My Batik Experience

Hello everybody!

As you know I'm on a holiday in Malaysia at the moment. It has been so much fun and today I wanted to tell you something about my Batik experience.
I hear you asking:

What is Batik?
Batik is a technique of painting cloth that uses wax-resistent dye.
It is traditionally used in many South-Asian countries.

It works like this:
First a design is drawn onto the cloth with wax. This can be hand-drawn using a canting (a pen like brush), or copper stamps can be used for bigger surfaces.
This is how one of the copper stamps looked:

Then the cloth is painted using wax-resistent dyes.
After the wax has been boiled away the areas where the wax was become white and you are left with a colourful design.

My experience
This holiday we went to a so-called Batik Factory where we got the chance to try out this technique ourselves!
It was my first dyeing experience but it was actually quite easy to do.

The design was already drawn on by a professional that worked there. It was hand-drawn and I really liked it.
We got a few bottles with different coloured dye and our job was to fill in the different sections.

This is how it looked when we just began:

You could make the colours lighter by adding some water to them.
The dye spreads really fast so you only had to touch the smaller sections to fill them in.
In the flowers I made the colour become lighter in the end of the petals by quickly adding water right after I applied the dye.

I started with filling in all the flowers:

Then I coloured all the butterflies and I proceeded to colour the background light blue.

This is how it looked before the wax was removed:

This is how it looked after the wax was boiled off:

It was such a fun experience and I quite like how mine turned out. I really recommend doing this if you ever get the chance!

I hope you found this post interesting, if you did please like, comment and/or share! I'd really appreciate that ☺️
And follow me for new creative posts from now on twice a week!

Thank you for reading!

Xxx, Yara

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Stationary + Crafting Haul

Hello everybody!

Today I'm doing a mini haul on all the stuff I bought on my vacation.

I know this is not what I normally do but as I'm on a vacation I couldn't do a DIY and I still wanted to post someyhing for you guys. I did a lot of shopping so I'm showing you some of the stationary and crafting supplies I bought.

I'm in Malaysia at the moment and everything here is vert cheap.
I went to a dollar store where everything cost 6 ringgit, which is about €1,20 or USD €1,40.

A few items I bought there:

Item 1:

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These cute pastel strings. 12 of them for only 6 ringgit! They are meant for embroidery but there are loads of other ways to use them.

Item 2:

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This is just a plain notebook but it was still really cheap. I think I’m going to decorate it and use it as a scrapbook. I think it’d be perfect for that.

Item 3:

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This was by far the best buy. A piece of felt of 60×70 centimeters for only €1,20?! It’s so cheap and I love the colour! I’m sure I’ll be doing a DIY with this in a few weeks, so you can look out for that.

Item 4:

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This pencil case wasn’t from the dollar store but I still think it’s so cute and it was also just 6 ringgit. I love the colours, the pattern, everything about it and it’s pretty strong fabric so that’s good too.

Item 5:

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These are Sharpies I bought at the local Tesco. I can’t remenber the exact price but it was about 15 ringgit which is so cheap for Sharpies. I love the colours too.

Item 6:

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The last item I want to show you isn’t from Malaysia but I thought these stamps were so cute and I just had to show them.

This is how they look opened:

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These are so cute for scrapbooking or planning and I’m definitely going to use them a lot.

Well, that was my small haul and I hope you liked it. Next week I’ll be posting DIY’s again as usual.

I you enjoyed this post, please like, conment and/or share and follow my blog to see new posts every week.

Thank you for reading & see ya next week!
Xxx, Yara

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DIY Woven Basket

Hello everybody!

Today I’m showing you how to make this cute basket.


It’s so cute and it’s great to store small objects on your desk.

The only materials you need are:

  • Old magazines
  • Cellotape
  • Scissors

Step 1: Collecting the pages

The first step is to take some pages from your magazine. 


I decided to use bright coloured pages but you could also choose a pastel or black and white theme, whatever you want.

Step 2: Cutting the pages

Cut each page into fout equal strips.



Step 3: Folding the strips

Fold each strip in four so they become smaller, thicker strips. This is to make sure the basket becomes strong.


Make a few of these strips before you go on to the next step.

Step 4: Weaving the base

Start with laying two strips in a cross-shape snd secure them with some cellotape


Then add a vertical and a horizontal strip:



Keep adding more strips, securing them with cellotape when needed.


Keep doing this until you have a base the size you want. I decided to make my base 9 by 9 strips, but you can make it bigger or smaller if you want.

Make sure you only use cellotape on one side, this will be at the bottom so you won’t see it. This is how the side without cellotape will look:


Step 5: Weaving the sides

This is the hardest part. To start, create a long strip by sticking 2 (or 3 if you make a large basket) strips to each other, it should be long enough to go around the base.

Then, weave the long strips through one of the sides like this:


Then bend the strip and continue weaving through the second side.


Continue this all around the basket, make sure to secure it with some cellotape in all the corners!

Cut off the excess of the strip and stick the end to the beginning:


Then add another layer by weaving it through all the strips again, but alternatr to the last strip.


Add a third layer and it will look like this:


Step 5: Finishing off

To finish of cut all the stips untill they stick about 1-1,5 centimeters above the basket


Now, fold them all around the edge of the basket and stick each of them to the basket with a small piece of cellotape.


And that’s it! It’s ready to be used now!


The bright magazine pages just turn it into a colourfull desk decoration that is really convenient too and you only need a few newspapers!

I’m certainly planning on making a few more of these 😊

If you found this tutorial useful, please like, comment and/or share. And follow me for more DIYs!

Thank you for reading!

P.S. Sadly,  I won’t be able to post next week because I’m on vacation. But when I’m back I’ll be posting 2 times a week! 

See ya!

Xxx, Yara

Art Journaling – Tips & Tricks

Hello everybody! Today I’m posting something a bit different. The reason today’s post isn’t on Sunday is because it isn’t really a DIY. Art journaling is something I really enjoy doing. It’s a fun way to let out your creativity and create something cool.

Of course, everybody has their own style of journaling.

I myself mostly use quotes as a base and then illustrate it with colours and images I think match the meaning and mood of the quote.

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This is an example of my journal. I used the colour scheme of yellow and found two pictures that fit the meaning of the quote. Then I wrote the quote and stuck the pictures. Finally I added rope around one of the images to give it a really creative touch. I really like doing it this way because it doesn’t take much time to create something cool.

Here are a few tips if you want to try out art journalling with quotes:

Tip 1 : Colours

Before you start, choose a colour scheme that fits the quote. You can choose to use mostly one colour or you can choose two to three colours but I think you shouldn’t use to many colours or it’ll get messy. For happy quotes, use bright colours, for sad quotes use darker and dimmer colours.

Tip 2: Fonts

Always choose a font that fits the theme. If you want you can choose to do this on the computer and print it out or you can hand-letter it. I personally usually hand lettering it because I think it gives the quote an extra touch. Also make sure the colour of your font matches the colour theme or contrasts it.

Tip 3: Images

Choose images that fit your theme, but they don’t always have to portrait the quote. For example, in my page above I didn’t use an image of a bird sitting on a tree but just of trees. If yoe see it you understand it fits the quote but it doesn’t have to literally portrait the quote. It is more important that the images fit the theme than that they fit the message.

Tip 4: Contrast

Use contrasts! Not every quote fits this but if it’s possible definitely try to use at least a little contrast. This makes the different parts stand out and it makes the page more interesting.

Tip 5: Lay-out

Make sure the page gets an interesting layout. Placing everything in a row can be a bit boring, so make sure the attention slides along the page. Try out different lay-outs and see what makes the page the most interesting.

Tip 6: Be creative

Use your imagination! You aren’t limited to using images. Paint, draw, ink, use crayons, try out different things. Use buttons, paperclips, any thing you can find and just go for it. After all, the most important thing is to have fun. πŸ™‚

How do I get inspiration?

Sometimes you want to make something, but you really just have no inspiration. I have a big folder full of images from magazines, leaflets, paper bags, little drawings and other thing I can use for my journal. Whenever I need inspiration I can just take a look and I’ll always get an idea. Of course, browsing Pinterest also gives loads of ideas. πŸ˜›

 

Here’s an example of how I make my pages:

The quote is used: See the positive in the negative

My colour scheme: Black and white

This is what I used: Image 2

I started with drawing a black raster on the white paper with a fine-liner and a white raster on the black paper with white pencil, creating two rasters of 15 by 15 cm. I liked this idea because it created a big contrast between the two sides, but they were still the same thing.

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Then I proceeded with my images. I decided to use black -white images of wolves because they fit the theme and the rough-ish style I wanted to create. I stuck a few lighter images on the white and a few darker ones on the black.

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Then I hand lettered the text onto the two rasters. I used only capitals because that fitted the mood. On the white paper I used rounder letters and on the black I used square corners to create a bit more contrast, but not too much because I wanted it to be clear that it was one quote and that the two parts belonged to each other.

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Then for the lay-ut I chose to place them asymmetrically onto the page, because I thought that just looked better. What do you think?

So this was the result:

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I think it took me like 15 minutes to make. Do you like it?

Now I’m not saying that this is exactly how you should art journal. Everyone has their own way of journaling. These are just a few tips if you want to work with quotes.

I hope the tips were helpful to you☺️

If you found this post helpful, please like, comment and/or share. It really means a lot to me😊

Please let me know if you want me to post things like this more often or if you have other tips for art journalling in the comments.

Thank you for reading!

Xxx, Yara

 

Reflecting on half a year of blogging + ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello everybody!

I can’t believe it’s been half a year since I started this blog. It’s been such an awesome experience!

I had been wanting to start blogging for a while and the new year was just a great opportunity to start. Sometimes I considered stopping, but I’m really happy I didn’t do that😊

It all started with this post about a necklace I made on the 6th of January:

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DIY Necklace from shells

Reading it back the post wasn’t really good. The tutorial isn’t easy to follow, the images are weird sizes and I didn’t different fonts or anything. Well, at least I’ve progressed.πŸ˜‚

I’ve made 21 posts until now, most of which I’m proud of (most…).

 

I decided to list a few of them which I like the most here. If you haven’t seen them yet, I think you should definitely check them out.

  1. DIY cute button earrings

I think they’re just really cute and they’re incredibly easy to make.

 

2.Β DIY Walnut lip balm

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I’m really proud of this as it was my original idea and I really like how it turned out. πŸ™‚

 

3.Β 3 DIY Summer Bracelets

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I think these look so cute for the summer and I still wear them sometimes!

 

4.Β DIY Wall decor

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I just think these are so cute on my wall. They’re just so a colourful and bright and look really cool together.

 

5.Β DIY Pendant Necklace

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What I love about this necklace is that it’s so customisable and you can use any image you like.

 

6.Β DIY easy foam pouch

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Because it’s so easy, yet so cute.

 

So yeah, those are some of my favourite posts, so check them out if you like 😊

I’ve enjoyed blogging so much the past half year and I will definitely keep doing this. πŸ™‚ I want to thank everyone who has supported me, it really means a lot to me❀️

 

Now, for the announcement…..

To celebrate this half year anniversary I decided that starting on the first of August on I’ll be posting twice a week!

Don’t worry, I will still have my regular DIY on Sunday but every Wednesday I’ll be posting something else… this could be anything, and I already have loads of ideas. Think of art journalling, maybe drawings, tip’s and hacks, that sort of things. I’ll be doing this for at least a month, and if I like it I’ll maybe keep doing it longer. πŸ™‚

Why start in August you think? Well, that’s because I’m going on a holiday on the 16th of July and I won’t be back until the 30th. In that time I will try to post once a week, but I definitely won’t be able to post twice a week, so I decided to start with that once I come back.

I’m really excited for this, and I’m interested what kind of effect it will have on my views etcetera. Well, that’s all I have to say! I hope you will like my additional Wednesday posts.

Thank you for reading!

xxx, Yara

DIY Bracelet from a Keycord

Hello everybody!

Today is just a small craft, but hang on because this Thursday there will be a big announcement…

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I don’t know about you but I always get keycords at like every event I go but I never use them. I have a bunch of keywords just lying around so today I decided to make a bracelet with them.

The only things you need are a keycord, cellotape, scissors and needle and thread.

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Step 1: Cutting of one side at the clasp

Take your keycord at the side with the clasp and cut one one of the sides

 

Step 2: Cutting it to the right length

Cut the cord to a length about 1,5 times your wrist.

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Step 3: Dividing the strands

Cut the cord into three strands with roughly the same size.

 

Step 4: Braiding

Braid the strands until it fits around your wrist. I used some cellotape to make sure it didn’t come loose.

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Step 5: Sewing it shut.

Pull the strands through the other side of the clasp like this:

 

Make sure to cellotape them to each other to make the sewing easier

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Then with a few stitches sew each strand together. This is how it’ll look:

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Step 6: Cutting of the loose edges

Cut of the extra pieces of the strands. My keycord shredded a lot, so I had to cut of all those little strings too

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Look at all the shredding!

 

And that’s it! I think it turned out quite nice and the cool thing is that you can use the clasp that is already on the keycord

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I hope you liked this tutorial! If you did, please like, comment and/or share. It really means a lot to me. Thank you for reading and keep an eye out to Thursday! πŸ˜‰

See ya Thursday!

xxx, Yara