Wednesday, October 18, 2017


The above abstract papers were created by layering paints and doodles.  I started by priming three sheets of A5 paper with black gesso.  When I had finished messing around, I tore each in half and looked to see how they could inspire me to create some more cards...

Here are two such cards which were created by collaging images, letters and more doodling...

And here are four more which were cropped and mounted onto square cream card stock.  I added some colour to the black and white backgrounds using the collaged papers, gel pens and some paint.  I had no preconceived idea of what subject matter I would choose.  I looked at what the backgrounds suggested to me and looked around my studio for suitable images.  In some cases, such as the clock faces, keys and tree shapes, I photocopied objects that I have saved for assemblages!  I find the photocopier a very useful tool for creating collage papers...

Sunday, October 8, 2017


At last I am back in the studio! One way to get back into artwork again is to start small.  A couple of family events warranted some homemade cards, so I have made the two shown above using text as the main design element.

Stamps and collaged elements were used for each one.  The pink letters were cut out from fluorescent pink paper.  I have a box full of wooden letters which I played around with until satisfied with the design, and then I used them as templates.

It was good to get back to creating.  I find art calms the soul...

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...