Doing design work for Baker Ross is fun for a million reasons, not just getting a fun box of craft things to work with, but also that my son Finlay LOVES seeing what they send, and joining in with me whilst I make things - as there is normally stuff left over that he can use too - he is mega keen to experiment. Whilst he may not have the creative gene, he loves to try - and that is beautiful to me.
I had a recent box of loveliness, including some pretty valentines themed bits : Polystyrene hearts which I thought I would paint rather than decoupage *As I honestly don't think I am very good at that!* Pink one "I will try to fix you" written in sharpie. (Coldplay lyrics)
A blue one, with clouds - I love the look of blue skies with white clouds.
This one, is my fav. I painted it red and cut out some wings from thin card and used a craft knife to create two cuts into the side and pushed the wings in. You could add a thin bit of glue to secure them.
This one I am not sure about - I don't know if it works - what do you think?
Painted wood grain and "engraved" letters
There were some fab wooden arrows - which I initially wanted to write something romantic on - but when I came to it, I wanted to do something with a little more longevity.
The garden one is going on a sticky hook on the front door in the summer.
The "take me to the beach" one is just a daily wish on my part lol!
I was given some of the Baker Ross nature bits - including some twigs - which I knew straight away I wanted to turn into arrows - I cut the ends from felt and added baker twine for accents.
I have since tied some little kraft colour tags to them for people to write valentines messages on. I think they are a cute alternative to a card.
I was also sent a pack of wooden letters - which I just LOVE. I used water colour paints to draw on a few,
P = peacoc
You could do the same and hang them on your child's door.
Or, create a full sentence for your wall - as there are two of each letter included in the pack.
Last of all I was sent some leather pieces. It took me a while to work out what I wanted to do with them, as they are very small off cuts - and initially I was a bit stumped, till I sat down with them in front of me and just started cutting for fun to see what happened. I thought I would make a pair of angel wings - but only had a brown large piece, so turned it into a bird instead. Each 'feather' is a single cut shape and glued using leather glue one by one to create layered wings.
I also made a necklace - by cutting a half moon shape, layering some circles and gems and adding chain to each corner.
I hope you like some of my projects - back soon with some illustrative work.