Choosing wood wash as a background for your painting

As a decorative artist I rarely paint over a wooden surface with a solid colour. Allowing the woodgrain to remain visible can add so much character, interest and natural charm to a painting. And the good news is… there is no basecoating required! A wash of colour over natural timber takes very little effort. It […]

Experimenting with creative materials – Applying Texture Medium

What is Texture medium? Acrylic Texture Medium is used to build up surface texture or add exaggerated dimension to a painting.  It has a thick, “Polyfilla” like consistency which will hold its shape when applied to almost any surface that you can use acrylic paints on. It won’t flop or droop. You can create anything […]

On a Sunny Afternoon…

  I decided to relax and make the most of our last few sunny autumn days. It won’t be long now before winter takes charge and these opportunities will become improbable. Revamping an old wobbly rustic consol table was my choice of outdoor relaxation. And changing my creative environment allows me some play time; just […]

Suitable Surfaces for Acrylic Painting. A five part series. (Part One)

Part 1 – Painting on Canvas. I’m sure you’ve heard it a billion times by now…acrylics are so versatile! Apart from their ease of usage, acrylic’s versatility extends to a wide range of surfaces you can paint them on. These include; canvas, MDF, Masonite, wood, metal, stone, fabric, glass or paper. And I can vouch […]

Why choose acrylics?

When I enrolled in my first painting class (many years ago) I was given a list of materials to purchase. The paint requirement was a sample box of acrylic paints, it contained about ten tubes, each containing a different colour. Acrylics were all the go back then, a time when Folk Art was HUGE; everyone […]