Monday, February 24, 2020

Making tea tin birds with my daughter


My daughter was out here from California visiting for the past 10 days and of course we were in my studio for a couple of days during that time.  She wanted to learn how to make a tea tin bird of her own.  It is one of those processes that takes time since the project has to dry in between layers of gesso, paint and StazOn Studio Glaze.






Purple Reign.

I'm sharing this one today and I will try to share Holly's finished results later in the week.  We had a lot of fun, as always!

Thanks for stopping by ~ hugs ~ Renee

Friday, January 17, 2020

The new issue of Somerset Studio has arrived...


Today I received the new edition of Somerset Studio in the mail!  I'm very excited to say that my tea bags earned a spot in this beautiful issue.  The cover artist, Lynne Moncrieff, has shared many of her amazing details along with other artists that I love and follow online:  Vicki Kammerer, Kim Collister, Renee Stien, Linda M. Cain and so many others.  This issue is pretty amazing and inspiring.  One of the themes followed was "In Stitches", many artists showed how they have incorporated stitching to their artwork.  Lots of machine and hand stitching projects to drool over.

It will be on newsstands Feb. 1, 2020.













Thanks for allowing me to share my joy.  I hope you get a chance to check this out soon.  As always, I appreciate you stopping by.  Hugs ~ Renee

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

“It’s Your Time to Soar” tea tin bird

I finished another lady bird tea tin project.  For this one I used a tin that reflected my friend’s love of Earl Grey tea, the bird’s coloring is dictated by the color of the tea tin.   She has a lovely glaze of StazOn Studio Glaze in a few different colors and a whole lot of Finnabair’s Mechanicals.






I generally stamp on the birds with StazOn black ink but only a hint of that peeks out here and there.  The theme is taken from a That's Crafty, Lynne's Affirmations stamp designed by the amazing artist Lynne Moncrieff.  After painting and gluing ephemera all over the bird then I pile on tons of Microbeads and attach some bling.

 She’s flying off to Arizona tomorrow, I hope her new owner loves her as much as I do!  Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate it.  Hugs ~ Renee

Monday, January 13, 2020

An altered tea tin, "Don't doubt the strength of her delicate wings"

I just finished another tea bird and this one has flown the coop to Hawaii.  The title is:  "Don't doubt the strength of her delicate wings".  I used That's Crafty, Lynne's Affirmations stamp with that phrase on her back and a few other spots.  Her hat is an antique crystal pull knob with a tiny crown.




This is a great way to recycle not only the tea tin but a multitude of other small interesting objects.

Thanks for stopping by! - hugs, Renee

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Create more art by recycling tea bags

As you know I'm a big fan of re~purposing every part of my afternoon tea/bags/canister.  Today I'm sharing a group of tea bags that have been dried, emptied and used as a canvas for my art.  I applied the Gouache paint with my GelliPlate and then added the Tim Holtz paper dolls and Small Chit Chat stickers on top of that.  The art was further enhanced with a Stabilo pencil and a white Uni-ball Signo white broad pen.  I used Jane Davenport's Paint Over pens blended down to apply a small smudge of color on some of the faces and clothing.




In the meantime I'll just keep sipping my afternoon tea and saving the bags.

Hugs - Renee

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Tea art- Using every part of the tea product

Sorry I've been MIA for so long, I've had a few things that popped up over the past few months.  As I mentioned before we had the hurricane and flood drama, shortly after that I had to have surgery on my right hand.  A trip to Florida and then California for a month and finally things have settled down a bit for me. At last, I'm back in my studio.

Today I'm sharing some "tea art".  This project includes used empty tea bags, a tea tin and some loose tea.  I needed a home or a nest for a little steam punk bird I created a while back and this seemed like the perfect spot for him.



I can highly recommend Harney & Sons tea, it is delicious.  My favorite is the "Tower of London" tea in the amethyst colored tin.  This one was very nice too.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs ~ Renee

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

"Distortions" a class with Ardith Goodwin

I'm currently taking an online art class with Ardith Goodwin.  If you're not familiar with her work you might want to check out her site.  Many of my favorite artists are students of hers.  Her work is very abstract and fractured and I adore it!  Not to mention the fact that Ardith is an amazing teacher.  I can share some of my progress from the class but of course not the process.  Hopefully I won't be a slouch about posting work in progress.  I hope you won't judge it too harshly, just remember it is not even close to being finished, there are 5 weeks to go in this class.



Title suggestions are very welcome.


I wish you all a wonderful week!  We've got lovely weather right now.  Take care ~ hugs ~ Renee