I enjoy drawing on porcelain. That smooth surface… And I got this lovely bottle – vase from garage sale. I’ve been collecting different things I could draw on for a year or more. Now I think I need to finish all those projects and get rid of things, just to make more space. “Keep calm and carry on” was the poster British government released as a motivation and encouragement for people in 1939, just before the war. It has interesting history, read more here. But now this has been overused everywhere. Probably because of pretty nice typography, some retro nostalgia or something else. I wanted to remove the print, but nail polish remover, white spirit and other liquids didn’t work. Another idea was just over paint it. And then the crown gave me an idea.
Here it is.
Other sides. I am thinking if I should post it online for sale or bring it to some gallery/shop.
Lately it was busy period with all Christmas works. And once I’ve finished them I took some time to get ready for Christmas. Oh, I missed those little crafts!
This is a simple project.
1. Cut a pyramid out of cardboard.
2. I didn’t get big enough piece, so I cut 3 triangles and taped them together it with a masking tape.
3. And then into a pyramid. See how I cut the “legs” at the bottom. It is unnecessary.
This picture looked dull so I added some colour palettes I was thinking of using for Christmas tree.
4. Cut little scales out of coloured paper. I folded some tissue paper and then cut heaps of scales at once. The problem you need to use double layer of them – otherwise tissue paper is too transparent. I also used a nice coloured blue paper napkin (just because of the colour) and golden crepe paper for more festive look. You know, you could cut those scales in different shapes, maybe more pointy, triangles for more spiky tree. Or fringed pieces. Lots of possibilities!
5. Start gluing from the bottom. Draw a horizontal line with a glue stick and attach those little scales. Then start the next row on top.
It still misses the top, I just haven’t decided whether it will be a star or something more funky.
Remember this post? So here is how it looks printed! Thanks, Anorak!
Few years ago I had a little job to do – to draw something as a decoration for a children clothing shop in Vilnius Old Town. I can’t find any pictures from then (too lazy now to look for them in my messy computer), but this summer I made few new. This bear somehow became a little tourist attraction, people take pictures with him, if you go to Vilnius, visit Skapo street and take a picture for me and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
And there is a funny story behind this. When I arrived to Lithuania and was walking down that street I saw that the bear is missing it’s ears. They were overpainted while renovating the building or something. I didn’t have the camera with me. I should come at night and paint the ears, I thought.
One day I was going somewhere and I saw a man carrying a small bucket of dark brown paint. This would be the perfect for my bear, I thought. But it was completely another street, quite close, but different. I walked my way.
Some days later I went through the bear again. What a surprise – it had it’s ears back.
And a graffiti “Happy, for the repainting of the ears”.
That made my day. I am not sure if the man with a little paint bucket was the one who repainted it, but I like to believe so.
These are pictures I found online.
One picture of the story was published in the comic anthology Š! sports edition. And there is the rest. I couldn’t decide if I should save it for some print but you all need to know how did the sloth started surfing.
Cover of the book (by Amanda Baeza) - if you see it somewhere – grab a copy