Tuesday 6 February 2018

Recycled art piece by Rachel Dutko

Hi everyone!

Today I am sharing a project created completely from items from my recycling bin. 
Add some Colour Blast products and transform your 'trash' into 'treasure'!

Here's a look at my finished project-

So let's take a look at the steps I took to create something 
from a pile of 'bits and pieces'.

I traced around a plate onto some thick cardboard and cut it out for my base. 
I collected lots of different lids, old texta lids, old baby toys etc 
and cut out some small circles from corrugated card. 
I also added some string. The idea was to 
choose pieces with interesting shapes and textures.

I stuck all the pieces down with gel medium. Once it was completely dry I covered everything with Black Heavy Gesso
I added two coats to make sure everything had a good coverage 
and to completely cover the colours underneath. 

To start adding my layers of colour I firstly used some sprays. 
I used Colour Sprays in Saffron, Lagoon, and Rainforest
I also used some Colour Shimmer Sprays (which really shine on a black background) 

The next step to really bring my piece to life was to add some Colour Paste in random areas. I used Apple Of My Eye, Tangareen Dream, Steel, Bling and Leather.

While that was drying I die cut some cogs from cardboard, inked then 
heat embossed with a range of Colour Embossing Powders. 

Using different colours on each stage helped 
to add a depth of colour and create an 'aged' look. 

Lastly I used my finger to run over a light coat of
 White Heavy Gesso to highlight the textures. 

I also added some quote stickers.

Some close ups.

I hope I have given you some inspiration to see what you can create with everyday items, and I guarantee you will not look at your recycling bin the same way again!

Thanks for looking

Rachel x x

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