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April 2016

Interior, Tutorials

How to make a magnetic poster frame

For a few years now, I’m looking for the perfect map or botanical poster to hang on my walls. Most of the time they’re way overpriced or they’re too far away to go and buy. So, I decided to make myself some wooden magnetic poster frames to mimic the look of the good old botanical posters. And guess what, it’s super easy!

How to make a magnetic poster frame

The only things you’ll need to make your own magnetic poster frame are:

  • wooden slats – I bought two in Oak, measuring 240cm and being 3 cm wide
  • a saw
  • a drill (optional)
  • twine
  • magnets
  • glue (I used super glue)

How to make a magnetic poster frame

Step one: cutting the wood

First of we start by cutting the wooden slats into pieces. For every magnetic poster frame you’ll need four wooden slats (two for the top, two for the bottom). If you have a certain piece in mind you want to frame you can take this measurement for the length of the slats, but I didn’t have any artwork in mind, so I just made frames for a standing A4 size and a standing A3 (or a horizontal A4). I also made a very large poster frame, for my enormous butterfly print (not pictured here :p).

Remember: measure twice, cut once!

How to make a magnetic poster frame How to make a magnetic poster frame

Step two: get the drill out!

Next, you’ll want to measure where to drill your holes for your twine. If you don’t have a drill: no problem! You can wrap your twine around the slats or you can use some (hot) glue and simply glue the twine to the slats.

How to make a magnetic poster frame

Step three: placing the magnets

We’re first going to determine where you want your magnets and how many you want to use. I put three on each part of the frame for the A4 and five on the frame for the A3 sized poster. I recommend using a little more than you think, although a lot depends on the strength of the magnets.

Glue one part of your magnets to one side of the frame. Position the opposite magnet on the already glued one, put some glue on the top one and carefully place the second slat on top of the magnets on the first slat of wood. Now you’ve finished the top part of the frame, repeat for the bottom part.

Remember: you need to put magnets on both side of the frame to be able to sandwich your print between them, plus you need them for the upper and bottom part of the frame. Make sure you buy enough.

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Step four: adding twine

We’re almost finished! We only need to add the twine to the top set of slats of the poster frame. Either you put your twine through the holes you drilled earlier or you glue it on the inside of the slats.

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Step five: adding artwork

Carefully place your artwork on one side of the magnetic poster frame and place the other side on top of it, sandwiching it in between the magnets (consider cleaning the magnets first, mine actually made black spots on one of my prints). Voila, you’re finished! Hang it on the wall and admire your handiwork. 🙂

How to make a magnetic poster frameHow to make a magnetic poster frame

I absolutely love the look of these frames, especially considering they’re super easy to make. I also made a bigger magnetic poster frame for a gigantic butterfly poster I bought in IKEA once and it also works for big posters (although I didn’t put the bottom part on the poster, because of the extra weight it ads).

What do you think? Easy enough and good looking, yes?

How to make a magnetic poster frame

Costs: wooden slats – 2 x €5; magnets – 3 x €2 (12 magnets p.p.); twine –  left over from an earlier project; Locktite Super Glue – €9

Personal

Last Week

Woosh, another week flew by! And it’s been awhile since my last Last Week post. You know the drill by now: it’s Sunday and I’m giving you an overview of the past weeks in pictures.

So much happened these past weeks, I went to Paris, I’ve been looking for a job with renewed fever, I saw the Floraliën, I’ve drawn, I DIY-ed and I painted my kitchen a golden-yellow. I didn’t snap pictures of all of those things though, so you’ll have to believe me on my word.

Last Week - I wrote about the Botanical Zoom theme of Urban Jungle Bloggers

I posted my first Urban Jungle Blogger post a couple of weeks ago and I need to shoot the next one asap! I have so much plant related content in my head (it’s spring, I just feel the urge to sprout plant related posts everywhere!), but I haven’t had the time to shoot the pictures and write the words. Maybe next week. Definitely.

Last Week - I went to Paris for a quick city trip Last Week - I went to Paris for a quick city trip Last Week - I went to Paris for a quick city trip

I also went to Paris and had a blast. I still have unpublished pics on my phone, but I’m keeping them for an other time, otherwise people will start to imagine I live in Paris.

Last Week )- I read and reviewed (and loved) Jessica Hische's In Progress

I basically raved about Jessica Hische’s book In Progress and I’m still tempted to read it again. And again. So much inspiration!

Last Week - I bought myself some new drawing and painting tools Last Week - I got myself a Harry Potter POP Funko and a Totoro art print by Audra Auclair

I decided to reward myself for all the job hunting. I hadn’t found a job yet, when I ordered these, but I couldn’t resist. I absolutely love that mechanical pencil btw (I’d write a complete review on it if I didn’t think it’d bore you halfway to death). Also: the Harry Potter Funko and the Tototoro art print by Audra Auclair make my day. Every. Single. Day. They’re on my desk and I often gaze lovingly in their direction.

Last Week - I worked on a DIY project

A new DIY project! It’s finished, I edited the photo’s, but I haven’t actually written the post. I’m planning to put it up next week though; so look forward to that.

Last Week - I visited the Floraliën in Ghent

More plant related stuff in this Last Week post with the Floraliën sneak peek, where I met up with Ines, Sarah en Elisse. This art installation in the Sint-Pieters-Kerk is probably one of the highlights of the festival and was absolutely stunning. Maybe it’s DIY-able on a slightly smaller scale?

How has your week been? Do you have any cool plans for next week? I’m planning on creating as much as I can in one week and to have some long spurs of completely guilt free relaxation.

(ps. If you want to see more behind the scenes pictures, daily life snaps
or if you want to stalk me, come say hi on Instagram!)

Tips, Travel, Urban Jungle

Floraliën 2016 – Sneak Peek

Floraliën Gent 2016

Yesterday I had the opportunity to go to the Floraliën sneak peek. If you’re unfamiliar with the Floraliën (Floralies in English): it’s an enormous event all about all things flora. On the Floralies you get to see the prettiest flower arrangements and sculptures and inspirational gardens. All this is set in contrast with historical locations in Ghent.

I’m a bit of a plant lady (and a cat lady, I basically live in a jungle with feral predators), so being invited I was very excited to see the sneak peek for the Floraliën. I’d never been to the Floralies before and they only take place every five years!

Floraliën Gent 2016

I met up with Elisse, Ines and Sarah and we explored the 5 km long trail, taking us from place to place, all the while talking blogs, taking silly pictures and having a good time. It was nice to see Elisse again and to meet Sarah and Ines. And it was awesome to talk about blog-stuff without people thinking I’m a crazy person living only on the internet.

Floraliën Gent 2016 - Plutomeisje has made it to the wall!

I was very happy to see Plutomeisje made it on the Floraliën name wall at the STAM. Being an eager beaver is pretty awesome sometimes. You can still make your own name in Floraliën style on the website.

Floraliën Gent 2016 - First stop: the LeopoldskazerneFloraliën Gent 2016 - First stop: the LeopoldskazerneFloraliën Gent 2016 - First stop: the Leopoldskazerne

The Floraliën went through a bit of a make over. In the past the exhibition took place in a giant event hall and was completely indoor. With the 2016 edition you have indoor and outdoor parts on all the different locations, which I actually really liked. Knowing how much people have bought a pre-sale ticket (100 000!) I think everybody will be able to appreciate the fresh air and the change of scenery between locations.

Floraliën Gent 2016 - At the Sint-Pietersplein Floraliën Gent 2016 - At the Sint-Pietersplein

There are four main locations: the Bijlokesite, the Leopoldskazerne, the Sint-Pietersplein and the Citadelpark. We did have some trouble locating the entrances to certain parts of the exhibition, but I’m sure when there’s more people on the trail finding your way won’t be a problem.

Floraliën Gent 2016 - At the Sint-Pietersplein

Photo by Elisse

Floraliën Gent 2016 - At the Sint-PieterspleinFloraliën Gent 2016 - At the Sint-PieterspleinFloraliën Gent 2016 - In the Sint-Pieters church

Thank you WallkieTalkie  and Floraliën Gent for inviting me, I had a blast! And thank you Elisse, Sarah and Ines for the company, we need to do this more often (as in companies: invite me so I can be a more sociable blogger 😉 ).

Floraliën Gent 2016 - At the CitadelparkFloraliën Gent 2016 - At the Floraliënhal in the Citadelpark

Are any of you going to the Floraliën this year? Have you ever been in the past?

Floraliën Gent from april 22nd to May 1st.
Open daily from 8h to 22h (last entrance at 21h).
For tickets & more information check the Floraliën website.

Travel

A Quick Paris Citytrip

A quick Paris city trip in spring!

Months ago, my sister-in-law and brothers-in-law decided they wanted to run a marathon. After much deliberation they decided on the Paris Marathon and asked us if we wanted to tag along for moral support. And so we found ourselves on a quick citytrip to Paris.

I must admit after the attacks in Brussels (and in Paris before that), going to Paris when there was such a big event as a marathon scared me. I think it’s a normal emotional reaction, but the rational part in me took over (there is a chance, but it’s not that big, even now) and I stepped on the train from Lille to Paris, feeling very suspicious, but after a while, the feeling ebbed away.

To get to Paris we drove to Lille, parked our car on a free secured parking not far from the Gare de Lille Europe and stepped on the train to Paris. It was cheaper than leaving from Brussels and it didn’t took much longer to get there.

A Quick Paris Citytrip - Visiting the Musée de l'Armée

Day one – Museums galore!

After arriving we kicked our Paris citytrip off with a visit to a museum. When we were last in Paris we didn’t get to all the museums we wanted to do, so we picked up were we left off. The Boy wanted to see the Musée de l’Armée and I tagged along (he tags along to bookshops with me), even though I had sworn not to visit any military museums for at least ten years after spending way too long in the St. Petersburg military museum (I can only stomach so many types of sables, guns and missiles before becoming extremely bored).

Lucky for me, the Musée de l’Armée doesn’t cover anything after 1900 and everything before 1900 is often made so exquisitely detailed even I can find amusing things to look at.

A Quick Paris Citytrip - Visiting the Palais de TokyoA Quick Paris Citytrip - Visiting the Palais de TokyoA Quick Paris Citytrip - Visiting the Palais de Tokyo

After le Musée de l’Armée we walked past the Eiffel Tower (buying the tiny Eiffel Tower statues we skipped on last time and regretted ever since – because apparently, having some kitschy souvenirs in our decor is our thing now) to the Palais de Tokyo.

I wanted to visit the Palais de Tokyo because I wanted to buy a specific magazine they sell (which wasn’t in stock), but upon walking into the museum I pretty much fell in love with the space and so we decided to visit the exhibitions. Some exhibitions were a bit too traditional modern art for me, but I really loved the “Double Je” exhibition, an exhibition exploring the boundaries between artists and artisans and which also gives you an insight into the workspaces and work process of the participating artists. I also really liked the colourful and often graphic work in Jean-Michel Alberola’s exhibition L’Avonture des détails.

A Quick Paris Citytrip - Visiting the Paris CatacombsA Quick Paris Citytrip - Visiting the Paris Catacombs

The last thing we wanted to visit that day were Les Catacombes de Paris. The last time we were in Paris we skipped these, because the waiting line was ridiculously long. In the high season you often have to wait more than 2 hours to get inside and I didn’t want to spent so much time in line. This time the line was about half as long as the fist time we went, but we still waited for at least 1,5 hour (!) to get inside. Completely nuts.

Although I really liked my visit to the Catacombs, I think this was definitely a once in a lifetime experience: there is no way I’ll ever queue so long for them again. If you want to visit the Catacombs: go in the low season and check on which days you’ll only have to wait for 30 minutes.

After our visit we went to Montmartre to catch up with the runners of our little group and to eat some delicious pizza.

A Quick Paris Citytrip - Watching the Paris Marathon

Day two – Stalking the Paris Marathon

The second day was D-day for our runners: the day of the marathon. It was a beautiful day and it was suddenly really hot. We watched in amazement as over 40 000 people ran by, only catching a glimpse of our runners once. We tried to find them again a couple of times along the route, while also showing the Boy’s dad around the Paris highlights.

A video posted by Eline (@plutomeisje) on

A Quick Paris Citytrip - Sightseeing while watching the Paris MarathonA Quick Paris Citytrip - Watching the Paris MarathonA Quick Paris Citytrip - Sightseeing at the Notre Dame CathedralA Quick Paris Citytrip - Sightseeing at the Eiffel TowerA Quick Paris Citytrip - Sightseeing at the Eiffel TowerA Quick Paris Citytrip - The marathon finish at the Arc de Triomphe

We caught up again with the runners at the arrival at the Arc de Triomphe, were all three of them finished! (Well done, guys!) The amount of people at the finish was just crazy and we were very happy when we finally found everybody. The conclusion at the end of the marathon was the same for all three runners: never again.

A Quick Paris Citytrip - Dinner at Chez Janou

At the end of day two of our Paris citytrip we went to Chez Janou for dinner. The Boy and I discovered the restaurant the first time we went to Paris and the food was as delicious as we remembered.

A Quick Paris Citytrip - Visiting Père-Lachaise in spring

Day three – cemeteries & books

On day three the runners went home early, so our ways parted. The Boy and I went to the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, which I had never visited before. Although the Boy had told me it was a stone dessert, I thought it did have some charm. Maybe it was the early spring morning and the lack of tourists that helped to give the place some extra shine that day, although it wasn’t nearly as pretty as Highgate Cemetery (probably because there are a lot of newer graves, which just aren’t as pretty as the one they built a couple of hundred years ago).

A Quick Paris Citytrip - Visiting Père-Lachaise A Quick Paris Citytrip - Visiting Père-Lachaise A Quick Paris Citytrip - Visiting Père-LachaiseA Quick Paris Citytrip - Visiting Père-Lachaise

After Père-Lachaise we walked around the Marais for a couple of hours. We visited Merci, rested in front of the Centre Pompidou, walked past the Hôtel de Ville to Shakespeare and Company.

A Quick Paris Citytrip - Walking around the Marais and visiting MerciA Quick Paris Citytrip - Resting at the Centre Pompidou

What would my Paris citytrip have been without at least one visit to a bookshop? Ok, to be honest, I had to skip most bookshops on Paris because they only sell books in French. Shakespeare and Company only sells books in English, which is a feat, considering how proud the French are of their language.

I bought Mansfield Park in the Vintage Classics edition to add to my collection, along with Shakespeare and Company tote bag (because, really, you can never have enough tote bags) and a typewriter written poem (I got “Her Breast is Fit for Pearls” by Emily Dickinson and Sonnet no. 64 by Shakespeare).

A Quick Paris Citytrip - Shakespeare and Company

After Shakespeare and Company both the Boy and I were spent and we dragged ourselves to the nearest cafe terrace to enjoy the nice weather and to wait for the train that would take us back home.

If it would’ve been our first time a three days Paris citytrip would definitely have been too little time to see all we wanted to see, but for a quick plunge in French culture and history, it was perfect. I definitely liked Paris more in spring than in high summer (last time we went in August), because the city isn’t smothered in tourists yet. Maybe next time we should go in autumn, I’m curious to see how fall looks in Paris.

Have you been to Paris? Which spot do I really need to visit next time?

Books, Design & Illustration, Inspiration

Book review: In Progress by Jessica Hische

I can’t really recall when I first heard about Jesscia Hische, but she kept popping up in the graphic design magazines and blogs I read. When I discovered she published a book called In Progress where she talks about her process and gives you a peek into her sketchbooks, I decided to give myself a little present.

If you don’t know who Jesscia Hische is, or what she does, let me tell you. Hische is a lettering artist, which means she makes typographic illustrations. She makes freakishly clean sketches and her typographic work is absolutely stunning. You might have seen her work already, without realizing, because she’s involved in a lot of projects, from the Penguin Drop Cap series to the design of the typography for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.

Book review on In Progress by Jessica Hische, a very informative and inspiring read!

First, let me swoon about the design of Jessica Hische’s In Progress a bit. I really love the cover design, but the inside of the book is also very pretty. They used a red and a metallic silver accent colour and kept the lay-out and design quite simple which makes it very easy to read the book and to process all the information without feeling overwhelmed. The silver colour looks like graphite pencil and is used throughout the book, in all Jessica’s sketches in the book. It feels like you’re really looking at pencil sketches.

Book review on In Progress by Jessica Hische, a very informative and inspiring read!

As for the actual writing and information in the book: I loved it. The writing is informative and you feel like Jessica Hische is sitting next to you explaining her process making little quips here and there. In Progress is split into two big parts. In the first part Jessica Hische talks about her favourite analogue and digital tools and gives you a step by step explanation of her work process. In the second part of the book you get to see many different projects she’s worked on in the past.

A peek into In Progress by Jessica Hische, which gives you a view Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector

The first part of In Progress was definitely the most informative part and I felt like Hische was very honest, not omitting any steps.When I read books on graphic design or illustration I often have the feeling the author is holding back on certain parts, to keep you from really understanding how to make what they’re making. That’s not the case with Hische, she really want you to understand which steps are involved in making digital lettering. Before she takes you through her lettering process, Hische also gives an introduction into typography and letter forms, which makes In Progress also suitable for absolute beginners in hand lettering.

Even though I’m not an absolute beginner and I already know a thing or two about typography and digitizing designs, I feel like a learned a lot by reading about Jessica Hische’s work process.

A peek into In Progress by Jessica Hische, which gives you a view Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector A peek into In Progress by Jessica Hische, which gives you a view Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector

In the second part of the book we get to see many different projects Hische worked on. I expected to get an overview of her work with little extra information, but in the second part there’s more information to be found. Every project is explained and sometimes Hische goes into more details about the specific process for a certain piece. The work in the second part of the book is split into five categories: Editorial work, books, advertising, logos and miscellaneous work. I really liked that we got to see both the initial sketches and the final artwork. I find looking at sketches and sketchbooks always very interesting and seeing the sketch and the final pieces side by side gives you an extra learning opportunity.

A peek into In Progress by Jessica Hische, which gives you a view Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector A peek into In Progress by Jessica Hische, which gives you a view Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector A peek into In Progress by Jessica Hische, which gives you a view Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector A peek into In Progress by Jessica Hische, which gives you a view Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector

I believe In Progress will be one of my best purchases this year and definitely one of my favourite books I read this year. If you’re interested in hand lettering or looking for some very pretty inspiration, you should definitely check out this book!

In Progress by Jessica Hische is for sale on Bol.com or Bookdepository.com for around €20.
(I’m an affiliate with both Bol and Bookdepository. This means when you buy something on these sites after clicking the links above I get a small percentage of the profit they make. This enables me to buy more awesome books to learn from and to review!)

Personal

Last Week

Every two weeks (or three in this case) I post an overview of the last two weeks in pictures. I’ve been working on lots of different projects, not quite finishing much though. And if you look at this post and the blog posts I wrote this week, you can only think I’m a bit obsessed with plants at the moment. You aren’t wrong. I hope you’ll enjoy this plant filled Last Week!

Last Week - I ordered some air plantsLast Week - I drew a jungle

Immediately starting of with the plant theme! I finally bought myself some air plants. They’re all still alive, so I’m happy. I’m working on some ways to showcase them in the house, now they’re just lying on the boxes on my desk. I didn’t know it yet, back then, but my jungle illustration also perfectly ties in with my current plant love.

Last Week - I bought In Progress and The Exquisite BookLast Week - I finally filmed my first video

These are the two books I bought in March: In Progress and The Exquisite Book. I absolutely love In Progress, it’s so informative and I really learned a lot reading it. Review will be up soon(-ish)! I also shot my first video (a book haul) and I had hoped it would’ve been up by Saturday, but figuring out how to edit is taking a bit more time.

Last Week - I organised a craft party and had fun with friends

It’s been coming a long time, but I finally had another craft party with some friends. In the end we spent more time talking and drinking than actually crafting, but who cares, it was fun!

Last Week - I visited the botanical gardens in Ghent Last Week - I planted some sprouts of my Jade plant

I went to the botanical garden in Ghent again! When I was studying at Ghent University, this was one of my favourite places to spent a quiet time. It had been so long since my last visit and I really need to visit more often. Spending time between the tropical plants in °25 degrees felt a bit like being somewhere far away.

After my visit to the botanical garden I decided to give my own botanical friends some TLC. I repotted a couple and I took some sprouts from my Jade Plant. Hopefully they’ll grow big!

How has your week been? Did anything plant related (to keep to the plant theme in the Last Week post 😉 )? 

Interior, Urban Jungle

Urban Jungle Bloggers – Botanical Zoom

You might not know this about my house, but it’s filled with plants. I absolutely love decorating with plants and I believe a house without some greenery feels empty. So imagine my delight when I discovered Urban Jungle Bloggers. They’re plant-loving people like me and they urge bloggers to take photos of their beloved botanical friends. This month the theme was Botanical Zoom and I decided to take part.

Urban Jungle Bloggers - Botanical Zoom

I gathered some of the plants that keep me company in my studio. Most of them are succulents, which are a good choice for this room, with its south-west facing windows. In the summer it gets really hot on the window sills and sometimes it’s even too much for the succulents. There is one odd one out (take a guess!) in this little group, but I absolutely love the colours on this plant!

Urban Jungle Bloggers - Botanical ZoomUrban Jungle Bloggers - Botanical Zoom

I’ve just potted the sprig in the top photo, I do hope it’ll start growing as this plant has absolutely stunning orange flowers. I have no idea what’s it called though. If anyone knows, please let me know! I don’t think I’m acing taking care of the adult plant and I’d like to find out what I’m doing wrong.

If you’re wondering where I got those cute teacup planters, I wrote a DIY about potting plants in tea cups a while ago.

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I absolutely love all the little details on these plants. The red nerves, the pink hue on the tip of the leaves, the dots, the tiny roots some of them produce on their stems,… Now let’s take this botanical zoom a bit further.

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Sempervivum tectorum (?)

Urban Jungle Bloggers - Botanical Zoom

Crassula perforata

Urban Jungle Bloggers - Botanical Zoom

Sedum Makinoi ‘tornado’

Urban Jungle Bloggers - Botanical Zoom

Nerve plant or Fittonia verschaffeltii

Urban Jungle Bloggers - Botanical Zoom

I hoped you liked my first entry for Urban Jungle Bloggers. I really liked photographing my plants, they’re the perfect models. I’m already looking forward to the next theme and who knows, maybe this’ll become a monthly feature on this blog.

Urban Jungle Bloggers