My Creative Space - Magazine files

I so enjoyed the most recent issue of Frankie mag that I decided it was high time I decorated my Ikea "Knuff" magazine files!

This is how to cover a magazine file...

1. First paint the front with off white acrylic paint. You could skip this step, but I like to see a little white around the edges when I sand back the paper.

2. Cut a piece of your chosen paper to the size of the front part of the file, make it slightly bigger than the file so you can sand the edges back.

3. When the paint is dry, put a coat of Mod Podge glue over the top. Quickly paint a coat of glue on the back of your paper and stick to the still wet front of your magazine file.

4. Using a craft knife cut an x (cross) in the circle of the hole, pushing the paper in to the inside (be careful not to damage the file or paper surrounding).

5. When the glue has dried, sand the edges around the rectangle of the file using a sanding block so that the excess paper is removed. Push backwards as you do this so it makes a clean line.

6. Rip a piece of sandpaper and do the same inside the hole.

7. Use sealer to varnish over the paper to protect it from getting grubby. When I varnished over some of the papers it changed the colours a little, so you may want to test the varnish on a scrap of the same paper first.

Next I might cover some storage drawers...

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My creative space

A whole lot of fabrics newly washed and folded. They're all ready to make things or sit there until I find some complimentary fabrics.

This week I hope to make a stripey cushion cover for the foam on Ethan's Ikea drawers. My other plans for his room include making some curtains, painting it light blue or green, and getting a rug for the floor. But maybe not all this week.

Ethan going on a boat trip with Puppy.

Today my Mum brought around my old Doll house that she made for my sister and I when we were little (My Mum is a clever lady). My husband suggested that we do it up for Ethan as a Christmas present. I'm going to update all the furniture for him by repainting.

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Fabric stash

This is my little collection of fabric in the studio. I'm currently psyching myself up to sort out my studio as we have just moved in recently and it's still such a mess. I need to paint, put up some softer curtains, put up my "inspiration wire" and pictures, rearrange the furniture and do some filing. I'm very excited to have a studio again! Eventually it will be the studio / guest room.

On my bookshelves

A few weeks ago I got a copy of Curvy 6. It features a whole lot of my favourite artists including Lisa Falzon, Melissa Haslam and Flossy P, so how could I resist?

I also had a book voucher from Mother's day, so I treated myself to Material Obsession 2 by Sarah Fielke and Kathy Doughty. It is written by the ladies at the local quilt fabric store Material Obsession. I recommend it if just for the beautiful photos, the bright quilts are stunning.

And lastly Paper folded cut sculpted by Florence Temko. I found it in a secondhand bookstore.

Studio Inspiration

I haven't been able to post any artwork since last August, because I haven't had my scanner hooked up since we moved to our little apartment in Sydney. I don't have a studio space at present. This is very frustrating for me, but I find it is actually a good time to focus on sketches and ideas. I'm having a lot of fun!!

In the meantime I'm dreaming of what my future studio might look like. Here are some pictures of other artist studios that I am inspired by.

Photo by Kelly Rae Roberts.

I love how artist Kelly Rae has used this toolbox to store her paints. I'm going to try and find something similar.

Photo by Mati Rose McDonough.

I love how Mati Rose uses jewel like colours both in her artwork and her studio. I like the combination of green and pink.

Photo by Camilla Engman.

I would love some wide flat drawers like these for paper and art storage!

Photo by Lovely Design.

It's great how she is utilising such a small space. I should find a cotton holder like that one.

And some favourite sneak peaks from Design Sponge... Jill Bliss's Home and Beci Orpin's house.