Monday, 7 October 2013

‘It’s a dry spring this year’ Pencil Tracing on Plywood

Artwork:


Well here at our place, we are still waiting for rain! My painting (of the same title) from some weeks ago obviously had no effect in the moisture department!

So this week, I felt like creating a simple and plain artwork, in response to this very dry weather. And I called it “It’s a dry spring this year.” 


This design was EXTREMELY simple. Firstly I whitewashed a plywood panel. I’m sure there’s a correct way to mix the whitewash, but I just decided to add water to some white paint I had. Couldn't be bothered fiddling around with anything else!



Once the wash was dry, I got out a saucepan lid to trace around. I used a saucepan lid because it’s easiest (and quickest) to have a handle on the thing you’re tracing around. Then you won’t smudge the pencil and you can move the lid quickly (as opposed to using a plate, for example).


Then I simply picked up my pencil and started tracing! 


I completed my ‘spring’ design by adding the title of the picture down the bottom. 


I like this artwork, it looks quite funky in my house. Let’s hope it helps to break the drought soon…

Enjoy your creating if you decide to try this project out!

Emma

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Simple ABC Fabric Framed Art

Craft:


I love the simple things you can make. Em and I were only saying last week we sometimes think they are the best ideas we have!

This week I made the easiest little framed gift you could think of. Perfect for a little baby's room.

I found a font I liked called Monaco, from my Microsoft Word.


Then I wrote out 'ABC' in the font and then increased the screen size to 500% and traced straight off the screen onto some baking paper.

Next I cut out the paper shapes, and used them to trace around onto the back of the fabric. Just remember you need to trace them in the mirror image if you are tracing on the back of the fabric.

Finally I cut them out and glued them to a piece of card and framed it.

It was really so simple – it took me half and hour while I watched tv!!

Like most of the things Em and I make there are so many variations you could make with this idea. Large bold coloured letters, lower-case letters, or giant letters in individual frames… they would all look amazing!

Happy crafting this long weekend.

Caity 

Monday, 30 September 2013

Ideas for Updating a Toddler’s Room

Home Decorating:


This is my little boy James’s bedroom as it looks right now! Recently I changed it around a bit as I wanted it to reflect his age (he’ll be 3 at the end of December), and to show more of the things he likes at the moment.

Of course, my makeover was very simple and cheap! I didn’t want to go to too much trouble or expense for the moment. So, his room basically has all of the same things in it that it had when he was a baby.

The paint colour is also exactly the same. But, post-makeover, the look of his room is completely different!


I really only changed and added a few things. Firstly, I added some colourful pictures and artwork to his walls. I stuck all of these things up with Blu-Tack. Surprisingly, he only pulled these off for a few days… I persisted and kept putting them back… and he eventually gave up! Great!

His sister Poppy kindly painted the canvases for him. I just love the underwater scene one. The other pictures are things that Poppy has done at school, a drawing from a cousin, a lovely gift card from someone, and some little wooden fish from a magnetic game. Really, you can stick up whatever your child likes!


The ‘sharks’ picture with accompanying warning (courtesy of sister Poppy) is particularly handy. (!)


I've now got baskets under his cot so that James can easily get his toys out, and put them back – not.

I added a big European pillow for sleeping on and a couple of other decorative ones. The duck one I had made in a previous post, and the beautiful patchwork dog is a cushion that I had when I was little.


I have also made a little library by lining up some of his books along the bottom of the wall.


The only thing I purchased for his “new” room was a rug. From memory it cost about $40 posted to me. The rug looks nice and retro, plus he does play on it a bit with his cars!

And James loves his room! However, at night times you wouldn't think so because he spends so much time getting out of the cot and hanging around in the corridor, trying not to go back to bed!!

Enjoy any decorating or re-arranging that you get time to do this week!

Emma

Monday, 23 September 2013

Simple and Colourful DIY Artwork

Artwork:


This week I was busy painting something that could be used as a raffle prize at a street stall that our school P&C held as a fundraiser. Everybody was so nice and supported us! Our stall was very successful! And this raffle-prize painting will be delivered to its new owner this morning.


This is a REALLY easy design, and I used a plywood panel for it, because the plywood colour looks so NICE poking through.


The inspiration for this painting came from looking at my friend Paula’s tray of pastels – and she has a beautiful collection!


The process for painting was very simple. Firstly I made a template out of cardboard to get the shapes all looking pretty similar. I drew all the rectangles on using this template (and moved it around a bit, orientation wise so the shapes all looked a little different). 


I used the colour Dulux Grid as my background, and painted that in first, then left it to dry. 


Then I simply added each colour as I went. I left an ‘outline’ of plywood on each of the rectangles.



I added a hanger to the back of the plywood panel, and then (once dry) it was ready to go!

Happy painting at your house!

Emma

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Updating a Guest Bedroom

Home Decorating:


We have great friends coming to visit this weekend. It inspired me to get cracking on redecorating my guest bedroom. The room is pretty simple. A bed. A desk (needs to double as my study). A couple of old stools I use as bedside tables. Lamps. Comfy chair.

So I needed to brighten it up without adding too much more 'stuff'. It was a great way to use my collection of Enid Blyton books. I added a fern and a small pot of ground cover. 

I focused mainly on the desk and wall behind it. First I hung some cute prints I'd bought on etsy about a year ago - they are of each of my favourite cities - London, San Fransisco, New York and Paris.

The frames are from Ikea - just $14 each which is great value.


I also relocated my aqua chair to pick up the blue in the prints. Sitting on the chair is the family of birds cushion


The room feels so much brighter and welcoming for friends now - inspires me to get a few more projects done around the home.

Happy home decorating!

Caity x

Monday, 16 September 2013

My Weekend Pastels Workshop

Artwork:



My creative time this week was spent attending a local ‘Pastels on Plywood’ workshop for the day on Saturday.

It was EXCELLENT, and was conducted by a good friend of mine, Paula Jenkins from Walcha. She is a very talented artist and a thoroughly nice girl!

These are my creations from the day. I managed to squeeze in two drawings - a local landscape and a good old bowl of fruit.



The workshop was held in a lovely old local hall at Wongwibinda, and it’s the second workshop that I've been to there (see post about Harriet Goodall’s Basket Weaving Workshop).

Check out the Wongwibinda Creative Workshops page on Facebook for more information about other upcoming fun courses! I would recommend them to anyone who lives locally!

Enjoy whatever YOU’RE creating this week!

Emma

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Make Your Own Luggage Tags

Craft:


We just got back from holidays. It was Thom's first trip overseas and we had an absolute ball.

I had hoped to post this before we left - but ran out of time. With our bags all packed, we just needed luggage tags. So I thought we might make our own. 

We each made one - Thom used an old painting he had done and I used a cute Molly Makes calendar I had.




They were really simple and reminded me of the gift tags I made for Christmas a few years back or the fabric style labels - see links here and here.

Materials:
  • paper, card or a photo would also be great that you can print  or write on
  • contact paper (or laminator if you are lucky to have one)
  • pens, stamps, glitter (use your imagination)
  • ribbon 
  • hole punch
  • scissors
1. First cut out your tags, mine are 10cm x 4cm

2. Print, write or decorate the front however you like (I just stamped each of ours with 'MINE' which sort of made me giggle.

3. Write your contact details on the back.

4. Contact both sides, making sure not to get any bubbles in them.

5. Cut out the tags ensuring you keep a little bit of contact around the edges to ensure they stay stuck together.

6. Sew around the edge with a simple straight stitch to secure the contact. You don't have to do this step but I think it will help the tag last a little longer - and it looks pretty too!

7. Punch a hole through the top of the tag and attach to your bag with a ribbon.


Enjoy!

Caity x

Monday, 9 September 2013

‘Waiting for Rain’ Design on Plywood

Artwork:


For some time now, we have been waiting for rain in our region. Lots of people around the country are doing the same thing. So, this week, I thought I’d paint a design that represents what we've all been doing!

The design features raindrops and lines to represent the way water drips down over a surface.

My ‘Waiting for Rain’ design was very simple, and you could use many different combinations of colours. I chose the grey, yellow and natural tones because I felt it fitted the mood of WAITING!!


Firstly I made a couple of templates for the raindrops out of cardboard. This makes the drawing of the raindrops in the design much quicker. I just used the side of an old box for cardboard.



Then I drew in all my raindrops.


Then I painted in the background. I did three different tones (in stripes) in the grey background, just for a little more interest. I mixed the greys myself, starting with a base of the colour Dulux Grid and then slowly adding a bit of white paint.

Then I started painting in my light yellow raindrops. 


The two Dulux yellows  I used were Pale Daffodil and Ogen Melon. 


I didn't paint every raindrop, as the plywood showing through matched perfectly with the natural look that I was going for. I just made sure that the painted raindrops were balanced throughout the whole painting.

Then I used a leftover pot of Dulux Klavier to paint around each raindrop.



The final touch was adding the ‘drip’ lines around the raindrops. I used Dulux Grid for this.


And that was it!!

I’m not sure if I've ever really detailed exactly HOW I hang these plywood panels. I thought I would do that in this post.

You’ll need to purchase some hangers to screw onto the plywood, plus some picture hanging wire. I usually purchase my supplies at Bunnings. As you can see, I keep my picture hanging wire in a nice neat pile. (!)



Hanging these panels is a very easy process. First, you’ll need to add the hangers to the back of the picture. The wood is so soft that the screws go in really easily with just a screwdriver.


Basically you can put them anywhere you like, but I usually put mine more to the top of the painting. I never measure properly when it comes to screwing in the second hanger… I just do it by eye and it always seems to work! 



Then it’s a simple matter of tying on some of the picture hanging wire.

Happy painting and creating this week! And I hope it rains soon!

Emma

Monday, 2 September 2013

Rustic String Bangle

Craft:


This lovely Rustic String Bangle would have to be one of my simplest and quickest projects yet! It also fits nicely with my other low-cost jewellery projects on our blog.

I’ve always loved the natural look of string, and this week one of my balls of string was down to its last few metres. I suddenly had the thought that my remaining bit of string would make a funky bangle!


The project was so quick and easy! All you’ll need is a pair of scissors to cut the string if required, and some good spray glue.


My string was pretty much already shaped exactly how I wanted it to be. I simply changed its size slightly to fit over my wrist (don’t worry too much about the size though because it is still very flexible even when the glue has been sprayed onto it).

Once your bangle’s size is a good as you can get it, it is then just a matter of spraying glue all over it – give it a good coat.  
Tuck in any ends and smooth down the bits of string in the inside of the bangle so that it doesn't scratch your skin when you wear it. Mine is very comfortable to wear.


Let it dry for an hour or two. And there you have it!


Happy crafting, and enjoy your week!


Emma