Friday, October 30, 2009

Welcome, Friday

Must share newly found soft spot Irish singer Lisa Hannigan. She did the cover for her album herself - as she said in an interview: »I'm quite the crafter«. Made me smile. She's so sweet.
There are so many lovely tunes on YouTube, but this version of I Don't Know pushed me over the edge. (although one shouldn't deprive oneself of the official video). Need I say I ordered the album? Sorry, I·Tunes - this crafty cover I gotta have :-) (via lovely all buttoned up).

Scraps is released Sunday ... I feel a give-away coming up ... :-)
I wish you warm and soothing weekend days.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Building from Scraps Part IV: Finishing

Finishing the collage, I started with glueing a piece of watercolor paper onto the cardboard, and letting it dry. Knowing I was going for blue-ish, I watercolored the surface a light blue shade, then found it somewhat dull, with no real texture. Painted it over with Ecoline, Prussian Blue – which was too dark for the transfers to stand out. (I realize now, I should have documented this, but I quess I was was completely caught up in the process—it never occured to me that taking pictures of this might be a swell idea).
I kept working the surface with layers of white acryllic paint, mixing it with leftover blue tones from my watercolor box. Once I found the background apropriate, with different tones in game, but not-too-contrasty, I let it dry and stamped the chinese "rain" at the top. Gave the Lady's frock a makeover, and was ready to glue the elements on.
In this collage, I pretty much stuck to the layout plan. But as a little bonus :-), I found a small metal circle on the sidewalk, that made a fine break for all the square elements at the bottom.
The wooden stick across, below the lady, changed appearance a few times. From thicker, to stamped on (with flower stamp), to this without the broad stripes, to this.
The knots were added last minute, and after having slept on it, I darkened the corner fans with some blue pastel on a cotton ball.

So—there we are. A-Z, skipping a few letters.

It ended up a lovestory. Of the two gentle people - Eileen, a matron of plain origin, an often misundestood woman, due to her fierce apperance, and her sweet Frederick (who was actually a king). Alas, a relationship doomed from the very beginning. Fredrick had, since boyhood, been promised to Princess Fleur of Monaco, but since that fleeting affair with Eileen in Edinbourough, the two lovers' hearts were bound. For all eternity.

(Hey - if you are still here, I wanna thank you for your patience :·)
Building from Scraps part I, part II, part IIb, part III.

I like le belle collage.

Friday, October 23, 2009


I have a GoCard out this week. (GoCards are free postcards, on stands in cafés and bars all over town). This says (in Danish): I _____ you, and on the back there's a cloud of suggestions; miss, bring, see, text, admire, help, love, choose, dare, hold, and many more :-) Feel free to fill in the blank.

This add from VW made me smile.
I am SO going to watch Yann Arthus-Bertrand's HOME in HD, when Danish Television airs it on November 1st. (you can see the whole film with the link on YouTube. And the guys at YT have been kind to make the screen xtra large). (Link via Elsebeth).
On a more ... delicious level, please visit Ritzy Bee. Boy! She makes yumminess.
Have a delightful weekend :-)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Facts of Sunday blogging

Hi :) I hope you had a great weekend. And for you Danish guys who had efterårsferie (an autumn holiday here), I hope you have enjoyed that too.
Sunday fact #1) My left pinky finger hurts from extensive week + weekend knitting. (I use it to hold the string so it won't flobber). I made a vest :-) (above)
Sunday Fact #2) Went to TIVOLI and took 104 pictures I would have sworn were all orange and had pumpkins in them, but my little collage turned out ... purple-ish :) How wonderfully surprising!
Sunday Fact #3) (I don't have any more). Feel free to add a Sunday fact!

♫ Bon Iver: Re:Stack?
My Funny Eye posts The Ends.
And Grainne Morton makes the most beautiful brooches, ear rings, necklaces -- pure yumminess. She also has a blog. (via She Draws)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Taste of Tuesday

Thank you for your sweet comments on the illo in progress :-)

Recipe graphics at Recipe Look, via Emilie Boudet.
Lovely: Tas-ka, and Tas-ka shop.

Great, inspiring Alexandra Hedberg gave this hilarious lego-link.
Don't miss Alexandra's Art as business! Great stuff.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Building from Scraps Part III: Placing the elements

I pretty much knew how the basic layout—the arches and the placing of the Lady should be—so now I needed to find the rest of the elements, the details, and with them, the story. Who is she? What does she do? Why is she sitting here, and is she alone? What's her story?

I found a stamp, and in it was the Danish King Frederik the ninth. There was my story. I'm not going to tell yet -- but she's not royal, that's for sure, and then I shall say no more. Until next time, when the background will be painted on the grey cardboard, the elements will be glued on, stamped and transferred. And probably something else, I no nothing of now.

I haven't had much time to visit, so no links today. I plan to make up for this in the weekend :-)
Have a good one. And take care.

Building from Scraps Part I, Part IIa, Part IIb

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fiona Finished

(more Fiona here) Recipe and yarn from Helga Isager.

Sarajo Frieden - genious hats and hairdos - wonderful!
Speaking of hats ... found this Ingemar Stenmark-hat at Purl Bee :-))
Sweet autum mood and fabulous light at forty-sixth at grace.
Wish you a pleasant Wednesday :)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Coffee Owls

These woolies are for a Christmas fair. Actually, I haven't found one yet, but I'm thinking it will come. Do you know of any? (in Copenhagen, preferably ;-).

Gabrielle Raaff makes awesome watercolors.
Via Skinny Laminx.