Here’s a note for all you diy-ers out there. When the temperature outside is 4°C and it’s cloudy and the weather looks like it’s going to rain on you any second and you have a spray painting project that you’re thinking of doing, save yourself the trouble and don’t.
That’s what I was doing today. Spray painting in the alley in the centre of downtown Vancouver is tricky enough – you need quite an elaborate set up to keep the paint from getting everywhere (and to make yourself inconspicuous). But when it is that cold and windy, the material you are painting just doesn’t dry. This simple project took me a looong time.
Anyway, here are my partially transformed mustard and pickle jars. They are going to play a key role in the packaging of a gift for a special lady on Thursday. Can’t say anymore, though, in case she reads this and I give myself away!
The full transformation will be featured tomorrow.Pin It
Such a busy day… Three projects completed, and I’m off onto the next. Just thought I’d stop in quickly with this amazing little sculpture.
It is by Australian artist, Anatol Knotek who calls herself a “Visual Poet”. I think it is absolutely incredible.Pin It
This is a beautiful, 140-page coffee table cookbook from Ikea called “Homemade is Best“. Unlike traditional baking books, this one focuses on the ingredients, rather than the final product. The recipes are layed out in a style that is inspired by japanese minimalism and high fashion. Upon turning the page, you see the baked item.
I think the result is stunning, and it is no surprise that it won the Grand Prix at the Cresta Awards in 2011.
Gorgeous. And so unusual and original.Pin It
Another Friday is coming to a close and I’m signing off of the week. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Can’t wait to be back again on Monday!
Here’s what happened this week on Lovely Designs:
- Beautiful Branding
- A Hint of Spring – Crocus inspired card
- Lovely Flash Drives
- 7 Rules to Understanding Design and Designers
- Yaniv Fridman’s Not To Do List
- Crocus Stamp Carving
- Wooden Envelope Template from Paper Pastries
It was nice to step away from the computer and homework for a bit yesterday for some ‘me’ time. This is what I did. It’s a stamp based on this card that I designed. For an in-depth tutorial on carving stamps click here.
All I need to do now is find a wooden block to mount these on and they’ll be ready to use.
I used a much thinner and harder carving block for these stamps than I did for my button flower. Because there are delicate pieces to the design, I wanted a surface that was a little more robust than the more crumbly speedball carving block. Unlike the button flower, I do need to mount this stamp because it is so thin. If I don’t, then no matter on far down I carve the negative space, it will flop downwards onto the paper and muddy my print.
I’ll post again when it’s mounted and ready to show off!
I’m not going to lie, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately. There is so much up in the air, and I feel as though I’m juggling so many balls… This short video by graphic designer Yaniv Fridman was soothing and inspirational.
What do you need to focus on doing/not doing?
In my opinion, usb keys are just the most useful little inventions. It is just incredible how easy it is to share information and to tote it around with you.
Of course, it is also a beautiful way to promote yourself. The obvious users are people like photographers who’s business is handing over digital data, but I think they’d be useful for any business. People will use the flash drives if they have them, and these days, they are totally customizable. Here are a couple fun ones.
Annie McElwain has these wonderful wooden drives.
I was so enchanted that I photoshopped my logo onto one of the keys from Flashbay to see how it would look. Love it.
We managed to get out for the first really long and lovely stroll yesterday. It was shockingly cold, but the sun was shining and birds were singing. Snowdrops and crocuses have burst out of the earth as the first trumpeters of the springtime that is on it’s way, though the daffodils are close on their heels.
It’s going to be a good year. I can feel it.
Hm… those flowers would make nice stamps, I think. Maybe I’ll do some carving today.Pin It