FINALLY PAINTING AGAIN

Good evening beautiful souls,

I’ve had the best day today!

A while ago my dad and I agreed that I could use the upstairs room in his cafe as my art studio so that on the days where I’m only working half days can come in for the full day but get some artwork done too. This morning I finally set up my little studio space and it felt great to have somewhere to work again.

Uni really knocked all my painting confidence out of me so it’s taken a good 2 years for me to even pick up a paintbrush again, but today I finally started a painting and it’s left the biggest smile on my face.

Here’s what I was working on today. Sometimes I almost want to leave paintings in their rough unfinished stages because I rather like the look of the loose brush strokes but I need to show myself that I still have the ability to paint and thus I will be finishing this painting over many sessions I am sure.

Love Carina xo

DIY SPRING POT

Good evening beautiful souls,

A couple of days ago I had the urge to be crafty and put together this cute little spring/easter pot. It’s really easy to do and such a lovely way to bring some colour and spring vibes into your home that I had to share this with you! So without further ado let’s go…

What you will need:

  • Spring bulbs (whatever flowers you’d like – you could even mix in some succulents or other small plants)
  • Styrofoam eggs (I got these from the Works)
  • Acrylic paint
  • A plant pot (inner plastic one and outer ceramic one)
  • Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Wooden skewers
  • Soil
  • Moss

To begin with fill your plastic pot with a little soil, then arrange your bulbs however you’d like. Next fill with soil to top of pot making sure you compress the soil around the bulbs. Once this is done you can place the moss around the flowers and plants.

Skewer your Styrofoam eggs and give them an acrylic white base coat.

Once the base coat is dry, paint your eggs with whatever designs you fancy.

Tip – try and match the colours to the flowers and plants you’ve chosen for a more cohesive visual effect. Unless you want a multicoloured mix and match effect, which of course is also cool!

Stick the skewers into the soil of your plant pot. Shorten the wooden skewers as desired for different height levels.

To finish make a little label. Get a bit of card, write a message, quote whatever you desire and attach to another skewer. Add some ribbon for another touch of colour.

Et voila – you have yourself a little pot of spring joy! Oh and don’t forget to water!

I hope you enjoyed this post and do be sure to let me know if you create one of these cute little pots too! I’d love to see what you create!

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FEELING LIKE A GIRLBOSS

Good evening beautiful souls,

This week something happened that finally gave me a kick in the backside to begin working towards a future.

I received a text from my dad a couple of days ago telling me about a job I might be interested in. The vacancy was for a print technician in the art department at Newcastle University. You might think I’d have been excited by this opportunity but instead my heart just dropped. Yes, this job was right up my street and a little spark of excitement did briefly flicker, however I knew there was no point in kidding myself – I just didn’t have sufficient enough skills to apply for the position!

It was in my last weeks at university when I first realised I’d missed an opportunity. I was in the print room almost daily finishing off my work for my degree show when it suddenly dawned on me that being a print technician was a job I would actually really enjoy. Why, when thinking about what to do after university, had I never thought about this before?! I’d never given teaching a thought because that really just wasn’t my thing, but this was different; being a print technician was technical teaching and not academic which is what I wanted to avoid.

Dang the realisation that I had been wasting my time at uni suddenly hit me hard. I should have been using the facilities and knowledge from tutors and technicians to really learn all there was to know about printmaking and excel in different methods; but nope, I had decided to not broaden my horizons but stick to the drypoint engraving technique I knew because I was comfortable with it and it yielded good results.

Thus, knowing I didn’t have enough printmaking knowledge for this job vacancy and being reminded of my missed opportunity to have gained it at university, I was really gutted and very annoyed at myself. However it also sparked an excitement for printmaking in me again and made me realise that although I didn’t have the knowledge to apply now, it didn’t mean I couldn’t acquire the knowledge needed and apply for a job like this in the future. It was time to stop moping around and start taking my future into my own hands by working towards something!

So off inspired and excited me went to look up books on printmaking on Amazon. I ended up investing in two; one on various printmaking techniques and another on how to learn to earn from printmaking. The first one I picked up as a general knowledge kinda book, to teach me more about techniques I have already used as well as to learn about ones IĀ  have never tried before and the second because one of my goals this year is to run an art workshop at my dads cafe, and there’s a section on how to run workshops in it.

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Now the other thing I have been hung up about since leaving uni is that I can’t print anymore because I don’t own a printing press. However I never even stopped to consider going out of my comfort zone and looking into other types of printmaking which perhaps don’t actually involve a printing press. So can you guess what else I invested in?! Yup I got myself a little Lino set to finally get some printing done again! I never used to like lino much at school and uni, but I ma excited to just let loose and do some experimenting now!

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I’m excited that my love for printing and art has finally been rekindled and that I have found a something that gives me the motivation to strive for something I want!

So here’s to getting my fingers dirty again and finding my art feet again!

I hope you have all had a wonderful week lovelies!

P.S. Would any of you be interested in more arty style posts? DIY’s and craft ideas…?!

Love Carina xo

WINTER WONDERLAND

Good evening beautiful souls,

When I woke this morning a blueish light was shining through my blinds, the sort of light that suggests the skies are white with snow, so when I took a peak outside I was sorely disappointed to discover no snowy pavements. However as I was making breakfast about an hour later the skies began to cloud over and small flakes started to fall. By the time I was getting ready to leave for work they had tripled in size and the ground was covered in a thick white blanket. I decided to take my camera and walk to work so that I could enjoy this winter wonderland, even if only for half an hour or so, as it would probably be gone by tomorrow morning again!Ā I can’t deny I was beyond excited as I put on my wellies. Strolling through the snow I was in my element, nothing could change my mood, not even slipping and getting my bottom soaked haha. Anyway I just wanted to share some of the photos I took. I hope you enjoy!

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Anybody else love the snow??

Love Carina xo