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 […]

LOOK! It’s Me…

That’s exactly what I said when I received my copy of this month’s Handmade magazine. But, in all honesty Being featured in Handmade’s Inspirations section was really not a surprise… You see, I knew it was coming… but I had no idea how it was going to be presented… then, seeing it in print for […]

Father’s Day Project

It’s almost Father’s Day in Australia and to honour this special day I’m sharing a quick and easy handmade gift idea for the men in your life. Father’s Day? Now, I know what you’re thinking I know… I need to clarify I know we’re in August… But … Australians celebrate father’s day a little later […]

Painting Technique -Faux Woodgrain

There is nothing quite like the look, the charm and the character of natural timber. And I do believe with all my heart that the natural beauty of woodgrain cannot be replicated. The depth which woodgrain can achieve when used as a surface can enhance any artwork. And the results can be rather exquisite. But, as a […]

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 […]