We go through a lot of towels in our kitchen. I never buy pretty ones because I just know I can't make them last, so why spend the $$$? Enter: the DIY kitchen tea towel.
Whenever you have the unfortunate occassion to be at an event that still serves hot beverages in styrofoam cups, you either 1) say "no thank you, it's 2009, and I won't use polystyrene any more, where's the drinking fountain"; or 2) suck it up, feel bad for compromising, enjoy your cocoa, then proceed to impress teeth marks around the top rim, and, if you're really bored, around the bottom angle.
So, take a cue from Charlotte Mann, and doodle your own. Her complex black line drawings liven two-dimensional white walls into explosions of texture and scale.
- Scrounge up a plain old white lampshade*.
- Print a pretty silhoutte to use as a template.
- Tape the template to the inside of the lampshade.
- Sit in front of a window, using it as a backlight.
- Use a fine-point Sharpie to outline the template.
Twenty years ago, Charlie Kratzer decided he wanted alot of impressionist-style art in his home...so, he figured he was gonna have to make it himself. Ten dollars later (which is what, eight sharpies?)...he's ended up with this: