The design theme this week is Swedish Fika. Fika is a coffee and cake break, but is much more than that. Fika is a state of mind. An attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. It is considered almost essential to make time for fika every day. And often, several times a day. It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat.
This design came together fairly quickly. A nice surprise. I delayed starting, sure that I could not pull it off. Doubting myself.
I had fun creating the treats and Latte. For the dishware I used a pattern I created a few years ago. It has the colors of the Swedish flag and seemed a perfect fit.
I added shadows and highlights to add dimension to the treats, and china. That took some finagling, but was fun to do.
Voting is open now through the 27th. Thanks so much for taking a look. 🙂
Desert Dune Buds placed at 811 of 1177 with 21 votes. I appreciate you taking the time to vote for me. Thanks a bunch! 🙂
I am so grateful I have had the energy to take part in the design challenges while also painting each day for the 30-Day Creative Gathering. I’ve had to sneak in a nap a few times, but I am managing. 😉😉🙏
This week’s Spoonflower design challenge is 1970’s Throw Pillows. I had so much fun with this. I used some flower shapes from a previous design, and created a few new shapes as well. I love the little white blooms. I could have added 3 or 4 more, LOL. But then the wood grain flowers would have been covered completely.
There are 85 flowers in the design, and about 300 layers. The pink flowers have 7 layers, the large yellow with the red center is only 2 layers. For fun I added a corduroy patterned bloom. I researched colors and patterns from the era. And yeah, that green is the hue I fell in love with during last September’s 30-Day Creative Gathering. LOL. I sampled it from one of my paintings. Very Avocado. 🤣 Voting is open.
Gingham Check (last week’s challenge) placed 1064 of 1308 entries with 15 votes. The winning design had 333 votes. Thanks so much for taking the time to vote!
Friendship is a sheltering tree. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
World Watercolor Month
So hard to believe WWM is entering the final week. I have so many ideas, and not enough days are left. 🤣 For the 16th, I didn’t post a finished piece. Just parts and pieces. My creative time that day was spent making papers for use in collages. (Click any image for closer view.)
No road is long with good company. Turkish Proverb
Catherine Rains 5 Day Collage Kickstart
I had so much fun with these! Every step. Making papers is so addictive. Patterned paper, painted papers, textured tissue. FUN! Tearing paper is fun. 🤣 Arranging, gluing, embellishing.
I thought I was finished, but now, I think I can add more to these. You may see them again. There are a couple more on the way. Cat recommends working with a limited palette, and honestly. I am ready to do a series in several different colorways. Collage might just be my September challenge theme. Haha. 😉
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. Albert Schweitzer