Summer exhibition

This summer I will participate in the local summer exhibition. This years theme is recycled and up-cycled art, and it’s our local art society that arranges it. For those of you understanding Swedish you can read more about it here.

I’ve been working on a couple things mainly reusing cereal packages, but also smaller boxes, and turned them into shadowboxes and assemblages.
This is what my table looked like last week…


Closeups I took during the  process of two of my pieces I’m going to exhibit. The crow I’ve chosen to call The Magician, greatly inspired by the Major Arcana in a tarot deck. I’m planning on doing a series on the same theme, maybe not all but some.



I’m calling this Crow-girl, partly inspired by the books written by Charles de Lint where two crow-girls frequently appears. In the books they’re more kinda wild girls, but they’ve got a more sad, or melancholy strike to them as well.

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The exhibition opens in about a weeks time, and you’ll be able to buy my pieces if you want to. Looking forward to see what more will be exhibited and hopes that there’ll be lots of visitors!

Until next time. :)


Ps. The crow head and the crow-girl’s face comes from Mischief Circus, a great site with loads of awesome images you can use in your artwork. Just read the Terms of Use so you know what applies to each designers kit. 😉

Shrine of Sisters

I finally made use of the angel shrine from Retro Art Café this week! It’s been sitting on my desk for at least a couple of months just waiting for me to decide what to do with it. Then I saw what my Facebook-friend Cat Kerr made with a couple of Relics & Artifacts figures, and I finally knew what to do…

I had already painted the angel with a coat of gesso, so I started with a layer of Finnabair’s transparent crackle paste on the wings and on the frame part. Then let it dry over night. I’m still sort of figuring out how this medium works, but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. I think the key to the best crackles is to let it dry slowly. I’ve tried using a heat gun, but it just tend to bubble, and the cracks don’t get so defined.
Anyway… When they had dried I painted them with gold paint.



After the gold paint had dried I used some sepia acrylic ink from Daler-Rowney to grunge it up a bit. I also took one of the faces from Relics & Artifacts I’ve got and gave it some sepia grunge love too. Doesn’t it look like it’s been laying in the dirt for hundreds of years, maybe thousand? I totally love this sepia!

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The frame I painted with Finnabair’s rust mica powder, and added some highlights to both frame and face with her teal mica powder. The little crown you can see in below pictures where also painted with gold, and had some touch-ups with the mica powders as well.



Then I chose the embellishments I had in my trinket box, the flower I’ve bought from a shop on Etsy, Carman Treasures… they also have a lot of gorgeous beads and such for jewellery making. 😉
The photo is from one of Tim Holtz’s papers I cut out, can’t remember what paper pack though…


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And here it is,assembled and finished. I’ve glued everything down with matte media gel and 3D-gel, also from Finnabair. A shrine over sisterhood, in what shape it may come. I’ve got two amazing sisters, and this last year I’ve found a whole bunch of them via Facebook, my art sisters. <3

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Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my process, and hope this will inspire you to make your own shrine.

Til the next time! xox

Art journal splatters

Today I’ve got a new art journal spread to share!


I ordered these sprays from Lindy’s Stamp Gang, and when they arrived I just had to test them. It just happened that I had prepped a spread in one of my art journals with gesso, so I tried them out there. Maybe a bit unusual colours for me, but I love how they look together. Very much spring.

And then it just lay there, waiting for me to make something more with it… and finally I decided to use one of Finnabair’s ephemera packs. Another rather unusual choice for me… and of course I had to use papers from 7 Dots Studio! Lost & Found must be one of my all time favs!

Well, here are the result. Hope you enjoy!






Aaaand… since I thought that the colours I used is pretty much similar to Lindy’s Stamp Gang’s April challenge I’ll join them this month… and hope I get everything right. 😀


Unfortunately I didn’t write down the colours used, but I know it was C’est la vie Cerise, and probably Hibiscus Rose and Aloha Avocado… Hope that suffice. :)

Händer som Skapar

The title means hands that create. It’s an exhibition by the Swedish Handicraft organisation where I live. It’s an organisation with ties to the Swedish arts & crafts movement, and with traditional crafting.They’re celebrating 100 years this year, and to celebrate this they’ve invited around 300 artists and crafters to showcase their work. I contributed with this shadow box.

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The exhibition is at the Smålands Museum in Växjö, and if you want to check it out it’s there until the end of August.

Summer 2015

Wow! What a spring and summer it’s been! I find out that I wont have a regular job after summer, I participate in an exhibition, I start up my Etsy-shop, we travel to England, we visit my mother in Gothenburg and I decide to participate in a market. The much needed vacation turned out more hectic than I thought at first. Let’s show some photos. :)shadow boxThis is the shadow box I participated with in an exhibition at a museum with a couple of hundred other crafters and artists. Great fun, and lots of amazing and fantastic works. Much inspiration. With my box I wanted to make something like out of a story. It has given me lots of further ideas I’d like to try.tackFor my closest co-workers I wanted to give each a little something before the vacation (and before my employment ended), as a thank you for all the support they have given me during my time with them. It ended up as three bug-in-a-boxes, each looking different from the other.minecon2015_panelThen for the BIG event this summer, at least for this family. Minecon 2015 in London! Together with 10 000 gamers from all over the world we got together for two days to indulge in everything Minecraft. We had a blast during some of the hottest days in London this year I think.

Loved the giant iron golems they had created!irongolem


We also took a trip to Tunbridge Wells, south of London, to visit my sister and brother-in-law. First time in Tunbridge, and first time in their itty-bitty house. Pretty town, and they are always great to spend time with… even if they don’t like being photographed. 😛tunbridgeWhen coming back home it was just for me to start producing things to sell on the Crafty Älmhult Market. I hade some things, but they were already listed in my Etsy shop, so I had to make new things. Lot of gluing and painting. I had brought all the stuff to our summer house, so I could sit a couple of hours every day. Finally I had a pretty little stash that I felt could be enough. I made houses, both sizes, and a couple of bug-in-a-box.houses_base



bugsinboxesI also started a 100 day project, but I realise now that I’m not doing it quite as it says on their homepage… and I definitely haven’t been able to keep it to one per day (insert slightly embarrassed emote here…). But I’m still at it, and almost caught up. I’ll start posting them to my IG feed this week. I made a small notebook of sorts, about A6 size, and doing a collage every day. For me it’s a great exercise in not over thinking it, and to actually finish a project I’ve started just for fun. I will finish this project!100dayprojectSpending time at our summer house is fantastic, especially if the weather allows us to be outdoors pretty much of the day. Lazy days, in between, my hectic production. LOLfoxglove




We also made a trip to Gothenburg to visit my mother and to meet up with my other sister and her family. They also live in England (what’s up with that anyway!? :P), so a couple of days goofing around with cousins and winning the jackpot at one of the chocolate wheels! So his new lucky number is 12… can you blame him?goofy


And to finish the summer vacation it was finally time for Crafty Älmhult Market! I had the chance to meet other crafters and artists, some were very experienced and others, like me, was doing this market thing for the first time. I had a great time! I sold one of my bugs, and considering that none of the sellers were selling much, I think that was pretty good.craftymarket2


craftymarket1So… now what ..? I’ve got a lot of ideas, right now all seem possible. I’ll work on my Etsy shop, update shop policies, list more items and a lot that might not be visible at once, but hopefully will help future buyers. Talk about that, I’ve had my first buyer!! Yay!! Two items sold, and  it feel great!

… we don’t have to mention that it was a relative to me. It’s got to start somewhere right!?

This was a sort of quick, and maybe slightly muddled, summary of our summer.
Bring on the autumn and new adventures.




Big changes and a leap of faith

There are truly big changes in the works for me that involves creativity and business plans. And you say: Wait, wait, what! Didn’t you have a steady job with a good income, and you moved to this new place just for that job?

Well, yes… But apparently this year has a few surprises for me. So far the outcome has been good, even if it didn’t look like that in the first place.

So, right now I’m preparing, planning and creating to get this new change to work. I’m taking the big step to become my own, a creative entrepreneur (as Revlie over at REVolution calls it). The first step for me has been to open an Etsy shop. I’ve thought about it for so long, but it never felt right… like now. It’s called Bucket of Badgers, like the blog, and you can find it here.
It’s not much up at the moment, but I’ll add items hopefully every week. I still work full time, and you all know how much time there’s for other, the real fun, things.

My plan is to have worked out the worst kinks and newbie mistakes until the end of August when my employment contract expires. Then it all gets serious… lol

My creative life…



Creative Gym – Exercise #5

It’s been a while since I posted anything. Life and work somehow got in the way… I’ve gone up in time at work, and it’s a challenge to adjust to have less time to create.

I decided to join the Mixed Media Place’s Creative Gym this month and their exercise #5. The rules for this one is: combine black backround + all the colors of the rainbow.

My first try was a black background and layering loads of colours with different stencils… It didn’t work for me, so paint over with fresh black acrylic and start over. This gave me a more textured surface to work on, and that’s always a plus, right?

So, here’s my entry. I used a photo of my son from last year, he’s on his way to a party and having his smart outfit, and crooked smile, on. He loves orange, and pretty much all bright colours. I’ve used a couple of Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays, sequines, Finnabair’s beads, and different decorative elements as cutouts and paperclips. The golden stars I just cutout from gold foil paper.











Really like how this exercise turned out. Hope you like it too. :)



These boots

I finished a spread this weekend, and for some reason I’d choose the phrase ”These boots are made for walking”. I don’t even like that song that much! LOL
I’ve decided that this year, 2015, will be a year when I challenge myself, try new doors and to be open for possibilities… Maybe that’s why it popped into my head?

Anyway… I wanted to try out the Finnabair crackle/texture paste and the art sugar I bought before Christmas, and I wanted to try a style I’m not so comfortable with. Not sure about the result, but I love the art sugar and the texture paste. I was a bit inpatient so I used a heat tool to dry the paste with, so I’m not sure if it crackled enough… Have to try it on more projects!


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I’m going to try to discipline myself around the blogging. I want it after all to be some sort of diary/logbook over my creativity… So I figured a blog-planner that works for me might help me on the way. Some structure to the creative chaos. 😉

Keep on walking.

Forests of the Heart

That is the book title from one of my favourite writers, Charles de Lint. He writes urban fantasy and I always get so inspired by him. To stay creative.
This book is good, but I think my favourite one is ”Onion girl”, maybe I’ll do a spread someday inspired by that one.

I made this spread in June last year, but never got around posting it here. I’ve mainly used watercolours and a stencil from Tim Holtz I believe. The alphabet I can’t remember where I got from.




Hope you’re having a great Sunday!


Spring cleaning

Well, it might be a little early for that since it’s probably a couple of months before we actually can call it spring.

But I have however cleaned out all the spam, about 2500 posts, from the blog, installed another spam filter, and made commentary possible again. I had to shut that option down since I was rapidly drowning in spam posts.

It feels really liberating. I’ve dragged myself from doing it and since I didn’t fix the problem I didn’t feel like posting new stuff. A catch 22 if you like.

But I’ve created so much since my last post. I even had time to create some albums and journals as gifts for Christmas. I’ll see if I can find time to post pictures of some of them and maybe some pics from our Christmas too. This winter has not been so white as some of the family members wanted, but eating candy and being home from school helped a bit.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that your new year will be fantastic!
See you around soon.

Love Josefina


Tea with saffron buns