Monday, October 27, 2014

Paint & Paper Chair Makeover

 my brother gave me this second hand office chair more than twenty years ago. i am not sure how old it is. it's still going strong, i use it every day at my messy desk.
 when he gave it to me it had a grey vinyl seat & brown varnished back & legs. i gave it a makeover many years ago, but it needed another.
 above is how it looks now.......much bluer,  lighter & summery.
 below:  the back of the chair before i removed the old orange  suede seat covering, then some sanding, a few coats of paint, used wrapping paper from my grandson, an image from a newspaper & a decoupage paper image of a mermaid painting was all it needed for a new look.

 the back in progress....
 & the front......i cut some fish from the wrapping paper & glued them over the sides of the mermaid image.

 old style image on the back......& older still on the front.
 i stitched a new seat cover from an  old pair of  denim jeans courtesy of Simonne, & the blue spots on this piece of new fabric matched the blue of the denim & the fish paper.
i am always amazed at how paint & (paper) can make such a difference.
(raylee).

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Red Roses - Collage & Acrylic on Canvas

 starting at the end...... red roses painted with acrylic & a palette knife over old painted book pages......& the beginning.........painted book pages glued onto  a 24"x24" canvas with gel medium, ( when i paint with acrylic paint i like to wipe the excess paint from my brush onto old book pages or note books to use in  future collage paintings).....


 the original inspiration......red  roses in a glass coffee jar......
 adding acrylic with a palette knife, leaving bits of the first layer of the book page images showing through the paint....




(raylee).

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

More scraps and bits

I have been building a scrap book...
this "notebook" magazine I kept because it helped inspire us to start this blog...
it's a solid magazine, holding together well...
and the cover was ripped off...
 so I'm now going through all those scraps of paper...
that I've collected over the years...
pleasing images or ideas and instructions for projects...
and gluing them all into one place...
the interesting stories are kept...
gluing only happens on the advertisements...

 then I sorted this old wooden box...
it held a jumble of sewing bits...
ribbons, zips, needles, etc...
the 3 litre milk bottles fitted just nicely...
so I trimmed them to fit inside...
ta da...no more tangled mess...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Makeover, Almost New Again......

 spring has sprung , birds are singing, flowers blooming, sun shining & the sky is blue, i do love a blue sky. thought i would share this kerbside find with you. the after photo.

gave it a scrub with soapy water, some pretty tropical fabric ( a great find from the op shop, brand new fabric)
 & a lick of paint did the trick!
  i painted the canvas  seat  & made a tie on cushion. 
 the before photo.
 finished it with a new back rest.
now a nice cuppa tea!
(raylee).

Friday, September 19, 2014

Celebrate Studio Table: uncensored, unedited, & mostly unkempt

 yep, that describes my creative work space!
an invitation from Seth Apter to show everyone our "untidy" work table.

 the first  three photos are of my inside table where things just accumulate until i get to putting them away where they are supposed to be.





& these are of my outside art table & some storage areas, taken on different days just to show you it's messy most of the time.
"smokey" the cat thinks the art table is his......sometimes we just share the space.
this is another great idea of Seth Apter, have a look at his blog thealteredpage.blogspot.com.au for more.
(raylee).

Sunday, September 7, 2014

New animals...


 
these new creations...
went for a photo shoot..
with the photographer...
hippo first...
 
 
a new lizard...

 
a fat zebra...
his legs can hardly hold his tummy off the floor...

 
 kitten has become a lion...

 
and the giraffe...
new theme with the black and white...
attempting to get more realistic colour range...
 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

about that wool....

 just a couple of projects finally finished...
above is some knitting that needed extending...
so I crocheted a border...
still small...but that's all there is...
 getting a bit tired of all the red....
found these bits...some knitted...
so dug out some pale tone wool...
and edged them all with crochet and put them together...
I found a moccasin pattern...
for little feet...
not really happy with them so will have to have another go...
they're back in the "think about it" pile...
 
apologies for the photo quality...
it's the camera's fault...
it can't fix the shaky hand or old eyes..

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Does Your Mum Like To Knit Too?

having a bit of fun mixing the old with the new.
 it's hard to tell what these two are really saying or thinking.
i couldn't resist colouring that jumper with fluoro  pink & orange.
found a couple of old knitting books at the op shop.
layered the old photo from the knitting book over a page of knitting instructions from a new  magazine, painted with acrylic & water soluble crayon.
stamped a border using a cork &  fluoro orange acrylic....

the joy of wool?........i say the "joy of paint"!
(raylee).

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Pretty & The Not So Pretty

 Pink Shoes.....corrugated cardboard, paper doilies, wallpaper & acrylic on canvas.
 following on from our previous post * creativity blog hop* katie-randomnest, i am sharing some of my messy behind the scenes photos.
 just two of the  not so tidy shelves  where i paint & store a lot of  "stuff" used in my mixed media work
 Simonne shared what she called some of her "bloopers"......here are two of mine, paintings of rocks that i thought were "crap".....

 ....this one i didn't even bother to finish.......some days the creativity just doesn't happen.
 i find these are good times to tidy, sort, rearrange & look at some of the things that have been forgotten in the muddle of  all the bits & pieces i have stashed for future projects.......usually i find something that re-inspires me to start again.
 as the work space gets tidier my head space seems to clear as well.
the good thing about acrylic is being able to paint over & start something new!
thank you to all our visitors for stopping by.
(raylee).

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