A Fond Graphic 45 Farewell to Rhea Freitag
Rhea Freitag is simply amazing. We are so inspired by her brilliant altered style. There is a gorgeous grunge to everything she creates. She makes magic with paint, metal, and alterable items and would always come up with the most incredible ideas. She had a propensity for stunning altered printer's trays. We love each and every one she made and will be highlighting some today as we take a look at Rhea's wonderful work. We are sharing 3 completely new projects and we will share just some of the incredible beauties she made.
"This project was actually inspired by the contents in the staged finished product. I had recently picked up these great old radio tubes at an estate sale and I wanted a stately place for them to gather and be on display. I thought the use of my last set of precious antique feet would suit the project well. When I saw that we had an assignment to create something with our favorite product I knew it would be metal as I simply adore playing with all the metal things. If the truth be told though, I think many of you also know I harbor a pretty deep love of washi tape, and thus this very simple little project was born out of a few of my favorite Graphic 45 staples. I have created a Snapguide so that you too can make some sweet and simple decorative storage. " ~Rhea
"This project is made from the fantastic new mixed media book by Graphic 45. Wow can it accept a medium! This book is sturdy and ready for you to embellish in so many different ways. To start off with a rich base on this project, I stained the areas that were going to be exposed with a vibrant orange color. You will also see that the pocketed pages inside were also stained and then distressed with water for added texture. I was inspired to create this book for my sister, who is a serious gardener and a future homesteader. The new Home Sweet Home paper is a perfect pairing for a garden theme. My hope is that she would use this book to plan her garden, record her yield and perhaps plan her canning season. I cannot wait to see all kinds of handwritten recipes tucked inside too! Cheers!" ~Rhea
"Once Upon a Springtime paper holds a special place in my heart as it was the first one I used from Graphic 45! I adore the theme and the colors are perfection. The inspiration of this piece was the acquisition of the paper mache house base. I knew it would support the natural and whimsical theme of this paper. For this project I decided to add in metal embellishments to contrast with the delicate palate. Lots of fussy cut fairies peek out from the flowers around the walls of this little magical house." ~Rhea
Let's take a trip down memory lane and share some Rhea highlights! This is a wonderful printer's tray using Olde Curiosity Shoppe! What a beautiful project. Each and every box is a masterpiece.
This is a fantastic Typography altered box and tags. It is a box of encouraging quotes and inspiration. What a fabulous idea!
Next, Rhea used our Small Matchbook Box and Metal Staples to make an unforgettable project. We are just in love with Rhea's monochrome projects filled with so much texture and dimension.
Check out this Sweet Sentiments wreath from Rhea! We love all the hearts and the beautiful image on the inside. What a perfect gift for a loved one or for Valentine's Day!
This is a favorite from Rhea - her Botanical Tea printer's tray! So many gorgeous florals, butterflies, Staples, chipboard, and more in this glorious project.
We love this take on a masculine card. It's practically perfect! We also linked her tutorial for this card below since it is such a great idea.
We love this beautifully layered Steampunk Spells canvas that reminds us it's always a good time to Fly! Make it yourself with the tutorial below.
Now, Rhea shows you what she can do with glorious color as well with this Good ol' Sport card. This is just such a beautiful card. Amazing!
Rhea, we will miss your mixed media and altered art projects on our team so much. What you could do with some metal pieces and paper always absolutely wow-ed us. Thank you for all your heart and love in your work, and for always diligently created something that represented your brilliant talent. We are going to miss you so much, but cannot wait to see where your artistic journey takes you. We know you'll do nothing but Fly! Thank you so much.
Keep Up with Rhea Freitag!
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Thanks so much for joining us today, G45ers! What a wonderful celebration of Rhea's talent. We will miss her so much. Have a lovely Monday!
Your Pals in Paper,
The G45 Family
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