To be honest, it’s been a good few years since ol’ Willy Shakes was in my life. In fact, it was in college when we were reading Macbeth or Much Ado About Nothing or something or other. Despite being force-fed sonnets as a student, I can appreciate the man’s talent for the written word.
But let’s face it, when I was tasked by Viking to create a crafty project based around my favourite Shakespeare quote to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death (yup, you read that right…400 years ago!), I had to scoot my boot to Google and search for the most popular quotes for some inspo. My brain struggles to remember the events of just a few days ago, let alone some words from a play I read almost 10 years ago.
The quote that really stood out for me was from Hamlet: “This above all: to thine own self be true”. It is a pretty well known quote, but it really appealed to me as it totally sums me up.
With my chosen quote in mind, and crafty materials at the ready, I had a rock and roll Friday night last night and got to making something to be (relatively) proud of.
Viking were kind enough to send me a calligraphy set, mini easel (which is hella cute), some pens and paper. The pretty patterned paper I won in a competition some time ago and knew it’d be perfect for a little project like this.
I had these grand ambitions of using the calligraphy set to create some really nice looking text like I was some sort of Pinterest-worthy artist. It didn’t quite work out that way and instead I ended up with ink all over my hands and that dreaded feeling of failure. I just think that calligraphy is not made for left-handed klutzes like me. Still, I got this nice photo where the lighting was all moody and shit so that’s a plus.
Recently I invested in some decoupage glue and a brush for another crafty project which I need to get round to, but I decided to crack it out and try covering the easel with patterned paper. I chopped up the three different patterned papers and started pasting them to the easel with as little pre-calculation as possible. I wanted it to look random without trying, basically. Mission accomplished?
To try out the gold and silver Uni Paint Markers I got, I added a few lines of gold and silver here and there – I thought it might make the patterns stand out more for some reason but it just ended up looking a bit weird. Still, I like weird. Finally, to really tie the piece together, I wrote the quote in Sharpie on a piece of paper (y’know, instead of fancy calligraphy) and stuck it in the middle…ish.
Ta da! It’s hardly a work of art, but there’s something that appeals to me about the imperfection of it. It’s a bit messy and thrown together, which is so incredibly me that it makes total sense that someone with as little artistic skill as me could put it together.
So, what do you think? Am I the next Etsy entrepreneur? Yeah, I thought so too.
Disclaimer: This post was in collaboration with Viking who sent me these products to review. All opinions and lack of creative ability are my own.