Here at Anything But Cute we love to see all the seasoned and expert mixed media artists, but we also want to encourage those who are just getting their feet wet. Our design team will always be on the lookout for these exceptional artists, and you just never know when we might be giving out something special to a talented mixed media newcomer.
Make sure to put 'newbie' after your name in the linky so we know who you are.
(new refers to 'new to mixed media' NOT 'new to our challenge')

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hello Everyone!

Georgie here and I am so excited to finally get the chance to introduce you to our Feature Artist for October. Welcome IrinaR of Handmade by Irina Rakovets!!

Irina is an amazing crafter. She is a wowzers-style mixed media artist with such an eye for texture, layers and detail.

I think you will all agree that Irina is a creative force to be reckoned with and I am so proud of the project she put together for our current challenge "31 Days of Halloween"! Feast your eyes on this!! Her 3D back to front canvas is jaw dropping to say the least, so much texture, great use of layering and colours - don't you just love that speckled use of orange?!!. This has for me, Halloween down to a tee!

Here is a little more about Irina:

I am Irina Rakovets - many people know me under the name IrinaR (my blog Скрап-ХоббиМания). I live with my family in a picturesque corner of the Gulf of Finland, near St. Petersburg.

For about three years as a scrap came into my life and is not going to leave. We can not say that I am an adherent of any one style, although very much like Vintage, Shabby, but Steampunk attracts me, especially because lately I've been very fond of the paint, so often my work can not do without the mix-media. You could say that I was "scrap omnivorous": I like to make albums and notebooks, canvases, pages and greeting cards, and even my last love - tags.
I would be very happy if my work will inspire you.
Hello everybody!
This month I have the honor to be invited to the designer of a very interesting and creative Challenge Blog Аnything But Cute and inspire with CHALLENGE HOSTESS - Sara Emily in CHALLENGE THEME:

That's my job - altered canvas Art.

Now, a more or less detailed description of the process.
1. I used to make my canvas size 15х20sm, and as usual it backwards.
2. primed with acrylic primer on both sides.
3. Use the template (stars) and texture paste applied pattern. Glued the net (imitation cobweb)
4. Examples of suitable and pasted on chipbord (home of the pumpkin and cut herself from the beer carton)

5. All the meticulously painted with black acrylic primer.
6. It seemed to me that chipbord looks like something inexpressive, so for a more pronounced texture I added texture paste craquelure and texture paste with glass beads.

7. Then again, covered with black acrylic and add orange accents. The windows and the month after painting acrylic, flooded-glossy accent. I use acrylic paint "gold of the Incas", finger (I also do do not urge, I just so convenient) color the projecting parts of the canvas (composition).
8. glued the remaining chipbord and apply black acrylic orange accents.
A bat is glued to a piece of the overlay, and then the inside of the canvas.

9. And so finished canvas.

Inspiration to you.

I hope that seeing Irina's wonderful creation will inspire you to join me for our current challenge...
31 Days of Halloween!

You have until the 4th of November to play - and you'll find all the challenge details as well as lots of inspiration from the brilliant Anything But Cute design team by clicking on the challenge link.

Happy Crafting


  1. A fabulous canvas. Your use of texture and colour is wonderful. A lovely place to live as well. My son lives in St Petersburg.

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  3. Wonderful canvas and thank you for sharing how you made it

    Love Chrissie xx

  4. What a brilliant spooky canvas, great work and thanks for sharing x

  5. Irina, Wow! What a perfectly spooky reverse canvas with lovely texture and coloring! It is such a treat to have you be our Feature Artist!! Thank you so much for all your hard work in preparing this stunning piece of art and for the step by step post! Brilliant job! Big hugs! Sara Emily

    1. Thank you all !!!
      I am very glad that the canvas and tutorial liked)))))))))
      Although we do not celebrate Halloween as well as yours, but the canvas like my daughter - she took it to itself)))

  6. Thanks bunches Irina for such a wonderful step by step tutorial and INCREDIBLE altered canvas. Great inspiration! j.

  7. Oh my goodness, what a totally stunning project! I just love the texture and the subtle orange colour is incredible. The embellishments have been transformed so beautifully! This is a wonderful tutorial too, thank you so much for sharing the details! Anne x

  8. Hauntingly gorgeous design here Irina! Love the sublet and striking star texture and your use of the gold highlight is spooktacular! Such a creative way to use a canvas and create a fantabulous world. I am so happy you are our Featured Artists this month and boy did you nail this theme! Awesome sauce! Thank you for the step out as well! Hugz! ~Niki

  9. It is a pleasure to read such words!
    I was be pleased to cooperate with the blog "Anything But Cute".
    Thank you so much !!!

  10. WOW! What a fabulously creative canvas Irina!! I truly love your use of netting for cobwebs-brilliant! And the first layer of overall black really lends more to the interest of the other colors and the elements! Fab job!!
    Hugs,Jackie "(

  11. Gorgeous textural piece, love the glow of orange. Tracy x