Abrams Books sent me a copy of Craft the Rainbow in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and from the heart.
Well our spring buds are taking their sweet time to bloom and I am itching to see some COLOUR. So let’s BRING IT ON! Today I’ve got the first of two new books to share with all kinds of brilliant DIY ideas to invite your favourite hues into your home and your wardrobe. Craft the Rainbow: 40 Colorful Paper Projects from The House That Lars Built by Brittany Watson Jepsen (remember her Flowers and Cactus colouring books?) explores everything colour-related under the sun, from why certain colours work together and how to use them, to fun facts in colour history and quotes from artists and designers who share their favourites. And the projects! Three for each of the pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and white chapters, followed by 16 rainbow crafts for those who love them all. There are party crowns made from drinking straws, tasselled curtain tiebacks made of crepe paper and wooden blocks, paper plants in every colour of the rainbow and shoe clips that turn cupcake liners into works of art. Sounds amazing, right? Just wait ’til you see inside.
These oversized magnolias from the pink chapter were inspired by the dozens of giant paper flowers Brittany made for her wedding, including the single poppy for her bouquet. “[The bouquet] is surprisingly simple to assemble,” Brittany says, “and unlike fresh flowers, you can hold on to it forever.” The step-by-step instructions are illustrated with photographs and templates for the petals and the leaves follow at the back of the book.
Just as I want a recipe to tell me how long it’ll take to make, Craft the Rainbow tells you how long you can expect to spend on each project. Only instead of hours and minutes, Brittany’s measured the time by the length of some of her favourite TV shows, movies and podcasts. (For this one budget an afternoon listening to your wedding playlist with the bridal party.)
The balloon arch with paper leaves is another take on one Brittany and a floral designer friend made with balloons and fresh flowers (also the most popular post on Brittany’s blog, The House That Lars Built). And it is my dream. I don’t know when I’ll make it or where I’ll put it, but one of these days I’ll have one of my own. What do you think? Do you looooooove?
And Brittany’s brilliant blue sun print is the perfect summer craft to make outside with a pot of iced tea.
“Sun printing involves placing objects on white cyanotype paper and letting the sun make a print; anything not blocked out will turn blue. I chose cyanotype paper that turns a deeper blue, which feels moodier than the bright ultramarine. This classic combination cannot be beat.” — Brittany Watson Jepsen
Brittany’s designs are based on Scandinavian folk patterns, but you could do just about anything — polka dots, a phrase, a mandala — the sky’s the limit!
What do you think? Are you inspired to craft? I hope so, because I’ve got a
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Good luck everybody!
Update June 4, 2018: Congratulations Viv S!
Images 2, 3 and 4 copyright © 2018 Chaunté Vaughn; cover copyright © 2018 Abrams. Each shared here with permission from the publisher.