Giving leather a fresh new look!

Do you want to give your old leather and leather-like items a fresh new look? Hand painting leather is a great way of creating one of a kind leather goods and it’s never been this easy. I decided to give a faux leather pouch and a notebook cover a makeover with DecoArt Patent Leather paint […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Suitable Surfaces for Acrylic Painting. A five part series. (Part One)

Part 1 – Painting on Canvas. I’m sure you’ve heard it a billion times by now…acrylics are so versatile! Apart from their ease of usage, acrylic’s versatility extends to a wide range of surfaces you can paint them on. These include; canvas, MDF, Masonite, wood, metal, stone, fabric, glass or paper. And I can vouch […]