Abstract

I thought I would share one of my new paintings with you all. I’ve started experimenting with an abstract, colourful, almost psychedelic style. I was really inspired by old 70s music and festival posters. This one is acrylic on paper and I think I will call it ‘melting chaos’ and I am rather pleased with it.
Love, Mrs Gardom

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Squiggly Biro Art

20140208_173816Okay so the title is pretty poor – I’ll give you that, but I found a new style of doodling that I really love. There’s lots of pictures on pinterest, blogs etc that have words which make a shape – like a heart made out of the word love in lots of languages, which are cute. But I wanted to do something a bit different, so I decided to try and make words out of shapes, and I am really pleased with the result.

You will need: colourful biro pens, paper, pencil and a rubber.

First of all draw out your word outline in pencil, you could write a name, a quote, whatever, just make sure it’s in bubble writing. This one is a lyric from a song we had at our wedding. Then start to draw little squiggles in one colour, varying in size, almost like zebra print. Use your other colours and do the same – I wouldn’t use more than 5 colours. 20140205_015927Keep adding squiggles to the picture, filling the gaps between each line with more lines. Make the squiggles around the letters more dense than the outside.20140205_021321 When you think you have done enough, hold the picture at a distance and see whether the words are readable, if they are rub out the pencil lines and that’s it.

Here’s a close up…20140208_211157This is a cute way to make pictures, and a lot better than spending a couple of quid on some tacky inspirational poster. Here are a couple more I have done. 20140208_17381620140208_173845

Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom

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Pyrographed Heart Signs

2014-02-13 08.22.46This year I made lots of my own christmas presents, and these pyrographed heart signs I made were very popular! I was unsure about putting how to make them up on the blog, however I had a bit of research and you can get a pyrography tool for less than £15 on the internet, for example here or here . I am very lucky to have a creative family, I borrowed the pyrography kit from my Mum and my Dad cut the hearts out of beech faced plywood with his scrollsaw. If you don’t have access to a shed full of tools, you can buy ready cut wooden hearts on the internet, for example here or here.

You will need: a wooden heart, a pyrography tool, pretty ribbon, a rubber and a pencil.20140127_182021

First of all lightly draw your design onto the heart in pencil. I wrote a simple word in curly lettering, and then a doodly pattern around the outside, lots of small teardrops, hearts and flowers that interlock together. 20140127_184043Turn your pyrography tool on to a low heat and start to trace the pencil design. Pyrography is just like drawing, use the tool exactly how you would use a pen. 20140127_185236Make sure you go over the lettering a couple of times to make it really stand out, and go around the outlines of the shapes.20140127_190234Choose a couple of shapes and fill them in completely, and for others just go around the outlines, splitting the shape into two sections. Thread some pretty ribbon through the top, I used a polka dot red ribbon. You can write names, words, quotes, whatever you fancy that is unique to the person you are giving it to!

20131219_164423This is a larger heart I did in pine for my friend Becky for Christmas. I think these make gorgeous presents, and are totally unique, you could also do them for Valentines Day. This is a craft you can enjoy and be completely creative with, just like sketching, I think it’s really fun.

Love Mrs Gardom

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Lots of Love Hearts Garland

20140121_173518Remember way back in December when I showed you how to make Beaded Heart Decorations? Well I hope you enjoyed it because to make this awesome garland you are going to need a lot! There is something about dangling decorations that draws people, and a garland is a lovely way to brighten up a whole wall without any lasting damage! It is quite a lengthy process, but I find sitting and making a beaded heart watching the telly is a lovely way to relax and you get something fabulous out of it!

You will need: Invisible Thread, Metal Wire, Round-nosed Pliers, 2 Drawing Pins, Beads (as many sizes, shapes, colours as you can find!), Wire Cutters, Wool (3 bright colours), A Safety Pin.20140102_200451

Okay, so you need to make a lot of beaded hearts, about thirty, follow the instructions on my blog for Beaded Heart Decorations . As these are hung from each other the best way to finish the beads is to make a loop when you start, then thread on all your beads leaving about half a cm, make the heart shape and thread the left over wire through the other loop and squeeze it shut.20140107_143839When you are making hearts try and coordinate your colours, for example red, purple and orange or blue, turquoise and silver. Here are some examples I made.20140107_143855

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20140107_143932 Cut a length of each colour of wool to about 3 metres (or however long the wall you want to cover is). Tie the three strands together, use the safety pin to pin the knot to your leg or a sofa arm, and plait the colours together. Tie off the plait.20140107_173448Now tie a small length of invisible thread (5-10cm) to the bottom of one heart with a small double knot, then tie this through the top loop of another heart. Carry on this process to make a length of beaded hearts strung together with invisible thread, 4-6 hearts look best. Make as many of these lengths as you can. Tie a 5cm length of invisible thread to the top loop of the top heart of each length of beaded hearts.

20140121_193839#1Hang the wool plait on your wool, securing either end with a drawing pin. Then tie each length of beaded hearts to the plait with a secure knot at 15cm intervals.20140107_220659There we go! You have a beautiful beaded heart garland! You can keep adding hearts and lengths of hearts to the wool as and when you fancy. I think these look really lovely and you can choose to use a mix of colours or colours that complement your colour scheme.20140121_192152

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Bohemian Bedroom – Part 2

2014-02-13 10.31.05So you’ve seen my inspiration, a bohemian bedroom, lots of bright colours, artwork on the walls, fabrics, beads, a little oasis in the big city. I thought I would update you on the progress we’ve made! We have a lovely bright duvet cover from Dunelm, with a floral pattern, and a throw – which is actually a single duvet cover in purple silky fabric with some lovely embroidery. There are some pretty cushions, which I am hoping to add to, the Love cushion is from New Look, the purple one is from Dunelm and the patchwork one was made by yours truly. I bought the rainbow rug years ago. The drawers are standard ones that came with the flat but I have blu-tacked tissue paper to alternate drawers to add a bit more colour.2014-02-13 10.34.08 The garland above the bed is made from beaded hearts and I will post a tutorial soon if you would like one for your own bohemian bedroom!I love lamps! My bedside lamp is a giant silver pineapple from Next and Saam’s is a blue lava lamp from Clas Ohlson. I bought the batman comic canvas for Sam for christmas from The Range, it adds a bit of retro geekiness! The paintings above the bed are from my A Level art project on Dramatic Effects of Light and they are oil on canvas.This is our amazing tree of life wall hanging, which I bought from the Hippy Hole in Grand Central Hall, the colours are perfect and the indian looking pattern is perfect. The guitars are our babies and add to the vintage recording studio feel. 2014-02-13 08.35.38Sam bought me this gorgeous mirror for christmas from a Fairtrade shop on Bold Street, the carved wood is perfect. 2014-02-13 08.33.33

This is my art wall! The pencil sketches are of an elephant and Taj Mahal, the vertical painting on the right is inspired by a Klimt piece, the bubbles are just in different coloured acrylic. And the pyramids, seascape and two skies are acrylic pieces – I just love the sky!2014-02-13 08.36.54

That’s our progress so far, there is still more white than I would prefer but the few touches we have added have made the room feel much more homely.

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Rediscovering the Paintbrush

20140116_012715So I did something on Sunday I haven’t done in years. Literally years. I painted. I used to paint all the time, I did art A Level, I got an A. I painted huge oil canvases, sunsets, landscapes, tissue paper and ink, PVA glue and ink, I loved it. But I started uni, got married, got busy and painting just fell off the radar.

Me and Sam went to the Walker Art Gallery on Saturday, it’s a beautiful place, full of masterpieces and I just got inspired. We went to Home and Bargain, I bought a cheap set of acrylics, a big canvas and on Sunday I painted.

I painted exactly what I wanted to, I painted a photo I had taken in Greece of the sea, an impressionist style piece of an autumn path in Derbyshire. I painted a sunset behind the pyramids. It was the most relaxed I have been in ages, my brain just switched off.

So here are a couple of the sketches and paintings I have done, just for fun, just for me, not for a grade or to fill a sketchbook.

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