18 October 2017

News From The Art Studio...

It's been a while since there's been an art update on the blog...
Well what can I say but 'It's been BUSY'!
Life is Busy!
Art is Busy!
Blogging is Busy!
My art work has been welcomed internationally this year with such positivity.
I am truly humbled to have received nine awards for art and photography work.
Here's a peek at a few happenings...

The Rogue One
A 76.5cm x 76.5cm artwork on canvas created using pastels and acrylic paint.
Special Recognition Artist Award in the 7th Annual 'Seascapes' Art Competition at Light, Space & Time Gallery.
The online exhibition is here:  

I was also featured on 1340Art international art blog:

If you would like to follow my art journey, 
you can do so here:

Plus here are a couple of work in progress pieces...

#newzealandartist #newzealandblogger #art #contemporary 

11 October 2017

French Map & Cacti Pots...❥

Ok - I admit I really do have 'a thing' for cacti.
Let's blame my Grandad.
He had a vast collection in pots, and as a child I would watch him tend them with so much love!

For this project I painted some small terracotta pots with with chalk paint.
Then left them a day to dry.

Next steps require Mod Podge.
(In new Zealand this is available at most craft outlets.)

And some decoupage paper.
Though you could use fancy serviettes if preferred.
If you use serviettes take of the back layer of paper.

I'm loving this cool map design...

Measure the paper to size, brush wrong side with Mod Podge and manipulate it on to the pot.
You'll need to pleat it to fit the curves.

 Leave to dry.
Once dry seal with a layer of clear sealer that will tolerate outdoor conditions.

 Once sealed - leave to dry for a week.

 Then plant with desired plants using a suitable potting medium.
Which in my case is cacti.
But you could plant an annual flower like a pansy.

I'm planting baby cacti.
But you could plant an annual flower like a pansy.

And don't these sweet French Map pots look fab on this railing top on my covered deck.

Linking at:
❥ Snickerdoodle Sunday. 

#decoupage #maps #cactus #cacti #paintedpots #diy

6 October 2017

Ghost Cake & Icecream Cone Toppers...

Spooky cute seems to be the thing for my Halloween preparations this year.
With more little ghosts.

These ones are the edible kind.
Made from meringue, 
these guys are perfect as a cake topper or ice cream cone topper.
They really are not difficult to make.
You will need meringue.
Note cooking time differs from what's stated in the recipe.
The Ghosts need to be baked at 100 degrees Celsius for 40 minutes.

Once meringue is whipped up, 
 onto a baking paper lined tray, 
pipe spirals - large to small with a peak.
You decide the size.
Ice cream topper = smaller
Cake topper = bigger

No icing tip is need. 
Just a plastic bag filled with meringue that has had the corner cut off.
Once baked and cold.
Pipe dots for eyes using black icing.
Store in an airtight container until needed.

Top your favourite cake, or your cone of ice cream with a spooky cute meringue ghost.

Or pop them on a cake stand and eat as is.

Linking at:

#halloween #baking #caketopper #meringue #ghosts

29 September 2017

Driftwood Ghost Halloween Banner....

The Halloween sideboard display is coming together nicely...
But I needed a banner for the background wall.
Just something small but a little spooky.
So I went to the beach and collected some flat ghost shaped pieces of driftwood.

Then got out my trusty chalk paint ...

 and gave the fronts a coat of white.

Next some ghostly eyes and mouth using a permanent marker pen.
I'm not sure these are very spooky as they are kinda cute!

To make the banner I hot glued the backside of the driftwood pieces along the string.

And hung it up.

How easy to create.
And a fun activity to do with the kids pre-Halloween.

Linking at:

#halloween #craft #driftwood #ghosts

24 September 2017

Create, Inspire, Love #31...

Welcome to 
Create, Inspire, Love

Once a month Mia Bella Passions will select something to share, 
from another creative, blog or website....
It may be: 
Create: DIY, upcycling, craft, or baking. 
Inspire: Art, sculpture, a quote or inspirational message.
Love: Or something I think you will love.

Today's Favourite is: 
Fanta Jack O'Lantern Floats
created by Ashlyn at 'Belle Of The Kitchen'.

Perfect for a fab and fun Halloween drink.
(I'm sure this fizzy icecream float will bring out the kid in all of us).
To decorate the glasses use adhesive backed paper cut to shapes desired or you could use a black marker pen.
For the full tutorial on the glasses design,
 and how to make the Jack O'Lantern float drink
visit 'Belle Of The Kitchen'.

Feel free to copy the link & the 'I was featured Button' 
#bloggershare #createinspirelove #halloween #fall