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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Decoupage box and coasters for a special friend

The good old previous post showed us at work and having fun in the process, but now let me introduce the focus of all that work (two girls and two afternoons, which might seem too long to some, but count in our perfectionism and some chit-chat over a cup of coffee, and you'll get the calculation straight).
U dobrom starom prethodnom postu videli ste nas na delu i kako uživamo u procesu, a sada evo da predstavim ono čime smo se bavile (dve ženske u dva popodneva, što nekom može delovati previše za ovaj posao ako nema u vidu koliki smo obe perfekcionisti i povremene pauze za kafu i blebetanje).


Marina and I have had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful fellow creatives online, on Facebook especially, and one of them is our dear Vlasta form Croatia. After receiving beautiful necklace pieces she made to surprise us, it was our turn to surprise her (for Valentines day) with something we made. We debated and deliberated and brainstormed and finally found our inspiration in her profile picture: a beautiful clown. Then we researched the web far and wide and found our that the clown was drawn by Mira Fujita. We were awed by the author's works and pictures and we decided to use them to make one very special decoupaged box and a matching set of coasters.
I Marina i ja smo do sada imale čast da upoznamo puno divnih kreativaca putem interneta, a naročito na Fejsbuku. Jedna od njih je i naša draga Vlasta iz Hrvatske. Ona nam je priredila predivno iznenađenje poslavši nam ogrlice koje je napravila za svaku od nas, i sada je bio naš red da uzvratimo iznenađenjem (za dan zaljubljenih). Puno smo se razmišljale, dogovarale, razmatrale i konačno našle svoju inspiraciju u njenoj profilnoj slici: jendom preslatkom klovnu. Onda smo pretražile internet uzduž i popreko dok nismo saznale da je autor te slike Mira Fujita čije su nas slike potpuno oduševile pa smo odlučile da na tu temu u dekupaž tehnici (a šta drugo?!) uradimo jednu sasvim posebnu kutiju i komplet podmetača uz nju.



What followed were two great creative afternoons in which we learned more about collaboration on a creative projects, how to blend two visions into a single one and make it that much better than we imagined in the beginning. This was the best possible opportunity to try out my new color printer at rice paper printing task. It proved somewhat tricky, but it was worth the effort in the end. We also remembered how difficult it is to catch the elusive silvery shimmer of pearly paints, but I hope these photos do the justice to the beautiful end product of our endeavour. Made with love, for someone who touched us with her kindness and good heart.
Ono što je usledilo su dva fenomenalna kreativna popodneva koja su nas naučila ponešto o zajedničkom radu na jednom kreativnom projektu, i o tome kako od dve vizije stvoriti jednu zajedničku koja prevazilazi sva očekivanja. Bila je to i savršena prilika da isprobam svoj novi kolorac i štampu na rižinom papiru. Iako nije bilo najjednostavnije, definitivno je vredelo truda. A takođe smo se potsetile i koliko je teško na fotografiji uhvatiti onaj fini meki preliv i sjaj sedefnih boja, s tim da se najiskrenije nadam da su uspele dočarati lepi rezultat našeg rada. Napravljeno sa ljubavlju, za nekog ko nas je dirnuo svojom ljubaznošću i dobrotom.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Two workshops in two days

YES! It is true! After the longest time of no-time-to-do-anything, we stole away two windy and stormy afternoons for ourselves, a special occasion, to spend nice time together and to do something nice. After all, the nicest time is when you spend it with family. Marina and I were working on one very special gift while my mom was making her first steps doing decoupage on glass.
DA! Naslov je tacan, posle vremena i vremena nemanja vremena, ukrali smo dva vetrovita olujna popodneva jednim specijalnim povodom, a i da se malo druzimo i radimo nesto lepo. U krugu porodice je, naravno, uvek najlepse. Marina i ja smo pravile jedan poseban poklon, a mama je pravila svoje prve korake dekupaza na staklu.

And here are the pictures to show how great crew we were!
Evo slikica da se vidi kakva smo vredna ekipica bili!





Sunday, October 27, 2013

Decoupage lavender candles

There's first time for everything, right? Well, this is my first take at decoupaging candles. As far as I have seen online, it is not so common to do this type of decoupage, but I got a request and idea from a friend and that's how it started.
Postoji prvi put za sve, a ovo je moj prvi dekupaž na svećama. Koliko sam primetila, ovaj tip dekupaža se ne radi često, ali dobila sam ideju i molbu od drugarice i tako sam počela.
Actually, what my friend asked for was a candle with pressed flowers in it. But I don't do pressed flowers, don't have the expertise, nor the pressed flowers themselves to begin with, and absolutely no time to go hiking, collect flowers and do the pressing part. So I resorted to something familiar to me that can produce flowers on a candle - napkin decoupage.
Zapravo, drugarica je tražila sveću u koju su utisnuti sušeni cvetovi, ali s obzirom da se ne bavim sušenim cvećem, da ne znam kako se to radi, a i da nemam sušenog cveća niti vremena da odem u prirodu, uberem cveće i osušim ga, okrenula sam se nečemu što znam a može da proizvede cvetove na sveći - dekupažu.
I did very little research on the subject, given the fact that my candles won't be required to burn but will rather have ornamental purpose. I've used a regular napkin glue/polish on a wide white candles so that in case that they are lit, the flame doesn't come near the napkin.
Moram priznati da nisam mnogo istraživala ovu temu pošto nisam planirala da se sveće pale nego više da imaju ukrasnu ulogu. Koristila sam običan lepak/lak za salveta tehniku na širokim belim svećama, tako da čak i u slučaju da se sveća upali plamen ne dođe do salvete.
Big plus for candle decoupage: no need to prepare the surface if you get a plain white candle, no painting base coats of white; much faster to get to the finished product.
Pozitivna strana dekupaža na svećama: nema potrebe za pripremom podloge ako se koristi bela sveća, nema prefarbavanja u belo, i mnogo se brže dolazi do gotovog proizvoda.
Small minus for candle decoupage: difficult to work with larger motifs because of the round and in some cases uneven surface; the background is always white (if you don't want to try painting on it or covering the whole surface with a napkin).
Negativna strana dekupaža na svećama: bilo bi teško raditi sa nekim većim motivom zbog zaobljene podloge koja može ponekad da bude i neravna, a pozadina je uvek bele boje (osim ako ne želite da se upetljavate u farbanje sveća ili oblaganje cele sveće salvetom).
I have also made a coaster for each candle, just in case. And it looks cooler this way, I think.
Uz svaku sveću sam takođe napravila i podmetač, za svaki slučaj, ako vosak curi negde. A i sviđa mi se ovako ukompletirano.
Enough talk, the results are here:
Bilo je dosta priče, evo rezultata: