Saturday, July 25, 2015

DIY: 3in1 Pinboard: Calendar, Vision Board, To-do List - Back to School

Hey guys!
Today I'm going to show you how you can transform an old pin board into a wall organizer that has a monthly calendar, a to do list and a vision board in 1. It's a great back to school project that will help you stay focused and motivated through out the year! 

Things you will need

  • whiteboard wall decal
  • dry-erase markers
  • black permanent marker
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • washitape or duct tape


 

If you have any questions, feel free to comment down below and ask!

I hope you enjoy this video and find it helpful! Have a wonderful day everyone and see you next Saturday!

~mako

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Q&A | Favourites | Art Blocks | Finding Inspiration | Showing my Face

Hey guys!
Today we are going to paint and get to know each other! I will answer some of your questions while painting and you guys can join me as well and just paint intuitively with me!


I don't have any specific picture in mind, because I just wanted to practice painting just freely, without any expectations. I just wanted to see what the paint and the random brush strokes will tell me!

There were so many questions, so I couldn't use them all, I'm sorry. I tried to combine them and I still had to leave out some of the questions. :( Next time!

I want to challenge you guys to try this out as well and to send me pictures through my social media! I would love to see how your painting will look in the end and if this practice was helpful! Maybe you had some struggles with letting go of the mindset of trying to make this painting as perfect as possible even if you paint it intuitively without any initial idea. 



I hope you enjoy this video and find it helpful!

Have a wonderful day everyone and see you next week!

~mako  

Saturday, July 11, 2015

DIY: Emoji Soap - Easy! How to Melt & Pour Soap using Pictures

Hey guys!
Today I'm going to show you how to make easy melt & pour emoji soap, but also how to make soap with your favourite image/photo of something you like!

Full list of things you will need
- Clear glycerin soap base (that has no oils in it to avoid a yellow cast and clouding in the end. We want the transparent soap as clear as possible)
- White glycerin soap base
- Moulds in the shape of your choice (Local Craft Store)
- Rubbing alcohol with at least 90% alcohol in it (German Ebay)
- Measuring cup http://amzn.to/1D8wfOM
- Soap colorants (optional)
- Soap fragrance
- Water soluble paper http://amzn.to/1MOyoEZ *

Here I'm using sulky's water soluble paper that can be used with ink-jet printers but there are different brands that sell this type of paper so be sure to read their instructions before using it with your printer!



Images I have used


For the size I used the measurements of my moulds and paper. So you might need to adjust everything so it fits your paper and moulds!

Tips & Tricks

- I have tried different techniques and this one worked for me. When I waited for the clear layer to fully harden and then placed the image on top, no matter what, I still had too many bubbles underneath the picture. When I placed the picture right into the liquid clear layer, the image floated too much or sank. It also ruined a little bit the colours.
- Make sure the image you place on top of the first layer is fully wet afterwards. Spray on some more rubbing alcohol on top if it's not fully soaked in yet.
- When you placed the image on top of the clear layer, wait for it to fully harden, as the next layer could melt the top area and the white soap will sink through.
- Don't put the soap into the fridge!! I thought this way I can prevent the soap from sweating and help it to fully harden faster, but it actually just ruined the colours of the image! Everything turned blurry and the colours started to bleed! My soap is still in a perfect condition that just lies on the table!
- The images may fade or start being a bit blurry over time. So I would recommend that you use the soap eventually!

I will add more things to the list, if I have forgotten something!


If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

Have a wonderful day everyone and see you next Saturday!

~mako

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

DIY: Clay Fruit Bowls from Scratch - Watermelon, Orange, Lime

Hey guys! In this video I'm going to show you how to make watermelon, orange, lime/lemon bowls out of clay! This is the perfect summer project, since they are fun to make and also look so delicious! These bowls are just perfect for decorating anything in your home for summer! They are easy to make and you will need just a few things!


► Things you will need:

- Bowl for the mould
I tried different ways to find out what works best. And somehow almost every clay bowl I removed from a metal bowl, survived it! So I would recommend trying out different types of bowls!

- Rolling pin (Staedtler Fimo Acrylic Roller)
- Air dry clay (Staedtler Fimo Air Basic) *
- Cutter/X-Acto knife
- Acrylic paint (Schmincke)
- Brushes

► Optional
- Pen for texture
- Aluminium foil for texture
- Aquapro professional varnish - N°2 Ultra Brilliant


The packaging of this glaze says the surface becomes food-safe after 3 coats, but I couldn't find any source that would say if that's really 100% food safe or not. There is another varnish by this brand called "Aquapro Satin Varnish", it's supposed to be an approved food-safe varnish, but after researching it, some sources said it might be not food safe after all. So I don't know what you can trust! I think it's okay to use the varnish, if the packaging says it's food-safe, but you still should be careful! So if you want to use the bowls for food, be sure to research the different types of the varnishes you are consider using for that.

► The process



► Alternative for the process
You guys can also place the clay inside the bowl by gently pressing down the clay so you get the shape of it. When the clay is dry, it will shrink a bit and it will be easier to remove the clay bowl from the bowl as it will detach from the bowl itself! When I tested that I used a metal bowl, and it was so easy to remove it. Even easier than when I placed it on top of the bowl! But I would suggest just trying it out! Since I got always different results!

Keep in mind, that the drying time depends on the clay you are using. I would check after a few hours, if the clay is dry enough to hold its shape, so you can remove it from the bowl. If you wait too long, it might impossible to remove the clay, without breaking it. :( 
But I can really recommend using metal bowls!


If you have any other questions, feel free to comment down below and ask!

Have a wonderful day everyone and see you next Saturday for a suuuuper cool DIY!!

~mako

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