Thursday, 1 December 2016

December's Challenge


We at Rhedds hope all our blogging friends have a Wonderful Christmas...and we hope you all visit us again in 2017

Elaine's Mid Month Tutorial is HERE

Hello Everyone I'm Elaine and it's my turn to bring you this months challenge and it just so happens it's the last one for 2016!
  Lots of Christmas cheer is on its way and so exciting for all those little kiddies who are lucky enough to have loved ones around them.  For those that don't our hearts go out to them.  

Before I move onto this months challenge I want to announce the Winner and Runner Up of last months challenge. I am so pleased it wasn't me that had to pick from all the fabulous projects shared with us here and so over to Julie with her choices....

Thank you ladies for sharing your beautiful art with us and please remember to take your badges from the side bar.

Now for this months inspiration from our fabulously talented Design Team

Altered Jar

Altered Dress Form
Warrior Princess

More images on my blog

There was Yummy stuff used in my Recycled Make this month
May your month be Merry!


From a chocolate Tin box to a vintage sewing box! My new buddy near the sewing machine...for more details on the making, do visit my blog.

Be sure to stop by the blog on the 15th December when I shall be posting my tutorial..the last for 2016.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

November Tutorial by Julie

Novembers challenge is HERE

Hello and thanks for dropping by.
A delightful aspect of mixed media art is that anything can start the creative process.

The recent passing of my father has presented me with so much to deal with.
Packing up a home of 25 years - there's a lot.

Amongst the many tools I was attracted to some things that were meaningful to me.
Dad's tool are all engraved with the same roman numerals assigned to him as an apprentice.
I also pulled out an old invoice with his signature.
I found one tool that I love. Read on to find out why.

Dad created longstitch designs, hand knotted rugs and cross stitch to relax.
You can often find these at Op Shops and Garage Sales.
The design is turned sideways to get me started.
Here's what I did.

Remove the picture from the frame. 
Note if there needs to be the same placement  of the frame for a good return fit.

Pounce gesso over the surface.
Caution - don't use anything too wet!

Already I loved the texture!
There's another idea brewing for some of the other longstitch pieces!

I rehearsed the placement. Do you do that?
I try to leave important makes overnight before committing to the glue.

Also test with the frame in place.
Then GLUE - my glue of choice for this was industrial strength "Hard as Nails"
I left the squishy glue bits to add more texture.

Painting and colouring was intuitive.   No plan except to please me.
Using some transparent paint let the words show through.

Now I know this is a perfectly good frame but
I wanted it rougher.
A quick sand took most of the varnish off.

Here's the tool I found that is fabulous.
I used the rasp with abandon.
It was an excellent stress reliever!

There were also a few dings added with a hammer.
A half empty packet of upholstery tacks were randomly hammered into the frame
To colour the frame black gesso was rubbed on with a sponge.
This was rubbed back into the grooves and distress marks.

After the frame had dried it was waxed with a furniture wax and buffed with a soft cloth.

There was a small oops with the screwdriver.
It was too heavy to stay in place!
So scraps of copper wire and an awl soon solved that problem.

A last finishing touch was to add a touch of mark making
with a stencil and India Ink - it's the blackest!

We are on a mission to give as much as we can to individuals
and organisations that will use and enjoy the "stuff"
at Dad's place.
Yesterday a young man came to get timber and left with a whole lot of other treasure too.
His smile was awesome!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

November Challenge


Hello! It's Julie here sending greetings to everyone from Australia..
It's hotting up here and Christmas decorations and events are appearing everywhere.

Do you create specifically for friends and family?
I hope so as it is always the original creations that make my heart happy
when Christmas arrives.

Before I show you what our talented designers have been up to 
here's what caught Sammy's attention and imagination from October's Challenge.

Winner - Entry 18

Runner Up - Entry 8

Thank you to all who share their Altered Art with Rhedd's Creative Spirit.
We ooh and ahh and appreciate the wonderful diversity of themes and techniques we see.
Remember to take your badges from our side bar ladies.

Bring on November
Thank you for your comments and for visiting our blogs

Altered Ribbon Reel
more images on my blog

Altered Photo Frame

From this

To this

What do you do with inherited "treasure"?
Come back on the 15th November
and I'll show you what I did with Dad's "stuff"
that no one else wanted!

Now come on share with us what you're altering and re-purposing.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

October tutorial


                October's Challenge is HERE

Hi all, Sammy here with the mid-month tutorial for October

My DT project for October was this canvas, and I've broken it down into steps for you, so you can see how I put it together.

I started with a small square canvas (approx 8x8"). You could use a blank canvas, but as I volunteer in a charity shop, I come across a lot of canvases that either don't sell, or are not in great condition, so I often use those as a starting point. I get a cheap canvas, and it doesn't end up in the bin. Win-win!

So my first step (whether the canvas is blank or not), is usually to cover it in gesso. Once that dried, I chose a couple of stencils and spread texture paste through them on various places on the canvas. It helps to arrange the elements you want to use on the canvas beforehand, so you have some idea of where you'd like the texture to go, but it's not the end of the world if you forget, because you can always add more later! Mixed media is so very forgiving, and you can go back and layer as many times as you like. Don't like the texture? Scrape it off. The colour wrong? Paint over it.

As well as the texture paste, I also spread some crackle paste around where my focal point was going to be, and in some of the corners too. Also, when using a deep canvas, don't forget the sides so it looks great from all angles!

Next, I painted the canvas with acrylic paints. I applied it with a baby wipe (not too wet, or it wipes straight back off again, lol), which makes for a lovely blend of the colours. Once it's dry, it's a great time to add more stencilling (I inked some honeycomb motifs on, which I forgot to photograph!) and/or stamping.

While waiting for the various stages to dry, I did the gesso-and-paint steps with a few of my elements too. Mostly MDF flourishes, plastic blooms and broken jewellery pieces which I also rescued from work.

A non-stick craft mat makes for a brilliant palette!

And then all that's left is the placement and layering of elements...

Corner flourishes look great layered with other elements.

And the focal piece has also been layered, and finished off with a die-cut word, inked a little to make it stand out a little more - but not too much, as I wanted a subtle, soft look for this canvas.

A chit-chat phrase - which I like to outline with a fine liner to make it pop -  and some pearl string around the edges, and there it is, my finished canvas!

I hope you like it, and if it's inspired you to go get messy, don't forget to come and share the results with us when you're done.

Have a fantastic day!


Saturday, 1 October 2016

October Challenge

Hello everyone, Sammy here with the October Challenge here at Rhedd's Creative spirit.

We have some gorgeous inspiration lined up for you this month, but before we go take a peek at them, it's time to announce our September Winner and Runner up. As always, we had some beautiful entries this month.

It was Sandie's turn to choose, and her Winner is...

14. Maria Lillepruun, with this stunning altered sewing machine

And the Runner up is...

9. SewPaperPaint with this gorgeous mixed media frame

    Beautiful work ladies! Don't forget to take your badges from the sidebar.

And now on to the DT inspiration for the month.

Solving a design dilemma!

More photos on my blog..just click on my name and you will be taken there...


Altered Old Wooden Flowers

An altered packaging box with textures, decoupage and looots of cracks! To see how the inside of the box looks do visit my blog.

Don't forget to call back on the 15th to see how I made this canvas, and don't forget to come and join in with the fun!
Remember, anything altered art or mixed media goes (but no cards please!). We love to see your projects, so spend a little time this month getting messy and creative, and show us the results!