Monday, May 29, 2017

Mixed Media Upcyled Canvas Project

Hi Everyone,

Today I would like to bring to you a small mixed media canvas which has been created with a lot of upcyled components. The things I find at my local op shop (that would be thrift story for anyone in the US), always amazes me. One day I found all these items on the same visit, below you will see someones half finished semi stitched craft felt project, an old spoon, a screw, a broken necklace and press studs. I set myself a little internal challenge to include all these items into one project. 

And the results was this......I understand this is a little wacky and may not be to everyones liking, but that is ok, art is subjective. I create for  myself and myself only, I think as long as I finish it and say 'I like it' that is all that matters. 

Many thanks for stopping by to my blog. I wish you all a very happy and creative day.

~ Rebecca ~ 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Journey - Mixed Media Canvas

Hello my creative friends...

Today I bring to you a canvas I have entitled 'The Journey'. This week I have to admit has been a rather tough one for me emotionally, there has been more lows than highs this week. This canvas was created with some sadness in my heart, however with sadness eventually comes some light and sunshine. Sometimes our journeys can be tough, but each step makes us a little bit stronger and teaches us something. 

I created this canvas solely to enter into 'The Designer's Faves Challenge' Glitter, Metal, Contrast from the Finnabair Creative Team. This challenge is closing on the 15th of this month, I am bringing this canvas in just in the knick of time. I find working to a deadline works well for me, makes me move, inspires me to get into my studio and create. Can I also just say positive feedback from you all lately has been overwhelming on social media, THANK YOU, I feel the love, seriously. 

This challenge required glitter, not something I usually work a lot with to be honest, but boy oh boy did I enjoy getting my sparkle on (glitter on my face for days!). You will see dazzling gold raised dots, a glitter vial and glitter throughout the feathered part of her head piece. The metal part of the challenge, oh metal, how I love thee, I don't think I need to point out the metal for you. 

Products Used 
Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance - Mystique Turquoise
Art Alchemy Opal Magic Wax - Turquoise Satin
Art Alchemy Metallique Wax - Rose Gold
Art Alchemy Métallique Wax - Vintage Gold 
Art Basics 3D Gloss Gel
Art Extravagance Glitter Set - Luminous
Art Ingredients Glass Glitter - Gold Rush 
Wool, found objects, bronze embellishments, broken jewellery

Many thanks for stopping by and taking a look, I really appreciate it. As always if you have any questions at all please feel free to ask.

I wish you a happy and creative week.

~ Rebecca ~

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Time to Dream - Mixed Media Canvas

It is often so easy to get caught up in life and not take time for yourself, not take time to sit, relax and create. Recently I have begun to make small adjustments to my life, I will not bore you with all the details here, however I would like to share with you that I do plan to create more and share more with you. It is time. I am pleased to see I still have followers here, thank you, this means a lot to me, you loyal crew!!. 

I must be the last person to get hold of some of the Art Alchemy waxes!! they arrived this week and it was time to play. This is my third under water scene and instead of my usual green and blue theme I went with a whole range of colours which I dabbed on with a paint brush. The Art Alchemy waxes by Finnabair are a dream to work with over black gesso - LOVE. I think I will now need to go back and buy the missing colours to complete my collection. 

Snap 1 - work in progress.....

Snap 2 - completion 

Thank you for taking the time to take a look, any question please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. 

Take time to create today (if not create, take time to relax). 

~ Rebecca ~ 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Take Flight - Mixed Media Shadow Box

Happy New Year to one and all...

Day one of the new year and I thought I would kick things off with a new project. This one was literally months in the making. The background sat on my desk created and dormant for ages as I was unsure what to do with it once I had made it, it suddenly had become a UFO floating in my studio mess. One day at the op shop I picked up a zip, old spoon and and a light bulb and suddenly it all came together. A creation was formed!! yes!!. This project does tell a story, but it is personal so I will be keeping it to myself ;-). Sorry about the light reflection in the main picture, once it is in a box it becomes very tricky to photograph because of the glass.

Created using mainly Finnabair products, paints, mica, beads, stamps, crackle paint. All always such BRILLIANT products to work with. 

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to stop and look at my work.

Wishing you all a happy and creative day.

~ Rebecca ~

Friday, December 30, 2016

Raise Me Up - Gift Tag

Hello Everyone (is there anyone actually out there anymore?)...

*sigh* I look at my last blog post date and it was over a year ago, disgusting!!!, what a disgrace. I really really need to lift my game, this poor little blog is so neglected and unloved. I have decided 2017 is the year of change, more craft, more art, more mixed media, more time in my studio - MORE blogging!. I can no longer continue to collect art supplies and not use them. All these ideas continue to run through my head and I never make the time to create, it is so important to free these creations from my head. There are just way too many ideas rattling around in there. 

So in saying that, I would like to introduce you to a newly created tag which I decided to call Raise Me Up. This tag was created for a good friend of mine for her 40th Birthday. If you look closely you will see quite a few different products, what do you see?

Background - Finnabair Copper Crackle Paste, Finnabair Micro Beads, gold thread, Tim Holtz Film Roll, bronze embellishments. Finnabair Paints.

Foreground - Image, bronze embellishments, watch parts, Finnabair Gold Mica Flakes, Kaisercraft Clocks, Finnabair Micro Beads. 

If anyone has actually taken the time to read this, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!. I have quite a few followers here, I thank you for still following me after all this time. 

Love to you all and best wishes for the new year. 

Stay creative and happy.

~ Rebecca ~

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Embrace Imperfection - Guest Designer for Finnabair.

Hi Everyone, 

Well, it has been such a long long time between posts, months in fact. But here I am, and here I am back with such an exciting post. When I received a message asking if I would be interested in guest designing for the Finnabair team for a special post in December, well let me tell you I was excited and it was an immediate yes. My mojo had been a little on the lost side, this invitation gave me the boot I really needed to get cracking again. 

I invite you to view my project which invites you to 'Embrace Imperfection'........

This project has been created using numerous Finnabair products including, Soft Gloss Gel, Copper Micro Beads, Gold Mica Flakes, Mechanicals, Green / Gold Mica Powders, Elementals Bubble Stencil. 

Please find below a few extra close ups for you....

Many thanks for stopping by, I wish you all a happy and safe festive season. 

Keep happy and creative!! 

~ Rebecca ~ 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Beneath the Sea - Finnabair Creative Team

Hello my lovely creative friends...

Well today brings closure to my time on the Finnabair Creative Team, this will be my last project for this amazing team. As I type I am feeling mixed emotions, I feel a little sad, I feel excited to see what the new team will bring and I also feel happy to keep on creating new and funky projects, the craft journey is never over is it?. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Anna from the bottom of my heart for choosing me to be a part of her team, receiving that e-mail letting me know I was accepted was such an amazingly joyous moment in my life. I will let you all in on a little secret. I applied for this team knowing it was a long shot, thinking in my head it was a slim to none chance of making it through, I really had serious doubts in myself and in my work. However I made it, I was chosen. My point here (I do have one), ALWAYS believe in yourself, believe in your work (others do!!), challenge yourself, set goals, do not doubt yourself, reach for the never know, you just may grab a couple of those stars!! (they are not out of reach). 

Ok moving right along to my project this month, let me introduce you to my second edition ocean themed mixed media OTP. In late July I created a mixed media canvas called Oceania which can you find via this hyperlink. At the time I did not make a tutorial but by popular request I am happy to bring that to you now but the project this time is on a much larger scale. Please note the below tutorial is for the outside of the box only, the inside of the box will require a whole different tutorial. 

This case is a Julie Nutting Alterable Doll Luggage Set by Prima Item #910884. I had been hoarding this in my stash for quite some time and this being my last project, it was time to take this epic challenge on. Isn't this case amazing?

To begin I applied some Art Basics Modeling Paste with a palette knife through the Prima Elementals Bubble Stencil. I applied to the front, back and hinge side of the case. Allowing ample time for air drying drying before moving not to the next step. 

I am always head down over baskets and and boxes in thrift shops collecting little treasures such as the ones you see below. I adhered some dangly beads from the top and twisted cheese cloth from the bottom. Also from the thrift shop I picked up this ball of thready wool, using a palette knife I applied a stack of Art Basics Modeling Paste to the top and bottom of my case, then taking looped sections of wool I begin to push it into the paste with my fingers. 

As my paste was still obviously nice thick and still very wet I begun placing beads, these beads were beads from an old broken necklace. They make a perfect ocean floor don't they?. For some of the larger beads I added a dot of super glue behind the bead before pushing it further into the modelling paste, just for that extra support. Randomly amongst my ocean floor I also adhered in bronze embellishments, seaweed, anchors and fish. As my paste was REALLY thick this section took at least 3 days of full drying time, keeping in mind it was rather cold here in Australia (summer would have been a different story). 

Let's take a moment to look at my fish, what you are looking at here is two pairs of old earrings.  The fish tails are one pair, the fish bodies are another pair. Art can be made from so many different things, never go past that box of old weird looking old jewellery in your local thrift store without having a little look. My fish gills are made from a cut bronze flower, in the second photo below you will see the fish lips have been cut from the flower stamen. 

Below you will see as part of my background I have also adhered some Prima Mechanicals Jump Rings, this just adds further texture (and will later hold micro beads).

The next step is time consuming but also I think therapeutic and relaxing. I took some Art Basics Heavy Black Gesso and covered the entire outside of the box. You need to really get into everything with the gesso, use a large brush for the larger flatter sections and a small headed brush to get into all the small fiddly sections. 

Once the black gesso had completely dried it was then time to apply some gorgeous colour. I really wanted lots of different shades of blues and green so I did use quite a few different paint colours. My paints of choice were Lumiere Halo Blue Gold, Lumiere Pearlescent Blue, Lumiere Metallic Olive Green, Silks Teal Zircon, Silks Bolivian Blue, Silks African Jade and also Art Ingredients Mica Powder in Teal (which had been mixed with a small amount of Art Basics Soft Gloss Gel). 

If you zoom in on this photo and now have a look at the jump rings you will see they contain Art Ingredients Copper Micro Beads, these are held in place with a small amount of glossy accents. 

Upon close inspection you will see the ocean floor contains more treasures in the form of extra beads. You will see more colour!!, Art Ingredients Glass Beads in Cobalt Blue and also Art Ingredients Black Micro Beads. 

To further accent the colour and add even more dazzle dazzle I sprinkled on very small amounts of Art Ingredients Gold Mica Powder to the top and bottom of the box. Spritzing with water until the desire look was created. I allowed some to drizzle from the top to create a gold shimmer through the water. 

Using a black watercolour pencil from Prima The Basics collection I circled around my larger raised circled and smudged my pencil marks with a damp finger. 

Upon closing I would also now like to thank our absolutely fearless Creative Team leader Eliza, thank you for your never ending support, friendship and sense of humour. You have made my time on this team not only fun but stress free and for that I love you and thank you a million vintage photos (and I know how much you love your vintage photos). Also I cannot forget my fellow Creative Team ladies, you have amade being on this team amazing, enjoyable, fun and entertaining. You have all taught me different things and supported me in many ways, for that I thank you from the happy dancing place in my heart x x.

As always my friends keep happy and always keep creative. 

~ Rebecca ~