Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Mother's Day

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Padstow Harbour Painting - the video

This is a trial video of the 'Padstow Harbour' painting. Feedback appreciated :)


Thursday, 22 December 2016

Part Two: How to use masking fluid

In the previous post I said I would share with you how I apply masking fluid:

I use swab cotton buds, not the make up ones, because they have a long wooden handle and the cotton at the end is much stronger. You can get these from different places like eBay and Amazon. If I want details to be masked, then I sharpen the wooden end with a knife to a point. The cotton end is good for masking large areas.

The pink masking fluid is easy to see, its usually sold in blue but this one was for Breast Cancer Awareness so I bought two.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Part 1: How to use masking fluid

Sometimes it is necessary to use masking fluid to preserve the white of the watercolour paper. I try not to use it very often as there are risks with using it such a the paper ripping as the fluid is removed.

However, there is a time and a place to use masking fluid and this is one of them:

'Padstow Harbour' Work in progress on St Cuthberts Mill
Saunders Waterford Hot Pressed paper

I prefer to use coloured masking fluid as it is easy to spot! In the above painting, which I am working on, I used masking fluid to allow me to letter the names of the boats. To apply the masking I used a thin stick and I literally used it like a painting medium. 

In Part two I'll demonstrate the use of the masking with various tools.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Confused as to which side of paper to use?

This is a question I often get asked by my students. The explanation below from RK Burt explains it well:

"All paper is made with differences between the two sides. With mould made artist papers the sides are called the 'felt side' and the 'mould side'. The felt side is the one that touches the woollen felts first during manufacturer and the 'mould side' is the side that touches the wire mesh around the cylinder called a mould. Both sides of the paper can be used for painting, but the 'felt side' is often considered to be superior. It is difficult to tell the differences between the two sides - you need to look very carefully at the paper to try to see the lines left by the fine wire mesh of the mould."

Saturday, 27 August 2016

A different use !of coloured pencils

I started woodworking recently as different medium and I am liking the creative possibilities. This was a scarp piece of wood which tested my Pyrography tool on. After doing the burning which I did freehand I used my Inktense pencils to add a bit of colour. I think the effect is very effective!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Be free

Sometimes I let my subconscious take over and not influence it in any way. Multimedia ( Derwent's Graphitint, XL Graphite blocks, and Artbar ) on St Cuthberts Mill Saunders Waterford Cold Pressed Paper 1/4 Imperial size.