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reCOLLETTEtions

   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! 

 

 

  • How Long should it take to finish a painting?
    This is such a personal thing and can be summed up in “How long is a piece of string” its pretty much impossible to put a time on such things. Like the Mainland ad, all good things take time...click on image for more
    Posted: Monday 1 March 2010
  • Lets talk about the colour Blue
    Blue, one of the three primary colours would have to be one of my least favourite although a lot of people see it as a special colour and it is much admired. It has connotations ....click on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 28 February 2010
  • What exactly is Retro?
    Retro is a term used to describe culturally outdated or aged trends, modes, or fashions, from the overall post-modern past, but have since that time become functional or in fashion once again. The use ...click on image for more
    Posted: Saturday 27 February 2010
  • Hairdressing is an Art too
    In the world of fashion, hairdressing developed as an art during the middle Ages, when an appropriate coiffure became as important as....click on image for more
    Posted: Friday 26 February 2010
  • Kiwi Art Awards and other useful sites
    Art Awards open to New Zealand Artists

    • Adam Portraiture Award - The Adam Foundation sponsors this....click on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 25 February 2010
  • So you want to know about Artists in Residence programs...well
    What Is an Artist-in-Residence? Well the specifics vary from program to program, but basically an artist-in-residence usually means you're given somewhere to live, some to money to live on, and a studio to work in for a set period of......click on image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 24 February 2010
  • Murphy's Law and Art
    This commonly expressed sentiment means "If anything can go wrong, it will." Many problems, failures, and annoyances are attributed to Murphy's Law, but most people do not know....click on image for more
    Posted: Tuesday 23 February 2010
  • How to use Gold leaf
    Gold or silver leaf isn’t just for gilding things like mirrors, you can use it in your paintings too, just check out Gustav Klimt’s work where he used ....click on image for more
    Posted: Monday 22 February 2010
  • How to use Crackle Effect in your painting
    Crackle painting

    Artists who work in texture usually want to know about the crackle effect if they don’t already know how.
    Crackle painting is a faux painting technique that produces...click on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 21 February 2010
  • That Old Blank Canvas syndrome
    What do you do when you see a blank canvas? Do you freeze up or instantly start working on it? Many artists find ....click on image for more
    Posted: Saturday 20 February 2010

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