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Monday, September 21, 2009

Watercolour collages

Two watercolour collages done several years ago. Materials used included dark blue and light blue watercolour paint, silver acrylic paint,  thick and thin paintbrushes and standard art block paper. I quite liked the effect, so I had them framed!

Ribbon deco

There's a jar in my crafts cupboard in which I put bits of ribbon - mostly the ends cut off from ribbons used for gift-wrapping. They're so colourful, I figured I should use them for something. So during the recent holiday week,  I used them to decorate a flat metal container which had been lying around the house.

First, I spray-painted the container and allowed it to dry. Meanwhile, I cut the bits of ribbon to size. Next, I stuck the bits of ribbon onto the container with cellophane tape and glue. Once stuck, I added stips of cellophane tape across the container to secure all the bits of ribbon in place.

The result? A colourful tray of sorts!

Shell collage

An old collage I did about 15 years ago, using the top of a small wooden tea-table. The top of it had gotten dislodged and couldn't be fixed back, so I turned it over and decorated it with shells I had picked up from a trip to the beach with my family. I must have used pretty strong glue, as the shells are still firmly stuck after all these years!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Costume Jewellery Display

For this project, I used costume jewellery that used to belong to my late mother. For years, these items have been packed into a jewellery box, so I thought that this would be a nice way to display some of the less valuable pieces.

First, I selected the pieces, keeping to a general matte gold theme. I decided to stick to gold chains and a couple of ear rings.

I started off by covering a canvas with beige acrylic paint, using a sponge. I then used brown acrylic paint to create random designs on the canvas and light-brown filla as an adhesive with which to stick the jewellery pieces onto the canvas.

The canvas will be framed using a dark brown frame and hung on a wall in my room.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Decorating a glass dish

I received two free glass bowls with a product recently. The first thing I noticed was that they had cute designs of shells and other seascape items on them.

So in order to "glam" up the bowls (and also obliterate the manufacturer's logo!) I covered both bowls with gold leaf paint applied with a sponge in order to get a smooth, matte texture.

That done, I waited for it to dry and then outlined each shape with black acrylic paint.