photo walk: street art (at the East Side Gallery)

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

On Sunday my boyfriend and I finally visited the famous East Side Gallery in Berlin. Sursprisingly the weather was beautiful sunny although very cold, the weather report had told it would be gray and rainy. Thankfully it was wrong. Therefore we drove with our bicycles to the beginning of the gallery and walked it down to the red Oberbaumbrücke.

The art on the official side was impressive and beautiful, but everywhere the pictures had been messed up by thousands of signatures and phrases written with permanent marker by visitors. It was very sad to see this important work of art kind of destroyed like this.

On the back of the official gallery graffiti artists had left their mark on the wall. Two artists were painting new pictures when we walked by. It was awe-inspiring to see the paintings evolve from one color to the next. I would have loved to watch them till the end, but it was simply too cold to sit down for one or two hours. But I want to visit the East Side Gallery again in a few days to look at the finished paintings. Graffiti art is one of my favorites, because of its beauty in color and pattern.

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: street art | East Side Gallery, Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

See more of my photo walks here.

DIY box for your sweet tooth

DIY box for your sweets by momentstolivefor

Are you a sweet tooth like me? Our cupboard is so stuffed with sweets, that I don’t find anything, when I want something. Then on my last visit at our local craft store, I found this cardboard box and was instantly inspired to this little DIY.

DIY box for your sweets - acrylic paint and brushes by momentstolivefor

All you need is a cardboard box with a cutout word, some acrylic paint and one or two good brushes. I bought matt white, neon pink and gold glitter acrylic paint.

DIY box for your sweets - ground coat matt white acrylic paint  by momentstolivefor
DIY box for your sweets by momentstolivefor

First I painted the box inside and outside with a matt white acrylic paint as a ground coat. I used the wider brush to be faster. Then I let it dry for a while, before I proceeded.

DIY box for your sweets - draw the word from the inside  by momentstolivefor

Then I put the drawer inside the cover and traced the inside of the letters, to know exactly where to paint the word. It’s good to adjust the drawer in the middle of the cover and position the whole box with the opposite site on the table, so you have a resistance, when you trace the letters.

DIY box for your sweets - word with neon pink painted by momentstolivefor
DIY box for your sweets by momentstolivefor

Afterwards I painted the letters in neon pink and a little wider to make sure the cutout word will be filled, even when the drawer isn’t exactly in the center of the cover.

To make the box a little special I used the gold glitter acrylic paint for the sides of the box and and the front. Here I tried to paint a gradient – with less glitter in the middle and increasing glitter to the edges. The paint is gorgeous, because it’s only glitter without any color paint. So you can use it on any other ground coat.

DIY box for your sweets by momentstolivefor
DIY box for your sweets by momentstolivefor

 

If you have any questions on this DIY or any other post, please leave a comment.

have fun crafting

 

Looking for some more inspiration and DIYs? Then look over here:

DIY ‘i love photography’ – picture

DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor
Like I promised last week, here comes the tutorial for the second picture I made for my livingroom wall. It’s very simple, but takes more time because of the paint. So lets get started. 🙂
DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor
DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor

You need a little canvas, some paint – I used varnish – in different colors, a stamp, washi tape that matches your chosen colors and some scrapbooking letters.

DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor
DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor
DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor

At first you paint a background with different colors. I used one color for each layer, let everything dry for at least half an hour and went to the next layer. I used black as the first one, so it wouldn’t pop up so much. The accents I set in gold and finally white. I had in mind, that I wanted to use the white area for stamping and writing, so I filled this part entirely.

DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor
DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor

Afterwards I stamped three cameras on the white area and painted two of them black and golden.

DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor

For the final effect I used one of my favorite washi tapes with matching colors to add some accents and those lovely letters from Bella Boulevard – Sophisticates. And that’s it. Easy, isn’t it? 🙂

DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor
DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor
DIY canvas 'I love photography' | momentstolivefor

If you feel inspired by this, I would be very interested in what you came up with. So please send me an email or leave a comment with a link to your picture. 🙂
You find the mini-tutorial for the other picture here.

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