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- 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 […]

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 […]

Let’s paint Easter Eggs

When Inspiration strikes! … It’s usually when it’s least expected. While I was browsing the frozen food aisle of our local supermarket, a disposable small paper Ice Cream container with a paper lid caught my eye. Now, it wasn’t the flavoursome contents that had me salivating, nor was I astounded by the OVERSIZED low calorie […]

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” […]

Button Disaster!

Remember the wooden flower shaped buttons I showed you last year?  I had only just purchased them and was so excited and eager to start on a new design I had in mind. I wanted to combine them with an idea I had for a cross stitch pattern. Well, these brightly coloured pink and deep […]