I can’t seem to resist geometric patterns lately, I’ve become a pro in mixing and matching them on my outfits. So I’ve decided to give making my own jewelry a try too. Hand painting bangles was something I always wanted to do, but never come around to it. These are so quick and easy to make, if you are crafty you can literally make couple to go with your outfit, just before you get out! They do need some time to dry, though.

Computer Arts Magazine has been a longtime favorite of mine I have some 6-year-old issues on the bookshelf that still inspire me today, I find it to be a constant source of design inspiration. I subscribed to the Computer Arts Collection, each issue covers in-depth the six core topics of design- Graphic design, Typography, Illustration, Branding, Photography and Advertising.

Volume 2 part 1- Graphic Design has arrived and I haven’t put it down, jam-packed with substance and style, an invaluable source of inspiration for me. I’m looking forward to the typography and photography issues too hoping to learn something new that I can maybe use here on the blog.

Today I decided to just sit and relax with the kids and get crafty, I rummaged through my costume-jewelry basket remembering I had some unpainted wooden bangles in the mix and got to jazzing them up.

I’ve got all the supplies you can see above and got my inner crafty on.

Sealer first then once the black paint dried I sketched out some simple designs with a china-graph and got to painting, totally inspired by African mud cloth designs. I like that the lines are somewhat haphazard and in a black and white palette. Suits me fine.

After I finished painting on the design a couple of coats of vanish finished things off nicely.

So there you have it, a nice relaxing day with a paint brush and I have some new bangles to shove up my arms. You can never have too many right?