Sunday, 30 November 2014

Mixed Media Canvas - Part Two: Finishing Touches, More is More! it is, part two of my mixed media blog post!


so, this is what i THOUGHT was gona be the final finished canvas...
BUT, then i added a few more buttons, gems, metal butterflies and some silver nail varnish to a few of the elements:
this frame is gona look so nice with a photo of someones loved one/s  in it♥
so, thats it, its taken me a few weeks, doing bits here and there, then adding bits here and there... its been a labour of love, but ive LOVED doing it. i love the combination of colours and bits and bobs!

AAAAND... the canvas IS for SALE, so if youd like it, post a comment below, or send me a tweet @cLare_beaR_ or a message to my jewellery facebook page: for prices, shipping info etc!

"ich liebe das mixed media"

Mixed Media Canvas - Part One: Stages,Progress and Stuff!

hello, and YES, ive been doing more mixed media, i cant get enough of it!

here are some photos of the different stages and the progress of  the canvas, and ill mainly let the images speak for themselves, but ill tell u bits here and there. this post is VERY photo heavy, so be warned...

i added some ripped lines of paper to a white square canvas, the sprayed a bit of red and green, then added my mixed media elements...
i then painted the elements with some gesso, meaning that the sprays and paints would 'stick' to the plastic and metal pieces better!
...then, more spray/paints!
 then, i added a bit more gesso to certain elements of the canvas...
a bit of  watercolour drippy-ness...
 i then used some gesso and lilac emulsion paint to make some circles using a cup to print.
 then, more spraying...
these are all the progress shots i took of the canvas as i was painting/spraying it, and the next post will be part two, showing the finished canvas with all the added buttons, pearls, beads, metal elements etc!

"ich liebe mixed media kunst"

Friday, 21 November 2014

mixed media madness!


for AGES now, ive been OBSESSED with the Youtube videos of Gabrielle Pollacco, who makes AMAZING mixed media creations.

if youre not familiar with mixed media, its basically the process of making art[usually canvases, frames and stuff] which have been created using unconventional pieces like metal bottlecaps, fabric flowers, plastic charms etc, and covered with a medium called Gesso, which is ideal for coating metals and plastics, and it leaves a great base for colour [paints, sprays] to be applied! i LOVE IT.

here are some of the sprays i made, using some food colouring with acrylic paints mixed in. i also used a fabric spray i had...
i have an art degree, and did art at school and college, so have done a lot of mixed media pieces, but none using gesso, and not in the same way as this piece.

so, armed with some techniques and ideas id seen on Gabrielle's Youtube channel, i set about attempting to create my own mixed media piece.

so, here are some progress shots of some of the stages involved in making my frame, eek!
AAAAAND, here is the finished frame, with added buttons, gems and beads! I LOVE IT and i LOVE the colour combinations!
i really enjoyed creating my mixed media frame, and have just started a mixed media canvas, its SUCH FUN!

if youd like to give it a go, DO IT, and id also recommend having a peek at Gabrielle Pollacco's youtube channel:

"ich liebe das mixed media kunsten"

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

ella, ella, ey...

hello, eeee sorry its been SO LONG since i blogged! heres a little post about a print i got from the amazingly talented Ella Mobbs a while ago! i got it in a flash 50% off sale and as id been eyeing up this and a few of the other prints for ages, i knew i had to get it while it was so cheap. this worked out at about £12 INCLUDING shipping from Australia, which is AMAZING.

here is the CUTE sugar skull print i got, and i LOVE IT!
 Ella also included a cute postcard, which is now on my wall above the print, which i put in an old gold frame i had, NICE:
... heres the postcard, some stickers and a lovely business card, which has gone into my little book of business cards/stickers etc.
here are the stickers on one of my sketchbooks, HOORAY!
you can check out Ellas amazing prints on her website here:

or on her Facebook page here:

"ich liebe das Skullen" lol.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

REVIEW: "megexpressions" Glasses/Sunglasses Pouch.

hello, i hope youre all well.

today im doing a review of a beautifully handmade glasses/sunglasses pouch from 'megexpressions'

Meghan is so lovely, we've followed each other on twitter for ages, and she kindly asked me if id like to review one of her items, in particular the glasses pouches, as im a spectacle wearer, i said yes!

all of her products are made using re-cycled fabrics, which is nice!

she asked me to pick a pouch, but as i liked all of the designs in her shop, i said she could surprise me, and she did!

the package came addressed to Clare Bear, LOLS :)
heres the pouch:
the pouch is SO WELL MADE! srsly, the finish is excellent and i love the colours, fabrics and the cute buttons on this pouch!

heres some pics of the back of the pouch and the inside and stuff:
denim, classic. 
 a sweet stamped logo inside the pouch.
and as you can see, the pouch is lined with a pretty vintage floral fabric, sweet!

aaand... here are my glasses IN THE POUCH. i know, right!?
i LOVE my glasses pouch, and would highly recommend megexpressions' products, which as well as glasses pouches include purses, card wallets and bags!

thank you so much for offering to send me this pouch, Meghan, i love it!

check out megexpressions for yourself, by having a peek at her SHOP, here:

and by following her on twitter:

and on facey b:

"ich liebe das fabrik"