Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Paper Mache Mannequin - Flying Unicorn

Hi Everyone,

Bex here today to share with you my decorated paper mache mannequin (from Sep KOM and also available in store). 

I started my project by giving my mannequin a coat of Kroma Crackler in color silver. When this had dried and became all crackly I lightly sponged Vintage Photo Distress Ink and also added a small amount of Gold Leaf Rub'n Buff. To create my dress skirt I used folded sheet music and lace, layered over the top with sewn material strips.

To me what really makes this dress pop is the Flying Unicorn Adornments used for the belt and the necklace. I so LOVE Flying Unicorn Adornments.

Products Used
Scrap Material
Sheet Music
Old Buttons

Many thanks for looking, I wish you all a happy and creative day.

~ Bex ~

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mixed Media Altered Book - Finnabair Creative Team

Hello Everyone,

This month I am happy to bring to you a little book makeover. This beautiful old book was once a beloved encyclopedia. Now I am sure the majority of us are old enough to remember these in book form. These days you will find them on DVD's or  not used at all with people relying on our good old friend Mr Google. So if you have an old encyclopedia lying around, don't throw it out, give it a beautiful makeover.

I have always wanted to try a folded book, always throwing myself in at the deep end I tried to go with a more complicated fold for my first attempt. There were a few mishaps along the way, but in the end it worked and I am super happy.

Art Extravagance Texture Paste in Clear Crackle gave my book a beautiful vintage look, here is a close up.

As my tutorial is very photo heavy I have made it into a picture YouTube video for you all to watch.
Please sit back and enjoy watching how the book jacket evolved from start to finish.

Products Used

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Finnabair Creative Team Blog Hop

I don't know about your corner of the world but here in Australia, steamy hot November weather is just around the corner...now for anyone who knows me, they will know I detest summer. Winter is my favourite season and thought of  wearing boots and jumpers makes me happy. So as most of you enter the lovely cool winter months.....

The  Finnabair Creative Team have come up with a special challenge to warm you up and possibly inspire to create some fantastic art. Feel most welcome to join in!

Here's how our Cosy Challenge works:

First of all, make sure you blog hop with our Creative Team. Below you can see the list of all the blogs where you can find lots of warm and fuzzy inspirations. Make yourself a huge cup of hot tea and visit each of the Ladies to see their Cosy interpretations of the challenge. Don't forget to leave a warm comment! :)

We hope you feel warmed and inspired! :)

If you do, we have a fun challenge for you and a great prize to win!

Here's what you can do:

1) Find a photo that will serve as a Cosy inspirational jumping point for you. It can be any image from the internet or a photo you take yourself;

2) Create a work (layout, collage, canvas, cards - anything goes) that represents the concept of coziness;

3) Go to Finnabair's blog and leave a link to your work. You have two weeks to send in the submissions - 'till November 8th. Then, our Team will choose a winner.
We can't wait to see your cosy creations!

Now I am very happy to share with you my interpretation of warm and cosy. I have decided to choose what I feel is a warm and cosy colour palette. The photo I have used is of a stylish lady dressed in a fine hat and warm winter clothes, what stylish lady is complete without a set of jump ring spectacles though? ;-)

Products Used
Rub'n Buff - Gold Leaf
Bronze Chain

Many many thanks for joining in on our blog hop, I cannot wait to see some of your warm and cosy creations. Please if you have any questions about my project feel free to ask.

Wishing you all a very happy and creative weekend.

~ Rebecca ~ 

Peaceful Rest - Flying Unicorn Creative Team

Hi Everyone,

Ooooh when I received a balsa wood coffin in my design team box I was a little unsure which direction to head with it.  I never personally get involved with Halloween (not too many do in Australia) so I decided not venture in the creepy direction. I thought was it possible to make a coffin beautiful? a beautiful final resting place. Yes I think so, this is what I came up with.

Products Used
Balsa Wood Coffin

Many thanks for looking, I wish you all a happy and creative day.

~ Rebecca ~

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mixed Media Tag - Flying Unicorn

Hi Everyone!!!! 

Today I would like to share with you a mixed media tag which has been created for the Flying Unicorn Creative Team. Below you will find step by step photo tutorial outlining how to create the background. 

My creation started off with this tag I pulled out of my stash. 

I gave some vintage sheet music a coat of Art Basic Soft Gloss Gel and adhered it down to my tag.

I then sprayed my music sheet with water and began lightly rubbing my finger over the paper. This transferred the image and created a cool back to front music note look. 

A little bit of Tim Holtz tissue tape here and there.

A little bit of dry wall tape was added.

Let the color come in!! 3 different colors of Distress Ink were applied and then to finish a quick couple of sprays of Cobolt Color Bloom spray. A light spritz of water was then added to create a little bit of color drippage.

To finish off my background I applied Ruby Rub'n Buff around the edges and a little over my netting stenciled section.

To finish the tag I then added Flying Unicorn Adornments (which had a little coat of Vintaj patina) and a few Tim Holtz metal embellishments

Many thanks for looking, wishing you all a happy and creative day.

~ Rebecca ~

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mixed Media Flower Garden - Flying Unicorn

Hi Everyone,

Bex here today to share with you my mixed media flower garden. The inspiration for this canvas has come from three of my favourite artists, Finnabair, Tim Holtz & Dyan Reaveley. I truly love all of their works and ALL of their products. To me this is what happens when you combine a little bit of each of their products, a very colourful and harmonious garden.  It is a semi recycled garden too, the flowers are created with my Mum's scrap quilting material and their stems are old rusty nails, cool huh?

Products Used

Yes that is one huge list of product, you will note half that list is made up of colour being sprays and inks. I wanted my background to be varying shades of blue and green, looking at my canvas now you would not think all those colors are included, trust me, they are there.

Thanks for looking and please if you have any questions always feel free to ask me.

Wishing you a happy and creative day!

~ Bex ~

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Mixed Media Tag - Finnabair Creative Team

Hi Everyone!!!

I would like to share a bright and happy mixed media tag with you all. This tag has been created using the extremely versatile product Soft Gloss Gel and I have used it in three different ways.

1) Image Transfer - I applied Soft Gloss Gel to one side of antique book paper and adhered my paper to the tag. Once dry I sprayed the book paper with water and gently removed the top layer by rubbing my finger over it. The result is reverse text, but I like that, makes it a little different.

2) Ink Resist - Soft Gloss Gel was applied through my stencil and allowed to completely dry. Ink was then applied over the top with a sponge dauber, you will see the Soft Gloss Gel will resist the ink leaving glossy white spots.

3) Adhesive - I used Soft Gloss Gel to adhere my material, ribbons and beads to my tag. My leaves and flowers were also given a top coat of Soft Gloss Gel, this not only sealed them but gave them a beautiful shine.

Products Used
Art Basics Soft Gloss Gel - 961435
Art Basics 3D Gloss Gel - 961367
Art Ingredients Mica Flakes (Mulberry) - 961725
Art Ingredients Glass Beads (Zinc) - 961695
Art Ingredients Glass Beads (Plum) - 961718
Mechanicals Vintage Trinkets - 961114
Mechanicals Vintage Trinkets - 961046
Vintage Trinkets Bottle Caps - 960391

If you would like to see the amazing projects created with Art Basics by the rest of the team please follow this link. 

Many thanks for looking and please if you have any questions feel free to ask.

~ Rebecca ~