1 May 2015

experimenting with paint

In my recent video on my visual diary I experimented with some paint. Paint has always been my least favourite medium in art because it's messy and I've always just found it difficult.

This year in art, well I'm forced to learn how to use oil paints and some watercolours and it's got me intrested in them. I received these pastel gouache paints (^^) for christmas and thought I should use them properly. Gouache is like a very thick water colour paint, which is a nice difference from watercolour and normal acrylic.

The second paint I've been experimenting with is traditional watercolour. I have always had palette watercolours but they don't work as well as tube paints. So I decided to buy a pack of 12 watercolour tubes from Reeves.

I love how rustic you can be with watercolours and it doesn't have to be perfect and neat, and if you muck up the blending - it looks how it is meant to look! I'm not the best painter really.

whenever I get new paints, my favourite thing to do is make colour charts for all the colours, just because it's fun! Also it's a good way to experiment how they look and how they work.

I really recommend getting some cheap watercolours and giving them ago because they are easy and you can't muck it up.

hope this might get you inspired to start painting, it's great fun

- harri xx

27 Apr 2015

chocolate chip cookies

hello everyone!
Today I'm sharing my favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe. This isn't my recipe, but our family love it so much I thought I should share it!

Full credits go to Annabel Langbein for this recipe, from her book Anyone Can Bake.

250g butter
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
few drops vanilla essence
2 1/4 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 160˙C and line baking trays.
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in the vanilla and condensed milk, then stir in dry ingredients and chocolate chips. Chill for 15 minutes in the fridge so it's firm enough to shape and roll.

Roll into walnut size balls and place on baking trays, allowing some room to flatten with the palm of your hand. Bake 20 minutes until lightly golden and set.

Store in airtight container for 1 - 2 weeks.

- harri x