How to Paint a Nutcracker

With Christmas just a month away I would like to share a  post with you. It’s  one I posted about a year ago which is getting a lot of action lately; it’s becoming one of my most popular posts. I’ve been enthused by nutcrackers since I was a child. You know the ones … the […]

Handmade Gifts

There is something really unique about a handmade gift. It’s a special experience for both, the receiver and the gift giver. An out of the ordinary, one of its kind, special present which shows thoughtfulness, love and care combined. Handmade’s current issue Vol 36 no.6 is all about gift giving ideas, full of inspirational gifts […]

DecoArt Media Misters

Pushing through my project deadline schedule leaves me very little time to create. But occasionally I manage to sneak away … and play a little, you know … just to clear my head for a minute.  For a quick background I like to choose DecoArt Media Misters. You can create some really interesting effects with […]

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 […]

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 […]