Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Grapefruit Screen Print

So far this year I've been enjoying building up a new series of prints. Four layer photographic screen prints using hand drawn screen films seems to be becoming my 'thing'. I'll stick with it for now and see if I get sick of it. Here's my grapefruit screen print building up. I LOVE the colours of this one. I'm thinking my next print should be a dragon fruit. All I need to do is find one to draw and then I can get going. 

Has anyone got any fruits that they'd like to see in print now that I'm on a foodie print run? I'd love to read your suggestions!



Sunday, 1 July 2018

Adrienne Mishler's Yoga Mat Spray

As part of a self-care themed day off work I decided to have a go at making Adrienne Mishler's Yoga Mat Spray. If you haven't yet seen any of Adrienne's Yoga with Adrienne videos I urge you to ditch this blog right now and watch one. But please come back. I need the external gratification of your presence. 

When Adrienne posted this mat cleaning spray recipe I knew I wanted to have a go. I already had a collection of blue glass bottles that I bought with the intention of making my own skincare products (the intention still exists but the timeline is somewhat stretched out...)

The recipe is simple and uses only a few ingredients:

Distilled water
Essential Oils

Distilled water seems surprisingly difficult to get hold of in the UK. I got very confused about what it actually was and ended up buying a bottle of Smart Water which is vapour distilled in the hope that it would suffice. I don;t like buying plastic bottles of water but this one will be going a long way. I hope to find a better source in the future (any help would be great!) 

The recipe calls for the bottle to be 3/4 filled with distilled water.  This adorable funnel was found at a food store last year. 

Adrienne states alcohol free witch-hazel but this is the only one I could find and I already had it in my cupboard so here we go!

I filled the remaining 1/4 of the bottle.

Adrienne suggests a few combination of essential oils for antibacterial, calming, invigorating properties. I went with Eucalyptus essential oil and added 5 (ish) drops as well as Pink Grapefruit essential oil - another 5 (ish) drops. Anyone got any tips on controlling the amount of drops entering the bottle?

This spray can then be spritzed onto your mat and wiped down with a cloth. My mat now smells lovely and hopefully is a little less unsanitary to smoosh my face into. 

Has anyone else made this? What combination of oils did you go for? Any UK friends have any tips on getting distilled water or alcohol free witch-hazel?


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