6 February 2013

Colour Story - Pink Tulips and Grey

My inspiration for this Colour Story came from a big bunch of bright pink tulips from the local Farmer's market, some pink baker's twine  and a  fabulous Lotta Jansdotter grey and white fabric. 

Following my principal that anything that holds water can be used as vase - I have simply used a recycled tin to put the tulips in. I decorated the tin with some pink and grey washi tape. The tape is from Superlovely, it's called Kesshou, has an asterisk pattern and comes in both pink and grey. 

The lovely fabric is called Bella - Pebbles in Warm Grey and is designed by the Swedish designer Lotta Jansdotter. She has has been in New York for many years but says she gets a lot of her inspiration from her Scandinavian background. Her designs are contemporary and quite minimal. And of course, I'm Swedish - so I love her designs! 

I bought the fabric from my favourite local fabric store The Village Haberdashery. If you're in the area go and visit Annie's lovely shop In West Hampstead in North London. At the moment it's open Sat and Sun 11-5. 

I tore off a piece of fabric and tied it in a big bow around a little already stretched canvas.    

I get the canvases and the papier mâché letters from a local art supply store - they are cheep and fun to work with. 

The lovely baker's twine is also from Superlovely. The twine in grey is called Oyster and the red and pink is called Peppermint.

The canvas and letter are painted in pink and grey and I simply wound the baker's twine around the two shapes.

The paints I use are from Farrow and Ball. The pink is called Cinder Rose and the greys are Calluna and Pavilion Gray.

I also decorated the larger two canvases with washi tape in diagonal stripes using a couple of different tapes.

I hope you enjoyed my little Colour Story.

Thanks for stopping by!

See you back here very soon.

xoxo Ingrid


Manuela Albanese - Cross Stitch Designer said...

Lovely post !!!

littlebigbell said...

So beautiful Ingrid. Just when I'm looking for ideas for washi tape. I've just done a big order of washi for my daughter and friends to sell for charity but we need to craft some ideas for the stall - so thanks :) Love the flowers - bring on spring :) xx

Frances said...

Ingrid, what lovely ways you've found to have pink and grey compliment each other. (Once again, my memory turns to many beautiful Whistler compositions.)

Here's a little coincidence. I've had the pleasure of meeting Lotta, who over the years has done several silk screen demonstrations at my workplace. She is very talented and has a lovely personality. We have had fun talking about the joys of silk screening. I believe that Lotta still has a little shop of her own in Brooklyn.

The bakery string you've used is another favorite of mine. There are still a few NYC bakeries that use the red and white version, and I always save any samples left (after the delicious pastries are long gone!)


Robin Larkspur said...

Pink and gray are such a beauteous combination. I love all the string and fabric. Those tulips are a fab shade of pink. Very cheerful and uplifting. Now, I want my tulips to start blooming. (but there is two feet of snow on the ground!)

Janneke said...

Beautiful colourcombinations the pink and greys!

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