Last month I got to hang out with a few of my amigas to celebrate a birthday. A few of us are now in our 40's but no cares given--40 is the new 30 and if we want to wear Vans (or in her case, blue metallic clogs) and eat at bougie French bistros in downtown L.A., then so be it.
|Left: Exploring L.A arts district. Right: Lunch at Church & State Bistro|
I loved the way her coasters turned out. Seriously though--these tile coasters are almost like small works of art, just like these painted tile squares my kids made a couple weeks back. They were so fun and easy I thought I would make another, slightly different set and share them on my blog.
This is what you do. Find some art that you'd like to see on a set of coasters. Do you have a favorite scrapbooking pattern? Grab a couple sheets. A few quilting fabric squares? Cut them to size. An old book with some vintage illustrations? A beloved photo? You can put them on the coasters, too. Are you beginning to sense a theme here? You can personalize your coasters however you like, squirrelfriend.
For me, I'm always inspired by my Design Motifs from Ancient Mexico by Jorge Enciso book. Whenever I want to create an Aztec-inspired pattern--or just some really cool geometric designs--I thumb through the pages. Before Pinterest and the “chevron” craze, there was this book and its abundant resources on ancient Mexican designs. I’ve had my copy for nearly twenty years and its dog-eared and taped up, but it never fails to inspire.
Whether or not the fashion/home decor gods decree Aztec print is in this season, this book will always be a resource for me. Remember my Aztec print shorts? Or the Aztec print lamp I made for Latinamom.me? All of those patterns came from this book.
I decided to use this geometric design on my coasters so I scanned the page and printed out four black and white copies. Let's make some cool coasters, friends.