Thursday, January 19, 2017

#ARTifacts

The front cover of my art journal for this year.
I am always open to 'Change' as my art  'Story' continues it will always remain 'Unfinished'.
(raylee).

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Complex Simplicity









Attempting to portray how the creative part of me works with photos.
 Things + ideas + artwork + creative spaces (inside/outside) + feline friend + light.
(raylee).

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Painting Bold Black & Retro Red


A bold black wood block print over white gesso on an old book page.
Cute polka dot shoes, & a vibrant little red dress.
(raylee).














Thursday, October 6, 2016

Decorative Art Change


 Silver stencil ( bought at the Dollar shop), then a gold layer....
 Next an image transfer on the top left side....
Another stencil, some gold text this time on the right hand side from Seth Apter from thealteredpage.blogspot.com


 Dry brushed silver & gold on the legs......some more distressing with sandpaper on the edges of the washstand.....
 & what a difference this easy makeover  made to a tired old washstand!
(raylee).

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Birds & Bees

 Spring is here!
Time to give this old stool a new coat of paint.
 All white with a black pattern on the top. I just used painter's masking tape to make the design.
Hand painted a leopard print with some coloured spots onto the legs.
 Found a tutorial for the leopard print at Tracey's Fancy.
Tracey has lots of really great furniture painting tutorials.  

 Used the same colours for the trims on the legs.
 Stenciled little spots around the edge of the top.
The stool will be used as a bedside table.
(raylee).

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

'Little Bird' - Gel Skin Medium Transfer/Mixed Media



Most of the time I like to experiment just to see where it takes me.....After reading about Image Transfers thought I would have a try with a black & white photo.
After all the backing paper was removed it was a little bland & ghost like.
 Which I liked but  decided a darker background was needed to bring the image more into focus. Black gesso over used watercolour paper & a bird stencil over the black with white gesso made a much more interesting background.
 When the image was placed over the black & white it  created more depth, pushing  the old   building back & making it more ghost like, and this brought the girl riding her bike forward. 
 Once on the canvas it still needed something else.
 A colourful frame..... acrylic painted over old used watercolour paper, collage frame image & a border stenciled with markers. Two subtle bird image transfers, some branches with buds & text transfer & a spotty transfer on the top at the sides to finish.
The marker line border was made with this stencil from Stencil Girl Products designed by Seth Apter.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Stencil Art

(raylee)
Just completed this stencil exercise which I started at Art is You, in Dimensional Stencilling Workshop tutored by Seth Apter.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Australian Mixed Media Roadshow - Art is You.

(raylee)
 Two collages exercises from the workshop with Seth Apter (click the link to see his blog for up coming tutorials/workshops ).
These were fairly quick exercises as we worked almost non stop except for a lunch break & morning & afternoon tea, most of our class skipped the afternoon cuppa.....trying to get our stencils & collages completed.


 A couple of the stencil exercises using different mediums & techniques.
Do you read art magazines?
Do you  look at all the tutorials & think there is one little piece of the puzzle missing?
You do everything step by step but it doesn't quite look like you think it should.
Me too!
So when I heard the Art is You Mixed Media Roadshow was coming to Australia.......to Queensland.....to Tewantin !! I booked two workshops with Seth Apter, mixed media artist......
Seth is a very generous tutor, he was more than happy to fill in all the missing gaps & show the class how he makes art step by step to the very end.
If you are interested in any of his up coming workshops go have a look where he will be teaching.
Lots of information on his blog www.thealteredpage.blogspot.com
(raylee).

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