To begin with I outlined the rose and the leaves etc using clear gutta.
I mixed purple and red for each leaf. I wet the section thoroughly and applied a small amount of red.
I then dripped purple in the inner line of the petal so it mixed with the red.
As it dried I added more water to the centre of each petal so that it moved the ink closer to the edges.
Adding a lot of water was key to this technique.
Each drip moves the paint a little bit so more colour needs to be added in as well.
After each petal dried I repeated again using more paint and more water to layer.
I used the same techniques for the leaves and branches.
The leaves were made with green, yellow and blue.
You need to be careful not to overload the fabric with water otherwise it will drip off the back and take your ink with it!
That’s all of the main parts!
Now the background. I added blue, green and yellow gradually for the whole background. When it began to dry I dripped water in.
More and more colours layered together.
I really loved the colours on the left side background while they were still wet but once they dried it seemed quite dull.
It looked much more bottled green and dark when dry :(
For the last steps I heat sealed it and washed out the gutta.
The gradients and the techniques are definitely an improvement but I am still not happy with how the colours are drying. I think I need a few really bright blue based pinks and greens for it to be how I picture it in my head!
You can definitely see how the water effects the paint and pushes it around though.
Hope you found the post a little useful and I’ll keep experimenting with my silks!
Miss Lottie’s new-ish house isn’t nearly as soft and comfy as her old strawberry was :( So I set about making it a bit more awesome by making a little mattress she could sleep on in the bottom. I’ve tried putting blankets and regular pillows in but she just shoves them to the back >_<
Anyway the end result was really cute!
For this tutorial you will need:
Measure out enough fabric for the pillow and cut two pieces.
Now put the fabric with the good sides together and then place a piece of lace between them along where the seam will be
Stitch along that line making sure you’re going through the edge of the lace as well.
When you open it back out the lace should poke out like this:
Continue all the way around the edge leaving a little gap at the end.
Poke your fingers inside the gap…
And turn the whole thing inside out.
Fill the pillow with stuffing.
And then close up the hole.
Now stitch diagonally through the pillow:
And then diagonally the other way so it forms diamonds.
And that’s it, all done!
So cute! And a perfect fit for her new house.
Of course, that doesn’t stop her from sleeping everywhere else… like on my plate -_-‘
Every time I try to take a cute photo, this is happening zoomed out slightly:
The weather has been constantly up and down this week which isn’t really a change for Melbourne I guess. Everyone here jokes about having 4 seasons in 1 day but it’s really more like 4 seasons in the space of an hour *_*
A little further out from the city the cherry blossoms were magical.
I wish I could surround my apartment with them all year round but they would probably seem a little less magical if they lasted longer than a week or so!
I usually end up taking like 5 layers and never end up quite the correct temperature >_<
I keep taking photos of this rainbow building for some reason!
I’ve been trying to take it a little easier and relax more at home. I guess my definition of relaxation is really just lighting some candles in the background while I work hahaha!
Now that it’s a little warmer I want to bust out our blender and try my hand at making some fancy summer drinks. I’m going to stock up on fruit and try different combinations until I find the perfect one. Do you guys have a favourite fruit? Mine’s pomegranate but they are so expensive ;_:
This is my new tea strainer, it looks like a little acorn inside the pot plant!
And I’ll leave you with Celina being a total fashion model on the edge of a pier because someone has to do it!
Recently I received a “Fuse Gelnamel” kit from their PR department. It was a bit of bad timing considering only a few months before hand I had been desperately trying to find a gel system that I could buy from the beauty stores here with no luck. I ended up getting a full set for Christmas and discovered a brand of polishes that I really liked so I wasn’t really in the market for anything anymore… but I do like trying new things so yay!
The Fuse system markets itself as an all in one solution and you can get a starter kit with everything you need for a set of nails. Everything I received in the package is below.
This is what the starter kit contains.
I’ve seen the starter kit in stores for $49ish. I really liked the marketing, it’s quite funny!
At $49ish it’s the cheapest set I’ve seen in shops here that includes a lamp. That said, if you order supplies online you can get bigger lamps for less with polishes included as well.
I was a bit confused about the lamp. I’ve seen these in a lot of shops lately but mine came with a European (I think?) power plug which is useless in Australia. I assume that the ones being sold in Aus shops have the correct power plug but if you are considering buying one I would check first just in case. It also came with a USB power cable so I just used that instead.
So let’s get started with it! I followed the instructions in the box to apply a coat of the light pink glitter polish. Basically that involves buffing and cleaning the nail with the solution provided (similar to rubbing alcohol), painting on a coat of polish and then holding your finger in the lamp for 30 seconds. The packaging says you only need one coat but I think that is referring to not needing a base/top coat because I found the polish to needed 2 coats to come close to being opaque.
This is my end result…
The system had some good parts but also some negatives as well. I loved the tiny lamp. It’s adorable and perfect for traveling. Doing one finger at a time wasn’t the quickest way ever but I could see how it’s still probably quicker than regular polish if you’re base/top coating and waiting a while for everything to dry. The top of the lamp comes off and flips around so you can do your toes too. Genius. I really did love the lamp but I had quite a few problems with the polishes.
The pink that I tried was streaky and had a gloopy consistency. I’ve used a lot of gel polishes and this didn’t seem normal to me, it made it hard to work with and I had to put a lot of effort in to get a decent finish.
The brush in the pink polish was half size as well for some reason. I’m not sure if I got a dud or if this was supposed to be a feature but the other two polishes I had were normal sized brushes. If it was a random dud that might explain the texture as well.
Weird tiny pink brush:
Normal brush in the red:
I did a set of the red nails as well and while the formula was better than the pink it still wasn’t anything to write home about. That was a bit disappointing because I loved the lamp so much. I gave the lamp a try with my other gel polishes and it didn’t cure them correctly so I can only assume that it’s a lower power than my other UV lamps and perhaps the consistency of the Fuse polishes is more on the nail polish side than the gel side.
I love gel polishes and I wanted to like this set a lot but between the wrong power plug and the weird brush I’m thinking I got a bad batch. Seeing as I have the lamp now anyway, I might have a look at some of the other Fuse gels which are available in store and see how they stack up against the ones I was sent, possibly the formula changed when it became commercially available? No idea but I’m definitely open to giving it another go!
Have any of you guys tried these out? What did you think? Do you have any other brands I should try?
So what’s the VLB? Well it’s basically a monthly mail out from me with ideas on how to spend the next month. I’m hoping each issue inspires you to do something fun! There are heaps of craft tutorials from around the web included for you to try out, fun videos, the downloadable tutorials, interesting new blogs to follow, coupon codes for the Bergamot store etc.
If you’re already subscribed, I would love to know what else you would like to see in the VLB so just leave me a comment!
I’m currently planning out the kind of things to include this coming year which is really fun. I think I really enjoy the planning stages of things rather than the doing part hahaha!
Anyway hope you are all having a lovely week!
I can’t believe how long it’s been since I did proper OOTD posts *_* I don’t quite know how that happened! I have been wearing clothes all this time… just forgetting to take photos? >_>
Most of the photos I have are from behind the scenes of things.
Ever so comfy:
Dress: Gift from Celina
Bear ear hair style!
I think I need to start buying things from places which I can actually direct people to because I get asked all the time where I get stuff from but the only things in this outfit that are from an actual shop are the underskirt and jumper from Valley Girl and Tempt. The rest is handmade/gifted!
This one is a really nice outfit for when it’s a bit overcast outside.
Shirt- 7 Angels
Dress- 7 Angels
Cardigan – Jeans West many years ago which I cut up.
And this month’s sponsored Tuesday Toes with Pedi-sox!
These spotty socks are so fun and bright so I wanted to do something happy to match!
1. Use the end of a pencil to create large colourful spots.
2. Add other colours.
3. With the last colour, overlap the previous spots so it looks like confetti and top coat.
So perfect for Summer! To order your own spotty Pedi-Sox check out www.CreativesNewEdge.com.au if you’re in Aus, or www.originalpedisox.com for your country’s stockist!
Ok I’m going to get more organised with my outfits again!!