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!




Thursday, 1 June 2017

June Challenge at Rhedds....

Hello, it's Sandie  here ( aka Rhedd ) welcoming you to this months challenge.

We hope you all enjoyed Julie's tutorial last month...I watched it twice!
(For those that missed it you can find it here  Julie's Tutorial

As Julie was hosting last months challenge, she got to choose her winner and runner up and they are....                              

                                                   No.10   Autumn
                                                 Sew Paper Paint

                                                  RUNNER UP
                                                  No. 17. Senna

Beautiful projects ladies, please take your badges and link us to your blog...we hope you will still join in with our challenges, there is always the chance of winning again....

                                 Our Design Team Winner

                                          No.6. Pooja Sharma

Congratulations Pooja...a beautiful creation..please take your Design Team Winner Badge from the side bar and link us to your blog.

The design team have been busy creating some gorgeous projects for your inspiration....we hope you enjoy looking at them and hope they tempt you to enter this months challenge....


                     A large floor puzzle piece that I altered "Vintage Style"

                                 A Wooden Caddy gets a makeover.
                                           All details up on my blog.


                                           Artist Trading Block

                                             I started with this

Then added this

and ended up with this

Check out my Blog for all the details....

I think you will agree our teamies have created some fab projects this month...
We hope that you will join in with our challenge...Please link your entry below....

Monday, 15 May 2017

May Tutorial by Julie Short

You can find this months challenge HERE


What inspires you?
Sometimes for me it is the oddest thing.

Like this tractor cog picked up in my Uncle's paddock years ago.
It's been quietly gathering rusty patina at my place.
until now!

It became the basis for "Cosmic Medallions"
a canvas piece with many steps and much problem solving.

I hope you enjoy seeing the process I used.

We would love to see your entry too in our May Challenge.


Monday, 1 May 2017

May's Challenge

Can you believe we are saying hello to May?

It's Julie here.
The quietness of Autumn is soothing me,
while I know for many of you Spring, with colour and perfume is delighting and inspiring you

I'll be back later in the month with a tutorial
that I hope you will enjoy

Thank you everyone who shared and linked your awesome art last month.

To us you are all winners!

Congratulations to Judy McKay
what an awesome makeover!

Toni's fabulous make used rust, patina and Easter

The DT choice is always hotly debated.
Well done to Tanvi! Elegant upcycling indeed!

We would love you to add our badge to your blog!

Let's see what we have been up to for the merry month of May!

We appreciate your visits to our blogs and
WE LOVE your comments too!


Audrey Hepburn Canvasses



Altered Palette


From an empty champagne box

After the makeover...
a multipurpose keep sake box with decoupage, gelatos and stencilling.


Cosmic Medallions was inspired by?
I'll be back on the 15th May
with all the details.

Share your mixed media makes with us!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

April's Challenge

Please Note..this blog does not accept papercrafted items..please check our rules under the header for our project criteria...Thanks

         Sandie's (aka Rhedd) Matchbox Tutorial is HERE

Hi Everyone, it's Sandie here (aka Rhedd) bringing you this months challenge and also a tutorial for my altered matchbox....but before that I must say myself and the design team were in awe of all the fabulous entries for our March Challenge.
As always it is a difficult job choosing a Winner and Runner Elaine was hosting last months challenge, she got to choose the Winner and Runner Up....and they are

                                Winner is No 11...Marie-Louise

                         Runner Up is No 22.....Creations by Nora

                   Congratulations ladies, please grab our badges and link us to your blog.

             The Design Team get to select their favourite and they have chosen

                     Dt Favourite is No.36...... Pooja Sharma

Congratulations....please grab your badge and link us to your blog.

So now on to this months challenge.....the team have created some wonderful projects for your inspiration..

                         A Fernli Designs Large Matchbox that I altered
                         and you can find my tutorial HERE


                                From Trash from the bin to Treasure
                          Find out what I found and used on my blog.

Altered children's building blocks.

From a sweet box....

to a colourful keepsake box

Altered Canvas.

Do check our few rules before linking your project below.