Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Ai Wei Wei at The Royal Academy, London. 2015.


Bicycle Chandelier

just a few photos I'd taken at the RA from the Ai Wei Wei exhibition - Sept. 2015

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Daubs and Doodles

Original coloured pencil doodle

 I love playing around in Photoshop - you can get such interesting results:


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Aniline Dyes - Anilinky Paint Palette

I lightly sketched out these pebbles, painted in the colours and rubbed out any extra pencil lines. I didn't go up too close to each line, so it has the effect of using masking fluid.

The colours I used were Koh-i-Noor aniline dyes, which come out as lovely bright colours and are very cheap to buy in a palette.  (Really easy to carry around.)

Friday, 14 August 2015

Using Masking Fluid with Watercolours

Using Masking Fluid with a thin brush, I painted over my drawing - (bit fiddly). 
I used a good quality water colour paper.  I've enhanced this picture darker so the masking fluid is more visible, but the paper is a lovely light creamy colour.
Leave it to completely dry.
I then painted the pattern, using the masking fluid as a 'little wall'. Leave the paint to dry very well before rubbing off the masking fluid carefully.  (this is quite satisfying!)  If you use a not-so-good quality paper, the paper will rub off too!

This is still work in progress. (I Photoshopp'd the pic. above) but will paint another one. I do like the technique.  It has a stencil-like quality, but softer.

Monday, 27 July 2015

everything's coming up roses :)

Original scan of rose

Cutout - Photoshop

Palette Knife - Photoshop
work in progress

Monday, 22 June 2015

Collage - easy

magazine pictures, doilies, tissue, paint - Photoshopped to refine picture detail
painted, coloured papers, paint and pen
(collage detail) - magazine pictures - photoshopped
Collage is such a lovely thing to do.  Kids love it - and adults too!  
If you initially choose a picture, you can use it as your inspiration.
It can be done very simply with just one magazine or newspaper, 
some paint (not necessary) and of course PVA.
You can scan it, play with it in Photoshop, then print it off.  If you use very good quality inkjet paper, (with your inkjet printer), this makes the world of difference.  A good quality paper seems to pick up the colours beautifully.  (Hahnemuhle Papers are excellent.)
You could make your own cards too.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Sonia Delauney at Tate Modern

knitted swimsuit
 Super and extensive exhibition - well worth seeing. Tate Modern, London.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015


Church Door
shop window
just a few photos from a little trip to Nice, (France.)

Monday, 18 May 2015

Cerinthe - Garden May 2015

 Cerinthe - grown from seed - will collect some more for next year.
Colour is gorgeous.
 I love the two complimentary colours together
these are just day lily leaves, with dew on them - - -  pretty

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Spring in the Garden - London, UK.

Daffs and Primulas

Bergenia - Apple Blossom
cant remember their name :(

Clematis Armandii - grows fast and smells wonderful
Pansies, Primulas and Hyacinths - Patio Plants

Daffs cut from the garden - my favourite

Tomatoes potted on and waiting for warmer weather :)