What Makes a Good Background?

A good background should complement your artwork rather than compete with the main elements in a painting. It should show relevance, composure and uniformity to the picture. Its role is to complete and tie your whole artwork together. Remember, the background is there to enhance, and not to overpower the “star of the show”. If […]

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 […]

Experimenting with creative materials- Sponging technique

The sponging technique would have to be one of the quickest background techniques you can master.  It can be applied onto any type of surface. It may even assist in concealing uneven and slightly damaged surfaces. When I started my painting journey it was nearly always recommended to use a sea sponge when sponging. It’s […]

Experimenting with creative materials

Last year I shared many of my experiences using acrylics in art painting. I included information on choosing your art material, painting hints and tips, brushes and brush care, and a five part series on suitable surfaces for acrylics (part one, part two, part three, part four, part five). Now, I would really like to […]

A Weekend Project

Imagine completing a whole project in a weekend… In this month’s issue of Handmade you will find a range of craft projects you can complete in just a weekend. … and they have twenty for you to choose from! Handmade Vol 35 No 10 I have two projects in this month’s issue… My “SEW Journal” […]

Welcome 2017!

Happy New Year dear friends! Have you made your New Year resolutions yet? So, how is it going?  Is it all going to plan? Seriously now, I don’t make resolutions (or maybe I’m just afraid of the word), I’d rather refer to them as plans or goals. To me, making a resolution seems like I’m […]

A Gift of Creativity

When it comes to gift giving, nothing compares to the sentiment when a loved one receives (and gives) a handmade gift. A handmade gift which is created by you can hold so much more meaning when received by a loved one. These gifts show that thought, time and devotion were put into creating them. Not […]