Friday, 20 March 2015


Hi everyone, I wasn't able to join in with the last topic over at PaperArtsy so I was determined to do something for this one. There has been some wonderful inspiration on the theme of 'Deconstruction' or it could be Reconstruction and Repurpose. I set myself the challenge of making something out of stuff I might otherwise throw away....there is beauty in the ordinary.

Regular visitors will know I love Finnabair's projects, where she uses all sorts of metal embellishments and trinkets. I decided to create a  'canvas' of found 'trinkets'... using frescos and treasure gold.

I decided to use stuff from the little scrap tub that sits on my desk which has half bits of flowers and petals and leftovers from other projects. There were some buttons from an old slipper and tiny pieces of lace, some grunge paper flourishes from an experiment with rusting which didn't work.... I wasn't allowed to use my jars of buttons or rolls of lace and only leftover scraps of paper

I also have a box with old lids, bottle caps, insides of a tape runner, tyvek 'outcuts' which I raided and a coke tin and tea bag paper from the kitchen! get the picture.
Photo heavy now with Step outs

 Greyboard base with chosen papers

Grunge paste through a doily stencil

A wash of chalk fresco

Sorry blurred photo, this is heating the tyvek oucuts, which ended up in the base of the upturned lid.

Building up the layers....having faith at this stage, though it looked very deep.

Chalk and then stone fresco.

Of course frescos cover up beautifully.

Some cornflower blue and cobalt archival stamping to tie it together.

I've used treasure gold in white fire, onyxite and sapphire.

Hope you don't mind...just a few more detail photos

Hope you enjoyed looking at  my entry for 'Deconstruction'. I so enjoyed making this. Thanks as always for stopping by. x


  1. Such a beautiful effect. I love the colours you have chosen.

  2. Wonderful re-purpose from your deconstruction bits and bobs Ruth, thank you for the step by step. Love the depth and how you have transformed your bits into a stunning piece of ArT :-) xxx

  3. Lovely mixed media art Ruth! Great to see on the pictures what different materials you've used to get this result.
    Nice weekend, Alie :-)

  4. A stunning piece Ruth, love how you used all you bits and pieces, a beautiful end project.
    Yvonne xx

  5. Beautiful creation Ruth,interesting you covered it with paint first,I usually throw half a pot of gesso at it first! Loving the muted colours. This really is such a hard creation to get exactly right and you've done it perfectly ;)
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  6. Mind? Never! I loved seeing how you brought this amazing piece together Ruth, who would have guessed that such a beautiful piece of art came from that pile of bits and bobs! This is simply wonderful and I so admire your ability to see what it 'could' look like in the end! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. I don`t mind a bit, going through your line of photoes, to see every detail, of this gorgeous piece. Fantastic what a mix of buttons ,papers, plastic, and foil, can be transformed into, with some paint of differend kinds, Ruth. It is stunning, and the little twist of treasure gold, makes it also magic !!
    Dorthe, xx

  8. This is fabulous Ruth and thanks for the photo stages. This is a great way to use up some of the bits and bobs that are filling up storage spaces. The way you've added the blue colour has really unified the elements and leads the eye around the composition.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.
    Sending hugs, Angela x

  9. Being a Finn-Fan myself, I am just in love with this. Your piece is gorgeous and all those beautiful little details, the touches of paint, highlights and shadows are just dreamy! This is a masterpiece and deserves to take centre stage!! As for the extra photos, I find the close ups of mixed media is where you really see the magic :) x

  10. wow Ruth this is just fabulous and thanks for showing us step by step. I just love the look of Finnabairs work and you have created something so wonderful
    x catherine

  11. Absolutely beautiful Ruth, such beauty to be found in the stuff we usually throw away!

  12. Another drop dead gorgeous piece Ruth! I love that you showed us how you put this together, it's great to see the process! Your colours are so dreamy and I just love all the amazing things you used to create the texture! LOVE IT!! hugs :)

  13. Ruth I am also there this weekend for the canvas workshop and also have a place booked for finnabair too ! It will be lovely to meet you
    x catherine

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  15. Absolutely stunning, Ruth... there is definitely beauty in all these ordinary objects after you've got your hands on them! I adore the subtle grey/blue highlighting - just perfect.
    Alison xx

  16. Wow, this is stunning. The colours are beautiful - I love neutrals, and the hint of blue works absolutely perfectly with it. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

  17. Love how all those funny old bits and pieces come together with such subtle colouring. A beautiful piece!



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