Art

Home Made Rust

home-made-rust-nb

These four pieces of rusty tin above I rusted myself. These are some of the rusty pieces I put into my Erosion Bundles.

These pieces of tin I cut out from the sides of a corned beef tin. They have flat sides and are easier to cut! As I cut the tin there was need for caution as the cut edges are razor sharp… ! Then I simply got a disposable aluminium foil tray (or an old plastic ice cream tub) and placed in it a solution of vinegar and bleach. The solution is mixed to a ratio of 2 parts bleach to one part vinegar. I needed enough to make sure the pieces of tin (or other items to be rusted) are completely covered. Then I put the pieces on tin into the solution and left them for about 4 -5 hours.

I wore disposable gloves and I put the tray out into the garden (I picked a dry day) as the solution of vinegar and bleach gives off very strong fumes – I really didn’t want it in the house! I have been known to leave these outside all night. If the items haven’t rusted enough when I check them I simply tip the solution away and cover them with a fresh solution and repeat the process.

Some things rust really well (like corned beef tins) others don’t – so it’s about experimenting. I’m really pleased how my rusty bits of tin above turned out and they have become even more rusty after being in my erosion bundles!

By The Sea · Photography · Still Life · Textured

Creative Photography

I’ve had quite a busy creative week so far. I’ve produced this image with some of my newest textures:

Moody Blue Harbour - RN

The image is of the lovely St. Ives, in Cornwall, UK.

I found some lovely vintage images in my archives a few days ago:

Simply Vintage - RN

Vintage Paper & Stamp - RN

Vintage Ephemera - RN

I have also added four new textures to my collection on Flickr this week:

Misty Morning Basic - FREE TEXTURE

Gelli Print Grunge - FREE TEXTURE

Grungy Blue Fog - FREE TEXTURE

Cracked Ice 2 - FREE TEXTURE

They’re all free to download and use – just click on the Download button (arrow with a line underneath it) in the bottom right corner of the black picture viewing area on Flickr!

Also you may have noticed I have changed the name of this blog and given it a new look to brighten it a bit! That’s all for now – more creative stuff soon!

Macro Magic · Nature · Photography · Still Life · Textured

Roses & New Textures

French Lace Rose

Dried pink roses on antique French ephemera overlaid with beautiful textures…

Vintage Paper Rose

Also I have uploaded two *NEW* textures to Flickr this morning ~ they are FREE to download and use in your photography/art:

Grunge Collage Textures

These textures are created from some of my own original collages. There will be more textures in this set to follow ~ have some creative fun with them!

Nature · Photography · Still Life · Textured

Rose Carte Postale

Rose Post Card

A vintage French rose carte postale…

The rose above is from a bunch of roses I dried myself, so that I can keep them as photographic props! When they’re dried they have a lovely vintage look and will keep forever. Drying the roses is very easy to do:

1. Buy a bunch of roses or cut them from the garden – I use ones that are only just opened…

2. Don’t bother putting them in water – cut the stems to your preferred length and remove all the leaves.

3. Cut a fairly long piece of string – bunch the roses together carefully so as not to squash them and tie the stems together with the string. The string needs to be quite long so you can then use it to hang the roses upside down somewhere. Then just leave them for about 2-3 weeks until dried.

4. Once they are dried they are quite papery to touch so they need handling with care but they will keep forever and you can do whatever you wish with them – they’re great for photographs and also look lovely on display in a vase…

More rose photos to follow…

Nature · Photography

Magnolia

Magnolia Blossom

Magnolia blossoms in my garden…

Petal

Where does the time go? The days seem to fly by and I never seem to have enough time to accomplish what I want to! I’ve been very busy lately opening a new shop on REDBUBBLE for selling prints and other goodies of my photography work. It has been very time consuming and I still have lots of work to do there – lots more images to upload. Do click the link and have a browse – one of my favourite items in my shop are the tote bags… I just know I’m going to end up buying a few…

I hope you all having a great week – see you again soon…

Art · Photography · Still Life · Watercolour

A Blue & Turquoise Moment

A Blue & Aqua Moment

Blue and turquoise images from my Flickr photostream, links to the original images are below:

1. Abstract Collage Mosaic 2. The Blues 3. Macro Abstract Art 4 4. Indigo & Lace 5. Winter Beauty 6. Blue Jeans 4 7. Notebook & Pencils 2 8. Denim Watercolour 9. Notebook & Pencils

I love these colours -they inspire me to create…

Nature · Photography

Square Crop Roses

Square Rose 1

Square Rose 2

Square Rose 3 - DIB

Today I uploaded a rose image to Flickr which you can view here

Then I decided it might look good with a square crop. So I cropped it and then did three different versions of the same original rose photo. All of them have textures from Texture Time FREE TEXTURES for creative effect. It was a creative impulse really…