Maximilanie Stern's Blog

Hello! I am Maximilanie. I am a designer, artist and upcycler.
In this picture blog you'll find my illustratons, artwork and nature friendly design: stationery, home decor and accessories.

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Do-It-Yourself Eraser Stamp Inspiration

I don’t call this a tutorial nor is it a revolutionary new idea but it is indeed meant as an inspiration to show that the lack of proper tools should never ever keep you from being craftsy. :)

I was determined to do some stamps while traveling but! like Precious the coffee seller says in Come Fly with Me series “We got cup, we got spoon, we got milk, we got sugar, we got water, we got fire, but we got no coffee, so we had to close early”. 

In my case: we got eraser, we got paper, we got scissors, we got ruler, we got ink pad - but we don’t got a knife! I just did not find a paper knife from the village. Let alone speaking about a linocut knife:)

But we don’t close early! No, we use whatever we got in the neighbourhood!

I decided to do a fly stamp and I worked the eraser with three tools:

- The corner of a small metallic ruler, which is actually excellent to draw the image on the surface. If you start lightly enough you can even alter and correct your lines. You can also use a bigger needle for that purpose. Of course you can draw the image first with a pencil but I was too impatient for that:) When you have your image as you like it, the trick is to go quite deep with your needle or ruler, which helps the next step.

- Scissors to carve off the excess rubber around the image - it turns out the eraser is soft enough to do it even with regular school scissors if you are ok with somewhat rough image. Couldn’t be done with wine corks or a potato though:)

- Dividers, to punch some decorative holes and scratch some criss cross lines on the surface of the wings to make them a little bit lighter and more transparent. This also can be done with a needle or an awl. which would be even more comfortable to use:)

I just finished re-reading Gerald Durrell’s Corfu Trilogy, which is an obvious inspiration for choosing an insect for my project, although the fly definitely is not a zooloogically accurate one:) I will probably take up a gecko, a rose-beetle and a crab next. Hopefully by that time I have acquired a small knife as well;)

Hristos Voskrese / Christ has risen 

Hristos Voskrese / Christ has risen 

Χριστός Ανέστη! Christus resurrexit! Cristo è risorto! Христос воскрес! Kristus är uppstånden! Cristo ha resucitado! Kristus er oppstanden! Le Christ est ressuscité! Kristus nousi kuolleista! Cristo ressuscitou! Krisztus feltámadt! Христос воскресе! Chrystus zmartwychwstał! Kristo amefufuka! Christ is risen! Kristus ir augšāmcēlies! Kristus on ülestõusnud! 

Χριστός Ανέστη! Christus resurrexit! Cristo è risorto! Христос воскрес! Kristus är uppstånden! Cristo ha resucitado! Kristus er oppstanden! Le Christ est ressuscité! Kristus nousi kuolleista! Cristo ressuscitou! Krisztus feltámadt! Христос воскресе! Chrystus zmartwychwstał! Kristo amefufuka! Christ is risen! Kristus ir augšāmcēlies! Kristus on ülestõusnud! 

Hop-hop! An early Easter Bunny hopped by and left a little coupon for you to my Etsy shop! Go http://etsy.com/shop/mxsify and use the code FIRSTCUSTOMER to get 30% off any purchase! Until the end of April.

Hop-hop! 
An early Easter Bunny hopped by and left a little coupon for you to my Etsy shop! Go 
http://etsy.com/shop/mxsify 
and use the code FIRSTCUSTOMER to get 30% off any purchase! Until the end of April.

Free printable Easter egg pattern paper.

Download the printable version here

Matches perfectly with the egg shaped gift tags - downloadable here also free.

Have a happy Easter!

Easter is not here yet but it is high time to make preparations to get everything ready by Sunday morning! Today I want to share an Easter egg design with you - it is free to download and print out and enjoy:)

Download the printable version here

I also made a matching pattern paper for scrapbooking, gift wrapping and decorating. 

Happy Easter!

inspired by henna:

a study on indian henna painting patterns

espresso lover’s dream. 

seems like patterns are the thing now:) i was playing a little more with the same rhombus tile and more colours.

i think i should make it into a rubber stamp.

a pattern version of the rhombus tile i posted the other day.

spoon attack vol 3

and the third one in pale blue. i can imagine it as the inside lining of recipe book covers. or as a wrapping paper for a baby’s silver spoon:)

spoon attack vol 2 

with the approaching easter and all, i chose a springish but not too bright colour scheme 

spoon attack vol 1

my love and affection for old spoons is widely known:) this simple spoon pattern is a spin from of a bigger kitchen-and-morning-coffee project that i am working on at the moment. 

"the world is perfect"

drawing mandalas is indeed a good way to improve patience, single-mindedness and perfection. as i draw my mandalas by hand, not with a computer, they do have some inaccuracies in their otherwise so perfect symmetry. 

this is one piece of a pattern i am working on.