Why draw?

Why draw?

Once upon a time when I was at art school, drawing from life was a regular activity. After that, I slowly fell out of practice, apart from quick sketches to work things out. Occassionally I would try to pick it up again and find it frustrating, as drawing isn’t...
Make a simple collage

Make a simple collage

I recently discovered the iconic collages of graphic designer Dorrit Dekk, whose work features in the current Jewish Museum Exhibition “Designs on Britain” (on until 15 April 2018, admission £8.50). Her work is charming and humorous as well as deceptively...
Shoe decoupage: an advanced tutorial

Shoe decoupage: an advanced tutorial

In this post I will show you how to transform a plain pair of shoes into your own unique creation using just paint, paper and glue. Shoe decoupage is an advanced technique and this project will take you 4-6 hours. Tools and materials: An old pair of shoes: leather or...
Ikea furniture hacks: kitchen chair

Ikea furniture hacks: kitchen chair

This is the second of two posts on furniture hacks where I share transformations of simple items from Ikea using just paper and glue. Last time, in the first of my furniture hacks, I showed you how I upcycled a Hemnes bedside table; this time it’s different...
Ikea furniture hacks: Hemnes table

Ikea furniture hacks: Hemnes table

This is the fourth post of a series where I share transformations of simple items from Ikea using just paper and glue. This time I want to show you the first of two furniture hacks. Ikea furniture is very affordable and even more so if you buy second-hand. There is...
Ikea hacks: Papaja plant pot

Ikea hacks: Papaja plant pot

This is the third post in my series on Ikea hacks: transformations of simple items from Ikea using just paper and glue. Last time I showed you decoupage using two types of paper on a Malma framed mirror. In this post I’ll show you how to add interest to Papaja plant...
Ikea hacks: Malma mirror

Ikea hacks: Malma mirror

This is the second post on Ikea hacks, where I share how I upcycle simple items from Ikea using just paper and glue. Last time I showed you different decoupage options for a small picture frame, a very easy project for complete beginners. This time I’ve used a...
Ikea hacks: Ribba frames

Ikea hacks: Ribba frames

This is the first of a series where I will share my Ikea hacks: transformations of simple items using just paper and glue. A small Ribba frame (£2.75 for a portrait version and £3.50 for a deep square) is an ideal base for a first decoupage project. In fact, we use...

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