Sunday, November 16, 2014

Learning Porcelain Painting vol. 1

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My mom visited us this weekend. I decided to ask her to teach me some porcelain painting. Yesterday we went to buy some utensils for me. I don't remember if I have told you before that I found a huge box of old porcelain painting colors from one flea market last summer. They were so cheap that I decided to buy them anyway...even though I didn't know if they were still ok. As you might know the colors in porcelain painting are in powder form.

learning porcelain painting photo by www.gretchengretchen.com

I bought them because they looked soo lovely. Beautiful colors...and I was quite sure I needed them, haha. If I don't use them in porcelain painting I can always invent something else. I think they are perfect for decorating or as a prop. They are so adorable.

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...and what did I learn today?

learning porcelain painting photo by www.gretchengretchen.com
A lot. I learned that painting porcelain isn't easy. Yes, I know..sorry to say. You know I like to improvise...maybe not a good idea in porcelain painting. You have to practise. 

It's a good thing to have a steady hand. You need a good light. You have to know how the colors react...I mean you can't just paint all the colors same time or mix them. You need oil with these old color powders. But there are also water soluble colors. You have to make your color with palette knife and be sure there aren't any lumps...they will destroy your work in kiln. You can fire porcelain few times. So it's a slow process. Comparing to working with clay where you fire your glazing once or twice working with porcelain is more carefully planned...

learning porcelain painting photo by www.gretchengretchen.com
As you can see in the picture - my coffee cup is still unpainted. The reason why it is - I have to do some practising, haha. I find porcelain painting interesting...but I have to have a better plan what I'm doing. I love to work quite relaxed and free way with clay and acrylic painting so porcelain painting is a challenge for me. It needs to be thought more thoroughly. Kreetta is in trouble, haha.

The cup is waiting me on my workspace's table. Let's see what happens next!

..and thank you Mom!

xo
Kreetta

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Workspace Light


workspace light photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Winter. Where are you? 

I'm ready. Bring me the reflecting white. 


Yes, I remember I promised you a sound designed photo. Not today. Let's see if tomorrow :) Today I wanted to show you something light and airy. Opposite of the weather.

xo
Kreetta 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Butternut + Font

butternut pumpkin photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com


Boo! I've seen many funny and scary costumes in IG and FB during this weekend. I didn't dress up this year because I took part in video sound design course from Friday to Saturday. I was planning to make something here for you to hear and see today but instead...we decided to work in the garden. We took everything away and put them to our garage because it's not summer anymore...we are waiting for snow.

We celebrated Halloween by eating a good dinner. We ate butternut pumpkin with white fish and other roasted vegetables and fresh salad. While my husband was preparing a dinner I photographed this pumpkin because it looked so beautiful. I didn't have my own camera or the lenses at home so I dived into my husbands camerabag and found Canon 650D and Voigtländer manual focus lens 90mm (that will be with cropped sensor about 140mm)...well this is the outcome. My husband likes to photograph stars so that's why he has his camerabag. 

As you might know I love fonts and I like to play so I did play with cool fonts from a food carton that is well designed. Can you guess what is the product? 

This time I wrote down a recipe for you. My husband does a lot of cooking and he never measures things so precise - he goes with the flow, if you know what I mean :)

I'm having a huge pile of things to be done next week. I wish I have energy to make things happen. I hope you have a good week ahead too!

xo
Kreetta 

ps. Next time I hope I have time to make some sound design for you...


Sunday, October 12, 2014

White and Blue - Danish influence - My new ceramics

Ceramic photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
It's the season of working with ceramics again. The course is on every Monday evening. After the summer vacation it was great to start with clay again. This autumn I want to try some new colors and because I'm a great fan of Danish style I chose white and blue.I will continue with my pastel circus too but it is always great to play with new things.

Ceramic photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Many years ago I lived in Copenhagen for a few months. That time changed my style of decorating home. I was amazed of Danish people's homes. Families kept their curtains open even in the evenings. You could take a walk and pass by so many living rooms where people were eating, drinkin, smoking happily together. In Finland we tend to close curtains in the evenings to keep our privacy...well danes definitely didn't mind the audience. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Birds

birds photo by www.gretchengretchen.com
Lately I've done only one post in week. But this is already second post so it might be I start to make more posts again!

birds photo by www.gretchengretchen.com
Today has been so grey and rainy day that I wanted to bring some color to it. I got fashionated by the black birds behind my workspace window. I was so glad that I could be inside and just drink my coffee wearing a cardigan. But you know it's weird but even though it's cold and wet I have this thing today...I want to eat ice cream like my IG pic was telling you today. Well, soon I have to go out and drive my bike to home and maybe I stop by and buy the ice cream. Can't help it. Weird.

xo
Kreetta


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Slow Living - Cottage Weekend

candles, cottage weekend photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

This blog post is about reminding you and me that it is important to see your friends and family. I got an invitation to my friend's beautiful cottage last weekend. I spent time in beautiful nature and in a good company.

mushrooms. cottage weekend photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Doing things together is very rewarding and relaxing. It's so easy to forget to call, write or have a cup of coffee with your friend when you are occupied with your daily tasks and challenges. I'm like that. I can use my days without remembering the most important people in my life. Luckily everybody else is having a bit same kind of problem...

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