Saturday, 15 July 2017

July tutorial

You can find this month's challenge HERE


Good morning all, Sammy here with a mid-month tutorial for you all.

For the challenge this month, I did a trio of mixed media canvases.

So I thought I'd share with you how I made them.

Each canvas is just under 6" square, which is my personal ideal size and shape to play with. If you have trouble finding the size canvas you like working with for a reasonable price, check your local charity/goodwill shops. That's what I did here. I bought a set of 3 pre-printed canvases for £1.25. bargain! All you need to do is liberally apply Gesso...

As you can see, after only one coat, the previous design still shines through, but depending on the opacity of the Gesso you're using, usually after 3 or 4 coats it is brilliantly white (or you can use black, if you're going for a darker piece) and ready for you to create on.

I started off by adding a stencilled texture paste pattern to the canvas, then dug around my stash for the embellishments I wanted to use. It's always a good idea to place the pieces on your canvas to decide on composition before you commit to anything.

As you can see, there's a variety of shapes and textures, and even some things you might not immediately think of as craft supplies! Remember that the colour of the items doesn't matter, as the next step is to Gesso it all.
I Gessoed everything but the flowers and the metal charm, and adhered them to the canvas.
then it was a simple matter of sprinkling some pigments, spraying with water and adding the charm and flowers back in (which I wanted to keep white, hence waiting to add them until after the pigment step).

A sentiment sticker, edged in black and a couple of gems finish the piece off nicely. If you want your piece to last, and want it to withstand dusting/people prodding at it, I would recommend using a spray sealant to protect it, and to stop the pigments from coming off again, as they return to being quite crumbly when they dry. I would NOT recommend hairspray, as I have it on good authority this turns yellow after a while!

To make a matching set, just use similar "ingredients", varying them a little and changing up the composition a bit. Then use the same colours on each, which will give it a cohesive look.

When deciding where to sprinkle your pigments, look for places with lots of crevasses, like the ornate resin frames I used, and absorbent surfaces like lace or other fabrics. The pigments will take beautifully to those areas, and add a lot of depth to your finished piece.

And that's it from me. I hope you've found something useful in the steps above, and if you decide to have a go yourself, please do come and share it with us in our challenge!

Have a lovely day!


Saturday, 1 July 2017

July's Challenge

An important note from Sandie (aka Rhedd)...
I have noticed over the last few challenges that some entries that are projects for other design teams are not giving Rhedd's Creative Spirit in no mention of "sharing" or "entering" their projects in to our challenges, just our blog link at the very end of their blog post.
We all love to share our creations in Blogland, so credit where credit is due.
If you would like a comment from myself or my team, could you please credit us to your entry as we do when we enter other challenges...
Thank you for reading...x


Hello, it's Sammy here bringing you July's Challenge.
Our designers have some fabulous creations to show you, we are hoping they will inspire you enough to play along, you always have the chance of being our Winner again, just because you have won before doesn't mean you can't get chosen again..the same applies to the Runner Up and Design Team Favourite.....
It was Sandie ( aka Rhedd ) who hosted June's challenge, so she had the very difficult job of selecting a Winner and Runner-up from all the fab entries...but choose she did and they are.....
                                                   No.9   Valerie-Jael

Runner Up
                                                       No.16   Nora

Aren't they just gorgeous? 

Congratulations Ladies....please don't forget to take your badges and link us to your blog....We hope you will play along with us again.

                          Our Design Team Favourite is.....                                                                           
                                                     No.21.   Lys

Congratulations, a stunning sure to take your badge and link us to your blog.

The Design Team at Rhedds have created some real beauties for your inspiration this month....we hope they inspire you enough to join in with this months challenge.


                                              More images on my blog

From a broken wooden strip and a bunch of unwanted CDs...

to a colourful kitchen decor

Bottle of sea treasures revamped.

Trio of mixed media canvases

Be sure to check back on the 15th for a step-by-step of one of the canvases!

And now it's your turn. Link up your project using the linky tool below. We can't wait to see your altered art and mixed media creations!