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creative inspiration monday #8

Also known as the series where I share things that I’ve made + things that inspire me.

By me: #100daysofLostMemories day 28-34

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I was struggling with #the100dayproject last week, but it has gotten a lot better these past few days. If you didn’t know, I’m doing #100daysofLostMemories over on my Instagram, which means I’m creating something every day inspired by the words “Lost Memories”. And I’m experimenting again, not just doing the same thing over and over again! So I think it’s safe to say that I’m back! Woo! Let’s check it all out!

Day 28:

Lost Memories by Jessica Andersdotter

Some burning boots for day 28! I really like how the legs fade into the trees in this one! _DSC0031Started with this picture of my friend Angelica’s feet inside Stockholms Stadsbibliotek. DSC_4172Also made this that day, which is kinda dreamy and nice! But I wanted fire! DSC_4172Started with this picture so I didn’t really do THAT much to it!

Day 29:

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Burning bridges on day 29. Very symbolic. Lost Memories by Jessica AndersdotterIt actually started out like this, but I couldn’t make it square and get both sides in it so I went for the fire side. But I think I prefer it without the clouds too, feels a bit over the top! 111008_1570 233Anyway, I started with this and then added fire + clouds on top of it. And did some other stuff to enhance the mood, like change the colours and stuff like that.

Day 30:

Lost Memories by Jessica Andersdotter
On day 30 I went out with my prism (a triangular glass stick that I put in front of the lens) and took some pictures of our apple tree’s flowers, and then edited a little bit before uploading it! Jessica Andersdotter_7599
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Also made this that day! It’s actually a picture I took with my phone but I liked it so much I edited it a little bit and made it into this!

Day 31:

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On day 31 I only had time to edit one of the prism pictures in my phone. Lowered the saturation a little bit and made the shadows a bit blue to make it fit the mood of my theme a little better. I don’t really think the alien abduction rainbows of the prism feel that “Lost Memories” so I don’t know about this one to be honest.

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Inspired by the effects in the prism pictures I decided to try the smudge tool for the first time in ages. It turned out like this, and I like how it slightly looks like the paint experiments I’ve been working on these past few weeks! jessica-andersdotter_7505-copy_27035501182_oStarted with this picture!

Day 33:

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I tried the same technique the next day, and it turned out like this. I found that this doesn’t really look good on all pictures. (I haven’t 100% decided that this looks cool.) So it’s a bit tricky, and the smudge tool is soo slooooooow it’s insane. But it’s fun! Kind of like painting with the picture! 20110616_5375-1-copy_26383065150_o-1Used the clouds from this picture!

Day 34:

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Yesterday I realised that the tools I use in Photoshop might exist in Premiere Pro too, so I made a video! It’s a simple one, mostly because I don’t have that much footage, but I’m super excited to experiment more with video with this!!

Anyway, that was everything from this weeks 100dayproject! Follow me on Instagram to keep up! @jandersdotter

By me: Paint experimentsJessica ANdersdotter_7975

I’ve been playing even more with paints! This is how it all starts! (I ran out of blue and gold so I used black and copper instead.) I just want to play with paint all day long haha.

By me: Glitch artwmgba4po copy

I tried out Glitch art once ages ago, but decided to experiment with it again. Basically what you do is glitch out files on purpose to alter them. I tried the WordPad-technique, which basically means you open a picture in WordPad and save it and then it comes out something like this! Or a lot of other ways. It’s really random and sometimes it just crashes but it’s fun! And crazy!

Also tried opening the images in HEX-editors but couldn’t get anything really interesting to happen even though I altered it a lot. The most exciting that happened was that the file wasn’t readable anymore.

By someone else: A hundred kites

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This article from Tidningen Hammarby/Skarpnäck. These pictures have such a cozy feel about them, and the one with the balloons is just amazing. Basically kids from a school made their own kites and tried them out on Hammarbybacken, a ski slope in Stockholm. Pictures are taken by Sanna Källdén, an old childhood friend. This quote is so nice: ”Det var roligt. Det känns som att man själv börjar flyga lite. Det känns magiskt på något sätt”.

Lumos pics of the week

Jessica Andersdotter_7366  Jessica Andersdotter_7373We got a new rug! It’s green and matches his eyes perfectly. Didn’t manage to get a decent picture where you could see his eyes properly though. But he sure likes his back paw!Jessica Andersdotter_7402Jessica Andersdotter_7400And here he is sat in the window thinking about climbing it. He realised it was a bad idea before I had to stop him though. jessica-andersdotter_7734-copy_26855513330_o

And here he is on the porch we have a net around so he can hang out there without running away. (Except for when he’s fighting the neighbours cat through the net (!) and manages to BREAK IT and get out. He was still right outside when I found him though, but it was panic at the disco that night.) He was very upset because I was outside without him and kept meowing, haha. Silly cat.

Conclusion

I’m back to feeling inspired about my 100 days, and I’m still having fun with the paints. Balloons are nice and my cat is cute! That’s all for this week.

How has your week been?

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paint experiments / monthly makers: colour

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I’ve been experimenting a bunch for this theme, and I have had SO MUCH FUN. I’ve spent multiple days just playing around with my acrylic paints and water testing what happens, having to clean up paint in panic like a million times and desperately longing for a gigantic studio. Surprisingly the resulting creation (as seen above) isn’t at all what I’ve been working on for most of the time!. Let’s take a look at the process! Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter

It all started with me thinking I was gonna make paint blobs to use in pictures! They didn’t turn out at all like I wanted to though. Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter
Tried it on black too but couldn’t get the shapes of the blobs as dramatic as I wanted them. Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterMy palette looked way prettier. (I just realised I use aluminium foil on plastic lids for palettes like my old art teacher but that’s really wasteful!??!?! Shame on me. Need to change that!)Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter
I tried making brush strokes but it was just a MESS. Sigh. Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterSo I started playing around with more water and really liked the pattern it created. Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterEspecially in the sun because it sparkled! I used metallic gold paint so it should but it was still pretty! Looks like pearl-shell.Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterAll of a sudden (okay after playing around a bit) I had this!Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter
And this! But I was exceptionally stupid because it didn’t dry quite as it had looked wet so I painted over it to try again… Needless to say I regret this decision, because i never managed to make something that looked like this. But nevermind, it resulted in me experimenting for a few more days so I guess it was worth it. Jessica Andersdotter_7481 Jessica Andersdotter_7488 Jessica Andersdotter_7484
I then took a short break from the acrylic paints and experimented with dripping my liquid ink (which is like the blackest of black – I love it!) onto wet paper. Kinda used too much on that first one as I got carried away, but I was back to creating stuff I could use in my pictures so the last one might be okay. Overall it didn’t turn out like I wanted it to. Sensing a trend here. Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterI then decided to go get this framed cross stitch picture that I found a while back. Don’t really like the embroidery (soz) but I thought some kind of paint experiment would look cool in this frame! So I removed the TWO HUNDRED nails that kept the picture in place on the back (STUPID FRAME) and found a piece of like cardboard/wood/i don’t know. It was shiny and stuff though so the paint didn’t really cling to it and overall it DIDN’T REALLY TURN OUT LIKE I WANTED IT TO.Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter
But I made this. The paint strokes got really visible after it had dried though and it looked pretty awful. (I’m guessing this was due to the shininess and just a non-suitable surface for acrylic paints.) So I painted over this too. Though I liked the shifts from gold to copper. Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter
I then took a slight break to experiment with pouring paint into a container of water (a slightly too small container of water) but I think I would’ve needed more paint/more watered down paint so I’m gonna try that again some day! Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterAnd so one sunny day I brought everything outside with me and stood in the sun playing around with the paints for a few hours. Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterIt always looked best right at the beginning but during the time it took for the water to dry the colours had blended together and it was just a greyish green metallic mess.Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterI tried to recreate the little islands of golden paint from the first one I made, but it was really hard. This was the closest I got.

It looked amazing as I was tilting the canvas though! Uploaded this lil video to Instagram.Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterYet another day I tried using way less water and more paint to pour onto tiny canvases. I then tilted them and got paint everywhere, but I really like the result! Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter
Turned into these four! My favourite is the second one! Or the last one. Kind of ran out of gold paint so I needed more water which meant a different type of pattern. These dried different though and a lot of the golden paint kind ran down on the surface below them.Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, Jessica AndersdotterAnd then the next day I went back to trying to make paint blobs to use in pictures all of a sudden! Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, Jessica Andersdotter
Tried it on this picture of me, but I’m not sold. I don’t know. I will try again with some other picture and maybe golden paint because GOLD IS THE MEANING OF MY LIFE. Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, Jessica Andersdotter
And then I sprayed some water on the paint (on thick paper, not canvas this time) like I had with the other experiments and it created these amazing patterns! Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, Jessica Andersdotter
I instantly fell in love. I love these pictures so much I’m debating making them into my actual creation. But it was kinda dark when I did this and they looked better when wet because they had the patterns inside the paint fields as well. So I might redo it with better lighting! Anyway, I used them on a picture right away. Like right away! I promise.fire-2016_23809619109_o grön1 _dsc0173-copy_23809669189_o Jessica Andersdotter_7268 copy fire-2016_24069398972_o

And there we have it! I tried just adding them on top as blue blobs but it looked stupid, so I used the shapes of the paint pictures as layer masks for the pictures which gave these white paint stains. And then I added some green and blue into the pictures just to make it fit the theme a bit more. They were a bit grey before hehe.

And that was me experimenting with paints for the theme for Monthly Makers this month!


Monthly Makers is a challenge for anyone who wants to be more creative or create more. During 2016 we’ll have twelve monthly challenges for you to be inspired by. For April the theme is Colour/Paint and Alicia is the hostess. Comment on this post with a link to your creation to participate! You have until the 28th!

The people behind Monthly Makers are Alicia, Anna María, Annica, Beata, Beatrice, Elsa, Mikaela, Ruth, Sandra, Stina and Wilda and me. Get inspired, create and challenge yourself with us all year! Read more here.

 

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creative inspiration monday #7

Also known as the series where I share things that I’ve made + things that inspire me.

By me: #100daysofLostMemories day 21-27

100 days of Lost Memories by Jessica Andersdotter

Okay, I’m starting to struggle with #the100dayproject. If you didn’t know, I’m doing #100daysofLostMemories over on my Instagram, which means I’m creating something every day inspired by the words “Lost Memories”. It’s been another week, so it’s time for a recap, but to be honest I’m not really proud with what I’ve made this week… It’s starting to feel repetitive and like I’m just doing the same thing every day, and I don’t feel like doing it most days.

Day 21:

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Day 21 was a dream of dramatic clouds. A lost memory in itself as I haven’t been to this place in years, and I used to spend every summer there.

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Started with this picture, which is pretty magical in itself. Okay I didn’t really start with this, this is an edited version of the original. Projecet_20090704_0366
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Also made these that day, but felt like the first two were too boring and the last one too messy.

Day 22:

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This is my absolute favourite all week – I actually really love this one. 20150123_2793 copy
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Started with these!

Day 23:

Lost Memories by Jessica Andersdotter, double exposure.
I don’t know what I was thinking with this one, it’s quite boring. But here’s where I was struggling and didn’t know what to do, so I guess that’s why!

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It was really simple all the way through, I just used this picture of the reflection in a window, which made it this kind of blurry mess haha.

Day 24:

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This one was really simple too, but pretty magical. Projecet_20090704_04632
I just used this picture of some dramatic clouds and added some stars on top. Clouds are the best.

Day 25:

Lost Memories by Jessica Andersdotter, double exposure.
Okay, I actually made this the day before, but I was super busy this day so I didn’t have time to actually make it from scratch! I did re-edit it a little bit though. Apple blossoms mirrored with a black background. DSC_4986
Started with this! It’s a really old picture. Like 8 years old. I had some dirt on my sensor back then. Pro.

Day 26:

Lost Memories by Jessica Andersdotter, double exposure.

This is another simple one (they get simple when I don’t feel like it, I guess) but I really like it! The swan is so perfect and the foggy feeling is so dreamy. DSC_4326
Only used this picture that time, and faded the water to white instead of the horizon, added some blur and pink! Also removed the dirt (ugh) and the little bird to the left! DSC_5497_light copy
I also worked a really long time on this one, but it never turned out like I wanted it to. DSC_5497_light copyStarted with this and added some stars again. This is from Ostia Antica outside of Rome in 2011.

Day 27:

Lost Memories by Jessica Andersdotter, double exposure.

And then this clock of fire! I like how the numbers are kind of visible through the fire, but I think the background is way to smooth. I had to expand it to make the image fit for Instagram which kinda screwed it up. I might change this in the future.
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Used this picture + fire (you don’t need to see every fire picture I use).

Anyway, that was everything from this weeks 100dayproject! Follow me on Instagram to keep up! @jandersdotter

By someone else: Monthly Makers Instagram, controlled by Alicia Sivertsson

Monthly Makers Instagram
I only have one thing to recommend this week, and that’s Monthly Makers Instagram account, currently in the hands of Alicia Sivertsson. She’s on fire! She’s uploading inspiring pictures and informative videos and it’s just so great. Go follow along!

Conclusion

I’m a quarter through my 100 days and it’s getting hard. I’m thinking of ways to renew myself and what I’m creating, so that I can feel inspired again. I might need to make a mindmap or something. I love mindmaps. I have a mindmap app, it’s great for sorting your thoughts on the road or when in bed at night. (It’s called SimpleMind+.)

Anyway, not the best week so far, but I will keep going! I’m very set on finishing this and challenging myself, and that will include making things on days when it doesn’t turn out like I want to. It’s worth it.

 

 

interiors & decor

new plates

China with lace pattern in blue from Kamelo/Wonki WareMy set of plates (and other things to eat off) is finally complete! Well maybe not complete – is anything ever really complete? But I now have everything I’ve been waiting for! And it all boils down to this amazing collection of blue patterns and I love it so much.

20150409_7831I got a bunch of china from my mother a year ago or something. I had already decided that my future home would have different plates with these kinds of patterns in blue, so she got them for me! She’s the best. China with lace pattern in blue from Kamelo/Wonki WareBecause I love this type of plates so much. They have roses around the edges and pretty pictures of nature in the middle. And they’re blue!

Anyway, all along these were supposed to go with plates that were a graduation present from one of dad’s friends. I got to go to her store Kamelo and order two boxes of the colour and pattern I wanted from the of the china she sells there. And then mum decided to add two more boxes to that, which meant I was getting 12 plates and 12 bowls! And then there was some trouble with the delivery, we got the wrong colour and it has literally taken years for me and my sister (she got the same gift) to get our plates, but it was worth the wait. They are absolutely stunning.

China with lace pattern in blue from Kamelo/Wonki Ware
China with lace pattern in blue from Kamelo/Wonki WareThey’re hand made which means they’re a bit wobbly and uneven, which is just amazing. China with lace pattern in blue from Kamelo/Wonki WareAnd I picked the lace pattern in blue, which is clearly the best choice. Did I tell you that I love them? I love them. China with lace pattern in blue from Kamelo/Wonki WareAnd, as was my plan all along, I am going to combine the two sets. I want to have a really big dinner party now so I can arrange them all real pretty. (I got cutlery, napkins and a tablecloth from my mother as well, so I’m all set.)China with lace pattern in blue from Kamelo/Wonki Ware China with lace pattern in blue from Kamelo/Wonki Ware China with lace pattern in blue from Kamelo/Wonki Ware China with lace pattern in blue from Kamelo/Wonki Ware China with lace pattern in blue from Kamelo/Wonki WareThis tablecloth isn’t the one I got from my mother, it’s actually hers, but it just went so nicely with the blue so I had to take some pictures with it. Even though it isn’t really smooth or anything but it has blue dots! I want everything to be blue!!

So those are my new plates, and my (maybe) complete set! What do you guys think of it? I love it so much!

 

Psst! Don’t forget to check out the new theme for Monthly Makers, the creative challenge I’m a part of! Find it here!