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. 🙂

Bikes

Today I thought I’d blog about another gift, one that I made a few years ago for my bf.

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It’s an ink drawing of various types of bikes. Which may be an unnecessary description since you can probably see that for yourselves…………. Anyway, I started by sketching the bikes very thinly with a pencil on a semi-thick piece of white A4 paper (my paper vocabulary is very restricted but it was more “stable” than normal copy paper if you see what I mean). Then I filled everything in with a black ink pen. I made sure to use one that dried quickly (try it on a separate paper first), otherwise the ink would have been drawn out all over the paper in the process. When I was done, I carefully erased the pencil lines where needed. It took a few hours in all, but it was really quite easy, and fun! As you can see, my drawing style is really quite naïvist; the lines aren’t very straight and the circles aren’t very perfect. I’ve liked and practiced drawing since childhood, but I’m definitely not an illustrator – the things I can do with a pen are very limited, but this simple style is right up my alley. I like how closeby it looks quite sloppy, but from a distance you don’t really see that.

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It now lives in a black frame on our wall, together with…

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…lots of other stuff in black frames: a drawing from a market in Budapest, a Lichtenstein print, a portrait of the king of Sweden (I’ve negotiated A LOT about this without success but I guess you have to sacrifice some of your principles when moving in together… please don’t judge me), a Snufkin print by Tove Jansson, a Rothko print, a photograph from an exhibition we visited in Sarajevo, and a mirror. Despite the diversity of motives I think there’s a nice coherence about the wall (including the king…), partly because of the matching frames and partly because it goes in the same colours (which was actually a coincidence).

The armchair by the window is my favourite reading spot!

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The drawing also goes well with the opposite corner of the room. 🙂