Thursday, 29 October 2015

TRAVEL JOURNAL :: ABSOLUTE VINTAGE IN BRICK LANE

1. Absolute Vintage in Spitafields - Number one on my list of the best vintage and antique shops to visit is in Spitafields near Brick Lane called Absolute Vintage. It's full of colour coordinated vintage clothes which you would probably need and hour or two to properly rummage through, but it's full of great patterned and coloured dresses, shirts and skirts.Make sure to check out the great collection of vintage shoes they have on for sale, you can find great hidden gems such as vintage dr martens and Harrods brogues. Again you may need a bit of time to fully look around.
My favourite part about the shop is the beautiful collection of vintage silk scarves they have on display on the walls as well as the ones they sell! They have a large basket of vintage silk scarves that is great to rummage through if you have the time. I bought a beautiful Canadian scarf with a squirrel on it and look at those damn gorgeous dresses!! Plus don't forget their collection of vintage hats.
They also have a vast collection of adorable vintage bags and accessories as well as cute window displays and decorations. Make sure to have a proper look around as you may miss something you like on display, it is a treasure trove after all!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

STUDIO SUNDAY :: AMSTERDAM ILLUSTRATION

Here is a little illustration I made inspired by Amsterdam, enjoy!


Thursday, 22 October 2015

MAKE : DIY STENCIL SCREEN PRINT BAG {WITH TEMPLATE}

I love spectacles and I love screen printing, in fact they are two of my favourite things! So I thought I would share with you a little diy I've been working on involving these two things! A stencil printed sunglasses canvas tote bag! On another note, it's getting pretty cold here in London so I'm writing this with the heating on whilst I'm all cosy in my bed. This is my first diy here on my new blog and I'm pretty excited to share it with you, so lets get to it!

The materials you will need:

  • 2 sheets of A3 card
  • A canvas tote bag {size A3}
  • A screen
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • The sunglasses template 
  • A squeegee 
  • Screen printing fabric ink {I got mine from Hunt The Moon}

1.Draw your design. I chose to draw sunglasses or in this instance print out the sunglasses template provided above.

2. Carefully cut out the glasses saving the scraps. With the scraps cut out the insides of the glasses.

3. Place a sheet of card inside the tote bag and lay down on the surface. Then place the cut out sunglasses template on top.
4. Place the screen on top and add your ink to the top of the screen. 

5. At a 45 degree angle pull the squeegee from the top to the bottom of the screen to make sure you cover the whole template. If there are gaps add a little more paint and repeat the process. Then lift the screen and see your masterpiece. To set, place a cloth on top and iron it.

And there you have a beautiful stencil printed bag with a spectacles or sunglasses design. You can take it to college, use it to go shopping or just have it as a cool accessory. I hope you like this diy and thanks for reading. - Becky x

P.S. I used a 43T tier screen for this but for an even better quality finish use a higher tier screen.

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