For some reason, I have been very nervous to share this project here, as I haven´t done anything like this before. I do a lot of creative projects, and I share a lot my work, but somehow this one feels different. In general, I don’t think myself as a very artistic person, but I decided to give it a try. And why is that? Well, like many times in life, I had clear ideas for my art wall, but could not find what I was looking for. Now when I think about it, is not a huge surprise as I had specific size and color scheme in mind. I also wanted to test my creativity in a new way, and stop thinking that there is something I can´t do.
For my first painting, I used acrylic paints and I chose five basic colors, which I then mixed for more shades. This was my first work, so I did not want to spend money on super expensive paints, as I had no idea if I could create what I had in my mind. I was trying to keep the overall feeling light, but also to create little depth with gray and gold. It is kind of taking all the colors I am using in my interior at the moment into one. I really like the end results, and have some more ideas I want to test out later.
I wanted to add this quote from Mary Lou Cook here, as it kind of makes it very clear to me, that this was truly a creative process. And that even if sometimes I feel I am not that creative I want to be, I can be if I just believe it. We should try more, test new things, not to be afraid to fail, try different things, take the risk and in the end, realize how much fun you can have. For me, creativity is a state of mind, and we all have it in us if we just give it a chance?
I would love to hear what you think about this? And also would you be interested to read more about creativity? I studied the topic a lot in the Netherlands, so I think have a word or two to say about it.
One of the things I have been waiting most in my graduation is of course the graduation party. I believe that people celebrate here in Finland way too little everything, and especially when you get older there is fewer and fewer occasions to host a big party. So I decided that I will spend one summer day with my family and friends, to celebrate one of the biggest achievements of my life so far. And ca-moon, who does not love a summer party?
I can easily say, that 99% of the time I choose black and white. Those are my colors, they have been for a long time and I believe they also will be till the end of my life. But something strange happened when I started to finally plan my graduation party and first time ever I have ended up to create a party theme around pink and gold. Yeas, two very girly and unexpected colors if you know me at all. I chose two different shades of pink and metallic gold. These three colors will be following my party from the invitations to the cake and everything between. But before sharing any more ideas and details, let`s start from the invitations.
For the invitations I collected inspiration from Pinterest and put together few different ideas. First the plan was to make the invitations with Photoshop or Illustrator and print them, but I wanted the invitations to look as much hand painted as possible. So as a crazy person I ended up painting each invitation by myself. I bought three water-based, silk matt acrylic paints and spend few evenings painting. I used three different size of brushes and blank A6 size cards.
I painted with three different colors the covers of the cards. I let them dry till the next day and then painted with gold a frame for the page where I wanted to write the text. Then I left the invitations to dry one more night before writing the text in the cover and inside.
I wanted to keep relaxed feeling so I used little messy handwriting and in the end highlighted with pink few parts. I did the same also in the envelopes and highlighted the names to keep the touch all the way to the end. I know, sounds crazy but for me little details matter. And to be honest, I also ended up writing text invitation in the bag of the envelopes with tiny handwriting..hups!
Next I wait people to RSVP to the invitation so I can start to plan the menu and other things. I will be having “two parties” in one day as I ended up inviting a lot people. So I will be having a day party for my relatives and then in the evening another party for my friends. Can`t wait! How did you like my invitations?
Last week I was collecting some inspiration for Valentines day cards, and especially for cards more suitable for friends than lovers. It made me wonder how different all the relationships in life are and I realized there is no reason why hearts should not be send to your friends. So I ended up using huge amount of hearts and could not be happier about my choice.
For the cards I used heart shaped cutter which I bought some years a go when I needed to make four wedding cards in one summer. You can see the style of the Wedding card from my old blog and more detailed pictures of the making process of these lovely hearts. For these cards I ended up using 9 different colors for the hearts, all bright and lovely colors perfect for the theme.
As you can see from here I did not glue the hearts to the cards but I used two sided 3D- stickers which gives this flow effect. I like to use them as they give much more structure even to the most simple elements, like these hears.
I used stamps for the cover text and wrote in Finnish “Ystävälle” which means “To a friend”. I wanted to keep it simple but I felt the car would have been too bold without any text. And for the inside I ended up writing something with black pen, even though I had first planned to stamp the inside text also. But you know, sometimes you just feel too lazy to stamp letter by letter long texts so..:)
I hope you will use the opportunity and send someone special a card to remind them how important they are to you. In Finland the cards must be send latest 10th of February if you want the card to arrive before V- day. Have a lovely new week,