Slightly creepy, but full of character – I love ceramics of Swedish artist Eleonor Boström!
This week we’ve a selection of lovely new ceramics in from Holland. Designed by Anouk and manufactured by Kleverling – our Brushstroke Series consists of a Stripes Brushstroke Vase (£24.95), a Spots Brushstroke Vase (£24.95) and a set of four Brushstroke Tumblers (£24.95). Hand-painted, a bit wonky and rocking some great pastels – we’ve really got a soft spot for this playful and eclectic set.
Below are some of the directions we took when shooting and styling the pieces – we played around with block colour, paint brushes as props and painting directly onto the back drop. We hope you like the end results!
We love books in our household so have decided to start stocking beautifully illustrated children’s books on Howkapow. They make treasured gifts and are such a delight to read and share with young little minds.
We started off with two publishing houses that specialise in highly illustrated children’s books – Wide Eyed Editions and Big Picture Press – and have a selection of books covering all children’s age ranges. We have fiction, non-fiction and art and design books appropriate for ages 2 to…. 80! We strongly believe they can be loved by both adults and children alike.
In our image below we sampled illustrations from a selection of our books – including Colours and Counting by Aino-Maija Metsola, and Ralf by Jean Jullien to create a colourful cacophony of creatures. See the little bookworms in there too?!
Oooo hello quirky, surreal Japanese-inspired outfits by Purple Fish Bowl!
1. Friday Night Pizza from Lolas Cookies!
2. Bacon & Eggs from Oh Happy Day!
3. Tetris Cookies from Sugar & Cloth!
4. Lollipop greatness from The Biscuiteers!
5. General amazingness from American cookie maker – Holly Fox.
Ok…. we’ve gone to 6 but we just couldn’t help including these from Hungry Hippopotamus!
I can’t take any credit for this tutorial on how to make these amazing faux Cacti I’m afraid – it is all the creative genius of American artist Brie Zachar from Like The Cheese. These little beauties are made from painted stones, and won’t die on you like my cacti always seem to. I know, I know…
- Smooth Flat Rocks
- Three Different Shades of Green Paint
- White Paint
- Foam Paint Brushes
- Small Brush for Details
- Terracotta Pot
- Start by cleaning your rocks and making sure they are dirt free.
- Paint a few good coats of green paint on each of the different rocks, using a foam paint brush.
- Using a smaller brush for the details, add some “cactus” patterns.
- Fill the terracotta pot with soil and “plant” your rocks.
- Use the gravel to secure the rocks in place and make it look pretty.