Day 20: How do you usually express yourself?

31 Days of BPD

Through anything creative. I am a sucker for anything that can be made to look pretty. I love art. I love design. I love turning a blank piece of paper into something special, or a thrown out piece of rubbish into something gorgeous. I love how powerful words can be; how amazing a room can look. I love colour, I love black and white and I love gold. I love anything that hangs from the ceiling.

I love anything where you can visually express yourself.

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It allows me to feel free and it allows me to feel like something good is coming out of all the negativity in my life. So often it’s all about feeling rubbish, but when I pick up a pencil or a paint brush, or look at an event space to design – everything comes together.

That’s the reason I thought about this year’s upcoming Mental Health Art Auction. There are so many people that suffer like myself, but that all have one thing in common – the creative flair that comes with the madness. So why not channel all that talent and goodness into something epic, that can raise lots of money and awareness.

If you’d like to take part, I’d be more than thankful and honoured to have you join the fight.
https://bylaurenhayley.wordpress.com/the-mental-health-art-auction/

lovelauren

Ted always delivers… my crafts

20150108_205155So I’ve found a use for my massive Ted Baker box that my new handbag came in. I really didn’t want to throw it out because it’s so much card and it’s a beautiful purple and green that I really like, so I blogged about it the other day trying to find some inspiration!

Anyway, my arts and crafts stuff was in the smallest box and it’s been overflowing for quite some time, so I’ve decided to use my lovely Ted box to sort it all out. It’s going to be so much easier to find what I need now! Here’s a little sneak peek at what’s inside:

  • Glue gun set – Because there’s so many things to glue.
  • Mason jars – Because there’s so many things you can do with them!
  • Acrylic paints – My favourite style of paint for bright, impactful colours.
  • Watercolour paints – Gorgeous for softer-style paintings
  • Pencils – Every type for every type of sketch.
  • Ribbons – In lots of colours!
  • Paper – For each different type of paint.
  • Crayons – Because sometimes I like to pretend I’m a child.
  • Felt-Tip pens – Because sometimes I still like to pretend I’m a child.
  • Modge Podge – The best sealant for crafts.
  • Paint brushes –
  • Glue sticks – That I never use because the glue gun’s too much fun.
  • Crystals – Every girl loves sparkle.
  • Sequins – Because why not?!
  • Sharpies – Because they should be a staple in every single thing you should do.

What to make next?

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Table names

The time has finally come where I can talk about the table numbers/names I have been commissioned to do. The wedding was yesterday, and was lovely, and I was really happy with the work that I’d done.

From the start, the bride wanted her pink and green colour scheme and stargazer lillies throughout everything at the wedding, so those were the two elements I included in the design. I painted the initial design with water colours and then added the different names (all wine regions) after scanning the painting in.

I then added some Swarovski because every girl loves a bit of sparkle!

Here they are, let me know what you think!

PICSS

table nolove lauren x

Spoons & Forks etc

Hi guys, just a quick follow on post from Spoons etc which you can see if you click right here.

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The basic faint outline of the cutlery is done for my three designs for Mum’s kitchen. As previously said, it’s going to be monochrome greys and blacks with hints of aubergine and lime green to reflect the other colours around the kitchen. 

sparkle

I also have an idea of playing around with some tinfoil and/or glitter – as Mum loves any type of sparkle and the reflective nature of the material will brighten up the awkward dark part of the room where the art is going to be hung.The silver colour will also compliment the monochrome painting whilst adding different textures.

Super excited to get this finished! Keep posted.

love lauren x

Spoons etc

You may or may not have seen that I posted a new mood board earlier on today. This is my latest piece that I’m working on and the best thing is, I can talk about it because it’s a piece for my best friend, my mum! 

moooodThe kitchen at my home in Felixstowe was completely remodelled. It originally consisted of an open plan kitchen/living space with wooden ceilings and teracotta walls.

Around Christmas time, the new look was complete as the small partition between the two spaces had been removed and a large kitchen was created. The walls are now white, and aubergine and cream cupboards add colour whilst the floral blinds introduce a green as well.

It’s gorgeous, I love it. It’s just a shame they waited until I moved out before decorating (incredibly selfish, mum!)

kitchen

Anyway, no artwork has been put up since the kitchen was completed, so mum sent me a text last week, very obviously hinting at me do something for her.

There’s this blank white wall under the stairs that’s just crying out for something interesting – so this is where I come in! 

stairs

I’ve decided to do three pieces (10×12) in crisp black frames to be staggered on the wall. I chose to do three smaller designs rather than one large one because the space is so awkard with the slope from the stairs.

Like the spoon painting I found on Pinterest – which I LOVE and actually would quite like in my own house – I have decided to use black and grey watercolours to paint a variety of kitchen utensils. These will include spoons, forks, knives, chopping boards, spatulas, cork screws and rolling pins. With a touch of purple and green in some of the handles to tie it in with the rest of the room!

I’m completely excited to get started and see it hanging on the wall – I’ll make sure to show you a picture when they’re up!

love lauren x

Table Numbers

Recently I was commissioned to do some watercolour prints for the table numbers at an upcoming wedding. This is the first piece of art I’m being paid to do and I’m actually really excited to get started.

I can’t talk too much about what I’m doing until after the big day – that wouldn’t be fair on the bride and groom – but below is some bits I’ve put together from my bible Pinterest for you to see! 

table no

I’m going to get started tonight and I’m super excited to create something for such an important day. What I have planned is going to look absolutely gorgeous and I hope they love it.

This is something I’m looking to do from now on as it combines what I love to do and makes me a little bit of extra money – I am a student after all.

I’m going to look at doing invitations, save the dates, thank you cards and prints for your home so let me know if you would like a quote for anything doing! 

The final product will be up after the wedding.

love lauren x