Those of you who follow us know we mostly use things we find at home when crafting, but sometimes, just sometimes, it is wonderful to go shopping for really good art material and pretend to be proper artists. That is what we’re today! Inspired by the blog Shop Sweet Things we make art with geometric patterns. Art stylish enough to exhibit.
You need canvas, acrylic paint, brushes and masking tape or washi tape.
1. First create geometric patterns on the canvas using the tape. Make squares, triangles, stripes and checks. Press the tape down firmly or the paint will bleed when you’re painting.
2. Paint the fields in different colors. It doesn’t matter if you get paint on the tape, but be careful no to get paint in the next field.
3. When all fields are covered in paint carefully remove the tape. It is of course best to wait until the paint has dried, but we are impatient and willing to take a risk or two.
Our artwork is done and we are very satisfied. We now have colorful art on our walls and we feel like artists. Check out the blog Shop Sweet Things for more inspiration!
I do not know how it is with you, but in our house pencils, scissors and glue sticks lay in many different places. We have made small pen jars before, but a need for something bigger and more practical has emerged. We decided to try and make a large and luxurious organizer in a material most people have at home – milk cartons!
You need 5 milk cartons, scissors, glue, a fancy paper to cover the cartons in and a piece of ribbon to make a handle. Some clothespins can also be good to have at hand.
1. First finish off the milk and wash the cartons out properly. Cut the top of four of the cartons, but let one panel of each package remain higher.
2. Glue the high sides two and two together and then glue them together with each other. To make the organizer stable, also cut a long piece of the last carton, fold it in half and glue it straight over the high rear. Cover the organizer in a fancy paper.
3 The last, when all the glue has dried, we make two holes in the top. Use a hole punch if you have, or a sharp pair of scissors. We thread a fine ribbon through the holes and our organizer deluxe is ready to put in use!
The organizer is big enough to fit both pens and other things. The fact that it is easy to carry is a great advantage. We are very satisfied. The luxurious paper we used is Lisa Bengtsson’s pretty wallpaper ”Tillsammans blå” and the amazing coloring book is made by photographer Jenny Brandt and her husband, and it’s available here.
We continue with our series of basic tutorials. A while ago, we posted a tutorial on how to fold a fortune teller. Today it’s time to make a Pom Pom the old-fashioned way, without the help of a Pom Pom Maker. Like last time, it’s all in photos.
Easy peasy, right!
Now a question – what would you like to see next? What techniques do you want to learn and what materials do you like to see us work with? Drop us a line and we promise to do our best to fulfill your wishes.