Thursday, 2 April 2015


Hardboard primed with gesso. Derwent Artbars applied dry to board and then water added. It's easier to work the colour with finger tips for warmth and pressure. Mark making using rubber tipped shaping tools and dry application of Artbars direct to the board.

Monday, 2 March 2015

TAD2015 Day 27

"She always had a passion for flowers"

Mini magazine collage (2.5" x 4")

TAD2015 Day 26

"She was determined to HULA"

Magazine collage (3.5" x 8.5")

TAD2015 Day 24

Mabel Collage

Black and white collage. 
I started a collage last summer which I was never sure what to do with. It was a patchwork of black and white magazine images. When I placed “sticky back tissue paper” over it I was unhappy with the result – the backing on the tissue paper was too opaque and made the whole collage flat and unappealing to me. I doodled a wilting weed in white pen but no joy in any further ideas. It got put aside with other half finished projects and collage “stuff”. When I say stuff I mean bits and bobs I can’t bear to throw away. This includes envelopes from bills and junk mail.

I sifted through my boxes and got tearing and sticking. A photo of the adorable Mabel takes pride of place.

(pic montage at the bottom shows the original half finished collage (top left) and then some of the stages)

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

TAD2015 Day 23

Guess what …. More flimmin’ Gelli prints. These will be the last …. Cleared all the messy papers, paints, tissues, brayers, plates up and off the table.

Stamped over with archival ink and rubber stamps and then highlighted with a white Uniball pen.

I think I did some Gelli tags last year too … but you can never have too many tags .. Right?

TAD2015 DAY22

Gelli Mashup part two.

Today I chose a muted palette, again with some metallic paints.
Same process as before :-)

TAD2015 DAY21

Stamping with the Gelli Plate (size 3x5) inspired by Gelli Arts.

Gelli plate mounted on an acrylic block and then different stencils and textures used to create patterns. Various acrylic paints used (including gold which adds a lovely shimmer in places but is not picked up by my iPhone camera!)

TAD2015 DAY20

Hurray!! Found my packing tape  :-)

Used less paint and a lighter palette.

Packing tape is much clearer than contact paper. As it’s a limited size I got 3 small strips which allowed me to create 3 different effects from one print.

One I kept clear and stuck on an old book page, one with violet mica powder brushed on the back and one with mica flames on the back.

(Photo at the bottom shows WiP)

TAD2015 DAY19

My nephew, Alfie, has had a homework project to do for school about his favourite animal.

He chose a giraffe and after enjoying making notebooks earlier in the week that binding a booklet together was the order of the day today.

TAD2015 Day18

As the Gelli plate was still out, I thought I’d do another transfer print. Couldn’t find any clear packing tape so used contact sheet again.

TAD2015 Day17

I’ve been looking at various blogs about using contact paper or packing tape with the gelli plate.

The idea is that layers of paint are added and left to dry inbetween and then the whole painterly mess pulled away from the plate and on to the clear adhesive. Where spaces are left, gilding flakes, foils, shimmer powders etc can be adhered to the blank sticky spaces.

I chose a dried leaf as my blank space and then added some pink and green acrylic paint. The next layer I added orange and pink acrylic and lifted some paint off using an old piece of textured wallpaper. After that dried I made some marks with acrylic paint in turquoise, green and white using the edge of a piece of card and a cotton bud.

WhenI lifted the contact paper I rubbed in some deep gold mica powder. I think silver may have been a better contrast. Also, contact paper is more opaque than packing tape so I will try the latter next time.

(The bottom photo collage shows some of the steps/process)

TAD2015 Day16

It was Half Term here so I’ve spent time with “The Bratlets”, Megan (age 10) and Alfie (age 6).

They received lots of Hamma beads and boards for Christmas so we googled some designs and got cracking. Much fun was had. Then a good walk/scooter with my dog Mabel followed by making notebooks with the Cinch.

Ace day.