Leave a Comment · Posted on June 3, 2015
I’ve been having a hard time trying to find some placemats and coasters for our new kitchen table that I liked so when I came across some plain MDF ones at the art store recently I thought they would be perfect for a little DIY weekend project.
Firstly I began by taping off the areas I wanted to stay clean to keep some of the wood for contrast. You can probably use almost any kind of good masking tape for this but I prefer to use painters tape which gives a nice clean edge. You can pick it up from any hardware store.
All taped up and ready to go! Make sure you spend a little extra time smoothing down the tape properly removing all bubbled areas so you get a nice clean line.
Next I started painting the exposed areas with some basic acrylic paint. I did about three coats of the white until I was happy and then added a little gold paint in a rustic effect over the top of some of the white strips. I left it for a few hours to dry and then carefully removed the tape. Then I applied two coats of matt varnish over the front and back so they could be easily wiped of any spills. Although I must say I’ve kept them pretty obsessively clean for now!
They worked very well and the finished product was put to great use at breakfast! I’d love to see what you come up with so please share in the comments if you try this project.
Leave a Comment · Posted on March 30, 2015
Recently Ava and I visited my parents in the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland. We were hoping to catch some late summer sun before a Melbourne winter but unfortunately hit some very rainy weather, a cyclone in fact!! As you can imagine we spent a lot of time indoors so I thought I’d use the time wisely and attempt this idea I’ve had for candle holders. My folks have some beautiful Camphor laurel wood (it smells amazing) from a tree they had to remove on their property when they built their house. My dad also has a wood lathe and some very handy wood-turning skills. So we spent some time making a selection of interesting wooden shapes.
I bought our lovely wood creations home on the plane and later in the studio added a touch of paint to finish them.
I’m thrilled with how the first prototypes turned out and definitely wanting to develop the idea further. I shall keep you updated!
2 Comments · Posted on January 8, 2015
Hello 2015!! I hope everyone has had a wonderful time with family and friends over the holiday season. I’m doing a new year studio clean up and I just came across this cross stitch that Kal and I created a little while ago. Yep I also once went through a cross stitch phase… I really should get back into it because the possibilities are so fun and it has such a unique look and charm to it!
This cross stitch is a self-portrait of us which we made by first creating a pattern through Illustrator using a grid and then I was (willingly by Kal) given the task of cross stitching it to life.
While I was needling away Kal started creating some pop culture patterns that he wanted me to do next. It looks so awesome when you create popular culture items in cross stitch as the technique creates a pixelised appearance referencing 8-bit graphics from gaming culture.
Starwars of course… (scroll to the bottom for a free pattern download)
and this is Rick Deckard’s blaster gun from the movie Blade Runner, Kal’s favourtie movie.
Well all this reminiscing about cross stitch has inspired me to create more, stay tuned!!
Leave a Comment · Posted on December 10, 2014
Happy weekend! Thanks for following! I’m really enjoying this back cataloging of past projects. I’ll have some new posts to show soon, however for now the next project I wanted to share is one I created for Ava’s room a few months ago. It’s no secret I’m a hand lettering nut so I’ve been wanting to use Ava’s name in an illustrative type artwork for a while now.
I started by sketching up a few ideas and Kal really enjoys character design so I enlisted his help with some cute woodland animals.
Next I decided it would look best in watercolour..
Someone wanted to help…
Finished and framed. I really enjoyed working on this artwork and collaborating with Kal has created such a special keepsake for Ava.