Thursday, 26 May 2016
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
A tip for any simple shape, if you want it to pop out, add a line of dots around it. It worked on all those ancient manuscripts like The Book of Kells....
Sunday, 22 May 2016
Friday, 20 May 2016
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
I love texture paste! If you use it through a stencil you can get all kinds of effects. If you layer it onto a painted surface it will pick up those colours. If you use it straight onto a piece of dark card it will keep it's white colour. Once dry, you can paint or ink it and emboss it. But you do need to clean your stencil and tools immediately after use as it hardens quickly.
Sunday, 15 May 2016
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Monday, 9 May 2016
The first night back inside four solid walls after a long camping trip always feels odd. This time last night, we were pitched up near the Loire listening to a frog chorus as owls hooted in the darkness. Just us, some canvas (ok, polyester) and nature. We'd broken our journey home to the UK with an overnight stop having spent over a week in the Sarlat area helping a friend who has just bought a
ruin house there. We were a little gang, of which I was the most useful as I knew how to work the kettle while the others only had building skills. Between us we put in 4 new windows, cut back a wilderness in the garden, built a kitchen, partitioned a couple of rooms and brewed about 28 rounds of tea. B. Dogg was put in charge of recycling.
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Here's a very quick tag made in a flurry of stencils, paint and texture paste. I was playing around with colours and came up with a stunning paste mix. I'm not sure this tag does it justice and I'm sure I'll revisit it at some stage. See the shiny swirls in the bottom of the picture? That was achieved using a stencil and texture paste with a smidgeon of acrylic paint. I used a plastic palette knife to spread the mix through a stencil and let it dry.
The centres of the flowers were created with glossy accents used as a glue for some small beads.
The final result....
Sunday, 24 April 2016
Sunday, 17 April 2016
Monday, 4 April 2016
But maybe these photos will be enough to give you a flavour of how I went about (not) drawing my subject. I can't draw foliage either so that was represented with leaves which I can draw. Trees were turned into triangles on sticks and so on...