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Artist Round-up: Palm Springs

One place that I go to for design inspiration is Palm Springs, CA and the desert surrounding it. There is something magical about the expansiveness, colors, and natural landscape that appeals to many. Visual artists over the years have built their art practices out in the desert.

Over on A Day in the Life, I will share some of my 5 favorite artists + one blogger, who live in the desert, inspire or creatively captures those desert vibes for me.  From Los Angeles to the Palm Springs area, you can make it out there in just under 2 hours.

Read more about my 5 favorite artists here.

Happy Monday!

 

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Summer Shibori Workshop Update

I am hosting my first ever Shibori Textile Workshop July, 9th via my current blog, A Day in the Life.

You can learn the ancient Art of Shibori and create 2 modern and bohemian tea towels for your home.

This textile workshop will teach and explore ancient art of Japanese Shibori. You will be able to experiment with various folds, tie and dye techniques to create unique fabrics colored a deep blue Indigo hue.

*Workshop size is limited to 8 individuals to allow ample time to create.

Here are the details on how to enroll now~

  • Indigo Shibori Workshop
  • West Los Angeles Studio
  • July 9th, 2-5 p.m.
  • All materials included.

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Questions? email art@hilarylhahn.com

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Color Wheel Art with kids!

Today, I’m sharing a basic color wheel project that I have done many times with kids. When I make art with young kids, I use the color wheel as a topic for discovery.

After, introducing children to the Color Wheel, I like to host a “color hunt” in the center of the room. I allow them to fill color coded egg cartons, using a collection of “found” kid-friendly objects. I love how the collage of colorful objects looks on black illustration board too. Every time, I do this lesson some of the materials I use changes…some objects such as buttons and puzzle pieces that can be recycled and found around the house. One thing, that I have used every single time was colored pasta and colored drinking straws cut small. First, I ask young artists to search for the primary colors during the color hunt. Next, I asked them to search for secondary colors and sort in the carton. I made my cartons out of Mochi containers, which required eating Mochi:) Then, I painted them with acrylic paint so it would stick. Tempera or poster paint on an egg carton would work too!

Color wheel Collage

Here are some of the materials I use for this project below:

  • Foam shapes
  • Colored pasta
  • Buttons
  • Feathers
  • Craft glue, these mini sized bottles are great for small hands, although they are used up fast, if they clog or dry out, I feel less wasteful b/c they typically last just a few projects.
  • Pom-poms, something soft or metallic looks good.
  • Black card stock or thicker

There are so many household materials that are good for collage. You can get creative and use anything in a primary or secondary color that you want to repurpose.

Here are a few of the artworks below.

color wheel

If any of you do try out this project with kids. I would love to hear about it. How did it go? Did your kids enjoy it? any variations that you tried and any final product pics? Please share!

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DIY Summer Tote Printmaking Tutorial

Over the weekend, I spent a little creative time in my studio! Although, I am constantly designing…it has been a while since the last tutorial and I am excited to share the process.

I plan to showcase my home decor products at the Renegade Handmade Market in downtown Los Angeles July 26 and 27th. Every week this month, I will be preparing my product line and shop!

I thought it would be fun to create tote bags for shoppers. I have been visualizing the design on a large cotton canvas tote bag for quite some time now.

I wanted to do skinny stripes with a bright dip dyed twist!

First, I ironed the bag until it was pretty flat. Then, I sectioned off the stripes in 1″ segments. For this, I simply started at the top edge of the tote and measured 1″ down on either side, placed a mark…then drew a straight line using painter’s tape.

You will need:

  • A ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painter’s Tape
  • 1″ foam brush
  • Container for dye bath
  • Black Textile paint
  • Jacquard Acid Dye (any color of your choice)

 

I decided to do five 1″ stripes in black. I smoothed on black paint with a 1″ foam brush. I experimented a bit first with only four stripes…

I couldn’t choose which one I liked the best four stripes or five…

Then, I hung them all up to dry. I even removed some tape while they were wet…some lines were a bit wiggly, but I think I like the hand printed quality goes well with the dip dye bottom.

I prepared the dye bath by following the directions on the jar. I added boiling hot water and a bit of white vinegar to the powder dye and stirred up the bath.

I was to scared to dip a bag in straight away…so I practiced on some white tea towels to get the hang of the dipping. I hung everything up to dry over some cardboard which drained to the kitchen sink…our kitchen was looking pretty in hot pink!

The next day, I hand washed the excess pigment from the fabrics which lightened them up a bit.

I think this will make a perfect tote to pack to and from design meetings, art classes and fof course trips to the beach!

I will have these totes for sale at Renegade…or you can purchase one in my shop. I would love to see what you make using this printed stripe and dip-dye technique.

Please share your projects and photos with me!

Hilary

 

 

 

 

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Owen’s Imagination Nursery

In light of our special family news, I have invited the stylish and artful Michelle, who you may remember from her house tour last year to do a special guest post today. 

Even before my sweet baby boy Owen was born, I knew how I wanted to design his room. You see, I’ve always been a fan of bold pops of black and white. I’d say it was my guilty pleasure, except it’s so wonderful, there’ nothing to feel guilty about. It’s clean and classic, but never goes out of style. Plus, because it’s gender neutral, I knew it would be perfect whether we had a girl or a boy.

And so Owen’s room has a beautiful black-and-white theme with mixing-and-matching patterns, with a single pop of yellow to add a bit of quirkiness, which fits really spectacularly with the modern, clean-lined furniture. Some prefer colored walls for their new bundle of joy, but I chose to keep the walls white. It has a maturing feel; one that is perfect for him as a newborn but can grow with him as he gets older, and his baby room becomes a big boy room.

Also the bare walls really make the colors of his new toys and books pop! So much fun!

As he enters the world of discovering the joys of patterns, Owen loves looking at the black raindrop decals and homemade hot air balloon mobile that hangs above and beside his crib. It creates lots of those baby smiles that melt my heart all day long! The hot air balloon is a self-made custom version of an art project I teach in my classes. The kids love it, and so do I.

One thing I’ve come to realize – I never knew how much time I would spend on the floor before becoming a new mommy. Owen and I play on the floor a lot and do tummy time on the black and white striped rug and black and grey FLOR carpet tiles. They not only add to the color theme, but provide a soft place for us to play.

The artwork in Owen’s room is special because it’s all original pieces by me, his mommy! That includes the paintings and the hot air balloon mobile. Starting in college, I focused my art to be ideal for children. This is where I began my themed watercolor illustrations of animal family-themes. Each piece has a family of animals doing an act of bonding whether it be peacocks learning how to ride a bike or sea monkeys learning how to scuba dive.

The painting above the changing table was a gift to my hubby before we got pregnant of what I envisioned our home would look like when we had a family. The colors are gentle, and the theme really adds great warmth and a sense of family to the room.

Creating children’s art has always been my creative outlet. It was so fun to design and even more satisfying seeing it all displayed in my son’s space. It tells a story. I want my son to discover his creativity and find himself. I wanted to create this space, where he use his imagination and dream big.

This gives me an opportunity to not only lay a good foundation of color and pattern discovery, but also pass the torch, so that what inspired mommy may also inspire Owen.

Thank you, Michelle~ for sharing your story and inspiring us and for all the maternity guidance along the way…stay tuned for a peak at our family news this Friday! 

 

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Colorful Mosaic Tile Table

My friend, Edy decided to rearrange her dining space converting her former dining table to an outdoor patio table. You may remember Edy, from her art card series or maybe you have seen her paintings in person.

Earlier this summer, we came up with the idea to tile and grout it’s surface to make it more resilient to entertaining and also hide some signs of wear and tear.

We decided to tackle one last creative project before the summer was over. Here is a peak at how the table looked before grouting.

While we had some tiles of our own, the best part was hunting for new pieces at Venice Discount Tile Center…rummaging through a plethora of cracked tiles and motley shaped tiles.

We had a colorful collection to work with rooted in sea-greens and bright pops of yellows and orange, when we began the project.

After arranging the tiles, we began to glue them down with ceramic adhesive.

Some might say it looked like a colorful board game once the tiles we arranged.

After letting the glue set-up for an hour or so…we began the grouting process. Mixing the grout we went for a smooth consistency that could be poured around and between the tiles. As the mixture dried out…we used wet sponges to sculpt the surface.

You can see a final picture of this table poolside with it’s painted legs on Edy’s Flickr site.

All the amazing photos taken by Edy and Danny Levin.

That’s all for the tile table adventure:) I hope you all have a great weekend!

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Pink Pianos Booth Design

I have been toying around with the idea of doing handmade booth of my PinkPianos products in the near future. I will offer Fine Art prints, screen printed tea towels, and original designs.

Over the weekend, I took the time to style and select items from my home decor line for a booth!

Holiday Cards. Ornaments, and Tea Towels.

I will let you know all the details as soon as I am sure it’s a go!

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