Friday, April 29, 2011

Night Lights decorated with vegetable paints

I just love love these lights. So simple to make. I used A4 sheets of water colour paper and vegetable paints to do the designs. The dark pink is beetroot juice. You basically just juice half a beeteroot and paint with it. That's it. The green colour you see is spinach juice, same thing you just shove lots of spinach leaves into a juicer. And the orangey colour is tumeric mixed with water. It's a bit stinky when you paint with it but when it dries there is no smell. So I painted the designs on and when they dried I stuck a piece of double sided tape along one side and then rolled the paper into a cylinder shape and stuck the sides together. I use large tea light candles under the lights. Please remember if you're going to make these (I know this is fairly obvious BUT...) you are putting paper and naked flame together so make your lights wide enough so that the candle underneath doesn't touch the paper. Or put your candle into one of those plain glass tea light holders and then put the paper cylinder over the top. Don't they look lovely?

The following two light's were painted with beetroot juice.

The one on the left is printed with one of my designs, and the one on the right is painted with spinach, beetroot and tumeric.

Decorate your own crockery

I have been using Pebeo Porcelain Paint Markers for years mainly to decorate goose, hen and ostrich eggs for Easter. You can see some of my Easter Eggs from previous years on this blog. Last week I decided to give the Porcelain Markers a go on actual crockery. I love the result of these two jugs. Pebeo Porcelain Paint markers are available from just about any decent art supply shop such as Oxford Art Supplies or Eckersleys. They are so easy to use, you just paint your designs on then bake the crockery in the oven for 35 minutes at 150 degeres celcius.

The jugs you see below were plain and I added the red designs onto both of them. The taller one with the yellow stripe on the edge is a cheapy from Ikea and the other one is an antique clay jug which I picked up years ago from one of those antique shops in the country.

Cardboard houses

Hello friends :)
I have been keeping myself very busy over the last few weeks following my own excitement. It's amazing how nice it feels to listen to your intuition and then do what it tells you. Sometimes I come up with seemigly random things such as a desire to make a little cardboard house. But what all these have in common is that while i'm doing these projects I feel happy and inspired. And who knows where this will lead? So here are two little cardboard houses made purely for the love of it.

Here's the first one I made out of magazine back covers. Frankie and Artichoke to be precise. Both always have such great imagery. This house is a response to the still existing graphic designer/lover of architecture in me. I used craft glue to put it together.

This is the second little house I built. This one is made from scrap cardboard and has been painted with water colour on the outside and markers on the inside. It is a direct expression of my love for Polish folk-art and those old Eastern European villages. I love it!

The roof comes off for easy access to the interior. I think my daughter will move her fairy family in here.