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Micro Trend: Dipped Paintings

Dip, baby dip! Dipping anything from forks to baskets, glassware to plates, is most definitely a trend when it comes to decorating. I’m not sure if you noticed it yet in your part of the world, but to add to the dip trend I’ve been seeing more and more dipped paintings – where paintings (usually thrift shop finds) are literally dipped into enamel paint revealing only a small part of the original work. Some handpaint, but the results aren’t the same. And while it’s a micro trend now, this definitely has legs to become more common in certain parts of the world. Have you noticed this? What do you think about it? And I wonder where it originates (Oliver Jeffers maybe?) because it’s quite clever and it must have gotten it’s start from one brilliant mind out there. Do you know? Here are some that I’ve seen and liked. Please click on their links below to view more.
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Oliver Jeffers dipped paintings and details about his gorgeous work and process here. Breathtaking.

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Inside Closet – Fun and creative.

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Around the web from bloggers…. 1. Brit & Co DIY dipped frames – not the same but sort of an inspired by idea. 2. This one was made by Something Savage. 3. Another DIY for dipped artwork, this time from DIY Candy — and look! There’s my book Decorate! 4. More dipped art DIY’s on Homeedit by Francesca Stone from Fall For DIY.

What do you think? Do you like dipped art? Would you try this at home?

I’d like to try this with old photographs that I find at the flea markets here in Germany. I know, I know… Lots of vintage fans would HATE that thought but in my opinion, some photos are just not that pretty for display and are being stored in bins and drawers anyway so why not give them a new spin so you CAN display them again… Hmmmm. Makes me think about a little craft project I could try now. :)

(images linked to their sources above)

Posted in trends on December 17, 2014

Hand-Lettered Silhouettes By Pommel Lane

When I found these hand-lettered silhouettes the other day on betype by Hannah at Pommel Lane, I nearly fell off my chair. So original, clever and gorgeous. I’d love to frame one for my wall. Silhouettes is a blog series where Hannah takes Creative Commons photography by other artists and applies her own hand-lettering to create one-of-a-kind portrait images. Check out these beauties…

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“Whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset” – Joss Whedon.

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Make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you. Know your worth even if they don’t.

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Sometimes you just have to let go and see what happens.

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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

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I either eat too much or starve myself. Sleep for 14 hours or have insomniac nights. Fall in love very hard or hate passionately. I don’t know what grey is. I never did.

Aren’t these all just so amazing?

(images: pommel lane)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on December 16, 2014

Artist Belinda Marshall + Artist’s Statements

I learned something today, that artist’s have something like what a business has, a mission statement or more appropriately, an artist’s statement. I didn’t know that and I’ve been working with art and artists for over ten years now. I’ll get more into what these statements are in a moment but first, I want to talk about an Australian artist, Belinda Marshall, whom I found over the summer and quickly fell in love with. In fact, I’ve added some of her paintings and prints to my online shop (here) and I stock her 2015 wall calendar too. My very favorite piece is this first painting shown below called crystal, a print of an original painting of hers, that I think is absolutely delicious. I just adore the almost acid yellow in this size. Yum. I dream of this print at night, that’s how much I love it. It makes me crazy happy.

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I also really like her work shown on these pieces of fabric, hung as banners. What a gorgeous piece this is.

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I love Belinda’s artist statement, “My work is an exploration of emotional reactions to the beauty within my immediate environment. A connection to my experience of an idyllic country landscape during childhood drives the need to portray the beauty found in domestic settings and urban landscapes in my work. My works depict my vision of a perfect world – a calm, meditative space – communicated through layers of colour blocks and sections of representative imagery and repeat pattern. I focus only on what resonates and draws me in. By expressing observations of beautiful objects and moments in my work, I aim to create a space for the viewer to form a deeper connection to his or her surroundings and to access the contentment that can be experienced from this process.”

And a big by the way, do you know what an artist statement is? According to wikipedia, “An artist’s statement (or artist statement) is an artist’s written description of their work. The brief verbal representation is about and in support of, his or her own work to give the viewer understanding. As such it aims to inform, connect with an art context, and present the basis for the work; it is therefore didactic, descriptive, or reflective in nature.”.

I think we all need a statement, artist or not, in any field we’re in. What would yours be?

(images: belinda marshall)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on December 16, 2014

12 Creative Things To Make & Do – Sei kreativ

I’m working with the new Pinterest headquarters in Berlin (weee!) on an amazing campaign and it includes putting together some pinboards for them. One is all about Creativity and it’s called Sei kreativ. You can see it here but I want to share 12 creative things to make and do below. These are definitely some creative and inspiring ideas. I really love the twinkle twinkle hand lettering on the glass cabinet. I have some white glass markers and a glass cabinet so I’m going to totally try that this week and Instagram it for ya (Follow me if you’d like @decor8).

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1. Writing on cabinet doors with white glass markers – Dutch photographer Ernie Enkelaar

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2. Installing a wall of empty frames and vintage mirrors. This is photographer Mari Eriksson’s home.

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3. Make some colorful trivets. Sugar & Cloth and their super awesome DIY Colorblock Trivet diy.

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4. String some ornaments grouped by color. Sugar & Cloth *I love her blog*

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5. Use a wall-mounted kraft paper holder. So good for busy families or a cafe seen on Design Milk. You can buy this beauty by George & Willy here.

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6. Make your own gift wrap using photos you’ve taken. Fall for DIY *awesome blog, must read* I love this photo gift wrap.

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7. Get craftin’ and make some candlestick holdersDIY candlesticks from Design For Mankind by Laura Parke.

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8. Make some cardboard playhouses for your kids. I saw this on BKids and went bonkers. So sweet.

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9. Think of a word and put it on your cozy sweatshirt. This sequin sweatshirt diy is from A Beautiful Mess. Oh yeah.

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10. For your next party, make up some glittery ice cubes with edible glitter. A Subtle Revelry has a great diy up so check it out.

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11. Make some massive tissue paper flowers for a celebration. These are from Mokkasin *the world’s most amazing mother of a small tribe and small biz owner to boot*.

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12. Create a lovely jewelry display above a dresser in your bedroom. This is a mere branch cleaned down to the bones, photographed by Garance Dore.

Aren’t these great ideas? I thought so too. Tomorrow I have a lovely share for you from a student that my friend met in one of her classes recently far, far away. I can’t wait to introduce you to this very creative, amazing woman and her photos and a short interview, too. See you tomorrow.

(images: linked to their sources above.)

Posted in inspiration on December 16, 2014

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