Thursday, September 14, 2017


The last few weeks I have been unable to do any artwork, due to family circumstances, so, to keep my hand in, I read the above books.

I bought 'Abstract Painting' by Jane Davies as I love her work.  Those of you have followed my blog know I have done several on-line courses tutored by her.  Visually it is stunning.  It is not a book for those who want advice on techniques and materials.  It makes you think and analyse your own abstract paintings and list what factors to consider when working in an abstract way.

If you want information on mixed media techniques and materials, 'Contemporary Landscapes' by Soraya French is the book for you.  It is full of wonderful colour and beautiful artworks.  It has given me inspiration for colour combinations to use when I get back to working on my own mixed media landscapes.

For those, who like me, are reluctant to do detailed sketches as preparation for your artwork, 'If you can Doodle you can Paint' by Diane Culhane, is a great book.  It is less intimidating than traditional sketching books. I found it very encouraging and has some useful exercises that I am going to practice as soon as I get back into my studio...


Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Many years ago I was producing cut-out wall plaques painted on MDF.  I discovered an old one in my mother's utility room, which had stencilled daffodils and a crackle finish. It was looking worse for wear, so I took it away and produced a vase of roses instead!

This time I used painted papers as well as acrylic paint.  All the rose heads were layers of cut paper with extra embellishment, using a white gel pen and a black marker.  The finishing touch was a splattering of gold paint and some protective clear varnish...

Monday, August 7, 2017


We have just done a gardening theme for the latest window dressing in the One Craft Gallery.  Lexicon cards have been pegged up to spell out the words - HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW.  The paper flowers were made by my fellow window dresser, Caroline Tetley.  She used cupcake cases of various sizes...

We used colourful decoupaged flower pots, (see bottom right pic), as our star products. They have been decorated by guest maker, Debbie Minter, who lives in Shepton.  They are in the gallery until the end of September...

Friday, July 21, 2017


Here are a couple of small collaged abstracts that I did with papers, produced with the gel plate. They are in one of my sketch books.  The one above explores squares and rectangles in a range of sizes.  I have outlined some of the squares with a black marker pen to give additional emphasis.

In the sample above, I have collaged a paper circle in a contrast colour, to give variety and interest to the design.

Friday, July 14, 2017


I made this card for my parents 66th wedding anniversary which is today!

The background was done with a gel plate.  I then collaged shapes - some punched out - to form the picture.  They were outlined with  a black marker and the writing was added by hand with a white gel pen.

I outlined the picture with a metallic gold pen, as well as rubbing some gold onto the background and adding to the  centre of the flowers...

Monday, July 10, 2017


I decorated some gift bags to go with the 'hot & spicy' window at the One Craft Gallery.  I used napkins, punched out shapes, a white gel pen, and a black marker to create some colourful bags...

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


I have just redecorated the window at the One Craft Gallery, together with fellow member, Caroline Tetley.  We were inspired to do a 'hot & spicy' Indian window, by the tunics made out of hand printed Indian fabric, by Lesley Hill, a more recent member, who specialises in textiles.  They have proved to be a popular selling item this summer with only a few left!

We used tissue pompoms, large white letters and the most  colourful items for sale in the gallery to create our festive window!