Wednesday, September 20, 2017

creating with janna- altered kikki k planner

One of my friends talked me into buying a fancy planner, it was a big hype and nearly everyone in my surrounding owned one. I never used this kind of organization tool before and didn't really think I needed one, but you know how it goes... and to be honest,  there are really nice ones out there. I ordered one from Australia which was not only quite expensive, but also plain pink. When I opened the package, I was disappointed, the planner was a bit boring to look at, so I put it into a drawer and didn't touch it for a while.

Then, when I was working on a few small canvases, I got the idea to transfer the patterns onto the expensive planner. My friend nearly got a heart attack and was worried what would happen if I messed up - I did it anyways. So here is a little inspiration how to upgrade a planner using yourself and your projects as source of inspiration.

To begin with, I'd like to share the process of creating the small mixed media canvases. I chose three different pastel colors to start with and applied the acrylic paint with a paint brush. I prefer to color the edge as well, but you don´t have to.

Adding darker colors creates contrast and depth. In this case, I chose a dark purple and black. Big, dark areas can feel intimitading sometimes – don´t forget, you can lighten up those areas by applying more paint or white colored shapes, for example. 

Creating those mixed media canvases didn't take long, it was fun and a great practice. As mentioned before, I got the idea to transfer the patterns onto the pink planner during the creative process. I wanted to make the planner more "me" in order to finally use it.

I started with a base of white acrylic paint to make sure the other colors would pop out. I also left a few spots with the original pink. The color was applied with paint brushes, credit cards, scrapers and my fingers (which makes it even more personal). The color scheme is the same as on the canvases, so are the shapes.

Painting the planner took much longer than the mixed media canvases. I stepped away from it a few times, to return the other day and keep on working on it. The backside is still plain pink, I didn´t want to overdo it and I am happy I didn´t paint it as it lets the front pop out even more.

As you can see, I added lots of small shapes like dots and dashes to the dark and light areas and created a white center for the title. 

The planner lies on my works desk – it has become a file in which I store inspiration, ideas and creative things. I absolutely love how it turned out and the fact that I was my own source of inspiration makes the project even more unique and fun.

So, whenever you run out of ideas or creative mojo, flip through your projects and find out what you like about them and try to incorporate this into a new piece.

All the best,

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

gluten free fish taco salad

Eating gluten free has changed my life and while I am not strict about cutting out gluten (I cheat once in a while), I have really enjoyed all the great alternatives out there when it comes to eliminating gluten from my diet. 

One of my favorite meals is a fish taco salad- it's kinda like a deconstructed fish taco. I've eliminated the tortillas and the rice and replaced them with quinoa, added my favorites veggies and fresh seasonal fish.

Butter lettuce
Black beans
Grilled corn
Purple cabbage
Grilled salmon
Cilantro and lime juice for added flavor

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

love notes download for you!

With all the stuff going on in our country and the world, is there anyone out there struggling with low moral, gloom or overwhelm? Well, I've been searching my heart about some simple ways to spread a little kindness and love to you guys and I'm going to try something new here on the blog. I've decided that every few weeks, I'm going to be giving you some little love notes to download for free. Just something simple and uplifting that you can grab, print out, hang up or share with someone who might need a little pick me up!

I've got my first set of love notes for you today!

Grab an 8"X10" print HERE

Grab a sheet of postcards HERE

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

fresh new mural in the studio!

I've been busy preparing for my Petals and Paint Art Retreat in October and part of the process is painting a new mural in the studio. It's one of my traditions to paint a different mural for my each of my retreats that can be used as the backdrop for photos and a way to add a custom "vibe" to the studio space. As many of you know, I believe paint is one the easiest ways to transform a space and using that paint to create a bold statement wall is one of my favorite ways decorate! Here is a peek into my process-

I have two large moveable walls that each have a different mural or solid color on them. The first step was to paint over one of my old murals. 

Lucy helped me with this process. Our only goal was to cover everything up with lots of bright and messy color!

We let that first layer dry and a couple weeks later we invited our friends to the studio for a messy playdate! I let the girls add a second layer of paint- lots of marks, expressive brushstrokes, finger painting- basically, I asked them to make a big creative mess!

This was the BEST DAY EVER!

Then a couple weeks later, I started prepping for my layer of flowers. I started by adding large areas white paint over the top of the messy layers. My goal at this stage was to hold onto some of the color and marks in the background while adding white space that could be transformed into flowers.

Once those white areas were dry, I got busy painting my flowers. I like to start with black outlines of the flowers. For this process I always use a paint brush and Gold High Flow Acrylic paint in black.

Then I filled those flowers with color and lots of details and more black line work.

I love adding areas of black paint in between the flowers so that they pop even more! This process is really time consuming but it's the stage when things start to come to life! 

I continued to work my way across the surface painting flowers, adding details and even adding dots and marks to some of the space. 

The result is a BIG, BOLD and COLORFUL wall that will be the perfect backdrop for my upcoming retreat! 

Looking for a little more inspiration when it comes to using paint and creativity to transform a space?


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