Painting flowers in March

March was for painting flowers! And seeing flowers, and feeling their amazing scent everywhere... Before last month I haven't really attempted to draw flowers, perhaps I was afraid I couldn't capture their beauty. I thought that was Nature's job and she was doing it perfectly. So how can I reveal more beauty than what already IS?!

But I remember: the day before the first of March was warm and the grass inviting, so I stayed in the sun right next to a patch of crocuses... Purple, orange, yellow, white, so magical. I just sat and smiled continuously, not sure what to do. If to do something at all... After a while, the only thing that made sense was to pull out my sketchbook, paint and brush. My hand was fearful, but my heart was full and she wanted to let all the flowers in.

Such an uncharted territory... these beautiful creatures. So mysterious, so pretty, but so brave - standing tall and strong in the face of impermanence. 'I am here right now! This is my time and this is the best of me!' this is the song I've heard flowers sing.

Days went by and as I was willing to surrender to their message I noticed flowers appearing everywhere, small or big, colourful, in the shape of the clouds or even when I was looking at my hands.
I was a flower too!

It was a whole month of drawing flowers, every day. Thinking about flowers, letting them lead the journey. I sketched in watercolors and pen, but I'm dreaming of dipping my petals fingers in acrylics, inks and even print on fabric. What do you use for drawing flowers, or what would you like?

I hope you feel inspired to get closer to these amazing miracles and even start a drawing/painting practice. It's so interesting to feel a connection growing. I can assure you of one thing: whether you start by being experienced or not, something will happen once you get past the voice of fear, creativity will shine through.

Thank you for reading and being here! 🌿

How to write on a T-shirt using a simple stencil

The idea stopped by one night after making this illustration. I had just painted on a cardboard sheet, cut the letters out and glued them next to the drawing and as I was looking at the new piece I wondered what could I do with what was left - the stencil that remained from taking the letters out... So I knew: let's use it to write and wear this beautiful message.

I prepared the fabric panels (but you can use a ready made T-shirt one you have around) and I thought a few strokes of paint would look interesting, so I applied acrylic with a small roller (supplies from the children's art & crafts department).
After it dried I secured the stencil with tape and began to dab paint over it using a sponge (it came with the same supplies set), but I believe a regular piece of household sponge works just fine.

I let it dry and ironed on the wrong side on the print for two-three minutes to set the paint, then sewed the panels and sleeves together, neckband, hems and that's it. I love the effect of the raw letters and how the design looks arty and unique. It is such a good feeling to be able to take a few materials and turn them into art you can wear, that didn't cost more than it should - to us and to our world.

  • Fabric or fabric panel or T-shirt
  • Acrylic paint or screen printing ink
  • Cardboard (stencil)
  • Craft knife/cutting tool (stencil)
  • Tape
  • Sponge, roller/brush (optional)
  • Iron (no steam function)
I hope this inspires you to create your unique mark making and wear it with joy! Like my son always says when he begins a project: 'the sky is NOT a limit!' :)

A DIY T-shirt

For this project I used a raglan T-shirt pattern I purchased (a while ago) from Schnittchen. As the absolute beginner I have been at that time, I thought it was incredibly easy and I was very happy to learn the techniques. I gifted all of my tolerant supportive friends with handmade tees. I still think it's a very good pattern & fit and I heartily recommend it.

But my DIY story starts long before I actually got next to a sewing machine, a few years back when almost over night I started a successful business painting T-shirts. I was creating one of a kind garments, helping people's ideas come to life - everyone got to be a designer, everyone was creative. And surely, everyone was happy - they could finally have the custom design they had dreamed of.

Soon, I started to dream too... I dreamed of making the T-shirts from scratch while using sustainable means, making my business 100% ethical and friendly to all. The journey wasn't easy and it was certainly not fast, but I did it. I have learned about fabric, about sustainable choice and market, learned to sew and even learned to draft T-shirts, making the experience truly unique.

I want to show you some of my creations and tutorials here so we can hopefully learn to be more creative and confident together. I know you have the best ideas!

For this T-shirt I used a soft organic jersey fabric from Discovery Knitting and a remnant piece for the sleeves. Before sewing the panels together I dipped a brush in acrylic (water based) and painted along the seams. I intentionally left the lines uneven and a bit smudgy for a raw look, in contrast with the neat dots & swallows print.

After the paint dried I sewed the pieces together, the neck binding and hems. That's it. I think all it takes to bring creativity forth is a bit of courage and trust that your mark making (both literally and figuratively speaking) is awesome and it doesn't compare to anyone else's. Making a positive contribution to the world through better consumption habits comes with the territory, so it's a wholesome win.