Making Gum Leaves from silk threads

Free motion embroidery on water soluble film I recently experimented with water soluble stabiliser, a film that is used in the machine embroidery process. I came across it on an internet wander, and I suddenly realised that I could use it with some Mulberry silk strands I bought nearly 2 years ago at a Halls Gap craft fair, from a … Read More

Painting on laser engraved plywood

Watercolour painting on laser engraved plywood Laser engraving a design onto wood such as plywood, creates a wonderfully crisp image, but more importantly if you want to to add colour, it provides a ready made indented work surface, which helps to contain liquid paint colours to each separate element. Essentially its colouring in, on wood. Types of paint Water based … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, March 06 2018

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Tropical leaves. This weeks drawing board has a new crop of watercolours in my tropical leaves series. Top row: Colour swatch sketch book, open on my Winsor & Newton watercolours page, I find it a really handy reference when working out colour schemes for new paintings.  (Underneath sketch book) a tropical leaf painting I keep coming back to, … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Feb 02 2018

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Saltbush leaves and flowers This weeks drawing board has a beach vibe and a few experiments Top row: Sketch book with colour swatch samples from some new tubes of Winsor & Newton paints – Winsor Blue, Phthalo Turquoise, Indigo (my new favourite colour!), Paynes Grey & Burnt Sienna, plus a little sketch of an Agapanthus flower using Winsor … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Nov 16 2017

Patterns from the 16th Century. This weeks drawing board is full of 16th Century Jacobean patterns featuring flowers and leaves (of course!). Top row: Top sketch book with colour swatch samples for leaves, mainly yellows, blues and greens, lower sketchbook with gum leaf pattern in watercolours using tonal shades mixed up from Payne’s Grey, Ultramarine and Crimson. Square 6″ x … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Oct 14 2017

Leaves, vines and new watercolour paints. This weeks drawing board is full of patterns featuring leaves and vines and pink flowers, inspired by a recent trip to country Victoria. Combined with 2 products new to me: Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints and De Atramentis waterproof drawing ink. Top row: Sketch book with colour swatches, colour copy of a nearly finished … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Sept 06 2017

Greens and Purples This weeks drawing board has preparatory work for some new tropical watercolour paintings. I’ve been looking at deliberately planning complimentary colour schemes to help make my tropical compositions pop. I’ve been adding purple, which is the complementary of yellow, and this works with the Lemon Yellow I often use for initial colour washes. A true complementary of … Read More

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