Decoupage and Coffee on my morning tray

Creating is about transformation. Take one or a few objects and put them together in different ways – and voila! You have created something new!

Fika for one
White decopage tray
Decopage on tray

Take this wood tray for example; yellow with age bought in a second hand shop for almost nothing. I painted it a couple of times with white paint and then I decoupaged it with vintage papers that I punched out circles from. I love it. So simple and yet nobody in the whole wide world will own anything remotely similar.

Thrifted tray

Sometimes it just have to be this easy, so light and so freeing. Writing a book is hard work, but creating doesn’t always have to be work at all. Most of the time it can be play. New things (ideas!) come out of play, when you leave the old way of thinking behind. When you embrace what you don’t know and what you have never seen. when you do the opposite of what your teachers at school have told you, you are free.

Free to fly from one material to the next.
From one medium to another without letting your worries hinder you. I have so many worries in my life, in my non-existent job and living situation – so I’m glad to say that I feel free when I sit down with my materials to play. Not totally free, not at all, I have fears like we all do. But I think I’m playing more than most. I allow my self to embrace the ugly and not fear imperfections. I let the child out. I don’t worry to much what “others” might say and I don’t judge what I have created even when others does. Maybe I have my own kind of aesthetics? Maybe I’m just living in my own world where coffee for breakfast is a necessity that I can sit with for hours and a glue stick can save the day…

by the way, is a wonderful way to express yourself artistically without being artistic or even able to paint!

I will be blogging more about decoupage another time.

Take care!

29 Responses

  1. i really really love this! will have to keep my eyes open for a nice wooden tray. :)
    your crockery is very pretty too!

  2. Hanna, where do you get your energy from? It’s amazing, not only sharing your wonderful creativity, also all the link information. Thank you so very much.

  3. What a great idea to make polka dots from vintage texts! Such a beauty!
    Life can be a bitch sometimes, but you really just need little things to be happy, like having coffee from a pretty mug from a pretty tray:)

  4. This tray is so stylish – I just love the simplicity of the design and the cream-colored text circles against the pure white – so appealing!

    The photos on your blog have such a magical quality to them.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog – it is always so nice to receive a comment from you.


  5. I love your tray!!! What a terrific idea, too ~ text is so beautiful to me whether it be printed or handwritten….I have just repurposed a tray very similar to yours, too…I’d love for you to drop by and see…xxoo, Dawn

  6. What a lovely tray. I have 3 wooden trays that need to be painted so maybe I’ll do some decoupage on them too. I love the simplicity that you created with the punched out paper on white. Very elegant too.


  7. Absolutely gorgeous! I love your tray….and the breakfast looks pretty enticing too! There is something so healing about creating a piece of art. If we all “played” a little more we would be far less stressed.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I look forward to seeing you there again.

  8. Oh that’s lovely! And coffee looks good too.

    Your book arrived today and it’s perfect – what a great job you did. I’m happy to finally have my own copy.

  9. What a gorgeous transformation! A little French-chic… Thanks for stopping by my blog, you are quite inspiring. ;-)

  10. Damn! You always make things look so effortless, and you’re so clever. I never would have thought to cut out text in the shape of circles…I love this.

  11. hanna, I love your style; i love your mantra; that you create with your inner child. i abandoned imperfection a long time ago and found it so freeing. Good on ya! That tray would make dry bread taste like foie gras….LOL. Love it.

  12. How lovely!!! It is truly one of a kind. The joys of creating indeed! Looking forward to your future entries in decoupage.

  13. Great minds think alike….I have a plain old wooden chest I’ve been thinking about collaging.

    Did you finish the tray with something to make it waterproof?

  14. thanks for your nice comments girls!

    ainelivia: I don’t have a lot of energy, but what I have I use to be creative and nothing else! ;-)

    Tere: Ha, it looks effortless? Thank you, I can tell you that it’s not always so. And the circles comes from a punchie that punches circles so that’s where I had the idea! :-)

    Honor: A little French-chic? Who that – I’m not!

    Marcia: I sealed the tray with the decoupage glue that is also a varnish. I think I painted over the dots two or three times, I think that will make it waterproof enough.

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