Here are 10 things I like from the March 2013 issue of Real Living.
I’m a fan of multi-purpose furniture, and this sofa with storage space underneath gets my vote. Plus, it also unfolds out into a single guest bed. How cool is that!
This huge, comfy thing (I’m not sure what exactly to call it – a giant bean bag?) gets my two thumbs up too. It’s made from a patchwork of colourful rag rugs. It would be brilliant for kids to lounge on, and, judging by the size, it could quite possibly double as a comfy guest bed too.
And while we are on the subject of chairs and seats, here’s a nicely upholstered one that appeals to me, because of the fabric design and the attractive curves of the chair itself. This looks like a Jimmy Possum design to me.
I like this photo for the contrast between the light blue of the ground and the burnt orange colour of the teapot. The strange, fishing basket-like vase and the equally strange springs frame the picture perfectly. The lace doilies add a touch of whimsy as well as areas of white colour. This photo loosely follows photography’s Rule of Thirds principle.
I like the blue abstract painting in this minimalist bedroom. I got this book recently from Amazon called Acrylic Solutions by Chris Cozen and Julie Prichard. It’s full of ideas and tips on how to create beautiful Art using acrylic paints and mediums. I must try my hand at creating an abstract acrylic painting of my own.
This house with the grass roof is in Europe. It wouldn’t be recommended in Australia, unless you don’t mind your house catching fire during the hot, summer months. Bushfires are to Australia what snow is to Europe – you don’t know when it will happen, but it WILL happen. A grass roof might look pretty and keep the house cool during summer and warm during winter, but here in Australia it just says “Welcome, embers, come light me up!”
The blues and “ikat” style of these plates are attractive to me. I would love to see my own designs on china and ceramics, but at the moment the only permanent transfer methods available involve firing the pieces in a kiln. And I haven’t got a kiln handy. Other transfer methods involve water-glide decal papers, where the printed image on the decal paler slides off onto the receiving surface once it’s been wetted…but these are not washable and are only meant for decoration, not for everyday use. I have seen designs digitally printed onto Melamine plates and bowls, and that is something I must investigate, as those can be used for everyday. Melamine may not be as glamorous as china, but it’s come a long way since the 1950s.
Birds again. This time, it’s a fabric design. I would like to see how this repeats on a roll. Creating seamless repeats is something I taught myself to do a while back, without the use of Photoshop. But it is a hard thing to do.
Love the abstract art look and the shades of blue. Last year I came across a site called Constrvct who were running a competition for dress designs. So I submitted some of my own designs, and had a lot of fun modifying them to fit onto the various dress templates on the site. For my efforts I won $50 off my purchase of a dress. I didn’t buy anything though, as they were rather dear and I was broke. Have a look at the designs I created here (the website doesn’t have a dedicated page for its designers, so a screenshot has been used here instead. These are some of the dresses I designed).
My ideal garden shed. Right now my “studio” is a small spare room which doubles as the Nursery for our Japanese Quail chicks. It shares space with an incubator and a large brooding box, chick crumble feed, various water and food containers etc. The room also happens to be a storage room for various bits and pieces, books, clothes, boxes of art materials, canvasses, varnish sprays, ceramic tiles (!) etc. In a word, it’s messy. I would love to have a shed just like the one in this photo, tucked away somewhere in our garden, where I can work on my mobile photography art and designs in peace and tranquility. Too broke to buy or build a shed, though. Donations are most welcome! 😀
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