ONE SKETCH A DAY // MARCH - MAY 2017

As you might have read in January, I'm keeping a One Sketch A Day visual journal and at the end of each month plan to share a few of my favourite doodles from it. It's been a real struggle to keep up with my daily doodles since February though as there has been just so much going on, and more recently, its just felt as though it's been one thing after the other. So in an attempt to catch up here are some of my favourite doodles over the last few months...

DIY // EASTER EGG BASKET

DIY Easter Egg Basket by Isoscella
DIY Easter Egg Basket by Isoscella
DIY Easter Egg Basket by Isoscella

Decorating eggs at Easter time doesn't have to just be for children; with just a lick of paint and a cute basket to put them in, blown out eggs make a really easy and chic bit of Easter decor. And while you're at it, why not have a go at making your own basket? I made this one using the hot glue from a glue gun. Keep reading to find out what I used and how I did it...

DIY Easter Egg Basket by Isoscella

MAKING THE EGGS

1.  Create a small hole at the top of the egg with a pin. I did this by first scratching the egg shell to create a little divot to keep the pin in place, before lightly tapping the pin through the shell with a spoon.

2.  Make a slightly larger hole at the bottom of the egg. Again, I used the method from step 1 to get the pin through the shell. Then I wiggled the pin about to make the hole larger.

3.  Put your fingers over the holes and give the egg a good shake. Now this probably seems a bit strange, but I found that by breaking the egg yolk inside and mixing it all together with a good shake, that it was alot easier to blow the middle out.

4.  Hold the egg over a bowl and blow out the middle using a straw. To do this I just held my straw over the pin hole at the top of the egg however if you have a small straw that fits into the hole thats even better.

5.  Once empty, wash the middle out with water and microwave for 30 seconds. When you've managed to get all the egg out of the shell, hold the shell under the tap to get some water inside and give it another shake. Blow out the water with the straw and once air dry, pop in the microwave.

6.  Lastly, decorate your eggs however you wish. To create these eggs below, I used a pebble textured spray paint, a copper spray paint, and after creating some texture with the pebble spray paint, painted over with a dusky pink acrylic paint.

MAKING THE BASKET

1.  Firstly, grab a glass or ceramic bowl and cover it in vaseline. Now, I didn't do this for the basket here and it was a right pain to get off the bowl. After a bit of googling, I read that vaseline makes this easier - so learn from my mistakes!

2.  Turn on your glue gun and start marking circles all around the ceramic bowl. I started by dotting glue around the sides of the bowl and then joined them. I then worked all the way down to the bottom.

3.  Next, connect these circles by drawing lines of glue. This is quite difficult to describe, but if you were looking down on these circles from above, you are effectively creating lines to split the circles in half, then quarters and then eighths (and so on!).

4.  Then, go around drawing an 'x' in each of the boxes Step 3 created. I did this to make my basket both strong and to appear so that the gaps in it were triangular (forever obsessed!).

5.  Leave to completely dry and peel off of the ceramic or glass bowl. As I said before, I struggled quite a bit with this. I broke a nail, and stabbed myself with the pen knife I'd resorted to using, so definitely use vaseline to make this easier. Once off the bowl, you might need to go back in with your glue gun and fix any breakages.

6.  Once off the bowl, spray paint. First, I spray painted my basket all over with white spray paint and then to give it a slightly more rustic look, sprayed the underside with a very light dusting of copper spray paint.

DIY Easter Egg Basket by Isoscella

It's been ages since I posted on here, and this was my first craft after handing in my thesis, so I thoroughly enjoyed making these and am both surprised and pleased that I managed to squeeze in an Easter DIY before the day itself!

Have a lovely Easter and I look forward to being able to post more regularly on here again :)

♥ 

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DIY // HEDGEHOG HOUSE SIGN

DIY Hedgehog House Sign by Isoscella
DIY Hedgehog House Sign by Isoscella
DIY Hedgehog House Sign by Isoscella

Happy Mother's Day to all of the amazing mums out there - those that are present and those that are no longer with us. As one of my first subscribers, I'm pretty sure that my mum will not only read this (hi ma!), but be excited to see that her little hedgehog house has made it onto the internet. My mum loves nature and I often joke that her and my dad's garden is like a miniature nature reserve, so it seemed fitting to buy her a hedgehog house for Mother's Day. I found this wooden house with a slate roof at a local garden centre for £30 and just couldn't resist customising it a little with a hand-lettered plaque. Every summer, my parents lay out meal worms, raisins and nuts, and the same old hedgehog with a faint white streak down his back (known affectionately as 'Mr Hedgie' though he could well be a she) comes to bulk up ready for hibernation. Hopefully, this house will convince him to move permanently into her garden!

DIY Hedgehog House Sign by Isoscella

1.  Prep your wood to draw on. I found this small piece of leftover fence panelling in my parent's garden and it was completely soaked, so I gave it a clean and left it to dry for a day on a radiator. I chose not to sand it down as the wood felt quite brittle but this would definitely have made drawing and painting easier!

DIY Hedgehog House Sign by Isoscella

2.  Using a pencil, draw out a rough guide for your hand lettering. As the hedgehog that visits my parents' garden has been affectionately nicknamed 'Hedgie', I chose to name the hedgehog house 'Hedgie House'.

DIY Hedgehog House Sign by Isoscella

3.  Paint over your pencil outline. Here I chose to use white acrylic paint so that it would contrast nicely against the wood. I have a go-to handlettering style, though generally any writing can be made to look a little more special by painting the down strokes a little thicker.

DIY Hedgehog House Sign by Isoscella

4.  Once dry, protect your plaque with some clear varnish. I painted both the front and back of the plaque to protect both my handlettering and the wood itself from the elements. I used a Ronseal clear wood varnish, which gave it a nice sheen. 

DIY Hedgehog House Sign by Isoscella

5.  Leave the plaque to dry completely before sticking it to your hedgehog house. For this I used waterproof Uni-bond No More Nails and I have to say it worked perfectly. It stuck relatively quickly and so I only had to hold the plaque to the house for a few seconds.

DIY Hedgehog House Sign by Isoscella

... and that's it!

DIY Hedgehog House Sign by Isoscella

Did you get creative this Mother's Day?

Let me know what you think in the comments below and if you like it, share it!