Spring inspired painting

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So April’s Monthly Makers theme is spring. Very challenging! I’ve spent the whole month trying to come up with something good – I had a thousand ideas that I wasn’t super exited about, so finally I just decided to sit down in front of a blank paper and start painting aimlessly. I don’t know about the result, but what a great feeling! Hands-on, stress relieving, etc. It struck me as I went that this is not the first time I paint without a plan – it’s how kids paint, isn’t it? Or how kids do just about anything. We should act like kids more often.

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So, how does this relate to spring? one may ask. Well, idk really. It’s just abstractly inspired by it. The colours are kinda springy, and I think the strokes look a little like flower petals fallen to the ground. As I said: probably not gonna hang this on my wall, but I definitely hope I’ll continue using aimless painting as a creative practice in its own right. I guess the end result shouldn’t always be in focus!

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DIY cloudy sky print

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Lots of clouds on this blog lately! I guess it kinda reflects the current weather here in Malmö. Or, more accurately, the general weather here in Malmö. Anyway, I did this print last summer but only recently took the time to put it in a proper frame. I used a really simple technique inspired by a picture which I pinned from here (the original source seems to be lost). Here’s what you need:

  • some good quality white paper
  • some thin but stable cardboard (for the stencil)
  • scissors
  • watercolours (I used these)
  • some kind of painting sponge (I used this)

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Here’s how you do it:

  1. Cut one of the edges of your cardboard so that it becomes uneven and kind of cloudlike.
  2. Blend your watercolours until you find the shade you want. I used black, white and dark blue and aimed for a dark, greyish blue.
  3. Start at the top of the paper. On the first round, place the stencil a little bit outside (above) the edge of the paper (as if the pattern would continue upwards) and start stamping along the upper edge of the stencil. The stencil will create a sharp lower edge underneath which the paper will stay white. Try to stamp lightly to make the upper edge as smooth and soft as possible. Make sure to cover the whole width of the paper along the stencil with paint, but don’t even it out too much – it looks better if the thickness of the paint varies a bit sideways.
  4. Work your way down successively, moving the stencil down but also a bit side to side, to that the same bumps won’t occur in the same place vertically.
  5. When you reach the bottom, finish off by putting the stencil a bit outside the lower edge of the paper (just as you did at the top) to make it look like the pattern continues.
  6. Let dry. Done!

Haha sorry for the messy description. The technique is probably clearer from the picture above.

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The print now lives in a black frame on our art wall. 🙂

Gardening 2016 pt 2: Replanting

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I’ve been procrastinating for weeks, but today I finally got around to the next step in this year’s gardening process: the first replanting. My tiny chilis and tomatoes finally got to move from their plastic tray into individual pots.

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They look happy so far!

As we’re running out of window space in the apartment, they now live in the stairs. Hope they’ll survive!