Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Fabric for Chairs

Poor tired old chairs...
fabric worn through...
foam stuffing getting picked at by littlies...


dig out the old pale jeans...
chop off the seams...and maybe they fit...
stitch them in place...
and a denim flower now adorns the worn...


then there are the dining chairs..
old patchwork chair covers cut..
and stapled to the straight...
a new life from the old...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Rusty Butterflies


 The butterfly shapes were cut from old watercolours, the canvas boards had collage & ribbon on them, then repainted with a fairly dry brush, & rusty nail & old wire to make the butterfly bodies.


Mixing Faux Rust technique ( find this technique at thicketworks ) with real rusty nail & wire to make the butterflies, then attached to repainted canvas boards.
(raylee).

Friday, January 15, 2016

Faux Rust Effect

 A very easy tutorial for this Faux Rust Effect can be found at thicketworks.
 This is my first attempt.......I started with a gesso undercoat on the paper/cardboard figure. Let this dry.

 Next I mixed Prussian Blue & Burnt Sienna acrylic to make a black & covered the figure.
 Tore pieces of paper napkin & stuck these on with heavy gel medium,
 Next I placed Burnt Sienna acrylic randomly, sprinkled cinnamon over the wet paint & pressed it in with my fingers.
 With a stiff dry brush I removed the excess cinnamon.
The big patch in this photo shows where I put gel medium on top of the Burnt Sienna & sprinkled cinnamon over it & again pressed it into the gel, this added more texture.
I like this effect, with some more experimenting this could become a favourite......many surfaces could become Rusty!
Thanks to Heather from thicketworks. A comprehensive  tutorial can be found on her blog.
(raylee).

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Crayon, Watercolour Pencils & Pen Drawings & Doodles




Quick drawings & doodles on old book pages & over scribbles in a small sketch book.
(raylee).

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Keep the Daily Flow Happening......

......Some days there are so many other things to do that art gets pushed to the back burner.
I decided in September that I would try to do something creative every day , even if it was only for a few minutes.
It is not always painting or drawing, sometimes a few rounds of crochet, sewing, or just taking photos, arranging a bunch of flowers in a vase.
Quick imaginary sketches on old book pages, or drawing over used sketch book pages are my favourites at the moment. Not thinking too much just letting a face appear.
 (crayon, pen & watercolour pencil).
Keeping a record of my daily bits of creativity helps to keep track of every thing I make/create.
(raylee).

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Gallery of Crochet

I recently had some sitting down time...
so had to do something to keep the fingers busy...
started with leftovers in the wool stash...
but had to end up buying some new stuff...



ta da...
the end results...

 


                                        



Sunday, November 8, 2015

Apron & Sheets



My sewing machine has had a workout over the last few weeks, here are some of the pieces I have made ...... a pretty country themed apron for a sister's birthday, used new material for this one but cut the lace from the hem of an old dress.
 Floral dresses & matching frilly  pants with pom pom trim for newest addition to the family.
 All materials & trims found at  the op shop.
(raylee).

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Crochet bag and bunny


and the milk bottles reappeared with a bit of crochet around the top...
great for the kids to carry stuff around in...
or to hold the shampoo bottles in my toiletry bag...


and then the rabbit appeared...
only had leftover bits of cotton to make her...
but she found a home very quickly...


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