Soon it’s time! In August I will close down my webshop and empty my studio on everything that has to do with prints and posters. Because this fall I will start studying at Tibro Craft Academy! I’m so excited! The idea is that I will learn everything that has to do with decorative painting, illusion painting and plating. A chance to give myself time to learn more and broaden my business in the future even within the painting industry. Maybe paint more murals? Churches or doing scenography? All these areas are something that I’ve been very curious about for a long time but that I’ve hadn’t had the time for the last copuple of years.
I will study full time and now when we have a little girl to take care of as well there’s not so much time left in the end of the day. Which has led me to decide to take a break from the webshop and send orders. But I still love to draw so that is something I will continue doing. In the future, however, there will be more mixed content here than only pencil drawings and posters. I’ll keep writing here on the blog and post pictures on social media of course! You won’t get rid of me that easy. I’m just chaning course a bit.
With that said, I now empty the studio of old stuff to make room for the future. As these folders with Swan lady and Wilma wildcat on!
Perfect for storing papers at home, at school or at work.When folded, it measures 24 × 30 cm (space for regular A4 papers). To the right on the inside of the folder there’s also space for a business card.Now you find both Wilma wildcat and Swan lady as folders in my shop! Regular price 199 SEK.Now 99 SEK each!
I would love you to join me on this new chapter in life! I will also release a new homepage this fall with more focus on the blog. Writing about what I’m up to at my school and giving some DIY tips and trix. And who knows, when I’ve finished my studies I might open my webshop again. <3
22 June, 2020
DIY – Balloon lamp
I got a lot of questions about where I had bought the balloon lamp in the kids’s room in previous post.I made it myself from an old yogurt jar and a rice lamp from IKEA.I like this thing with crafts and reuse.If there are more like minded souls out there who also would like to have lamp like this then here comes “step by step” of how I made it.There are lots of different variations you can make.Just search for “Diy balloon lamp” and let the inspiration flow!
This is what you need to make a balloon lamp:
Decoration (ladder and fabric bags)
Fabric (tiny pieces)
Cut off the top edge of the jar.
Glue the bottom with universal glue.
Attach the cord to the center of the bottom of the jar and start cover the bottom.The idea is that the entire jar should be covered with cord so it looks like a basket in the end.
Continue up on the sides.
Now the basket is ready.Let dry for a while.
Now we will make the balloon.Fold up the rice lamp and cut the cord to 8 equal lengths.Mine was about 120 cm long each.The length of the cords depends on how many knots you would like and how far down you want the basket to hang under the balloon.
Attach the cords in pairs opposite each other at the top of the balloon with the glue gun.I glued on the inside of the balloon and folded the cords over the edge to hide the ends.
Time to make knots!It’s esier to work if you have the lamp hanging so you can see how everything falls and so that the knots end up at the same height.
Divide the “cord pairs” and tie them with the neighbor at desired length.I made the first knot about 13 cm down.NOTE!Do not tighten the knots too hard at first.They may need to be adjusted lengthwise to get all the knots at the same height around the balloon.In the end when everything feels good you can tighten all the knots.
Tie the cords together with the neighbors again.This I attached a little further down, about 23 cm down.Continue with “knot row” number 3.
Now I’m starting to feel satisfied.If you want you can make one more row with knots.Now it’s time to attach the basket to the balloon.
Now it’s also good to have it hanging at the beginning and near a power outlet as we need to use the glue gun again.Measure how long you would like the cords to be underneath, mark up and cut.
Attach the ends to the inside of the basket with glue gun.
Now the ballon is ready to be decorated!I want to make a small ladder and have small bags hanging on the sides.
To make the ladder, I used the same type of cord as before and some barbecue sticks that I cut to smaller pieces and pasted on with the glue gun.
Glue the ladder to the inside of the basket with the glue gun.I also made small bags to hang on the sides on the basket, using fabric left overs that I folded together and knotted with cord.These too were attached with help of the glue gun.(Glue gun is life!)
And now it’s finished! Didn’t it turn out nice? :)
If you would like to make your own lamp using this description please feel free to send me pics on mail or on Instagram of the final result. I’d love to see your balloon lamps! Good luck!
9 June, 2020
The kids room is finally finished!
As you may have read in previous posts, I repainted in our children’s room a while ago.Now we’re finally done with the decor as well.Instead of a house bed, we bought a 120 cm bed and made our own canopy from an old curtain (with built-in Christmas tree lighting as a night lamp) and sewed pennants of old pillowcases and fabric scraps.The lamp is a rice lamp from IKEA that we turned into a hot air balloon with the help of a yogurt can, glue and some natural colored string. Turned out pretty cozy, right? :)
And this is what it looked like before.
4 May, 2020
Easter decoration – How to make paper feathers.
A few years ago I showed you how to easily make paper feathers. They turned out so pretty and you can do so many different variants of them so I thought it was worth sharing again now during easter and isolation times.
All you need is some paper, glue, grill sticks and a scissor.
Pick some papers that you think would fit nicely. (For best result, use a thicker kind of paper)
Taketwo papersand glue them properly over the backs. Then place the sticks over one of them (on the glued part).
Add the second glued paper over the sticks. With the glued sides faced against each other and with the sticks in the middle (like a sandwich).pressure andsmoothit tightly.
Draw a shape of a feather along the stick.
Cut outthe shape.
You can also draw your own kind of pattern on if you’d like.
Or use old postcards.
Use the scissor to cut thin stripes towards the stick.
Et volia! You’ve made paper feathers!
Aren’t they pretty? And the best thing of all is that they are easy to make! I think it looks best if you make a few so it almost becomes like a small bouquet. Works perfect as Easter decorations (or as decoration all year round if you ask me ;).
6 April, 2020
Final sale – 50% off on all posters & art prints!
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m about to shut down my webshop.It’s time for a new creative chapter for this little birdie! (But I’ll keep it a secret for now) To clarify: I will just stop selling posters. I will not stop to draw, paint and freelance as an illustrator. I’ll keep you updated here and on social media. You won’t get rid of me that easily!;)
To celebrate this happy good bye you’ll now get 50% off all my posters and art prints! Several motifs are allready out of stock in several sizes.So if you would like to have any of my illustrations hanging on the walls at home, grab them now before they are gone for good!
Thanks you so much all of you who’ve been shopping my prints over the years! For your love and support that made my creative journey possible!You are absolutely amazing! I really wouldn’t have done this without you!THANK YOU!<3
Take care now lovelies! We’ll talk again soon!
28 March, 2020
Wallpainting in kids room.
Now we’ve lived in our house in Skövde for almost 3 months.The house was built in 2014 so everything is still new and in good condition but we still felt that we wanted to repaint almost every room so we got it just as we wanted (Read very colorful = white, and different shades of gray and beige ;).So the last few months I’ve spent hanging out with our little Ebba, unpacking moving boxes and painting, painting!(Thats why I’ve had a little break here on the blog)
It didn’t feel that exciting to show how our walls can look in different gray, newly painted shades.But the last room we did in order, in Ebba’s room, we wanted to make it a little more personal and made a mural.
Since both me and my partner love to be out in the nature and have wandered in the Alps several times, choosing a motif wasn’t that difficult.We wanted mountains!We used the left overs of the piant that we’ve used for the other rooms.
And this is how it turned out!
The lower mountain range is the color we have in our bedroom and the upper sky color is the one we used to paint our living room with.Then I just mixed those colors to get two intermediate shades to the other mountain areas.We painted our hall white and used that color for making snow and clouds.
This is what it looked like along the way.
Before (cute wallpaper but not our stile).
I laid a dark foundation in the bottom and masked with tape afterword (both bottom smaller hills and upper, bigger mountains).
Painted the sky with out living room color.
Sketched on the wall and masked with tape how I wanted the middle mountain areas to look like.
Painted the mountains with the shades I got from mixing the “the base color” and the sky color “.
Then I masked where I wanted the snow and clouds to be and painted those areas with white paint.
It a takes some time to plan and to place all masking tape but it’s not difficult at all!The masking tape is my new best friend!Hope this can inspire to dare to paint a little on the walls at home.Now I’m just gonna decorate the room!The idea is that we’re gonna build a house bed, a small play tent and decorate with lots of cozy lighting and fluff!To be continued… ;)
18 February, 2020
Bye, bye SWART!
Yes, you read right. Now it’s time for me to close down my poster business. Because on Friday we’ll move to Skövde! Towards a new chapter in life with house, living in a new city, get to know new lovely people, maybe get a new job (?) and more routines. Ever since Ebba came to the world we’ve got a different perspective on life. Family time is now so incredibly highly valued! And earlier my boyfriend had to be away a lot because of his work, so now we’re moving closer to his job so we can spend more time together.
I will still do freelance. But I´ve decided to close down my own webshop in the near future. So! Now I have huge final sale with 30 % off on all art prints and posters in my webshop. And when they are sold out, they will be gone forever!
And! As I mentioned in previous post, you will also get stickers in every order all the way until Christmas Eve. So take the opportunity to go shopping Christmas gifts right now! ;)
Please note that the last day to order posters in my webshop to make sure you get them in time for Christmas is on Monday, December 16, 2019 (Since I won’t be in the studio as frequently).
Thank you so much for all your support during these 6 years! For that I’ve got to be a part of your lovely homes and hopefully will be for a few more years.I would never, ever have done this without you!From the bottom of my heart … THANK YOU!<3
26 November, 2019
I just wanted to say that now you can get my illustrations as stickers. Perfect for decorating your Christmas gifts! Or your calendar, note book, cards or the computer. Well, you get it…
And you know what? I will send some for free along with all order made from today all the way until Christmas Eve! Ho, ho, ho!
21 November, 2019
In the interior world there has been a huge focus on patterns lately.And it’s hard not to be inspired by all beautiful flowery wallpapers, textiles and clothes on social media (if you follow that kind of accounts).This has woken my curiosity about how to make them.Imagine how fun it would be to make your own wallpaper?! Or maybe a little dress for your child with your own illustrations on? That said, I booked myself a distance course in pattern design.
So lately I’ve been experimenting with my sketch book, tablet and photoshop. And here comes a little peek from our first workshop.Simple drawings of different dog rose flowers from my sketch book were pieced together and eventually became a digital pattern. It’s so much fun to learn and see how the pattern is slowly emerging.
And this is what it looks like with different colors.
All of a sudden a new world has opened up and I can see patterns in just about everything!So now I’m going to continue experimenting here at home. #staytuned
Would you also like to learn how to make pattern designs (or something else creative)? Then I really recommend looking intoArt college’s homepage.I have taken courses there in both “regular” pattern design and digital pattern design led by the artistCecilia Pettersson. She’s really great! Check it out! :)
11 November, 2019
20% off on all my designs at Caseapp.
I just wanted you to know that you’ll now get 20 % off on all my designs at Caseapp. If you’d like a new phone case or maybe a new skin for you computer with a Hipster goat on? Or why not a Street boxer?
Just click HERE, and you will come to their website. Chose any of my products and enter the discount code SWART20 when you get to the checkout and you will get 20% on your purchase. (The code is valid until October 19, 2019)
I couldn’t resist this offer so I had to do some shopping myself. So this is how my phone and computer looks like right now. Pretty nice, huh? :)
10 October, 2019
20% off in the shop.
After a really lovely summer, autumn has begun to show her beauty.My favorite time of year!When it’s still quite warm outside, the air is crisp and it slowly getting darker in the evenings so you can start to light candles and watch series or sit inside and draw.Ebba has finally started to take the bottle and goes to bed a little earlier in the evenings so now I’ve also been able to work a little more.Which I think is very fun!Although it’s super cozy to be at home and cuddle with our little baby too.
I have also started to take some design courses in how to make patterns.Last weekend I was at Art college with Cecilia Pettersson and now on friday I’ll be on a work shop for Hanna Wendelbo. It’s so much fun! So who knows! Soon I’ll might be making my own patterns. We will see if I’ll get the hang of it.
I thought I would like to kick start this fall by giving you a discount code on my posters and art prints.Just enter “swart20” in the discount code field when you arrive at the checkout and you will get 20% off on a full purchase.Valid until Friday, September 27, 2019.
Hope you’re having a great start on this fall! Talk to you soon! <3
24 September, 2019
Hello in there in the summer heat!
The days really flies by here! Which it usually does during vacation but it goes even faster now when we’ve got our little mini in the family.Right now we fill our days with lots of trips around on the west coast, spending quality time with family and friends.It’s lovely!
But I’ve also been able to draw a little.Among other things, a portrait of our little Ebba.I thought I’d make at least one portrait of her each year.Then she’ll get them all when she grows up.Maybe on her 18th birthday.
And this is how it turned out!(the drawing process step by step)
And there’s our little sunshine! <3 Next time, I will probably not choose a reference picture where she’s wearing a pajamas with 589 stripes ;)
Right now I’m on maternity leave, but if anyone’s interested in a portrait, I will start taking commissions again this fall.Just send me an email!
As you might have seen in previous posts, I’ve been drawing animals for Nordens Ark lately. These illustrations have then been printed on the brand new products for their shop. Previously, this has been a bit secret but now it’s finally time for release! On their 30th anniversary on June 15th, to be precise! I’m so excited!
So please come and celebrate with us! I will be there all day! Telling the story behind these illustrations and signing prints. You’ll find more information about their birthday plans here:www.nordensark.se
Among other things, 11 framed limited edition prints will be auctioned. The illustration pictures a snake-necked turtle which I have drawn. (See below).
The snake-necked turtle was last seen on the small island of Roti in Indonesia but is now feared to be extinct in the wild (Hence the map on the shell).At Nordens Ark they hold one of Europe’s largest breeding colonies (11 turtles so far) in order to be able to return the species to the island of Roti in the future. And the income from the auction on Saturday will go directly to help this vulnerable turtle species to find their way back into the wild.
Here are some pictures from the drawing process of some of the other illustrations I’ve been making for Nordens Ark.You’ll find these on new lovely products in their shop on Saturday.On posters, for example!
This is just a sneak peek.I’ll post more pictures here after the birthday party.Hope to see you there!:)
(Blog post continues)
Now we’re back home from a really great birthday party at Nordens Ark.Someone whispered that it even was a visiting record at the park.I’m so happy for them! Such a great day!
And when you have a little to much fun you easily forget to take pictures.But I’ve been mailing the lovely staff at Nordens Ark so now I’m a few photos richer.And here they are:
Signing all limited edition prints of the Snake-necked Turtle.During the day, 2 out of 11 art prints were auctioned. One open and one silent auction.(The rest is saved for other special occasions)
Signed, numbered and framed!
A small presentation before it’s time for the big auction of art print no 2/11.(Unfortunately I got no picture of the lovely crowd.)
This is Jimmy (Turtle expert at Nordens Ark), me and the fantastic Sixten (in the middle) who gave 10 000 SEK for this limited edition art print. Incredible!Thank you so much Sixten!(The money goes directly to helping the threatened snake necked turtle finding their way back home into the wild.)
No party without cake!
In the shop! New products with my illustrations on.<3
Posters, posters, posters.
My parents bought some new cups. <3
Thank you so much Nordens Ark for an amazingly fun assignment and a really great 30 year anniversary!Hope to see you all again soon!
Kisses and hugs<3
9 June, 2019
DIY – Baby gym
I just wanted to check in and say that I’m still here! But instead of working full time I’m hanging out with Ebba most of the time. I just love being with her! Our beloved baby girl. Can’t stop smelling that little head. <3
We spend a lot of quality time with family and friends nowadays. And we are almost more outdoors than indoors, embracing my favorite time of the year, the Swedish spring. And about one day a week I’m in the studio working. Together with Ebba of course.
On maternity leave or not. If I get a chance to be creative I’ll take it! And we needed a baby gym for Ebba so I thought why not try to make one ourselves?Which actually got surprisingly popular in the end!So I thought I’d share how I made it here. If there are any more creative moms and dads out there who’d like to make their own “gym”.
This is how it turned out:
If you think it looks nice and would like to make one of your own as well, this is what you need:
4 wooden lists á 60 cm
1 wooden round stick. 21 mm in diameter and 70 cm long.
2 wooden dowels
Paint (if you’d like to paint it)
Things to hang in the baby’s gym.(I sewed some felt animals).
How to make it:
Start by sawing the wooden lists in the desired length, mine are 60 cm long.Measure and then mark where you’d like the round stick to be, I put it about 8 cm down.Use a drill that is as wide as the round stick.In my case 21 mm.
Then measure where you want the leather straps.Both on the wooden lists and on the round stick.I have a 10 cm gap on the holes on the round stick and put the holes on the wooden lists about 40 cm down.Drill!I used a drill of 5 mm.
Also drill a slightly larger hole in each end of the round stick for the dowels.This will work as a stop so that the wooden lists won’t slip off the stick.I used 8 mm wooden dowels and drill.
When all holes are drilled, grind with sandpaper.I also chose to cut the wooden lists diagonally at the bottom so that the baby gym would stand steadier on the ground.
Have the wood naturally as it is or paint it in any color.I blended out some old white wall paint that we had at home with water and painted on.So that the wood got a “white glazed look”.
Then put all the parts together!
Now it’s time to decide what you would like to hang in the “gym”.
I chose to sew small animals in felt.Have them as they are or put small bells inside them so it sounds a bit when the little one is working out.You can also use wooden blocks in different colors, toys you have at home etc.
Some clouds in the making.
My mom dropped by and sewed some animals. <3
Then it can also be good for the little one to have something soft to lie on. A plaid or double weight blanket works fine!I took an old pillow case from IKEA and filled with wadding.
Tadaa! It’s finished! Ebba seems to like it so far!Especially the little deer to the right.
And if you’re lucky it can keep your boyfriend busy for a while as well ;)
26 May, 2019
DIY – Bag in box Easter Egg
It’s finally Easter!A weekend where the Swedes apparently eat about 2000 tons of eggs (that’s about 32 million eggs) and 1.4 kg of candy per person.How crazy is that?
I’m of course included in the statistics!In our family, we’ve had the tradition of looking for hidden Easter eggs filled with sweets in mom and dad’s garden every Easter Eve.Year after year.3 years or 33, it doesn’t matter!You’re never too old for a good Easter egg hunt! <3
If you would like to skip the candy and make a slightly more adult kind of Easter egg you can always fill it with wine instead. Yes, you heard me! A bag in box egg!Something I tried out for the first time last year and just had to make once again! It was a success! (see picture below).
And! They are pretty easy to make!:)
This is what you need:
An Easter egg
A knife or a scissor.
A glue gun or regular glue.
A half full (or half empty) bag in box with a wine that you like.
Remove the bag from the bag in box and discard the carton.Cut two half moon on both edges of the egg halves (So there will be a round hole when they are put together).Place the spout of the bag in the box out through the hole of the egg and place the wine bag inside the egg.(It may happen that you have to empty the bag a little to get more space depending on the size of the bib and the egg #tobadforyou #cheers). Put a little glue along the edges of both egg halves and press them together (with the wine bag inside). Let it dry aaand voila!You’ve made a bag in box egg!
Pretty fun, huh? Regardless if you’re making bib eggs or not this weekend I hope that you all will have a wonderful Easter! <3
Talk to you soon again!
xoxo / Sanna
18 April, 2019
When two becomes three.
As you might have seen in my earlier posts we’ve been expecting a baby girl! On March 6th to be precise! But I was convinced that she would come even earlier than that! I guess just because I’ve been feeling so well during almost the whole pregnancy. I havn’t had any major problems or pain and I’ve been able to exercise and take long walks almost every day.
This is how I looked like on march 6th. 100 % baked!
But oh my! Was I wrong!The days went on and turned into weeks over time and all of a sudden we stood there and had booked an appointment to get the labour started at the hospital here in Gothenburg. Those days waiting were the longest days in my life. The time went sooo slow!But then suddenly, two days before the due date at the hospital (after a long walk), the water finally broke!I was so happy!I really wanted the body to start everything by itself.
We drove to the hospital to double check that everything was okay (which it was!) and almost directly after that as we got back home I started to get really heavy contractions. 2-3 contractions every 10 minutes that I had to take standing up every time otherwise it hurt to much. But that wasn’t enough to get the labour started. Which ended up with us staying at home working with the contractions for two whole days. We didn’t get much sleep there. So! We had to go to the hospital and get some help anyway in the end. (on week 42 + 1 day).
After 48 hours of constant pain and no sleep we both were really tired. But at the same time we were so happy to know that this time we won’t get back home from the hospital without our little baby girl.
We were welcomed by the sweetest staff and they informed us about how the process will work for me.Although it felt like we started this journey a bit uphill, they got both me and David to feel that we were in such safe hands. We read our birth letter together and then it was time for me to get a hormone drip to start the labour for real.
To make a long story not too long, the process looked a bit like this.Hormone drip, heavy contractions, tens, nitrous oxide, constant contractions without break, back anesthesia that didn’t work, half panic, I explain to David that there will be no more children, pause hormone drip, David cheers a drained Sanna, after 8 h new test with back anesthesia, it works!(hallelujah!), less pain, food break with spaghetti and meat sauce, increase drip, the contractions became stronger again, exhale nitrous oxide like that there was no tomorrow, testing different labor positions, after 15 hours with hormone drip finally the second stage of labour started, I find out that I can scream louder than I’ve ever done before, the sun is on its way up and gently lights into the room, the blackbird sings outside, the clock was 05.57 in the morning and there finally… our beloved little Ebba laid on my chest and took her first breath.
It was a long and very intense childbirth.65 hours in total to be precise. But OMG what an amazing experience!During childbirth I said (read screaming) that I never want to be involved with this again. “There will be no more children, David!” But as soon as she got up on my chest all the frustration and pain was like blown away.All midwives and nurses have been absolutely fantastic!(we met 3 different teams during this time)Not to mention my dear partner who was an incredible support from the start.Thanks honey!I hadn’t managed this without you! <3
And now she’s here! Our beloved little Ebba! A perfect, healthy, baby girl. 3,4 kg and 50 cm tall. Today she’s one week old and we dove straight into the baby bubble from the first second we saw her (And I guess we won’t come out from it until she’s a teenager).
29 March, 2019
SWART + Nordens ark = True
Oooh! I don’t think I can keep my mouth shut anymore. Even if I’m not finished with all the illustrations yet.But it’s such a fun collab so I just have to give you some “heads up” of what’s cooking!
Because right now I’m illustrating lots of beautiful animals for Nordens ark!This summer, they will celebrate their 30th anniversary. During this birthday party they will, among other things, release a lot of new products in their shop. And that’s where I come in! Because all motifs to be printed on these products will be drawn by me.How fun is that ?!
Like this snow leopard, for example.
This is one of several animals that I’ve been given the honor to illustrate for them.Which feels fantastic! I can’t reveal much more, right now.But more info will come further on!:)
If you haven’t been at Nordens ark, I really think you should pay them a visit!A lovely destination for the whole family on the west coast of Sweden !Nordens ark aren’t just beautiful animals.They also work hard to save threatened species and to be able to give them a brighter future.Read more at www.nordensark.se
… And here are some pictures from the drawing process of the snow leopard (where I draw on my Ipadpro instead of on regular paper as I usually do).
27 February, 2019
We are so close! 16 days left to be precise according to my pregnant app. So, our little baby girl might arrive any day now. This is our first child. There’s so much love and expectations in the air. We just can’t handle the excitement to finally meet you little piglet! Whoever you are hiding in there.
We’ve been taking a lot of pictures of the baby bump during the pregnancy. Although, almost all of them are very amateurish and through a mobile camera lens. It looks pretty funny proportionally when you are 158 cm (tall!) and with an upper body where God forgot 10 cm. The feeling right now is a bit like when Julia Roberts put on a far to big backpack in the movie Run away bride and fell right backwards. Though my backpack makes me fall forward. But still, I’ve never felt so beautiful as I do now in my “little” love bump! <3
Two weeks ago, Lisa Ryd Carlsson visited us at home one afternoon. Not only is she a very dear friend, she is also a very talented photographer. And this afternoon she had brought her camera to catch the moment through her magical eyes.
Here are some pictures from the result.
And some standing photos.
Thank you so much dear Lisa for all these lovely photos! I’m so happy for this wonderful memory of the love bump. <3
And hey! A little bird whispered in my ear that Lisa Ryd Carlsson now offer a very friendly special price when booking pregnancy photoshoot before February 28, during the period march 1 – April 30, 2019.
Well, dear friends… The next blog post will probably be about when our new, little family member arrives. We can’t wait! Talk to you soon. <3
Lots of love!
/ Sanna & the little piglet
18 February, 2019
Maternity leave, new delivery times & a discount code filled with love.
Soon it’s time for me to go on some maternity leave. Because in three weeks (isch) we will finally meet our beloved little baby girl! <3
This also means that I will not work as much as usual in the next 6-12 months. Which in turn will affect the delivery time in my webshop. This week everything will be rolling as usual with 3-7 days of delivery time! But from Saturday, February 16, 2019, the delivery time will be extended to 7-14 days.
So! The webshop will be open just as usual in the future! But I will be on maternity leave part-time this year, which means new and longer delivery time.
It’s also Valentine’s Day on Thursday! So I thought we should celebrate all this love with a discount code to all you darlings out there. As a happy good bye before I dive into the baby bubble for a while.
So! From today, you’ll get 20% discount on your purchase if you enter the discount code VALENTINE in the “apply coupon box” when you get to the checkout in my webshop. The code is valid until Friday, February 15 and can be used as many times as you’d like until then.
Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s week!
Kisses & hugs / Sanna
11 February, 2019
Mural at Kallebäcks torn.
In November last year I got a very happy surprise in my inbox. It was an e-mail from Stena fastigheter (Stena real estate in english) and they asked me if I would like to decorate all the floors in one of their new buildings here in Gothenburg. A 14 floor high building to be exact! I didn’t need much time for consideration. Of course I would love to do that!
The only thing was that we didn’t have that much time for planning. They wanted a larger motif / pattern in the entrance and then they wanted to pick smaller pieces from it and paint on each floor. This was in the end of November. During this period I was working extra 3-4 days a week at my old job and everything needed to be done in the end of December. So I had to come up with something quick! I started to look through my old sketches and found this one that I made during my time at Gothenburg school of art back in the days. (I call it twister)
This was a bit too advanced for the tight schedule so I slightly simplified it all and made it black and white.The painting would also extend over two walls, one of which was dark gray so I had to experiment a little and invert the pattern on one side.I also added “two towers” that repeated in the pattern to symbolize the Kallebäck’s towers (There are two exactly the same buildings that are named Kallebäcks towers and I was going to paint in one of them).So never throw your old drawings away!You never know when they can come in handy or what they can inspire you to do in the future!:)
This is what my remake of my old sketch looked like in the end.
So, in December it was time to start working at this place! So exciting!
I didn’t want to mess up the wall to much so I made the pre-sketch with mask tape and white crayons.
Note to self: Buy a lot of tape!
Drawing bubbly pattern!
… and some “towers”. Our little baby girl had to keep up with me.Whether she wanted to or not <3 (but I think she thought it was just as fun as mom).
Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles!!!
Tadaa! The entrance is finished!
And this is what it looks like from the outside.
Only 13 floors left to go.
There I made it a little easier and picked only minor details from the larger motif in the entrance.
I used posca markers, masking tape and wall paint in black, white and gray.
Different patterns on different floors but all from the same bigger motif in the entrance.
It took a few days but finally I’ve painted all the way up to floor 14!
Isn’t it wonderful with people who dare to invest in a little more “artsy look” in the public space?Thank you Stena fastigheter for this fun assignment!I cross my fingers that I’ll get to do more collaborations like this in the future.<3