24/07/2014

Things I've Made From Things I've Pinned - Watercolour Hand Drawn Typography.

Watercolour Typography - Some Things Take Time

This week I've been having a go at watercolour hand drawn typography. I've always had a soft spot for all things type, in particular anything hand drawn (or maybe it's handpainted) using brushes and brushstrokes but I never quite knew where to start. I was scrolling through my things to make and do board looking for my next project to try when I came across this brilliant tutorial for watercolour lettering I'd pinned and forgotten all about. It seemed like a great place to start so I grabbed a paintbrush and paper and got to work.

Diy Watercolour Lettering
Full disclaimer, I should start by saying that what you see above was not my first attempt. I went through a whole stack of scrap paper before I felt confident enough to use the good stuff. I didn't want to waste all my good paper practicing.

Creating hand drawn watercolour lettering


I followed the advice in the tutorial and mapped out my design in pencil first. I mixed a dark inky blue acrylic paint and made sure my brush was loaded with paint then started painting over my lettering. To help get some variation in your lettering the tutorial recommends adding pressure on the downward strokes and pressing lighter on the upwards strokes. For some reason I did the opposite but think it turned out ok.

Practicing watercolour lettering

Has anyone else had a go at doing their own hand lettering? I've got this one taped above my desk. I'm not a hundred percent happy with it but I don't think it's a bad start.

21/07/2014

Made By You.

Diy Stamped Clay Bowls from Healthy Nibbles & Bits.
Happy Monday everyone. Today I wanted to share Lisa's fantastic blog Healthy Nibbles & Bits with you. She made the gorgeous clay bowls in the photo above inspired by my own Stamped Clay Bowls. Aren't they great? I love the stamp she used and that she put her own spin on them with the fluted edges.

It's the best feeling to know that people are actually making the things I'm sharing on this blog. If you've been inspired to make something from the any of the tutorials so far and would like to see them featured here please get in touch. You can tag me on instagram @emliston or email me directly at gatheringbeautyblog{@}gmail.com. I'd love to see them.

If you want to see more of how Lisa made her own clay bowls you can go here and if you're looking for some healthy recipes here's a few from her blog that caught me eye, banana peanut butter pops, clever microwave lemon poppy seed cake and sweet and salty granola bars.

Thanks to Lisa for letting me use her photo and don't forget to check out her out on pinterest and instagram.

17/07/2014

Diy Marbled Clay Bowls.

Make these Diy Marbled Clay Bowls using nail varnish.
Marbling with nail varnish is another one of those diy crazes that's been all over the internet lately and I've been itching to have a go at it. After seeing this video for marbling keys over on youtube and these amazing marbled pots and bowls over on Elise's blog I decided to make nail varnish marbling my next project. I whipped up another batch of my stamped clay bowls, this time without the stamping and got to work.

Things you'll need to marble with nail varnish.
Things you'll need to make your own Nail Varnish Marbled Clay Bowls:

Bowls or pots to marble,
Nail varnish,
Room temperature water in a disposable or old bowl,
Toothpicks or skewers,
Thick quality paper to practice with,
And nail varnish remover for when things get messy.

How to marble with nail varnish.
A few things to note before we start. Make sure you're in a well ventilated room. The nail varnish fumes can get pretty strong so an open window is a must. Rubber gloves are also a good idea as this can get quite messy. I would also recommend having some nail varnish remover nearby to clean up any spills and stained fingers.

1. I started by I making bunch of mini bowls using air dry clay, eight to be precise. I wanted to make sure I had enough to practice and make mistakes on in case anything went wrong. If you want to make your own like I did you can see how by clicking over onto my stamped clay bowls tutorial.

2. To begin marbling fill a bowl with room temperature water. I've read a few different tutorials that said to use warm or even cold water otherwise the nail varnish dries too quickly. I found room temperature worked best but you may need to experiment.

3. Unscrew all the lids of your nail varnishes. Once you start you need to move quickly so you don't want to be messing around unscrewing each bottle as you go.

4. Hold your nail varnish close to the water. The higher the drop the more likely it is to sink straight to the bottom instead of floating on the surface. Drop/pour your nail varnish in colour by colour. Drag a toothpick through the nail varnish to create your pattern.

5. I found it's a good idea to practice first with some paper, this way you can see what colours combinations and patterns you like. Gently drop your paper onto the surface of the water and lift away. The nail varnish should now be stuck to your paper. Set the paper aside to dry.

Make sure to keep your practice pieces. You can cut these up later and use them as gift tags or as patterned paper backgrounds in cardmaking or scrapbooking.

6. Run your toothpick through the water to pick up any left over nail varnish. Your water is now ready to use again.

Diy Marbled Clay Bowls using nail varnish.
7. Repeat the steps above. When you're happy with the pattern dip your bowls carefully in the water. If you've made your own bowls using air dry clay make sure you don't leave them in the water for too long. The air dry clay is made using paper and will absorb any water. Treat it like you would normal paper and you should be fine.

Diy marbled caly bowls

8. Set your bowls aside and leave to dry. I lost 2 bowls to trial and error but ended up with 6 bowls I really loved.

Finishing marbled clay bowls

9. To decorate the inside of the bowls I painted on 2 layers of nail varnish and used a gold gel pen to trim the edges. Once dry it created a shiny enamel finish to the inside of the bowls. If you don't want to use more of your nail varnish in this way you could also use any acrylic or craft paint. I only used cheap nail varnish (£1 each) for this project so I didn't mind using them up painting the inside as well.

Use nail varnish and air dry clay to make these marbled bowls.

The great thing about marbling is that every bowl is different. I think like all the things I make and share on here, this project being no different, the best advice I can give you is be patient, take your time and practice, practice, practice. Give it go and let me know how you get on.

Diy Marbled Clay Bowls made using nail varnish and air dry clay.

15/07/2014

Summer Songs.

I was digging through my old playlists on spotify when I rediscovered this little gem from last summer. These were the songs I played over and over. They make me think of bright, sunny summer days as well as the lazy hazy ones.

What songs are you listening to this summer?


11/07/2014

Lovely Links 06.

Lovely Links 06

6 must-try colorful diys for summer.

I can't get enough of this song.

More amazing weaving.

Dying to make these confetti sprinkle sugar cookies.

The best diy I've ever seen using polymer clay.

Brownie ice cream sandwiches and these berry lemonade popsicles are a summer must.

Ever wondered how to turn your sketches into patterns? This course on creative live will show you how and it's free if you watch live.

Some new instagram favourites paper and ephemera / view from the topp / michelle nicoloff.

I can't think of anyone who doesn't need this mug. Don't we all need to hear this now and again?

And finally thanks to Apartment Therapy, Hello, Wonderful and My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for featuring some of my craft projects.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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