Posts Tagged ‘new project’

RIGHT! OK you lot, LISTEN UP! Now all the hoo-ha of Julie retiring is over, it’s my turn.

I retired last week, as well.

It was a bit like my own mini-Brexit – getting free from the oppressive constraints of a huge organisation that has lost it’s way, and being free to negotiate, and make better deals for myself. No more trying to fit things in around work, or taking a day’s leave to be able to get to an event; my time is my own to manage as I wish.

So – I’m available and free! (well, reasonably cheap), open to offers, and raring’ to go!


I enjoyed the last doodle I did. It expanded on the Inktober challenge. I was looking around for another subject that would be interesting and recognisable and decided on a local landmark.

Just down the road, in Warsash, there is a clock tower. It used to be the water tower for Warsash House, but the water tank has gone, it has been restored, and is now a residence.

So here is my rendering of the tower (pen and wash on Bockingford watercolour paper), as seen from Warsash Road, near The Ferryman pub (used to be the Great Harry pub).


The Clock Tower, Warsash

I didn’t get to the Ministry of Mixology in Coventry, an event of painting, fun, and laughter, with Andy Skinner, Brenda Brown, and Mark Gould, so I made up my own.

I’ve got a couple of projects to get ready for our own event in March, and this was a good opportunity to make progress with those, and, while the layers were drying, a little bit of doodling’.

So here we are, a little bit of ‘line and wash’ …


This week I have started a couple of new projects. There are three faux finish techniques I am going to try; old leather, ‘dragon skin’, and burr walnut.


The first part is complete. I have given a blank trinket box an old leather finish with a piece of dragon skin to embellish the lid. The full project will be in a future edition of The Decorative Folk Artist, but as a taste here are a couple of pictures of how it started, what went wrong in the middle, and how it all came good in the end – like all good stories should.


Oh dear! Just when I didn’t want crackle finish!




Phew! Rescued it in the end!


The faux leather went well!

The walnut (that’s what the coasters are for) is going to be the wood grain from the swollen diseased part of the tree that is so rare, and makes beautiful panels in expensive furniture. But that will be along later …

So much for modern technology. The Mac is great for the on-screen stuff, and printing, and efficiency, and all that. But like anything with character and soul it has to be hand done, with flaws and smudges and wobbly bits. And that’s the difference between a typewriter, and a PC and printer.

Here we have a Maritsa 30, made in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in the 1970s, possibly a copy of a Japanese Silver-Seiko design. Everything seems to be in working order, so soon words of wisdom will be flowing through the keys again. I doubt I shall produce reams of literature on the Maritsa, but it will certainly be great for journalling with the mixed media projects.

For more information the Oz Typewriter blog seems a good place to start.

Now where’s the Tippex and carbon paper … ?

W16_CB_2_150x300Just signed up for Wanderlust 2016. It’s a whole year’s worth of creative and inspiring classes – 24 teachers, 50 video lessons! Trouble is it’s been running since January and I’m 18 weeks behind! Luckily, it is all downloadable so I can work at my own pace.

I’ll keep you posted … Visit Everything Art for more.

DecoArts challenge for January is Winter Wonderland, so here is my cartoony offering, Thin Ice.



  • Base coat with White Gesso, then Media Fluid Acrylics; Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Cobalt Teal Hue, and Cadmium Orange Hue blended, with Tinting Base for the sky/water effect
  • Glaze the pond area with DecoArt Texture Glass, applied thickly with a cranked pallet knife
  • Create the snowy shoreline with texture paste. Keep it smooth like fresh fallen snow
  • Once the Texture Glass is dry apply Media Crackle Glaze right up to the edge of the pond. When dry and cracks have appeared, enhance with white Media Antiquing Cream. Wipe back to your taste.
  • Use white gesso to seal the texture paste snow. Add snowman in Titanium White, dressed appropriately. Apply gloss glaze to the snowy ground, but not the snowman. Then one or two coats of Media Interference Blue to the glazed snow.
  • Add dotty falling snow to the skyline.


  • Base coat with White Gesso, then a pale tint with Tinting Base and the same colours as the background
  • Using a liner brush, apply lettering in Media Prussian Blue
  • Antique the edge of the sign with the Prussian Blue
  • Apply Liquid Glass to the bottom of the !
  • Apply Crackle Glaze. I needed Antiquing Cream in blue, so I added a couple of drops of Cobalt Teal Hue to white Antiquing Cream
  • I made an icicle from Texture Glass, to hang from the sign, and attached it with Liquid Glass

The sign is mounted on two thicknesses of cardboard to give a bit of 3D to the layout. I hope you like it.