Gulliver’s Travels – to Aspire Gallery!

Aspring to Exhibit at Aspire Gallery

As my regular readers will know, my (main) new year's resolution for 2018 was to exhibit my creative work in places it hasn't been seen before. When I heard about an upcoming exhibition over in Queensland, it sounded like the perfect opportunity to work towards this goal!

Aspire Gallery is holding it's annual Petite Pieces Competition. Open to any theme or medium, the only specification is that the artworks submitted must be no larger than 40cm x 40cm x 40cm in size. Just perfect for a new Bog Monster creation...

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How to Make Polymer Clay Texture Stamps

Adding Interest with Texture

Textures can add realism and interest to your polymer clay work, which can be even further enhanced with different surface finishes like rubbing back or dry brushing. The great news is - textures can be found EVERYWHERE and for FREE! Sure you can buy texture sheets and stamps, but why not make your own?

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The Making of a Bog Monster

Behind the Scenes

I've been having soooo much fun bringing Bog Monsters to life, I thought I would share a sneak peek at my creative process with YOU! I love to make creepy little critters with polymer clay, it's a great versatile medium to work with. Check out my video below to see a Bog Monster created from start to finish, and watch it transform magically when the lights go out.

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Bring on 2018 and the Pantone Colour of the Year!

Better Late Than Never

Happy New Year everybody! I know I'm a bit late - but better late than never as they say. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year celebration. I had a fun arvo at Cutler & Smith with my charming besties, delicious food, buttercream (we effing love it) and fabulous drinks. Now I'm all excited and ready for the year ahead - bring on 2018!

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Giovanni the Bog Monster living amongst the venus flytraps, pitcher plants and sundews in a carnivorous plant bog garden. Fantasy creature art doll by Rachel Weaver.

Meet Giovanni the Bog Monster

It's Playtime - finally!

Due to several awesome (but quite large) art projects this year, I haven't had much time at all to just play around in my studio. But I've been itching to get downstairs, and have been squirrelling away glitters and glow powders in anticipation while silently concocting ideas in the back of my brain. Since drawing up my Hard Pressed woodcut Beware the Bog Monsters that Dwell in my Savage Garden I've been seriously inspired to get sculpting again. That's right - it's finally time to bring Bog Monsters to life!

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Kato Polyclay Concentrate Colours Review

Concentrating Hard on Concentrates

After putting in some dedicated time to renew ALL of my old polymer clay, I decided to treat myself with a few new bits and pieces (it is Christmas after all). In an effort not to get completely carried away and over whelmed with all of the beautiful shades out there, I narrowed down my wishlist using a more logical approach. I decided the Kato Polyclay Concentrates by Donna Kato looked like the way to go and purchased a few different whites (such as pearl, glitter and translucent) to go with them.

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How to soften old hard polymer clay. Renew and condition kato, premo, sculpy and fimo clays.

How to Soften Old Hard Polymer Clay

Can it Really be Saved?

Ever dug out your polymer clay in excitement, only to find it as hard as a rock? Don’t despair and chuck it! With a bit of work and patience, you can soften that old hard polymer clay and make it like new again. I recently renewed all of my old polymer clay which I originally purchased 12 YEARS AGO while creating artworks for the Children’s Ward of the new Geraldton Regional Hospital. I’m gearing up for some serious sculpting!

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Craypot Christmas Decorations by Rachel Weaver and Debbie Crothers, Geraldton WA. Crayfishing Wreath.

Getting in the Christmas Spirit with Craypots

Deck the Main Street!

The lovely Debbie Crothers and I always jump at the chance to work together. We have a similar work ethic, sense of humour and excitable nature. So when the City of Greater Geraldton put out the call to create 10 Christmas Craypot Decorations for Marine Terrace, we got cracking with some serious brainstorming and sketching. We put together an expression of interest pitching four Aussie themed concepts, thinking we might get lucky with one or two…

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Beware the Bog Monsters that Dwell in my Savage Garden. Woodcut print by Rachel Weaver. Steamroller printing in Geraldton, WA.

Hard Pressed 2017

Pressed Hard….

That’s how founder Lizzy Robinson describes the community art project – and I would have to agree with her! Established in 2016, Hard Pressed Steamroller Printing was soon upon us again in all it’s madness and oversized glory. I don’t know how it happened exactly, but I found myself signing up again to complete another gigantic 1200 x 900 woodcut print. When Lizzy dropped around the MDF board, I could have sworn it was even bigger than last year.

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ArtDrive Midwest 2017. Insectum Obsession public art installation by Rachel Weaver and Kim Tetlow.

ArtDrive 2017 Insectum Obsession

Patience is a Virtue

2017 has been the busiest year yet for me as a Freelance Creative! I've been going non-stop for months working on multiple projects and had little time to post on my poor neglected website. So a big thank you must be said to my ever patient subscribers! I really do appreciate you standing by me.

Last time I left you hanging with a sneak peek of this years ArtDrive installation, artwork by myself and Kim Tetlow. Well, our collaborative piece Insectum Obsession has been successfully completed and installed out on McConkey Road in Greenough!

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Rachel Weaver studio 8T4 blog post. ArtDrive 2017 work in progress.

ArtDrive 2017 Sneak Peek

Works in Progress

It's cold and rainy here in Geraldton, and windy as all hell. The perfect weather for some quiet studio time and to catch up on my blogging! With ArtDrive 2017 quickly approaching, I thought I would share a little sneak peek with you at some of my works in progress...

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Rachel Weaver studio 8T4 blog post. Make a mini carnivorous plant bog garden.

Make a Mini Carnivorous Plant Bog Garden

It all Started with a Venus Flytrap

I have always been fascinated by Venus Flytraps and other weird creepy plants in general. I vaguely remember having a VFT on our kitchen windowsill when I was a kid. Unfortunately, it didn't end up living too long. Now I'm all grown up (aka old), I decided to actually do some research, and give it another go. Excited and reminiscing about the awesomeness of Little Shop of Horrors and Nintendo Piranha Plants, I set off on my mission. Success! I managed to pick up a small green and red Fang flytrap at Bunnings.

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Rachel Weaver studio 8T4 blog post. Atelier Drawing Ink & Speedball Dip Pen Product Review.

Speedball Dip Pen & Atelier Drawing Ink Review

Which is the Best Dip Pen?

I was super excited to receive my dip pen in the post a couple of weeks ago, and I finally found the time to sit down and try it out! Not having much experience in dip pens, I was pretty happy to stumble upon a set specifically for cartooning, rather than calligraphy. As I was wanting to try it out as a medium for illustration purposes, it sounded like the most promising choice for me. Now you can read all about it, right here in my Speedball Dip Pen Review.

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Rachel Weaver studio 8T4 blog post. Getting into Street Art with David Francisco Guest Post & Free Colouring Page.

Getting into Street Art with David Francisco

Guest Post by Artist David Francisco

Hello

My name Is David Francisco I am an artist living in Binghamton NY.

I was dreaming when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray

I have been Painting, making music, and making street art my whole life. Recently within the past 5-10 years I have been documenting it on myspace, facebook and instagram. I am writing this because I want to encourage others to be creative and leave their own unique mark on this planet.

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Rachel Weaver studio 8T4 blog post Pros and Cons of Being a Freelancer.

Pros and Cons of Being a Freelancer

Want to be a Freelancer? 

Time for a change? Perhaps you'd like to be a Freelance Artist, Graphic Designer or Photographer? I switched to Freelancing a few years ago, and I've never been happier! It's a career that allows me total creative freedom and flexibility.

However, It's definitely a big decision to make. If you're lacking in confidence or unsure, then taking the plunge can be somewhat terrifying. If your day job is bringing you down, then keep on reading...

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Rachel Weaver studio 8T4 blog post. Bokeh Photography Tutorial & Free Bokeh Shapes Template.

Bokeh Photography Tutorial & Free Bokeh Shapes Template

What is Bokeh?

Bokeh comes from the Japanese term Boke, that literally translates to Blur in English. It is a popular photographic effect that can be achieved using a shallow depth of field, creating selective focus in your image. It is particular effective for creating creamy blurred areas, or isolating your subject from a busy or undesirable background. Perfect for portraiture. It can also transform light sources into spectacular orbs, or other interesting shapes if templates are used.

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A Pack of Sharks – Printable Activity Bundle

Totally Fintastic

I love coming up with fun little DIY activities - for kids and grown ups alike! My nephew Ned is absolutely obsessed with sharks and knows all the different types. It's actually pretty dam impressive seeing how quickly he absorbs the information and has it memorised. In fact, Ned was the inspiration behind this cool downloadable goodie A Pack of Sharks - Printable Activity Bundle.

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Free OctoPuss Coloring Page & 9 Benefits of Coloring

For the Love of Coloring

I've been super busy lately, working away on my website and personal branding. It's an ongoing labour of love, but I'm hoping one day it will all be somewhat "finished". On my to-do list, was of course adding some more goodies to my Freebies for all my readers to enjoy. What's better and more enjoyable than a free printable coloring page?!

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Mixed media abstract painting on board by Artist Rachel Weaver. Project 8T4 #5 Two Cloaked People on Horseback with Pink Squirty Guns

Two Cloaked People on Horseback with Pink Squirty Guns

Did my title catch your attention?

I recently completed another experimental abstract piece, consisting of heavily applied watercolor, gouache, indian ink and homemade gesso. I lost count of exactly how many layers I applied to this artwork, but it was at least 12. 

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