Recycled Substrates

My husband recently ordered a white board and when it arrived I eagerly claimed the packaging. A large, reinforced piece of corrugated cardboard was going to be my next challenge! First lots of primer!

A layer of pale grey as well to get me started and then my automatic drawing! 

A good start but I know I knew a good few layers of paint would be needed to compensate for the texture of the cardboard.

I like it but yet more layers are needed 🙂


Art With a Friend

I spent some time last week at a friends house doing art. Creating beautiful things together on the same paper. It was so enjoyable 🙂

D & L 1 D & L 2 D & L 3 D & L 4 D & L 5 D & L 6 D & L 7

2015 Calendar

Well it’s a very busy time at the moment, I’ve been doing quite a lot of different things. I am the featured artist on a Facebook colouring group which I have been enjoying. Mr O and I selected and curated an exhibition for Grey Friars Art Space in Kings Lynn last week and I have finished my 2016 calendar and listed it on my Etsy shop.

I’m very pleased with the calendar which shows photographs taken around my studio.Calendar 1 Calendar 2 Calendar 3 Calendar 4 Calendar 5

Large Pattern – Colour Mixing

If you are a regular watcher of my blog, you will know that I love pattern and making patterns. I’ve decided to try one of my patterns out on a large board as a painting. While doing this I had the idea of showing some of you out there a bit about colour mixing and how to go about it. I prefer mixing my own colours and I use six basic colours as my starting point. I learnt this at college and have never gone back. Cadmium red, scarlet, cadmium yellow, lemon yellow, cerulean blue and ultra marine plus white.

This is my starting point. This is my original drawing with the enlarged piece next to it.Pattern 1 Mixing colours can be quite tricky, especially if you want to replicate a colour you already have and I want to use the same colours as the original.

I wanted to start with the blue. If you are mixing colours, always start with lightest first. To mix this blue I used a good dollop of white to start and then added little bits of cerulean blue and ultramarine.Pattern 3Be patient and add a little at a time as surprisingly small amounts can make quite a difference. Keep going until you have got as close as you can to the colour you want.Pattern 2 I’m very pleased with this colour.Pattern 4I’ll show you the next colour in my next blog 🙂

Cutting a stencil with a stencil burner

I’ve been dithering, as always, about trying a new technique. This is usually because of having to buy new equipment and doubting whether this new thing will be successful. Well I gave in and went for it! I’ve bought a stencil burner and some acrylic stencil sheets.

I usually make my stencils out of paper and they have a very limited life, unless your very lucky. So if this is successful it could be a great bonus and I’m taking you on the journey with me so you’ll be the first to know whether these stencils work for screen printing.

I have done some searching on Google images for some fossells for my inspiration and I’m starting with this one.

Fossel 3

My new equipmentStencil cutting 1 Here we go! Image on the the table, then a sheet of glass, then the acrylic sheet. Heat tool switched on. Stencil cutting 2 It’s quite a nice cutting sensation but you definitely need a steady hand.

And stencil cutting completed.Stencil cutting 3 Spot the mistake – and I thought I’d checked thoroughly. I have two pieces of stencil instead of one! Never mind I think I can make it work.Stencil cutting 4 This is the piece that was cut out with can be used as a reverse stencil.Stencil cutting 5So far, so good.

I’ve just thought,I get to keep the original drawing with this technique. 🙂