You can make this! Paper Bird Tutorial

paperbird1Want to make some cute little paper birds, too? Here’s how:

You’ll need:

  • Paper (I used brown packaging paper)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Watercolours and brushes or whatever colours you want to use
  • Black ink pen
  • Washi Tape
  • Glue
  • Needle and Thread
  1. Make a pattern or use this one (print in original size).paperbird-pattern
  2. Copy your pattern to the paper you want to use. I cut mine out, laid it onto the brown paper and drew around the pattern. Then I added the marks.
  3. Cut out the shape.paperbird-tut-1
  4. Colour your bird with watercolours, add some black ink and washi tape. I continued adding details after the bird was glued together.paperbird-tut-2
  5. Fold along the middle line of one of the marked triangles, the bend going inwards to the plain side.
  6. Fold along the left and right line of the triangle, the bend facing toward the coloured side. All creases should stop at the point where they meet. I hope it get’s clear in the pictures. Repeat with the other triangle.paperbird-tut-3
  7. Glue the both sides of a triangle together. Repeat with the other triangle. In the end you should have two corners extending into the inside of the bird.paperbird-tut-4
  8. Glue the ends of the wings together (marked by a cross and an arrow in the picture below), the paper should now form a loop. paperbird-tut-5
  9. Pull the tail downwards through the loop.paperbird-tut-6
  10. Glue the little corner (shaded in the pattern) onto the area between the two little dots.
  11. Add some more details using black ink or whatever you like.
  12. Slightly roll the part forming the head and glue it to the body (see the arrow in the picture), just at the point above the beak. paperbird-tut-8
  13. Carefully push the paper until you are satisfied with the bird’s shape.
  14. Add a thread through the bird’s back to hang it up.paperbird-tut-9

Done! If you have any questions, let me know. What kind of bird would you make and what colours would you use?

Projects: Paper Birds

paperbirds-1Since my love for birds was strongly reactivated the past few days, I wanted to make some to decorate my room. I like to work with what I have lying around, therefore I chose to make some paper birds. I tried to come up with something less boring than just cutting out bird shapes and that’s the result.

I’m not completely satisfied with the shape and will surely try to improve it, but I’m sharing them anyway, because I think they already turned out quite cute – even though a little bit strange.

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I tried to stretch my usual colour range a little bit, but of course the red-white-blue one is my favourite.

Which one do you like best? Any suggestions for improvement? I’ll show you how I made them on Wednesday (including the pattern I made), hope to see you then!

Link Love #6

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It’s friday again! Here comes my little link round-up for this week.

  • I love vintage stuff, especially if it’s as weird as this one: 1936 guide to kissing.
  • I still find myself obsessing over birds, so I loved this Bird DIY.
  • Here’s the soundtrack to my bird obsession. So funny!
  • This brought me back to one of my favourite videos. I wonder how this video originated. My favourite imagination is that this scene actually happened and was captured on film by chance.
  • Nubby Twiglet just started a new column, where she’s presenting real life mood boards. I’m sure they will be very inspiring.
  • A great DIY for those of us who have a black thumb: DIY Fake Succulent Hanging Garden.
  • Beautiful little lies.Caught!
  • With spring surely coming soon and thereby all the pretty spring flowers blossoming, here’s a tutorial for three DIY Rope Vases.
  • Anyhow, it’s not too late for knitting a scarf – maybe for next winter. This Reversible Stripes Scarf would be my choice.

Have a nice weekend, I hope you’ll check in again next week for another project post and tutorial.

Art Journaling: Letter Stamp Collection

word-stamps1 The week before last I shared ideas how to use handwriting on journal pages and  this week I stick to the topic and keep on talking about including words in art journaling. First I wanted to collect a few different ways to add words, including letter stamps, but then I thought they deserve a post on their own. So here I present you my little letter stamp collection, I hope it will keep on growing!

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  1. Rubber Stamps. These are easy to handle since they are mounted on blocks of wood, but if you just push them onto an ink pad the edges of the blocks get coloured, too. If you want a cleaner look you carefully have to dab the ink onto the stamps using a small ink pad.
  2. I started to carve my own stamp alphabet out of erasers. Even though I didn’t get very far yet (A, B and E are all I finished so far :-)) I really like how it turns out.
  3. Silicon Stamps. You have to compound the words you want to stamp by pressing the single silicon letters onto an acrylic block. Sadly, after a while they don’t stick properly any more.
  4. Tiny stamps. These are actually part of an address stamp set, which comes with a lot of tiny letter stamps you can put your address together with. It isn’t designed for changing the words you want to stamp, therefore it’s quite unhandy to put the words together.
  5. These are old type letters from a letter-press. Since they are made of lead I only dare to touch them with gloves and they don’t work with an ink pad, therefore I carefully paint them with acrylics to make a print. They are quite laborious to work with, but I think they are really special.
  6. Just after I considered this post finished I visited the thrift store and got hold of this one. I was delighted as I found it complete. Afterwards I redid this post.

Above you can see an example of an art journal page including letter stamps. And finally, for further inspiration, a picture of my hand after I finished stamping. Yes, sometimes I work like a little child.

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Do you have any letter stamps? Any recommendation for further letter stamps I should get for my little collection?

The Small Things: Bird Watching

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Visiting my parents I could spent hours watching little birds through the kitchen window. They are so adorable! In winter you can find them flying and jumping around the birdbox and I am always astonished how they interact with each other. Each species has its own habits. The robin redbreast always comes alone, while the finches and sparrows always bob up in swarms. Tomtits always just take one grain at a time and fly to the next bush to break it there, while the blackbirds occupy the birdbox and throw more of the grains out than eating them. In summer there’s a good view to a nesting box, where you can watch little blue tits slip in and out, carrying nesting material and later on food for their offspring.

birds2Some time ago I started a little series featuring birds, using brown paper, gesso, watercolours, acrylics, inc-pencil and scraps of magazine pages. Two pieces of it are pictured above. Can you guess which species I tried to copy?

Do you have a bird house or nesting box?

Link Love #5

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This week I  spend more time watching birds than browsing the internet. I managed to find some great stuff anyway….although not as great as little birds. Sorry.

Have a relaxed weekend!

You can make this! Fabric Flower Tutorial

fabric-flower-tut-1Maybe you saw my post about the fabric flowers I made. If you want to make some, too, here’s a tutorial. A sewing machine can be helpful  but is not necessarily needed.

You need:fabric-flower-tut-2

  • Two kinds of fabric that go well together ( you can use every kind of fabric, for this one I used cotton fabric and needlecord, but jersey for example works well, too)
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Scissors
  • Something round like a cup, twice as much in diameter than the finished inner part of the flower (I used a glass with about 5 cm in diameter)
  • Ruler
  • Optional: a little bit of stuffing
  • Not pictured: iron
  1. Before cutting the pieces, remember to add about 0,5 cm of seam allowance to the size you want the finished pieces to be. Cut a stripe of the fabric you want to use for the outer part. Mine was about 6 cm x 40 cm plus seam allowance, but you can adjust the size to your like. Use the cup or whatever you’ve got and tailor’s chalk to draw a circle onto the fabric you want to use for the inner part. Cut out.fabric-flower-tut-4
  2. Turn the seam allowance down to the wrong side (the “ugly” side of the fabric) and press.fabric-flower-tut-5
  3. Fold the stripe lengthwise in half, press.fabric-flower-tut-6
  4. Sew along both the long sides of the stripe, either using needle and thread or a sewing machine. If you use a sewing machine, set a straight stitch that is a little bit longer than the stitch you set for usual seams. If you work with needle and thread just do a running stitch. Whatever method you choose, it’s important not to secure or knot the ends of the thread and not to cut the ends too short! fabric-flower-tut-7
  5. Carefully pull the under thread to gather the fabric at one of the long sides. Pull at both ends until the fabric is gathered as much as possible, than knot the under thread and the upper thread on both ends together. Don’t yet cut the ends!fabric-flower-tut-8
  6. Repeat at the other long side, but don’t gather the fabric as much as before, just a little bit.
  7. Arrange the stripe into a spiral to form the outer part of the flower.fabric-flower-tut-9
  8. Press the seam allowance of the fabric circle into the wrong side of the fabric.
  9. Sew along the outer edge of the circle, using the same stitch as described before. Again, dont knot, secure or cut the ends.fabric-flower-tut-10
  10. Start to gather the fabric as described before. When the fabric is forming a little pouch, add the stuffing if you have some. If you don’t, just continue.
  11. Continue gathering as much as possible. Knot both the upper threads and both the under threads together.fabric-flower-tut-12
  12. Secure the spiral you formed before with a few stitches, using the ends of the thread you didn’t cut before.
  13. Sew the little ball forming the inner part of the flower into the middle of the spiral, the gathered part facing down.
  14. Cut all threads and you’re done!fabric-flower-tut-13

You could sew the flowers onto a headband, onto a shirt, add a pin…the possibilities are endless!
If you have any questions or tips, let me know! What would you use the flowers for?

Projects: Fabric Flowers

fabric-flowers-allFabric flowers can easily be made of scratches and single buttons. I think single ones look cute, but I especially like to make several of them with matching colours or patterns, like the ones pictured below.

fabric-flowers-2My favourite project using fabric flowers was a brooch for which I combined several of the flowers, leaves and stems in plaid and striped fabric in different shades of blue, but it was a gift and I gave it away without taking a photo.
Another project I used fabric flowers for was a headband, onto which I sewed two fabric flowers next to a few buttons.

fabric-flower-4 The next one was actually made by my mother. I made several of this kind, too, but again, I gave them away and didn’t take any photos before.

fabric-flowers-4This one is made a little different from the ones above, but the basic technique is the same.

Fabric flowers can be used for a lot of different things. Next to brooches and headbands they would look cute along the neckline of a shirt or a dress, you could add them to barettes or hair ties and  they would spice up a plain bag or even shoes!

On Wednesday I will show you how you can make some of them, too!

What would you use them for and what kind of fabric would you choose?

Link Love #4

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The last days were very busy for me, so this week’s Link Love is kind of short, but hopefully inspiring.

Have a great weekend!

Art Journaling: Don’t neglect your handwriting!

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I’m one of the people who is still writing faster by hand than by computer. Also I admire the look of a unique handwriting with character. Therefore I often use my own handwriting on journal pages, even though there are a lot of other great ways to add words to a journal page like cutting out letters from magazine pages, stamping, stencils and so on. I collected some ideas on how to use hand writing or hand lettering on journal pages to give you some inspiration:hand-lettering

  1. Kind of block letters, partly coloured or shaded inside, or outlined with another colour or colour block.
  2. My “normal” handwriting doubled up. I like the look of the two lines which sometimes match and sometimes differ a little bit. I like to fill the space in between the lines with colour (a) or shading (c).
  3. Handwriting with a connection between the words.
  4. Capital letters with double lines and sloppy serifs.
  5. Handwriting with accented curves and loops, partly shaded.
  6. (Far right) Awry lines filled with either hand writing or capital letters.
  7. Kind of an imitation of a letter stencil with little gaps between the lines.

It was fun to gather these examples and to come up with some new (for me) ideas, since I usually just use the same ways to include my handwriting.

Do you like using your handwriting, either in your every day life or in your journal?