Have a good week everyone!
Have a good week everyone!
Back home in Finland people have been celebrating midsummer this weekend, the longest day of the year. Here the days are not as long as up there in the North, and there are no celebrations either (aside from the Polish and Portuguese football fans I could hear outside all afternoon and evening celebrating their victory in last night’s games…), but we made our own midsummer in the city… Friday strawberries with whipped cream (instead of the traditional strawberry cake) and Saturday flowers from the market (instead of a flower crown or even picking seven different kinds of flowers and putting them under the pillow – and waking up in the morning with the bed crawling with insects, yes, been there). And for the rest of the time, chilling, meeting friends, enjoying free time.
Happy midsummer to all of you!
We have a heavy thunderstorm above us right now in Brussels and the weirdest yellow light outside, anyone else noticed? Well at least it’s a good excuse to sit inside and go through these pictures from last weekend… The skies were maybe a bit grey then as well but at least the air was fresh and we had nature around us. Every now and then we have to get out of the busy city, breath some fresh air and enjoy the silence. This time we also took the opportunity to try out our new
50 mm f/1.4 lens so here’s a little sample of what it delivered. : ) (And yes, this is gonna be a new favourite lens I think – at least for Sandra who gets too tired to carry around those heavier ones…).
Almost weekend again, yay!
Hi all! Sitting here alone listening to Bon Jovi (shhhttt… don’t tell Ruben! He doesn’t understand the nostalgia of that music…). I’m not the only one who still needs to listen to Bon Jovi from time to time, am I?! ; ) Well I figured it was time for an update in here.
Quite some time ago now I posted a tutorial for paper stencil screen printing, remember? I was gonna show you what I finally did with that print. I actually got an order for two printed pillow cases, so I decided to use the feather design for one of them. Then I made another one to match it by using another techique. The one with the cross is made by stamping (tutorial here), which is a simpler, but on the other hand a bit slower process at the time you’re actually printing, since every single one of the crosses is stamped individually.
Hope you’ve all had a good weekend and are full of energy for the coming week! I better just put this post online quickly and change the music before Ruben gets home and catches me listening to my guilty pleasure…
– Sandra –
Hey, just wanted to encourage you to check out the M Museum in Leuven if you haven’t already! It’s a cool art museum with both classic and contemporary art exhibitions. Better still, check their exhibition folder for 2016 – you might just find pictures taken by yours truly in it. ; ) Of course I was happy to oblige when the museum contacted me to ask if they could use my pictures after seeing them on my instagram (@parthoensrube). Always cool to see your own work in print.
The museum has an interesting architecture which comes out great in this minimalistic style. Thanks to Yentl (@byentl) for posing!
Have a great week!
We know, cherry blossom season is already over! But no harm sharing these cute ones that we shot a while ago? And hi, we’re back!
Been busy with a lot of things lately but one of them was creating a new print. Sometimes it’s good when people order something specific – it gets your creativity flowing. This new print I (Sandra) made for someone who wanted something black and white to hang up in the kitchen, and I’m quite happy with how it turned out. I think it would work in softer colors as well – off to try that next!
Someone challenged me lately to think about where the ideas and inspiration to create something come from and how you decide that your work – whatever it might be – is finished and good. It was quite interesting to think about it analytically since mostly it’s just something that comes naturally to creative people (and we are all creative in our own way), so try it out next time your in your creative flow. : ) Think about what drives you to create – you might have some interesting insights. What I often notice is that other peoples’ creativity and creations inspire me to do more and to try harder, and that I love if other people get inspired by me as well. Many times I just feel a need to create, anything, even if I don’t have a specific idea or any clue what to do. When it comes to deciding when a work is finished, for me is often just a feeling, an instinct maybe. Something that says it’s good and pleasing to the eye and doesn’t need further work.
How does it go for you?
Well not my own home this time, but Holly’s, in the Netherlands. A couple of weeks ago I (Sandra) attended a photography and styling workshop by Hanke Arkenbout and Holly Marder in Delft, to get a chance to meet other creatives and lovers of photography and get new inspiration. The idea was to start seeing the possibilities in your own environment, the elements in your own home for example that can inspire you. I have to admit that it was a bit easier to find inspiration in this lovely home than in my own right now, but it does open your eyes to starting to see familiar things differently. Here are a few snapshots from the day, enjoy!
I’ve been doing a lot of block printing on fabric lately but got inspired to take out my silk screens for a change. Instead of going through the whole process of preparing and burning a screen, I decided to go for an simpler method – paper stencil screen printing. It’s an easy way to get started with screen printing and is fairly quick as well. The paper you use will actually adhere to the printing mesh so you can print the same design several times like in the actual screen printing method, but once you’re done with your print run (or you notice the quality of the printing result decrease), you’ll have to discard the stencil.
Use a piece of paper that’s about the size of your screen – if the paper is smaller you will have to cover exposed areas of the screen between the stencil and the frame with masking tape to avoid ink from coming through the mesh where you don’t want it. I use a paper that’s glossy on one side and matte on the other (similar to freezer paper). Begin with drawing your design on the paper and cut it out with an exacto knife.
Have some fun while you’re at it. ; )
When you’re done with cutting, place the stencil on the fabric (glossy side down) on the spot where you want your print to be. Place the screen on top of the stencil and apply ink on top of the screen above the design (I use the same ink as I did in this post). Holding the frame firmly, drag the squeegee down the screen with pressure, forcing the ink through the holes in your design. Then push the ink in the other direction up the screen again. Once in both directions is usually enough, but depending on your design and the pressure you apply to the squeegee you might have to go up and down a couple of times. The first time you do this, the ink makes the paper stick to the mesh and you can continue with printing. Always do a test print first.
When you’re done with printing or the ink starts to dry in the screen, clean the screen on both sides with water and a soft sponge for example.
I like how this feather print turned out – I will show you later what I did with it. : ) Luckily I cut out two stencils at the same time so I could use it later as well – that’s a big tip for you if you think you will want to use your design several times, as it saves a lot of time. Oh, and if you’re wondering – you can buy silk screens, squeegees and fabric ink in most craft shops, in Brussels for example Schleiper has them.
Have fun experimenting! : )