Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Week 5!

Week 5 was pretty generous when it comes to 'creative produce'. I finally was able to try porcelain painting pen on some ceramics...something I was thinking about for a long time. I went to a thrift store and purchased a few simple porcelain white plates and cups with as flat surface as possible. I was very excited to the process, because before I moved to Sweden, I worked a lot with porcelain and ceramics, but as an art historian. This time I was kind of on the other side of it:) After my designs were complete I left them for a few hours to dry and than baked my porcelain in the oven. The effect is quite good, though my experience says that an on-glaze paint can fade away ater some time. For the owl plate the drawing looks pretty good, but for my diagonal patterns it turned out a bit sloppy. I wish I had a traditional porcelain paint and a brush to finish it up. However, You can't deny they are handmade, and it adds some sort of a character to them. 











If You like them, I'm selling them in my Etsy store:
https://www.etsy.com/se-en/shop/CreativChallenge

The other thing that I made this week was a drawing of some wildflowers. I love wildflowers, because they bring back my childhood memories. When I was small my parents build a house just in the outskirts of the city, next to the big forrest. This district was pretty new and we had a very few neighbours, and our house was surrounded by a big field overgrown with all kind of grass and wild flowers: poppies, cornflowers, dandelions, buttercups, daisies...everything. I remember that there was one kind of flower that we even ate, and it was pretty sweet...not sure if we were allowed to though :)


Also finally we found some time last week to frame and hang few of my earlier works, and I'm very happy that they got a place on our walls. It feels like my appartment is slowly getting its homely feeling:)



So, that's it this week. I hope You enjoyed it :))



Thursday, 18 September 2014

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Week 4! Scarf

Few weeks ago the weather here got really cold...even though it was still summer. I instantly imagined myself knitting something during long dark Swedish Winter evenings. Well, I will still have to wait for that scenario, but this week I rehearsed a bit. I made a scarf! Thick but very soft, very long, super warm and cozy one! It was supposed to be finished as a last week project, but unfortunately my store run out of the yarn that I was using. My scarf is made of the thick 100% wool yarn, and it's colour is dark grey or anthracite, if someone likes fancy names. I made it using pretty fat (12 mm) crochet hook (virkn√•l in Swedish). I am superhappy with it :) I love soft warm things, and this is exactly what i needed:) This is for sure the beginning of my knitting/crochetting adventures:)



Saturday, 13 September 2014

UPDATE!

After last week challenge I was super nicely surprised by how many people actually loved it.
So I thought that I can actually share my drawings with anyone that like it and made a little experiment. I opened an webshop on Etsy.com. I listed there few of my drawing that I was working on for past few days...and I'm very excited about it. If it will be succesful and I will manage to sell my drawings I plan on going further and draw my cuteness zoo on cups and pillow covers...and maybe something more :) So here is the link to my CreativChallenge store. There is also a direct link on the right side of the page, under About Me section. So...welcome to my shop. I hope you will enjoy it! :)


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Week 3!



This week my challenge started rather unexpectedly. Mom of a very special little girl (my niece) asked me if i could draw a picture of an owl to hang in toddler's room. So there it is...The Owl:



I was really pleased with how it looked at the end and thought: hey, this is pretty cool style...so i made four more pieces:) I think i might develope this series more in the future with more animals and maybe by using different colours. For all of my drawings i used the same techique: black marker and black pens of different thicknes on paper.



























Thursday, 4 September 2014

Week 2!

This week's project was inspired by a person that has a very special place in my heart -  my grandmother. She was one of the most creative people i knew, and also very talented. She was sewing, knitting and embroidering whole of her life:) One of her favourite emroidery patterns comes from polish folk art from the northern Poland and it is called haft kaszubski. It looks like that :



My version is on paper. I drew it, than filled the outlines with a black pen, than painted it with a black watercolor and coloured it with pencils. I think it looks quite cool! I am very pleased with the graphic effect of it and kind of silver glitterring of a pencil. Even though it took me some hours I had great fun doing this, and  I might make more of these.

  

Drawing is pretty big 46 x 64 cm and I don't have a frame yet, but it already looks supernice in it's destined part of the wall :))

As a side project i doodled a pineapple, it may end up in the kitchen somewhere :)



















Monday, 1 September 2014