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Love this footstool!

craft projects, fabric, home interiors, inspiration, natureCharlotte Brown

I love to see what you've been inspired to create with my fabrics - and I've been very excited this week to see what the very talented Karen made with a custom fabric print of my Lapwing artwork - a gorgeous footstool...

Take a look - it's awesome, isn't it?

Stunning - lovely lapwing footstool created with a custom fabric print

Thank you so much to Karen for sharing her creation with me, and also for allowing me to share it with you, too. :)

Patternbombing

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I've been having fun playing with my patterns - draping them over local landmarks (in digital mock-up form only I hasten to add!) in association with Make it in Design's patternbombing extravaganza ...

I live only 20 miles away from the beautiful and historic city of York, so where better to patternbomb than the medieval York Minster...

Patternbombing York Minster with one of my patterns

Fun patternbombing local landmark and tourist attraction York Minster with one of my surface pattern designs - bringing colour and pattern to the world

Experiment with Pebeo Mixed Media Special Effects Paints

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It's just been my birthday, and my husband got me some new paints to play with, so I thought I would share my first experiment with my new Pebeo Mixed Media Fantasy Prisme paint...

Playing with paints :)

The paints are in beautiful shimmering colours, and dry to create really interesting honeycomb shapes, which I hope I will be able to use to create textured interest and backgrounds in my surface pattern designs (you probably won't see them in such a direct form as this again by the time I've played around with them in my designs... but you never know!)

But anyway, this was my first experiment with the paints, all about having some fun and seeing how it all works...

If you want to have a go yourself, you'll need to clear a little bit of space, and work on a flat surface. 

The paints are thick, so I chose to work on a sturdy foam board, and put it into a wooden pebeo paint tray (which you could work directly onto) for ease of lifting and carrying whilst waiting for the paint to dry...

As they are multi-surface compatible, it is possible to work directly onto shiny/non-absorbent surfaces like my foam board, metals, glass or ceramics.

My first experiment with Pebeo Fantasy Prisme paints

I used Cerne Relief paste outliner to create little pools into which I could pool the paint (it's very liquid so needs containing somehow) - surprisingly hard to keep a steady hand (more practice required)!

Then used pipettes to drop the paint onto the surface - you use quite a lot of the paint, and it is quite strong-smelling...

As the pools of paint dry, shapes start to form...

It takes several hours before the paint is 'dry' (tacky to touch still)... and a whole three days before it's totally hard.

But the effects are stunning...

Fantasy Prisme special effect paint makes honeycomb shapes as it dries

And here (below) is the experiment, totally dry... I love it...

Experimental special effects and textures

I can't wait to have another play with my paints - try more colours, and having tried out several different techniques for mixing colours together in my initial experiment, I've got some ideas for which effects I like best, and which, perhaps, don't work so well.

Pebeo also do a 'Fantasy Moon' paint collection, which creates hammered and marbled special effects, as well as other mixed media paints (none of which I have tried... yet).

More paint play soon I hope, but next week I think the only paint will be emulsion - we have a week off planned, to pull out our existing kitchen, and fit a new one (retaining and repainting the cabinet doors), which will also contain a cubby-hole that's going to become my new home office - I'm currently under the stairs with my computer, but in my new space I'm going to have a window, which will make me very happy :)

Pattern Happy :)

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I do love seeing where my patterns end up...

My 'Totaig Mussels' design has been made into these beautiful curtains

Jo B was kind enough to send me photos of the gorgeous curtains she had made from fabric ordered from my Spoonflower store...

And told me:

"I now have a wonderful bespoke pair of curtains that I can't stop looking at!"

Thank you so much for sharing your curtains, Jo, I just LOVE to see where my patterns end up :)

You can see the 'Totaig Mussels' fabric, available in my Spoonflower store, here...

Easter Egg-stravaganza

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I'm getting ready for Easter - and hoping the weather turns warm and dry for the long weekend we enjoy here in the UK...

Every year I love to see vibrantly colored and patterned eggs, and have built up my own little collection over the years - this year I've also been inspired to have a go myself...

Here are some beautiful blue and gold eggs, solid and painted wood, papier mache and ceramic...

Beautiful blue and gold painted Easter eggs

And below is my collection from Romania - real eggs, with the centers blown out, so they're incredibly delicate. These have been hand-painted by Romanian artists and my husband bought them for me from a museum in Romania, and ever-so carefully packed them in his shoes to travel in the aeroplane - and unbelievably they arrived intact...

I'm always very careful with them now, as it would be terrible to break them after they survived the journey here - they're so beautiful...

 Intricate patterns on hand-painted real eggs, all the way from Romania

Intricate patterns on hand-painted real eggs, all the way from Romania

And here are my own efforts at egg decoration - I drew on hard boiled eggs with colored pens - my artistic endeavors will be eaten later! (...or the contents will be anyway! )

Hand-drawn patterned Easter eggs - hard-boiled and decorated by me!

It's surprisingly difficult to draw on an egg! More practice needed! But a  fun edible alternative (or addition) to a chocolate egg!

Have a go!

I hope you've enjoyed my mini Easter Egg-stravaganza - have a lovely Easter weekend ~ Lotti x

Happy Easter :)