Monday 11 May 2015

Mixed-media spoons - May's Guest Designer

Hello! We hope that you enjoyed our videos on Saturday, because today we have another treat for you - the guest blog post from our challenge winner - Cathryn Wood from Strangely Creative blog. Talented, positive and a lovely person who creates beautiful mixed-media works and likes to share the process on her blog. Let's give her a warm welcome :) Here's what Cathryn prepared for us:

I wanted to do something totally different and fun - my favourite techniques are probably collage and image transfer,
also I love anything Altered and mixed media
So I decided I wanted to work with these:

And also use my purchases from Artist Trading Post:

To create these:

I used the Multi Medium to adhere everything!  What a FANTASTIC product this is - blimey it does EVERYTHING it says on the label!
For  Butterfly girl I flattened the fork and then found a really good image which was punched out using a circle punch and glued on, the tines (fork prongs) were heated with a heat gun and then bent using round pliers. I also adhered some Suze Weinberg Beadz on the handle along with the metal Route 52 ephemera (which appear on all the cutlery)
For spoons 1 and 2 the images were glued on and once dry I poured in some CLEAR RESIN (try Ice Resin) to the bowls,its hard to see them in the picture - but they have a lovely aged appearance and really do look fab.
The fish knife and spoon 3 are image transfer - (the image must be copied using one of those big office photocopiers) the Multi Medium is painted direct onto the cutlery surface and the image is pressed face down, and allowed to dry overnight. Then dampen it with water and slowly rub away the paper and the image will adhere to the Multi Medium.   The thing is - dont over rub it, or you will rub away the image.  Once its done seal it with a coat of the Multi Medium to protect it.

Spoon 3 was flattened, then I did the image transfer and once it had been sealed with the Multi Medium I gave it a coat of Crackle Accents.  This felt very "Game of Thrones" and I thought that the Route 52 ephemera really fitted this particular spoon.
Ok - you can give them as they are to your friends as a little gift,  or you can do this:

Take a blank box canvas - and some texture paste through a stencil and then ink it up - give it some welly...

Then attach the cutlery with the Multi Medium as a glue - add some further ephemera (look at the brilliant Tim Holtz pocket watch die!) and some words and you have a really different and quirky picture!
"Which would you imagine" - go on have a go!
Love it! 

Products from Artist Trading Post that Cathryn used:

Thank you Cathryn for your beautiful project! It was a pleasure to work with you. :)

For all of you who would want to be our guest designers we have a challenge. All you have to do is to enter it. Here you'll find more details.


  1. Fantastic upcycle of cutlery, love your vintage piece and all your techniques. Thanks for the inspiration and congrats on your win :-) xxx

  2. What a fab fun picture! Lots of great techinques xx

  3. Absolutely stunning alterations Cathryn and very inspiring x I love all of your projects as they are right up my street. Congratulations on your win you certainly put them to good use.

    Tfs and best wishes
    Annie x

  4. Oh my goodness - you have quite the imagination Cathryn - I am just stunned. Love the uniqueness of this. What a conversation piece! These are all so different and creative. GREAT JOB! j.

  5. Fabulous project ! Must try some of your techniques ! X

  6. Creatively wonderful display! What a treat to see your altered items! Awesome sauce!