16 April 2014

Elegant Eggs

Above: Grass on white egg
Below: Yellow flowers on brown egg

15 April 2014

Easter tutorial: How to color eggs with onion shells



Every year I re-post this tutorial for my favorite season, easter :)
For me, this is the only way to color easter eggs! With flowers, leafs, feathers and onion shell. Most people I meet have never heard of this method (unless they're from eastern europe that is). So I thought I would share it with you.


This is what you need! Flowers, leafs, string, raw eggs and yellow and red onion shell. The bigger onion shells the better. Just go to the supermarket and dig around in the onion box. You'll find quite a lot!


Moist the egg and the flowers/plants with water, that will make it easier for them to stick to the egg. Don't put flowers over the eggs stamp, it will make it appear more clearly. I recently discovered that putting a little feather makes a beautiful print!


Moist the onion shells and wrap them carefully around the egg. Don't move around the flowers. Red onion shell colors much more than yellow. But it's difficult to know hat the result will be. Some shells give SO much color and some give less. It's beautiful when you put little pieces of red onion shell around the egg though.



Wrap the string tight around the egg. String that's wrapped around sloppy will fall of when it's cooking. Also, use a lot of string. The tighter you spinn the flowers and onion to the egg, the better prints you'll get.


Put all the eggs together with the onion shell leftovers into a pot. Cook it for about 12-15 minutes. These eggs are supposed to be eaten and not hung on branches!


Rinse the cooked eggs in cold water and wrap the string and onion shell carefully of.


This beautiful print was made with a little white swan feather. The reddish tone on the right is from red onion shell.


Rub the eggs in bacon to make them shine even when they're dry. You don't have to do this but it gives them a extra nice appearance! It's worth the effort :)


Go outside and find some nice moss, the eggs will look beautiful resting on it :) Good luck! I hope you try this during eater. If you're not an onion fan you can always give it a try with silk otherwise!  Here's a tutorial on how to do it with silk ties.

I made a printable DIY for this last year. You can get the picture in high-res HERE !

04 April 2014

Instagram 2 #ulrikakestere

 1. Soft little kitten-paws
2. Strimma in the forest (Border collie mix)
3. Dead frog in Lund
4. Saturday morning in early march

1. My other bosses dog, Kajsa, an airedale terrier. She kept me company while I was sunbathing and reading a magazine on the balcony during lunch.
2. Helsingborg have lovely flower arrangements in the city.
3. Finally got studio flashes to the office!
4. Staircase up to work.

 #ulrikakestere

02 April 2014

Instagram #ulrikakestere

1. Teddy at work (my bosses dog, a grand mastiff)
2. My hairdo before Roberts sisters wedding
3. Taking a walk by the sea during lunch (Helsingborg)
4. Lamp at the office, not any bulbs with light anymore :)

1. Pigeons in Lund
2. Coming home from Norway to colorful tulips
3. Orange tulips on valentines
4. Frightened pinecone in the forest (skryllegården)

#ulrikakestere

31 March 2014

Work - Chocolatte



Some photos for the little chocolate store chocolatte in Helsingborg. Our agency has done some of the graphic design for their packaging. I haven't been involved in that part though. 

29 March 2014

Work - HD & Hallå!

When you work at an advertising agency your work often varies a lot. Especially if you work at a small one. In my last workplace I didn't have that many opportunities to do photo-shoots outside my graphic designing. But at my new workplace, where we are 8 people, I'm being trusted with more and more shoots which is great fun.
Helsingborgs Dagblad is one of our clients and the 4 adds above are for their launch of a new, updated newspaper. My boss showed me the sketches for the ideas and told my that I could decide if I was up for it or if I wanted to pass it on to another photographer. Of course I was up for it.

Below are some really colorful adds for HDs local paper "Hallå!". The small object symbolizes how much they write about foreign matters and the large object symbolizes how much they write about local news. The photos look crazy colorful on the screen… haha, I can hardly tell you just how dull and grey they get once they're printed on standard newspaper-paper.

Doing the shoots is the fun bit. But seeing them in the paper is no huh-haa. When starting out with creativity you often dream of seeing your stuff in a magazine or what now. But every time I've been published I find myself feeling nothing special. I think having your work framed on someones wall is way cooler. Newspapers come and go like toiletpaper really :)  However, I'm not being ungrateful. Just saying that it's not the wow you picture in your head.




21 March 2014

Cat in tree


I hope you'll have a great weekend!

19 March 2014

Marte

Another shot of Marte.

15 March 2014

Spring is here!



I came home from Lofoten and there were colorful tulips at home and in Lunds parks there were tiny flowers here and there.
When I wake up the sun is shining through the curtains… not like a few weeks ago when you woke up in darkness. It really makes your mood shift. I find myself smiling a lot more when I'm in a neutral state of mind. The photos are of my friend Vanja, shot last sunday.

14 March 2014

Before sun came





A few weeks ago everything was still pretty cloudy and grey.
But things have sure started to change. Sun and flowers everywhere…. :)

12 March 2014

Student work





Photographs by students at Lofoten Folkhøgskole (Kabelvåg, Norge)
Top: Kristine Nome Andersen
Left: Siri Andersen
Right: Dagmara Wojtanwicz

I liked my students this year, they were very creative in their solutions.
They all got a photograph which they had to copy, the more similar the better.
It's a good way to learn how professionals work with light but also how much you can alter color and light in photoshop afterwards. They were also asked to do a mini-task were they had to combine colors that work well together. Not as easy as it might sound. There are colors that work well together… and then there are color-combination that are like a poem. Completely harmonic and perfect together. 

09 March 2014

Norwegian braids

The day before I left Lofoten I photographed these two norwegian beauties, Emilie and Marte.
I often need a little push to do my own stuff when I'm up there… but I tell myself that I need to try and do one shoot in the studio per year at least.
It takes three planes to get back home. The first plane is very small with propellers and goes from Svolvær to Bodø in 20 minutes. The weather was bad yesterday so the turbulence was crazy. I could really feel the seatbelt keeping me from flying to the roof. You could hear the bags in the overhead compartment smash into the top though. I was clutching to the seatbelt, closing my eyes and just thinking "The most important thing is that my sister isn't here". Because you see, she is terrified of turbulence. And this one would traumatize her for life. So I got out of the plane actually trying to hold back tears because I felt so out of it. I've been in some turbulence before on this specific route, but yesterday was crazy! I'm not afraid of crashing, I just don't like crazy roller coasters ;)

07 March 2014

The Lofoten winds





Coming here is so relaxing.
Although teaching takes a lot of energy the environment I'm in has a soothing effect. When the bad weather came in yesterday it was so beautiful how the mountains were put to sleep by soft foggy clouds. The wind and rain hit the windows now and then while the students were indoors working on their task. Some are really engaged and that makes me really happy. Hopefully they think it's fun too.

The school I'm at is a folkhøgskole which means that there is served food just about every fifth hour. I barely have time to get hungry and when I eat I eat WAY to much. A true luxury problem :)
I've never laughed so much in my life as I did during dinnertimes when I was a student here. We students were always sitting behind quite long after every dinner talking about nonsense things and making jokes. Back home today I feel like the talk is always about work or relationships and what-now. Super boring actually :P And at work I almost always sit alone during lunch because everyone just goes away or eats in front of the computer. So that's that :(

06 March 2014

Free Shipping + $5 OFF EVERY ITEM!

Ok, this time Society6 has a pretty good offer so I thought I would share it on the blog, you have to go through the artist promo link though :
http://society6.com/UlrikaKestere?promo=21a595

They have added shower curtains to the product range as well :)
Society6 have free shipping offers pretty often, if I comment about it I always do it on my facebook page. 

04 March 2014

Lofoten





Hi from north!
This week I'm in Lofoten teaching, as I've been the past years in march.
I'm especially liking all the norwegian food, for dinner we had salted lamb and in my makkepakke I have brunost ^_^
It's been clear skies for two days now but still no northern lights :( And unfortunately a real shitstorm is coming in tomorrow so my chances are probably slim.
Alright, but now it's time for kveldsmat, talk to you later!