Category: acrylic

  • B is for Butterfly – Exploration – Butterfly paintings

    B is for Butterfly – Exploration – Butterfly paintings

    Do you remember those fun paintings we all did as a kid in school – blob some paint on a piece of paper then fold it over, rub, and open it up to see some pretty butterfly shaped random compostitions? Well, these are what I’m calling butterfly paintings. I used to love them as a…

  • A is for Acrylic – Exploration – Self-leveling gel

    A is for Acrylic – Exploration – Self-leveling gel

    This is a technique for creating marbled/semi-blended backgrounds (mostly) on canvas that takes advantage of the slight three-dimensionality of self-leveling gel and its ability to semiblend colour and catch it in mid-motion.

  • Mermaids: a venture into fantasy

    Mermaids: a venture into fantasy

    My daughter is obsessing about mermaids at the moment. They are a fascinating topic for a four year old and as I’ve been meaning to do some artwork for her room for several years now, I thought they would make a fun subject. Which is okay, except for the fact that I haven never really…

  • My art journalling attempt

    My art journalling attempt

    This week I’m posting my first attempts at art journalling. This is something I’ve wanted to try for some time, but I’m finding it hard to actually do. I’ve done art all my life, but beyond the sketching I did as a child, it has always been to draw up to a fianl piece…you know,…

  • Explorations – Bubble painting II

    Explorations – Bubble painting II

    Some time ago I did a series of experiments with paint and bubble bath. They proved quite popular and I had several expressions of interest in a tutorial, so I wrote up my first fully documented Exploration. Since then I have received a request to do a video of the technique. It has taken me…

  • Autumn wind, my current WIP for Paint Party Friday

    Autumn wind, my current WIP for Paint Party Friday

    I’ve been so madly arting of late that I haven’t had time to post! But here is a quickie in honour of Paint Party Friday because that is what I’ve been doing – painting. I’ve been exploring my acrylics. I guess you could call this piece a big acrylic experiment because it has very much…

  • You are loved – work-in-progress for Paint Party Friday

    You are loved – work-in-progress for Paint Party Friday

    Ah, it has been so long since I had something to share with on Paint Party Friday. But this week, I’ve rediscovered my arty mojo and have dived back in. So I have a work-in-progress to share.

  • Continuing the oil pastel journey

    Continuing the oil pastel journey

    Tonight I went to my first ever art group. It was great! A small group, just the way I like my groups ::grin:: with a fully qualified lecturer, Drew Harrison, on hand for all those curly questions. And boy, was it great to finally have someone to ask in person some of those technical glitch…

  • More oil pastel experiments

    More oil pastel experiments

    I’ve just yesterday joined up to a community focussed on art journalling – another attempt of mine to get my art going and funnily enough it has worked for today. The above is a close up from a previous oil pastel experiment. As part of joining the community, I uploaded a few of the bits…

  • Mixed media – paint and beads

    Mixed media – paint and beads

    I haven’t had much time this week (story of my life on all fronts), but I have done a little work on KJ’s accordian book. The insides have been started and I have continued working on the covers, for the first time truly branching into mixed media as I’ve added some beads.