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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! 

 

 

  • Lets talk about the colour Teal
    Teal is a medium blue green colour, although it is usually more blue than green. Often called Teal, ultramarine, blue-green, aqua or aquamarine it is one of those in-between colours that can get lost in translation; ask any artist what they consider is Teal and you will get different answers, just like when you ask them about what they think constitutes beige........click on image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 20 January 2010
  • What type of paintings sell best in NZ?
    Well thats a curly question!
    All artists know that some size artworks sell better than others while subject matter can determine popularity depending on where it is located. Whether these are subjects you want to paint and whether you should be painting specifically for the market are something an artist has to deal with at some stage in their career. Only you can decide whether you want (or need) to paint to sell, or whether you can focus on painting subjects that you....click on image for mor
    Posted: Tuesday 19 January 2010
  • What's with this Character called Boozehag?
    Boozehag as the Urban Dictionary defines is a women who has a tireless appetite for boozing and is not only very good at it but is also much fun to be around. Subject may also be described as being just like 'one of the boys'. A term of endearment....click on image for more
    Posted: Monday 18 January 2010
  • How to package your artwork
    When you send work around the country or overseas, it pays to wrap it well as no matter how careful you may be with your art, not all couriers have the same respect or care for it......click on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 17 January 2010
  • Artists mediums what are they?
    I often teach a night school class for students who may wish to learn more about the use of paint mediums. So here are a few tips on mediums...click on image for more
    Posted: Saturday 16 January 2010
  • Canvas, the choice of artists
    The type of canvas you use will depend on the type of paint you use.....cotton duck is used for acrylic painting, while linen and cotton duck is used for oil. ......click on image for more
    Posted: Friday 15 January 2010
  • ‘The $12 Million Stuffed Shark’ By Don Thompson
    In 2009 a pile of Rubbish won the National Contemporary Art Awards here in Hamilton New Zealand. It created a furore like no other. We are used to the outrage and shock from the public each year over the winning pieces and that’s exactly what the people who run it want…controversy and people talking about it. Well this time I somehow got embroiled in it....click on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 14 January 2010
  • Tax Tips for Artists
    Yes I know that figures and money matters are boring for us artists but when you're a working artist you need to look at keeping accurate records and making sure you are taking care of your tax obligations. Here are some of my tips and advice for organising your records......click on the image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 13 January 2010
  • When things Run SMOOTHLY
    Today’s artwork is smooth and shiny. I used the Golden Clear Tar Gel for this effect, its simple to use; you pour it on where you want it to be and wait for it to set. The effect is like that of a bubble, with a raised glassy surface.However Im not going to talk so much about the .....click on image for more
    Posted: Tuesday 12 January 2010
  • Touching on Colour Mixing
    A basic understanding of colour theory and the colour wheel is essential for every artist and can increase the possibilities for your work. Colours are, after all, one of the basic tools of painting....click on image for more
    Posted: Monday 11 January 2010

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