Monday, 23 September 2013

Rainbow Gecko Gallery Handmade Spray Dyes

Hi Readers, 
I thought I'd share with you whats been happening in my art studio over the past week. One of the things I have been playing with has been making my own sprays.

What you need
Empty spray bottles
Food dyes in whatever colours you like
Something to spray onto, fabric or paper

Very simply all I did was pour a little dye into the bottom of each bottle and slowly add water. Test your sprays until you have your desired colour. 
Spray bottles I bought online, you can use ones you have at home.
The food dyes I used, purchased from the supermarket.
Here is my first test page, the colours I have used are Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Pink, I also made a Purple. I used Artsyville Washi Tape to identify the colours, and it also looks pretty. 
Of course the first thing I had to do was make RAINBOWS. This is sprayed onto copy paper.
Sprays on baby wipes and watercolour paper. 
This is my clean up paper after spraying on top of it, I will use this for collage.
Using stencils and sprays.
A fabric clean up sheet, this is done by printing with all my left over paints and spray overflow.

Butterfly detail on fabric. 
Stamping detail on fabric.
Stencilling detail on fabric. 
This is the final result of the fabric piece. I will most likely cut this piece up and sew into journal covers, bags and pencil cases. There are limitless ideas you can make with your finished piece.  
You want your sprays to be bright when they are wet as I have found once dry they with fade a little bit. You don't have to spend a lot of money on fancy art supplies, look through crafty eyes and see what you can use from around your home.
Thank You 
Rainbow Gecko Gallery

Monday, 16 September 2013

Rainbow Gecko Gallery Artist Statement

Hi Readers, 
I wanted to share with you, why my brand is called Rainbow Gecko Gallery. First though let me introduce myself.....My name is Sarah, I am 33 and i live in Tasmania, Australia. I got serious about Mixed Media Art about a year ago and created Rainbow Gecko Gallery.
Where did the name come from? I have always loved Geckos and the colour Rainbow. Ever since i was about sixteen I wanted to get a tattoo of a Rainbow Gecko, Now in my personal opinion, I think tattoos are overrated, everyone has one. For me, I never thought I would get one. So why did I ? I got my tattoo as it is me, in the 10 years between knowing what I wanted and actually getting it done...THE DESIGN NEVER CHANGED....I have a 5cm rainbow gecko crawling up the back of my ankle...for anyone if you want a tattoo, choose your design, think about it for a few years, and then if you still want it..get it..make sure you are 100% happy with it. IT IS PERMANENT. 
My Rainbow Gecko Tattoo...

So after the tattoo a great friend of mine made me my surfboard which I designed a huge Rainbow Gecko on the front, and rainbow all down the back. It was amazing.
This is my Surfboard...shaped by Glen Johnson Gangsta Surf.

Hopefully this will help explain why my brand is Rainbow Gecko, now to explain the Gallery part....
I called it a gallery, not necessarily because I have a Gallery, but because of the Gallery of products I make...from Art, Jewellery, Photography, Stationery and more.....
Thank You
Rainbow Gecko Gallery


RAINBOW: Is my favourite colour, my art is bright, colourful and RAINBOW.
GECKO: Is my favourite animal, my power animal, a "solar powered" animal, just like ME.
GALLERY: For the range of products I create and make, it's a GALLERY from Photography,Jewellery, Art to Stationery, Bags, and Fabrics, a little bit of everything.

My works are free and expressive, always bright, metallic and glittery.
I use butterfly, flower and feather imagery, I create stamps, stencils and artist collage papers to use in my artworks.
I design, create, paint, draw, print, collage, sew and bead in my art and craft.
I am a learner, teacher, inspirer...

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Rainbow Gecko Gallery Mixed Media Art, Jewellery, Photography and more....

Here are some of my Rainbow Gecko Gallery products...I create everything :)
Rainbow Gecko Gallery Artwork Prints...

Scrapbook Pages, Art Journals, Jewellery, Beaded Bookmarks, Prints, Notebooks, Stickers  and Stationery

My Rainbow Gecko Gallery Logo Bags...

Rainbow Gecko Gallery Canvas Artworks

All products can be purchased through ETSY
All products can be personalised and made to order
Thank You
Rainbow Gecko Gallery

Rainbow Gecko Gallery Creating A Studio

Hi Readers, 
I just wanted to share with you where I create...I started out getting serious about mixed media art about a year ago ( I have always been arty just didn't fit into anything particular just had my own style). I started creating some watercolour works on a foldaway table of a night....

This was one of my first artworks it includes watercolours, gel pens, markers, metallic and glitter pens..

I had a small room under the house I turned into my little was what space I could use and I tried to make the most of it...I am too messy to paint inside and my young daughter ( who loves all my supplies ) constantly rummages through the majority of my art was made in this room....

Yes.. It is a shed, and yes that is sunlight coming through..although it never leaked...As I said I made do with what i had...

So we had the opportunity to move into a new house, where I had a whole garage-sized room to set up a studio ( DREAM COME TRUE ) obviously we moved and this is what it started out as...

It doesn't look like much i know it's a work in progress...
I have worked hard to try and create a space where friends can come over and enjoy creating...i am always on the lookout to see what I can buy that will suit my space. I have found a few treasures which I use all the indoor clothes drying rack ( which I use to dry my artwork ) and my paper rack ( found at the recycle shop ) 

This is a progress....I hated the cold concrete floor and it was stained, so I found some cheap carpet until I could afford some vinyl flooring. I covered the old doors with some sarongs ( this will be changed eventually to hand painted calico curtains ) Notice I still have my pink hanging pocket...a shoe holder I adapted for art supplies. 

This is where my little Rainbow Gecko Gallery is at NOW :) it has a few specialty features there is no running water so one of my many adaptations is this moveable kitchen bench turned washstand...

For washing brushes and a sink area to wash hands.... And my storage cupboard...

So my studio is still a work in progress...but this is the journey I have been on for the last year...I hope it inspires you to make the most of what you have to create with.
Thank You
Rainbow Gecko Gallery

Rainbow Gecko Gallery Mixed Media Art Workshop

This is an adult Mixed Media Art Workshop where you will explore painting, collage, stencil and stamp making. You will have access to all studio supplies and take home a goodie bag with all your creations and your own mixed media canvas artwork. The workshop will be held at Rainbow Gecko Gallery, ROKEBY, TASMANIA. For more information please email for a detailed leaflet.