Art, color, Wedding

Wedding Decor – balloons and paper sculptures

I’m delighted to have been asked to assist with a wedding of two great friends, looking after the decor side of things. It’s a great project for me, and we’re at the stage of deciding on all the different elements of decorations needed, moving into testing some things.

I’m going to be giving this Crepe and Watercolour flower tutorial a bash. How great would huge, huge paper flowers look, suspended up high, along with some of these giant balloons I found over at

Just found from my ‘balloon research’ how it’s simple to make two toned balloons.

And if you were ever interested in how balloons are made, like I am. There you go!

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The above is another installation, this time made with what looks like loadsa different shaped and sizes balloons. The artist is Piraja Maharaja and the blogger is Lauren Ann Lane. It’s brill and has sparked off lots of ideas for balloon decor at this wedding.

What did we do before Pinterest ay? It’s been so useful to collaborate with people over that in really defining what kind of decor is wanted at this wedding, testing our ideas and tutorials, pinning different colour palettes and texture inspiration. You can follow me on pinterest if you like. My favourite board is the ‘Things I Could Be Doing Instead of Sitting Here’ board. Never fails to inspire me to get off my bum and MAKE.

Did you know that my sister is a wedding photographer? She lives all the way in New Zealand but is looking for weddings to photograph here in England. She’s such a pro at it, so is her man – they’re a husband and wife photo team. 

And finally, here’s a blog I wrote two years back about another wedding I helped coordinate the decor for. This was for a lovely family who I used to nanny for.

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Art, color, Process

Melting down oil pastels and crayons

 

 

This started as me making a ‘creative tutorial’ for the Light Box blog, but turns out that I didn’t feel very excited nor energised about making a step-by-step tutorial and wanted more of a chance to experiment and have fun with it.

So away I went, not worrying about an end-point, not worried about photographing every little step. There is this thing (all over Pinterest and craft blogs) where you can melt down old ends of oil pastels, combine with crayons to help solidify and bind, then cook for just 10 minutes in the oven at 100 degrees, and you can make a whole new crayon/oil pastels out of whichever colours you like.

But I like what I made more then that – more of an object (plus it’s crap to use as a crayon!) reminds me of using resin, makes me want to take this further and try to set objects within the melted down waxes. Could I float little objects in grey pastels, so it’s barely visible, like smog? What about just using wax? Those are notes to self!

I did take some pictures. The slicing of the oil pastels was a wonderful experience. An unusual texture – very satisfying.

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color, Drawing

Colouring in Hexagons

A beautiful new book, bought in the bookshop attached to the wonderful MACBA – Barcelona’s Museum of Contemporary Art. It’s a notebook with HEXAGON PAPER. That’s right, tiny little hexagons just waiting to be coloured in or for a story to be written, a word in each hexagon. It’s made by ‘Paperways’. I’m excited about the book, and I hear that my delightful friend and fellow creative Angela Chick is using hers now too. We had a little hiatus because the books are so beautiful – you know when you put off using them because they’re so nice.

The notebooks can be bought on Amazon here or here on the InkThistle website – you can see the other lovely Paperways products here too.

Here’s what I have done so far. I seriosly need to get better at colouring within the lines. But those hexagons are very small you see. Drawing with my trusty Pilot 0.4, a very sharp pencil and my ‘Zig Kurecolor’ graphic pens which was given to me as the best Christmas present ever. More about those pens right here.

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Hexagon 3

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Hexagon 2   Hexagon  3

Working out which pens I can use and which I can’t. Some of them bleed too much into the paper you see. I wanted to use light and subtle colours only.

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Art, color, Design, Exhibitions, Interesting and Inspiring

Peter Combe’s ‘Pink Interference’ and Rivane Neuenschwander’s ‘I Wish Your Wish’

Peter Combe, Pink Interference, 32″ x 39″, mixed media, 2009. ‘Artwork created from thousands of shredded Architect/Designer size household paint swatches in ordered/random placement.’

To me, this is perfect. The colour – a mix of sickly sweet and delicious – all mixed together, erratically but completely organised neatly, rows and grids, staggered and making the diagonal line in the lower half. How I want to touch it, would it feel like one of those butcher’s curtains? A piece of art where it’s so delicate, it’s only attached at one point, each paper could easily be torn.

This piece seems very similar to Rivane Neuenschwander’s ‘I Wish Your Wish’ where ribbons are silkscreened with one of 60 wishes left by previous viewers. Visitors can take a ribbon to take home, from a hole in the wall, in return for writing their own wish on a slip of paper and inserting it (in the ribbon’s place) into one of 10,296 small holes within the walls.

Rivane Neuenschwander, I Wish Your Wish, 2003. Silkscreen on fabric ribbons, dimensions variable. Installation view, St. Louis Art Museum.

“Rivane Neuenschwander is like a conductor of invisible orchestras: she engages external forces to make ephemeral art with sensuality and rigour but also with the lightest possible touch.

‘Ethereal materialism’

Secondary Stories (2006) consisted of brightly coloured tissue-paper circles of varying sizes that were blown by fans inside a false ceiling made of translucent plastic, creating kaleidoscopic compositions as they drifted about.

A lingering resonance that was hard to shake.” Kristin M. Jones (Frieze.com)

Drops of water, bubbles, sprocket holes, hole-punched confetti, eggs, moons, constellations, and cascading zeros all play a role, sometimes as soundtracks or symbols of fragility. Much of her oeuvre is also about measuring passing time: calendars, both marking the past and rushing to the future.

Her maps, whether tracking visitors’ paths through the exhibition or presenting the blurred boundaries of those exposed to the elements during the rainy season are about creating new geographies for new explorations. New Museum.org

Peter Combe’s Blog,

Peter Combe’s Twitter

An Article about Rivane Neuenschwander’s exhibition ‘A Day Like Any Other’ which contained ‘I Wish Your Wish’

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Animals, Bristol, color

Aquarium: Anenomes and Sea Stars

A recent trip to Bristol Aquarium got me excited about colour again. It also interests me because these creatures are the perfect mixture of disgusting and beautiful. What do they feel like? Can you eat them?

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 Sea Star

  Fish Eating Anenome

 Crazy thing. I feel like I made this and snuck it down there

Bit of research on the old google images, and I found these beauties:

 Fish Eating Urticina

 Pink Sea Star

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Art, color, Design, Interesting and Inspiring, Text Project

Exciting Christmas Gift Ideas

You’d like to give out exciting Christmas gifts, correct? I’d love to have the money and time to buy everyone something which will be special to them for Christmas. Something they’ll use, or that will excite or inspire them, or simply make them laugh. It’s tough at Christmas, gifts become thrown to the back of my mind and at the last minute I’m worrying. Or forgetting people. Or getting resentful that my family is so big.

I usually make things, which I enjoy and keeps it cheap. BUT I know I’ll be searching for those few special presents for those special people, so here’s some  things I’ve come across recently which I think would make brilliant gifts, and maybe you will too.

Banter Banner believe we should celebrate the everyday. “no longer only for holidays, but for the everyday. As art. As design. As inspiration”

‘Good Times’ banner. Loads more sayings available: Joie De Vivre // Sweet Dreams // Celebrate The Everyday

$10

Buy it here at BanterBanner.com.

‘Wild At Heart’ Rosette. Hot pink ribbon with gold text: ‘Wild At Heart’ A quote from Lula, in Lynch’s 1990 Wild at Heart: “This whole world’s wild at heart and weird on top.”

$16

Buy it here at BanterBanner.com.

Fake Poo

Makes for a brilliant present. Nearly everyone ever finds this funny “This pile of brown doggie doo looks so realistic you can almost smell it.”

Cheap from Amazon/Ebay/Jokeshops.

‘Coast’ by Marco Suarez: “These photos capture the beauty of Northern Ireland. Framing this photo in a circle creates an awesome composition that is sure to be a highlight in any room. The circle has a diameter of 13″ and is printed on Somerset Velvet watercolor paper with archival inks. This photo is part of a limited run of 50 and each print is individually signed and numbered.”

$60

Buy this print and others at Marco’s Etsy shop.

Hand painted geometric pendant. Painted on wood with a silver chain. By Vickygonart

$24

Buy this and other jewellery at Vicky’s Etsy shop.

‘Crap’ Text Artwork. Shamelsss plug here! I made this. Each piece is completely unique, with the fine lines drawn freehand and each letter individually hand-cut.

£23

No Etsy shop at present, but email me if you want to buy this- hello@lucybarfoot.co.uk

Mountain Δ Triangle Necklace by Adrienne Wroath. (made-to-order with love and care.) Adrienne makes handcrafted precious metal Jewellery. Her inspiration for is drawn from simple lines and shapes found within her environment, often focusing on geometric forms.

$42

You can buy this and other pieces from Adrienne’s Etsy shop. And here is her blog

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Collage, color, Light Box

Sketchbook Scans: Collage

Fantastic new studio (photographs soon) and a successful Light Box mean that life is good. Here’s some stuff I’ve been making in my sketchbook recently. Now I have some big space and a fortnights holiday, I plan to make some big things, get out of the sketchbook and onto the floor.

Here’s the Collage stuff. I can’t get enough. I have some beautiful origami paper from Muji which supplies the vibrancy.

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Bristol, color, Organisation, Poppies, Process

Poppy Time

Cor the poppies are out already! What a surprise I got driving past Eastville roundabout. The best place to find poppies in Bristol. Hundreds and hundreds of poppy plants. I did ten minutes of picking, took them home and filled half of the Sunday paper and an hour of my time lining them up to be pressed for the 3 months they need before they turn beautifully translucent. Another batch for my poppy collection, part of my ongoing poppy project. I have been doing this for 5 years now and have thousands. Soon, it’ll become something but for now I am happy with the collecting and meticulous pressing (each petal needs to be completely flat and intact.)

Photos: Before-the collected petals. Middle-pressing them by lining up in a newspaper. After-incomplete petals and I’ve run out of time. Found-a small section of the crop.

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color, Light Box

Painting on chairs

An idea for painting chairs came after seeing some of Hernan Paganini‘s work. He uses a lot of natural materials and this installation: ‘Anthill’ gave me lovely ideas of re-painting old wooden chairs, a bit of restoration so they don’t squeak and groan, then delicately painting rings around the legs, and strips of color across the seat and backs. There will be lots of white, just tiny accents of selective colours. I can’t wait to get to it! These chairs are going to be found from the reclaimers and used for my Light Box workshops. We need about 30 of them, eek! Time to hunt for volunteers!

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Art, color, Interesting and Inspiring, Process

Ian Davenport

One of my favourites! His use of colour / performance aspect / loss of control / control / huge size

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color, Food

Cocktails

How delicious does this look? A Mojito, with lots of fresh mint and crushed ice. I’m longing for summer and longing for a cocktail party. But back to winter and hello Amaretto!

Here’s a recipe for an ‘Italian Breeze’ cocktail

1 shot of white rum
1 shot of amaretto
1/2 shot of pineapple juice
1/2 shot of cranberry juice
 
Serve over ice
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Recent Sketchbook Drawings

I have been doing some drawing in parks, on pavements and at the harbour. Using this lovely ink – Encre Sennelier: “shellac based ink with a transparent satin finish”. bought on the Graphotism website, which i really recommend for any kind of art material. They have lovely color-wheels to help you select color.  I use a squeezy pen – a caricature artist at a wedding gave this pen to me after I enquired about his pen – kind chap. It has a long pointed brush which fills with more ink when you squeeze the pen. The cartridge is filled with black ink, but I dipped the end in the yellow ink, allowing the black to seep through a little.





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