These wipe-clean nesting trays are just the thing for carrying little treats and drinks and they are easy to make too.
All I did was get a plain set of wooden nesting trays and gave them a lick of chalk paint (Deco Art Americana Decor Chalky finish paint to be exact) in two shades of grey.
I then measured the inside of the trays and cut my laurel leaf and autumn leaves design paper to size. I covered the paper with sticky-back plastic to make it wipe-clean.
I brushed PVA glue on the inside and placed the shiny patterned paper in it to adhere to the bottom of the tray. See, an easy paper make.
I’ve been using these trays for all sorts of things and they haven’t been damaged by ring marks and spillages. They’re so handy I may make a whole load of them as gifts.
Although the spotted flycatcher is quite a dull bird I couldn’t resist giving it a somewhat sun-kissed appearance for my final, finished watercolour and ink illustration. I think I was imagining this little grey silver bird perched on a headstone as sun was setting, looking around for a little tasty morsel flitting around in the fading light.
With this in mind I’m in the mood for some colour so I think I’m going to draw a more exotic bird next fortnight… Watch this space.
It’s an August Bank Holiday Monday in Britain – and tradition has it that it’s normally a bit grey and rainy!
As someone with Celtic heritage who is married to a Cumbrian, I actually quite like a drizzly day. I’d have to: family holidays in Ireland, annual visits to the Lake District and much-loved trips to my favourite cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are often rain-filled affairs. Also, although our part of Essex is generally quite dry, the big, Constablesque skies we have mean that when the weather isn’t so sunny you are often treated to panoramic views of stunning slate grey.
So, let’s celebrate the rain and embrace those cosy grey days with my pick of shower-themed homewares…
1: If Storms Should Come… Print, £35 at Iapetus: iapetus.co.uk
2: Rainy Day Blanket by Donna Wilson, £195 at Rume: rume.co.uk
3: Cloud Felt Coaster Set, £14.50 for four at Etsy: etsy.com
4: Handmade Ceramic Soap Dish, £21.37 at Etsy: .etsy.com
5: Cloud Cushion $199 at Cumulus Living: cumulusliving.com.au
6: Mid Wedgwood No113 Paint, from £20 a litre, Myland Paints: mylands.co.uk
7: Cloud Pencil & Eraser Set, £10 at Red Candy: www.redcandy.co.uk
8: Cloud Kids’ Rug, €135 at KSL Living: ksl-living.fr