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 […]

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 […]

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” […]

Stash Buster

At the start of every year I give my studio a good clean up. From emptying and refilling shelves and cupboards, washing windows and furnishings and finally giving my painting space (yep…walls included) a good scrub. A clean space enables me to have my supplies properly organised, accessible and easy to put away once I’ve […]

The Power of Giving

With Christmas approaching we naturally think of family. Christmas is a time for giving and receiving. There’s really nothing quite like seeing your loved one’s beaming smile when they see the Christmas tree lit up with a stack of well wrapped gifts sitting underneath  it on Christmas morning. But there are others less fortunate than […]