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   Upcycle, Revamp, Recreate, lets just get creating!!

        reCOLLettetions is a blog about making things, recycling, up-cycling, recreating, whatever you want to call it. I am inspired by vintage, the 1950's in particular, the femininity and classic style of this era is reflected in a lot of my creations.

 I try to avoid buying mass produced anything,opting instead for up-cycled, re-used, repaired, recycled, second hand items. I don't like waste, one woman's trash can be another woman's treasure. Come along for the ride and explore some creative solutions to give things a new lease on life, instructions included! 



  • Poppies, tall poppies, painting poppies, ok just poppies then.......
    All species of poppies are attractive and most are cultivated as ornamental plants. A few species have other uses, principally as sources of drugs and foods. The opium poppy fir instance is so widely used, for on image for more
    Posted: Saturday 26 June 2010
  • Branding is important for artists
    Creating a brand for your art is important, its not just about creating a logo and having a marketing campaign either. Not only can a brand define on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 24 June 2010
  • Something about nothing II - lets talk about weird colours just because we can!
    Arsenic is a colour believe it or not and there we were thinking it was just a poison, so today’s blog entry is about some of those colours that we wouldn’t normally have on our palette or we may have mixed by accident and never had any idea what they were called. Some of you will know on image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 23 June 2010
  • Tips on photographing your artwork
    The painting today is a ‘red eye’ as in red eye deduction but that’s not one of my tips as we’re not working with people for this, it’s about on image for more
    Posted: Tuesday 22 June 2010
  • Window-Dressing an art career
    Once upon a time I trained as a window dresser. These days most stores employ a visual merchandiser instead in that they cover a broader range of merchandise display and not so much on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 20 June 2010
  • Caveman Art, the prehistoric stuff
    No doubt you would have studied some of the history of cave man art when at school, I certainly did. Most of it we don’t remember, but some of the images still stick in my mind, especially on image for more
    Posted: Friday 18 June 2010
  • Something about nothing much Part 1
    Some days Im simply stuck on what to say, I still have around half a year to write things for this blog, but hey at least I can celebrate making it to that half way mark!

    What do you write about when your desk is piled with papers and you know you have to get on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 17 June 2010
  • Burgundy or Claret…are we talking the colour or the wines?
    Burgundy or Claret…are we talking the colour or the wines?

    Burgundy as a colour is a shade of purplish red usually associated with the Burgundy wine of the same name; this comes from the Burgundy region of France where that particular on image for more
    Posted: Monday 14 June 2010
  • Creating a bread & Butter line
    As an artist you often need to create a bread and butter line, or in broader terms, a line of something that sells quickly and easily and more importantly, often. This is your product that you can on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 13 June 2010
  • Ikebana, the Art of Japanese floral arranging
    I have a book in my bookcase called ‘A Guide to Japanese Flower Arranging’ and I’m about to embark on creating some of the designs as I think they’re so simple and stunning looking. Im not sure on image for more
    Posted: Saturday 12 June 2010

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