tile in between the presses so your paint won’t smear that much.
When you are done printing your pattern, neatly paint the buildings in another colour. I added white as an accent.
As kids we used to visit my gran on her farm. Whenever she had stuff to do in town, she would drop us off at the local library and stop for Aylesbury ice cream on our way back home. In that library, which felt pretty much like part of our childhood home, I met a character which I grew really fond of. Winnie the Witch. Not only was I fascinated by her magic (I always had a strange interest in the abnormal), but I also admired the tiny creatures always hiding in a dark corner or a frog hanging out of her pocket. My granny and sisters could never quite get why I would take the book out EVERY SINGLE TIME. I just never got bored with it. (I get bored real easily!)
Years after, I found a 6-in-1 collection book and fell in love with Winnie all over again. And still, after I have paged through it maybe a hundred times, I still see new characters making their way from a dark corner or jumping from pockets.
The other day I had a little bit of time to spare and found her – really fun – cyber home. You should give it a visit…She even allows you to make a door hanger with her and Wilbur’s pictures on!
I hope she becomes your bestest friend too.