At the beginning of October I felt the deep and irresistible urge to pay my favorite DIY store a visit. 😉
It´s part of the second largest department store in Europe after Harrod´s in London and it is called the “Kaufhaus des Westens” – Department Store of the West – which is usually abbreviated to KaDeWe.
The store – located on Tauentzienstraße, a major shopping street, between Wittenbergplatz and Breitscheidplatz, near the centre of the former West Berlin – was founded in 1907 and specializes in high end products and luxury goods. The KaDeWe has eight floors, each focused on a different type of merchandise.
During World War II, Allied bombing ruined most of the store, with one shot-down American bomber actually crashing into it in 1943. Most of the store was gutted, which caused its closure. The re-opening of the first two floors was celebrated in 1950.
Full reconstruction of all seven floors was finished by 1956. The “KaDeWe” soon became a symbol of the regained economic power of West Germany during the “Wirtschaftswunder”, the economic boom, as well as emblematic of the material prosperity of West Berlin versus that of the East.
The DIY department is actually not part of the KaDeWe building itself but situated in a little side street right opposite the building on basement level.
In Germany it´s actually illegal taking pictures from inside any store or building without permission which is why I asked the manager beforehand if it would be okay for me to take a couple of pictures for my blog. The manager was so pleased that I did ask, that she granted me to take two pictures giving an overall view of the store. 🙂
I´m not really much of a shopper and normally tend to head straight for the things I plan on buying but this is the kind of shop I can spend hours in. 😉
In the end though, I only bought what I came for, namely a couple of new pencils, as my favorite one has been used to a stub!
I´m sure you can see which one I´m talking about. 😉
And then I couldn’t resist getting also one more graphite pencil that can be used as water color (Aquarell in German) which I only knew of colored pencils so far.
In October, for the first time, I also did some experimenting with a painting technique called “Acrylic pouring”.
Acrylic pouring is an innovative way to use acrylic paints to create a piece of art. Instead of using tools like brushes or knives the fluid paints can be poured directly onto the surface which allows for the colors to blend naturally as they come in contact with each other.
Because it´s Autumn and all around me orange seems to be the main color, I opted for this to be my main paint in this picture, accompanied by some purple, black and white.
The effects are always unforeseeable, so I was very excited when I finally turned my cup of mixed paints and let it loose on the canvas.
It didn´t turn out quite as spectacular as I was hoping for but nevertheless I am quite pleased with the result and am planning on doing this again soon. 🙂
An unexpected surprise
And an unexpected surprise to me was, that my hibiscus plant decided to gift me with one more marvelous flower this late in the season! Isn´t it just beautiful?
A new project
And a couple of days ago I started with a new project which I plan to share with you step by step: I´m trying to create a chess play using clay!
My theme is going to be forest animals, and I started with forming little mice as pawns.
So far I´ve managed 7 out of 16. And I´m hoping to have this finished by Christmas.
I only started playing chess early this year and find it very entertaining, challenging and fascinating.
Do you play chess?
And here are the guidelines for The Changing Season if you’re interested in participating:
The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):
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- Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
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- Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
- Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
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