Thursday, August 07, 2014

{tea for two}


I got asked to, and I'm quoting here, "doodle on a teapot" for a charity auction on Sunday. I said yes, because I haven't had a strange assignment like that in a good long while and it sounded like fun.

I got the teapot and matching cups and saucers and some sharpies a few weeks ago, and then I set them on my desk and left them there. I was dumbfounded by them. They were white and smooth and fragile, and I was afraid to even pick them up, let alone color on them with markers. I know that it's a thing that people are doing these days--coloring on mugs or whatever and then baking them in the oven so that the artwork is permanent--but I hadn't counted on how intimidating the first bold black line would be.

And besides that, what's a person supposed to draw on a tea set? Something dainty, right? Tea is for dainty people. Refined people. People with polished English accents and high heels. You can't draw a garbage truck on a tea set.

In the end, I was inspired by a tree I saw in the park, which was covered in doilies. When I saw it I thought, "DOILIES. Duh."

Doilies are the daintiest.


So that's what I went with, and here (da da-da daaaaa) is the finished product. It only took me a couple of hours to actually do (after a million hours of deliberating), and I completed it while watching Rad, which is a movie from 1986 about BMX biking starring none other than Lori Loughlin (who you know as Aunt Becky from Full House) as a pro biker. (None of that information is very important, I guess.)

I'm super nervous to hand it over, as I always am with things like this, but I'm also pretty happy with how it turned out.

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  1. RAD is rad and I'm happy you watched it. Also, those are amazing.

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    1. It was! Haha, Barclay and I giggled through the whole thing. Especially the bike dance scene. I love the 80s.

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  2. Oh yeah!!! It looks great.

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    1. (Everyone calls you that, I bet.)

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  3. The whole set is stunning! Wherever these end up I'm sure their owner will be pleased as punch.

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  4. I love them! They turned out beautiful. I doodled on a teapot for a friend's birthday once, but it didn't turn out anything like yours (I don't know why I thought it would be a good idea to draw straight lines on a curved surface)

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  5. These are gorgeous! I'd be nervous to draw on porcelain with sharpie too, but mostly because I know I'd make some errant line or other mistake and want to scrap the whole project.

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    1. That's exactly what I was afraid of! There's no erasing sharpie marker or just crumpling up the teapot and starting over on a new one... NO ROOM FOR ERROR. Terrifying.

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