Saturday, 8 June 2019

Pen, ink and watercolor

I enjoyed a day of working with pen and ink today over the top of old watercolour & infusion backgrounds.

I've learnt never to throw out watercolour projects that I'm not 100% happy with, instead I try to re-use them as backgrounds by adding pen and ink over the top.

This piece I was particularly pleased with, I'm not sure why it could be it's simplicity and bright colours.

It is really important to use good quality black ink pens when working on top of watercolour paint and also to ensure that the paper is fully dry otherwise the pen can bleed or tear the paper.

I will share some more pictures soon.

Friday, 24 May 2019

Experimenting with Watercolours and pigment powders

I used a photo of a single aster together with Tracedown to create outlines of the flowers in my chosen composition. 

I then used masking fluid to cover the petals and flower centres. I was careful not to overmask to petals ensuring the gaps were left for the background colours to get to. 

Once fully masked I left it to dry.

Next I used a water Spritzer to cover the page in water ensuring no area left dry.

I then used infusion powders to create the background. I tapped on the powder over the water. I payed close attention to the areas around the flower using a brush loaded with water to move around the pigment and create darker tones closer to the flower. 

After leaving to fully dry I was able to remove the masking fluid and begin working on the flowers. 

I used my DR Watercolour pan set with a selection of DR round brushes. I layered the colours gradually beginning lightly adding depth of colours over time. 

I used the photo as a refference paying close attention to the purple tones showing on the inner parts of the petals. 

In the centres of the flowers I used Lemonchello infusion powder. 

After reading an article by Alison C Board in a recent issue of 'PAINT' i decided to consider taking more photos of my finished work and digitally enhancing the images to create a variety of print styles and card print options. 

Products used: 

Personal photograph of an aster
HB Pencil 

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Saturday in the studio - Mixed media art

Today I woke up full of inspiration after my one to one tuition session yesterday with Alison C Board a mixed media artist based in Dorset. (Read more about this on my blog here)

I decided to spend time working on more variations of the Iris (and then a tulip as you can see in the background) so far I have create 3 very different pieces which I am actually pleased with; I know they are not great but they are so much closer to what I want to achieve since I have learnt so many new key skills and techniques.

I started with a sketch that then got masked with Alison's masking fluid. As pictured above.

Then after wetting the paper I applied Paperartsy Infusions that I brushed in a vertical motion with a wet brush.

Once dry I added a second layer of infusions in the same way. I left it to dry again then I removed the masking fluid and worked on the flower and bud. I would love to know what you think of this piece. 

'Stormy Days' 
A mixed media floral. 

Monday, 15 April 2019

Succulent & Houseplant Propagation

When I am not out in the garden or at the allotment I am usually in my studio attached to my shop. This is my safe space, my calm space where I can paint, sketch and study plants. It is also home to my propagation station for succulents and house plants.

As you can see in the top photo I start the leaves off in bottles of water. When the roots show I move them into little pots of compost. (Bottom left corner of the top photo)

This method has been working well for me and has provided me with lots of lovely plants to share.

I am going to test out other propagation methods this year so I will let you know how I get on.

A number of you have asked where I got the small bottles, unfortunately it was over a year ago that I got the exact ones in the photo but here are some very similar:

Pack of 24 small bottles

Pack of 12 small bottles

Friday, 12 April 2019

Photography inspired by nature

Inspired by my son Finley who started taking beautiful photos of flowers whilst on our nature walks i have got my camera out and started taking photos too! Together we have created a little website where i will upload the photos i am pleased with and they will be available to purchase and download. Prints are also available in the studio at 30 Queen Street, Seaton, Devon, EX12 2RB

You can now view and purchase our photographs here 

p.s. don't worry Finley will be getting paid for any of his photos that sell, he is currently saving up for a new bike apparently!