.

.

Monday, August 11, 2014

doily lion by the bushcrafter







Look what I've won! Jenny of the Bushcrafter had a giveaway (a looooong time ago, sorry for the delayed winner post, Jenny!) and I won this dead gorgeous plush lion made from a recycled doily. The lion is so adorable with its facial expression created by Jenny. I love him!

Be sure to check Jenny at the Bushcrafter out, because she is a true inspiration when it comes to both traditional and untraditional handicrafts!














Friday, August 8, 2014

my lettering process







I have the honour of making letterings for Kyrkpressen, a Christian weekly paper in the Swedish speaking part of Finland. Every week I get a text with thoughts on faith and life. Every week I get to interpret the text into a lettering. I've made my firsts ones, got nine more to go. It requires thought, a lot of drawing and making mistakes. At least for the first one.

I want to show you how I work, what my process is like. Note: this is not the lettering that appeared in the paper, this one I rejected. I get to decide which one I want in print.

Firstly I sketch my ideas with pencil, mostly in my notebook or just on ordinary printer paper. I mostly sketch free hand, but this one needed a grid.




Then I used tracing paper, a semi transparent paper, to make a first pencil drawing of the letters with the details I wanted. I chose to draw Lily of the valley as decorations on the letters. I'll tell you more on why I chose a flower later.




I was happy with the pencil sketch so I used a second tracing paper to trace my letters with ink.




I mostly vectorize my letterings. That way I can change the size and smaller details or kerning. I do not start from scratch drawing the letters in Illustrator, I use Image Trace on my drawings, (with some work in Photoshop before opening the project in Illustrator). It is a very time consuming job, but I like the process.

Here is the first coloured draft. Växt-styrka is growing strength in English. I noticed the dots on the Ä, second letter from the upper left, were not obvious enough, so I remade them.





But then I hesitated because "växt-styrka" is not a real word in Swedish, so I remade the whole second part of the word into "kraft". Växtkraft (growing power) is a more common word.





I really liked how the letters looked in the "växt-styrka" version. More exspressive letters and better flow in the layout. I am happy with the result, but I did not want it in the paper so I drew a whole new one for that.

I chose Lily of the valley because in flower language the flower stands for woman power and innosence. Also "I´ve loved you from the first time I saw you" and ""Get to know me before you judge me". To me these meanings go well with values on growth in a Christian sence.


Here is the lettering I sent off to be printed in the paper:



I have not seen the paper myself, since I live in Sweden, but soon enough I can read it on the web. Here is the archives for the past papers. The lettering says: "God - burning letters or a still breeze". The lettering is based on a text written by Mia Anderssén-Löf, who is a pastor in the Lutheran Church in Finland.


Hope you enjoyed taking part in my process. Please, do not hesitate to ask if there is something you-re wondering about when it comes to lettering!










Saturday, July 26, 2014

the accidentally great photographer



I accidentally hit a button on the camera of my phone, and before I found out about it I had snapped some weird photos, and this one mesmerizing photo. Of my skirt and shoes, maybe not the most exciting objects, but the photo is surreal and nice! And we are on our way to the beach so the photo gives me good vibes!

Happy weekend y'all!




Sunday, July 20, 2014

NEWS - nya prints och vykort till salu från fia lotta jansson design



Nu kan ni som läser min blogg, min Facebook och min Instagram beställa nya prints (och ett par äldre) från Fia Lotta Jansson Design. Alla prints finns i begränsad upplaga, så först till kvarn gäller! Maila till fialottajansson[at]gmail.com och berätta vilken print eller vilka vykort du vill ha. Skriv även din adress!

Prisinfo står nedanför. Jag sänder faktura med paketet eller så kan betalning ske via Paypal.

Hoppas vi hörs!


There are new prints from Fia Lotta Jansson Design. Send me an e-mail at fialottajansson[at]gmail.com and tell me what you'd like. All prints and postcards are limited edition, so first come, first served!

Prices are listed below. International payments are made with Paypal.



PRINTS
A3 poster svartvit 210 kr (24€) inkl expeditionsavgift.


A3 poster bland and white 24€, free shipping

#P01 Piss & Skit





#P02 Opportunity



#P03 Onni on



#P04 Spending Time



#P05 Stay True



#P06 Remember



#P07 Peace Like A River



#P08 The Best




PRINTS
Lettering  + photo prints (32x32 cm) 250 kr (29€) inkl expeditionsavgift

(Om man vill rama in denna print passar motivet bra t.ex. i denna ram med passepartout.

Lettering + photo prints 29€, free shipping
(The print fits into this frame with passepartout)

#P09 Heart Be Your Guide



#P10 Make Something Beautiful



#P11 Diamond



VYKORT
Svartvita A6 vykort 10 kr/st eller 6 st för 50 kr (1,10€/st eller 6 st för 5,50 €) Expeditionsavgift 30 kr (4€), engångssumma oberoende hur många vykort du köper.


Black and white A6 postcards 1,10€/each or 6 cards for 5,50 €.
Shipping is 4€. 


#V12 Piss&Skit
#V13 Fuck It!
#V14 Brunch
#V15 Friends


#V16 Thunder And Rain
#V17 Spending Time
#V18 Störst av allt
#V19 Remember


#V20 Prutt & Kram



VYKORT
Lettering + photo vykort (14x14 cm) 15 kr (1,65€) st. Expeditionsavgift 30 kr (4€), engångssumma oberoende hur många vykort du köper.


Lettering + photo postcards (14x14 cm) 1,65€ each. 
Shipping is 4€.


#V21 Nothing For Granted
#V22 Something Beautiful
#V23 Don't Let Fear
#V24 Heart Be Your Guide



#V25 Love As If




Här nedanför finns några bilder från andra dagen på Antik- och Vintagemässan på Årsta Slott.

Lettering + photo-vykort och paketerade svartvita prints.


Lettering + photo-prints, handritade orginal (vit text på svart blankt papper) och vykort.





Tuesday, July 15, 2014

loppisrace i purmo

This is how happy I was was selling my out all my vintage stuff at Loppisrace in Purmo in early July. More pictures can be found at Loppisrace.fi.

Aja Lund is the photographer of the photos in this post and also the coordinator for the whole Loppisrace (Flea Market Race). Aja is also running the fabulous Lundagård together with her husband and two companions. We are both night owls so when we meet we mostly chat the night away. She is an inspiring woman and entrepreneur.




Thank you for another great Loppisrace, I got really burnt from standing in the summer sun all day, but I had so much fun! And a big thank you to Elina who shared the space with me!



Aja is shooting us from the second floor. Some of my favourite persons are on this picture, my pregnant sister-in-law (yes, I am gonna be an aunt!!!), her sister and my brave and beautiful friend Lina. Me and Lina are cooking up something sweet. More to come!



 Some of my vintage fabrics that I said goodbye to.






Saturday, July 5, 2014

make a book DIY (crafting with kids)






This is an easy, fun and fast DIY with the kids. I loved making books as a kid. Me and a friend sat in the sauna (a cold one I need to ad!) and drew cartoons in our home made books. We mostly drew Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Oh, those were the days!

The first steps of this DIY I drew. The final step, binding the book, is up to you, how you wish to execute it. Use thread and start weaving through the holes. My kids did it one way, I did it another. Be creative!












































(An extra picture of my daughter Magda crafting. She loves it and she is very talented as well. She inspires me!)


Summertime is great time for crafting, either indoors or outdoors. Hope you all have a fine summer!