Friday, 15 January 2016

Effortless Layers - Tutorial by Julie

                      January's Challenge is HERE

Hello and thanks for dropping in. At the start of the month I showed a wood and resin piece that has led to a lot of experimenting this month. From a disaster, another path was turned.

Rather than give you a project this month I want to share some tips and discoveries.
Here's how the largest art piece I have ever made came to be.

I work with large sheets of cardboard on my desk. Over time they build up crusty layers.
Layers that are quite random. The cover here was splattered in all sorts of mixed media products and almost lake of resin flowed out from my "Magical Forest" piece.

What a mess....I left it and took myself right away from the studio.

Next morning, I had a Aha moment as the resin was hard and the colours underneath glowed.
So began the my next adventure.

Can I suggest that the effortless layers take time with very little initial planning.
Get out some paints and other mixed media products and add a little, in a random sort of way each time you pass.

To give more texture I adhered scraps, leftover scraps of textured paper with impasto (loving this) I also put drops of fluid acrylic colour directly onto the papers then randomly brushed the colour.
Impasto takes many different types of colour and every tiny mark and texture will show up.
It's fabulous for stencilling too. However wash the stencil straight away!

Look around your house you just might be surprised at what you can re-purpose. These metal butterflies are from some defunct solar lights. At about the same time as these appeared, a snatch of song, "how high can you fly?" began flipping through my head.

Super Star came with me and we got a canvas. I wanted to use it in reverse but that meant removing the supports. Out came some framing and with a little careful measuring we had a wonderful shadow canvas, with added support..

I built up layers of colour for a few days.  As I passed I just brushed or rubbed a little here and there.
The trick is to make the layers smaller and more harmonious as it builds. Did you notice the silver? Yes I sprayed the undercoat on the butterflies right onto the background.

About now I did a little bit of a test placement. I got on with other things and went back a few times with critical eyes.

I've been playing a bit with sari silk strips and so I randomly bound each butterfly.
Then I beaded each using black cord. I like a touch of black in my art.

The butterflies are metal and they do not sit flat on the canvas. My solution was to layer and glue fine black fabric behind the metal. I trimmed this back and put another layer of paper over the back of the fabric, for improved adhesion.

By now I knew that a strong glue was required.

I had also determined that this piece was going to be perfect on the wall behind my bed.
I wanted a vine and leaves so I made them. For all sorts of wonderful braids I gather up sewing cottons, knitting wools and anything else that takes my fancy. I set the sewing machine to a wide zigzag and off I go. ( I always make more than I think I will need) This is a zen process for me!

The leaves are cut from felt and Kantha cloth scraps were machined on. The stitching added both colour and firmness. Again, I make a few more embellishment than I think I will use. In the case of this piece I ended using up all that I made.

I find old books really useful for weighing objects down after gluing.

Now it was close to being finished and a little glimmer was called for. Metallic colour, wiped on with fingers over the impasto worked a treat.

This piece, "How High?" goes right up to the roof. It's magical and sits so well with the Kantha bedspread.

My last scrap of advice - Experiment and have fun! That, I believe leads to true discovery and creative contentment.

Friday, 1 January 2016

January 2016 Challenge

Welcome to 2016! We are so glad you could join us!

We are passionate about Altered Art.
Are you ready for a challenge? Are you ready to journey with us through the amazing possibilities that altered art offers?

Visiting with us, we hope will inspire and delight you! I know it does me as I contemplate the marvellous art that comes from our Design Team. Clicking on our name will take you to far flung parts of the world where you can peek at what it is that inspires each of us each month.
 Leaving a comment for us is our cherry, by the way!

At Rhedd's Creative Challenge we have only a couple of "rules". Please check them out!
It is always such a pleasure for us, to visit you and leave a little love.

Would you please welcome Jenn Gary Dubell to our 2016 lineup. So happy you are here Jenn!

January has begun, so let's begin our Magical Tour for 2016!

On a recycled wood board frame I explored what I 
could do with plaster and resin.

One of my overspill of Christmas Deco's - hanging hearts

Here is a BEFORE and AFTER of my 20 yr old kitchen companion! I just didn't have the heart to let go of this faithful friend and ended up giving it a vibrant, colorful makeover. For all the details, do visit my blog.

Clock before

After all the pieces got some hot glue and 
some embellishments

Altered Door Hanger

From one similar to this

to this 
( more on my blog )

Presentation is everything and it doesn't take much to transform an inexpensive jar into a pretty container for gift giving. 


With a little burlap, florals, glitter and hot glue you have a pretty container for giving as a gift.
Check out my blog for more photos and information.  

Altered Box - for details visit Sammy's Blog

This wall hanging has some interesting techniques to inspire.

Now it's your turn! What have you been having fun with?
 We would love you to share your Altered Art here.
Look out for a tutorial from me on the 15th. It came about from a studio disaster!
Yes we all have them!