Monday, 10 April 2017


Here is my latest piece of Mixed Media work. This canvas is influenced by the artist Finnabair whose work I love but this is the first time I have tried the style.

The design is made up of many layers, some of which are hardly seen in the finished product but they all add to the final effect.

The first layer consists of rows of flat lace glued to the canvas to give a textured background. On top of that chip board letters and shapes are glued to give a base on which to put the photograph

The photo is added next and when it came to choosing a photo I did not want to use a photo of myself the way Finnabair uses photo's of herself in her work. Instead I printed out a suitable vintage photo from a collection I have.

Once the photo was in place I built up trinkets around it. I used all sorts of bits and pieces, clock parts, buttons, paper flowers, metal shapes, sea shells, bits of broken jewellery etc.

Once I was happy with the composition I used blue, turquoise, verdigris and pearl spray paints. Building up the colour in layers until I was happy with the effect.

It was a lot of work but well worth while.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Altered Bottle

This started life as a boring brown beer bottle, it is my first attempt at an altered bottle and I am very pleased with it.

I started my covering the while thing in black gesso, I gave it two coats to ensure the glass was properly covered. Next I used a mix of spray inks to colour the bottle. I used the blue first and then the other colours over that, I then added a coat of clear crackle to get the aged effect I was after. Finally, once the crackle had done it's thing, I used a metallic wax in places to give some accents.

When it came to decorating the bottle I first applied a piece of blue sparkled net. It is difficult to see in the main  picture but can be seen a bit better in the close up below. I topped this with a variety of mulberry paper flowers, beads, a glass spray and some gold wire.