On Creating Weekly

Hello

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I have been doing a weekly project where I have been creating one watercolour piece a week for 2017. It’s week 40 this week, and so I thought I’d share a bit about my project with you.

After completing my 366 days of quotes project last year, I knew I wanted to do something this year, but just not as intensive as a daily project. I thought about skills I wanted to hone, and decided that a watercolour project would be perfect. Watercolours are easy to use, they don’t smell bad, clean up is quick and painless and the paper and paint is relatively cheap (well, as cheap as art supplies get. Emphasis on the relative part). And so I set out to paint 52 paintings by the end of the year.

There are many perks of doing a weekly project. It’s a wonderful way to force yourself to carve time out each week to create, and my weekly paint and paper sessions are highly therapeutic and rewarding. It can suck slightly when you feel as if you run out of ideas and feel as if you don’t have much time. The best advice I can give you is to push on, and not be too hard on yourself. After all, it is supposed to be enjoyable and not feel like some kind of creative torture.

So if you feel as if you could use some practice in a new skill, or you just want to create some intentional time to create, try a weekly or daily project. You’ll be surprised at how much you’ll improve and how innovative it’ll make you!

Here are some of my favourite pieces from my project so far.

You can see all of my paintings on Instagram, under the tag #52weeksofwatercolour.
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Nabeela x

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Made in SA / Mocho Loco

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Today Iโ€™m excited to be sharing a bit about the Mocho Loco stationery products that are fun, eclectic and modern, as well as colourful! Moco Locho was started by Vicky in 2009, who is originally from Buenos Aires. Mocho Loco was mainly specialising in branding and illustration, but this range of stationery recently launched and I LOVE it! Iโ€™ve got a few things from the Confetti and Home Flora ranges to show you today! Everything is designed and printed right here in Cape Town, too!

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Notebooks
The notebooks are fun and colourful with wonderful prints and patterns on the covers and just the right amount of paper. I simply love confetti and geometric shapes and these are used so beautifully in this particular range. The pastel colours are also lovely. The paper inside is quite thick, too. (These notebooks come in a pack of three).

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Greeting Cards
The greeting cards are colourful and vibrant, as well as versatile, as they can be used for any occasion. The Home Flora cards are especially versatile because the can be used for anyone. I love the modern use of plants on these cards. They also come with a brown paper envelope.

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The confetti greeting card is a really cute size and I love the pretty little envelope it comes with.

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Gift Tags
The gift tags are SO cute. They are such a lovely size, and they, too, are extremely versatile. I used one of my gift tags in one of my scrapbooking layouts. There are SO many purposes for gift tags, itโ€™s almost crazy! They can be used in journals and planners, (obviously) on gifts, in scrapbooks and I sometimes even use gift tags as bookmarks.

 

Party Toppers
These are such wonderful little things. They are made out of veneer wood and they are perfect for popping in cupcakes at any party. They are easy on the environment too, as you can reuse them many times. All you have to do is wipe them off when youโ€™re done using them. Theyโ€™re so pretty and very sturdy. I also used one of mine in a plant that lives in my room!

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I simply love these bright, fresh and funky products! If you love any of these things, you can find them all and more on the Mocho Loco website. You can never have too much stationery and these fun ranges are sure to brighten up your workspace as we head into the heart of winter!

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I hope you are enjoying these Made in SA posts. I have a few more planned!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{As usual, all photography and opinions are my own. I wouldnโ€™t write about products that I wouldnโ€™t buy or use myself. Also, thank you Vicky for these simply wonderful things!}

Art Journal Peeks / 01.

Hello

Itโ€™s been a while since Iโ€™ve written here. Iโ€™ve been so busy, juggling tests, school functions and now, exams! I can barely contain my excitement for Kamers Vol Geskenke. Itโ€™s happening at the moment in Cape Town, at the Castle of Good Hope and Iโ€™m visiting it over this weekend. Itโ€™s a massive show with only handmade and crafted things. Sounds amazing, right? Anyways, I wanted to keep posting my journaling though. Iโ€™ve taken some shots of a few of the latest pages in my journal. I hope you enjoy flipping through the pictures.

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Uh, yes, my cactus obsession is real.ย 
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I was using a few watercolour prompts as journaling prompts.ย 
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Playing around with different fonts, pens and brushes on the left.ย 

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This is probably my favourite page in my current journal. The quote on the left I found in Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and I L.O.V.E it! The page on the right was inspired by a rainy day, as you’ve probably sussed out.ย 
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I love the right page. I did it by using the straw technique. Just make your watercolours quite wet and drop it on. Then, whilst its still wet, blow it with a straw and watch the colours take over your page!ย 
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Botanical prints and patterns are something I’ve been on the look out for and I’ve been experimenting a lot.ย 
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I made this paper by using the straw technique too.ย 
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As you can see, my journal is getting really full!

Have a fabulous weekend! Good luck to everyone writing exams at the moment! Keep warm, Southern Hemisphere peeps.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Friendship Phrase Cards

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’ve been wrackingย my brains, trying to think of what I can make for my group of gal pals in my class. I tried to make many things and they all just felt forced. I wasn’t really happy with the outcome of any of them.

SO, I decided to stick to what I know. Cards. I used record cards and scripted/stamped a phrase that I thought best fitted each friend. I tried out a few, and loved the way they turned out so I whipped up a bunch of them to hand out to my friendsย on V-Day. Here are some pictures of how they turned out:

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Also, lately I’ve been keeping a close eye on local bloggers to see what I can learn from them. I’ve been loving the daringly different recipes on Ben Orkin’s blog.

I’ve been really enjoying my 366 project. If you aren’t already, you can follow along on my Instagram.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

 

Made in SA / Party Bunch and Co.

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Yay! So, this is the first post in my new series, Made In SA!ย I’ve discovered so many creative brands that started here in Cape Town, my home town and I’ve decided that there are a few I really want to write about!

Today I will be writing about a few of the products from Party Bunch and Co.ย 

Party Bunch and Co was founded by a lady named Jozelle right here in sunny Cape Town and she describes their brand as ‘on trend paper stuff for homes and parties’. I started following her on Instagram and fell in love with the modern feel of her products. Anyways, here it goes.

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A little flay-lay love

Tall Memo Notebooks

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When I first saw these, it immediately reminded me of a midori notebook. They have just the right number of pages to record one or two trips and they make great project planners and to-do list books too. When it comes to watercolour paints and pens, the bleed-through of the paper is pretty minimal. They’re a great size too.

Notecards

These are really cute and come in ย variety of different patterns and designs. They can be used as mini art prints, journalling cards and gift tags too. The paper they are printed on is quite thick too.

 

Place cards

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At the moment, I love anything with the banana leaf print. These would look great on the table for any party or occasion, but I think they look great used as mini greeting cards too, and again the paper is quite thick.

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Gift Tags

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These come pre-stringed and three in a pack. They’re nice just to quickly tie onto a gift. Again, I think they make cool journalling cards. (Oh, and covering up the whole? Washi tape to the rescue)

Fine Art Print

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These are so lovely. The paper is thick and has such a nice texture. They’re modern and minimalist. Here’s how I used mine (with a greeting card as an art print too below it).

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Greeting Cards

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I love this card. Its square-shaped and it’s a little art print too. They finish off any gift so well and the receiver can frame it too! It’s a win-win!

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The inked cards are beautiful too. I love the brightly coloured envelope that comes with these cards. I used mine as an art print.

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The texture is lovely!

I’ve had such fun writing this and opening up each product and trying it out! I’ve just started a creative midori journalling challenge of my own in the tall memo notebook and I’m hoping to share some pictures of that in a project update soon soon!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own. A big thank you to Jozelle from Party Bunch and Co for sending me these products!}

DIY Blog Journal

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One of my new year’s resolutions (even although I don’t fully agree with only making fresh starts in a new year) for 2016 is to carefully plan and curate my inspiration and ideas into output as creative projects. More often than not, ideas stay at just that. Ideas. Because inspiration isn’t organized meaningfully, its hard to use it constructively.

I decided to make a ring-bound note-book to store my blog ideas, plans and inspiration so its easy to go back to. Here’s how I made it:

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You will need: paper, scrapbook paper, rings for binding, stamps
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Step 1: First punch holes through all the pieces of paper

 

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Step 2: Slide the rings through all the paper
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Step 3: Stamp your cover. (You can decorate it however you like).

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I know it’s really simple to make, but its so great for storing anything from quick ideas to magazine clippings and polaroid print-outs.

Have a fab week

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx