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Coast watercolour painting


Here is my latest attempts at a watercolour painting.  I was working through Paul Taggart’s lessons and although I did learn a lot I haven’t really done them justice.  I am still a bit heavy handed with the paint and my colour mixing needs more practice.  There is so much I don’t like about this painting but in doing it I did learn quite a bit and after all I do need the practice.  I used bamboo paper just because it was handy and in a gummed block but next time I do watercolour I will use watercolour paper and maybe even stretch it myself as I haven’t tried that yet.  Thanks for the lessons Paul.

Old cottage watercolour on news print


This was a fun exercise I did last November.  You tear a piece of newspaper and glue it to your board or in my case watercolour pad.  Then do your watercolour (or any other medium) to paint or draw your image.  You can choose how much newsprint to show through.   I found the whole process quite fun as I didn’t feel that it mattered if I made mistakes.  I was using water colour and I just slapped the paint on a went with it quite carelessly.  It didn’t matter if the lines were not straight or if I couldn’t get the shade on the house right. (the inspiration is from an image found on the web while doing a search for ‘thatched cottage’ or ‘English cottage’ or something like that but I have forgotten where.)

Straw bales watercolour


Today I have decided to rake out some of the projects I started last year but never quite had the time or inclination to finish them.  This is a watercolour painting that I started last November.  The inspiration for this painting is from a photo that Harry took one beautiful sunny day – not that you could tell that from my painting as my sky looks more like a storm is approaching!  Not to worry it is all good practice.  I also learned while painting this not to hold one paint brush in your teeth while painting with another brush because you forget it is there.  You then move or turn and all of a sudden you have inadvertently painted  a line across your painting.   Hey ho!

My Pass the Painting canvas is finished!


My original canvas has now had another 4 layers put on it.
Rosie added layer 2: string and tissue applied with Matte gel.
Pam layer 3 ?
Lou did layer 4: added the mask and chandelier.
Pauline did layer 5:  changed the colour of the mask from bright blue using napkins, added distress inks, glitter glue and crackle paint.


I added a final layer 6: black glitter on the mask edges and string, tucked black mesh behind the eye holes, black gel pen, distress stickles, bits from old jewellery, charms.  I might add some words into the string loops when I think of something.
I love this Pass the Painting  collaboration!

Rosie’s Pass the Painting…so far


This canvas is Rosie’s Pass the Painting as she did layer 1: texture with reinforcement rings, Martha Stewart punch and adhesive webbing.
Pam did layer 2: more texture with smooth gesso and gesso through sequin waste.
Lou did layer 3:  Doilies, watercolour paint (raspberry and brick red), embossed butterfly.
Pauline did layer 4: petite doll and flower images, writing Dream a little dream, ranger inks and Faber Castell pens.


My addition layer 5:  bling – gems, pearls, stickles, white pen to highlight, old jewellery bits,  and ribbon.

Pam’s Pass the Painting … so far.


I received a few of the Pass the Paining canvases the other day that a group of us are doing from the crop so here is Pam’s canvas so far.

Pam did layer 1: mixed paper collage, book pages, paint cards, brown paper, scrapbook paper and paper towel.
Lou did layer 2: PVA, chipboard, cogs, dots, brown tissue paper.
Pauline did layer 3: distress inks, paper boat and sail using paper and napkins.


This is my addition layer 4: stamped acetate then coloured underneath using alcohol inks, peel-off anchor stuck to grunge board and added chain, little shells, Crackle paint tarnished brass, Tim Holtz brads and game spinner, wax rub-on in copper and gold to highlight the cogs.

Pass the painting July



Louise 1st layer: paper scraps and glue, Elaine 2nd layer: gesso, distress ink, butterflies and large glitter (sprayed with spray adhesive), Pauline 3rd layer: hand-drawn bird cage, mod podge + napkin, watercolour background, outline butterflies.

These Pass the paintings are going well.  This is now layer 4 which is my turn and it is really hard to stop yourself from adding more and more but you have to so the next people have something to add.  I did some doodling on the flowers, leaves and bird.  I painted over the title words with Diamond glaze then highlighted that area and some random around the edge with Broken china Distress ink then stamped with green acrylic paint randomly with a texture stamp (if we were not passing it on – what I would have liked to do was edge the entire painting with Broken china crackle paint and doodled over the butterflies and added some bling to the flowers and butterflies and maybe more work on the bird).  This one has another couple of layers to go (Rosie and Pam).

Inks/Paint:  Distress ink Broken china, Acrylic paint Moss green
Stamp:  Tim Holts Urban tapestry
Other:  Diamon glaze, Pitt pens 125,146 and 156, white  Inkssentials pen

Semi-abstract Summer



So my mum issued me with a challenge the other day: make a semi-abstract using 3 colours of inks or paints with no zentangle, no stamps and the theme is summer.
This is what I cam up with.  Summer to me is sitting in the garden watching the bugs and seeds and all the other wee dust particles floating about in the breeze.  Did I cheat adding white?  My 3 colours are blue, green and red (using white for highlights and the dandelions seeds).

Inks:  Distress ink Tumbled glass
Paint:  Acrylic paint Moss and Poppy, Antique white
Card:  silk card
Other:  Marvy le Plume pens in green and red, glitter pen (tiny amount in the fluffy part of the seed heads)

I brayered the background all over using the Tumbled glass ink (which in real life looks almost aqua) leaving a central glow.  I loosely painted in grassy leaves and thicker leaves, the stippled over the base to look a bit like moss in the grass using the acrylic paints.  Added some flowers then splattered some red and green.  Lastly I added the fluffy seed heads adding a little glitter pen to the fluffy bits.

It is just the right size to put into an A5 aperture card but is it semi-abstract? not sure.


Pass the painting – June






This is the next painting that is being passed around – a little earlier than it should just because we had them ready.  Elaine did the first layer with paper scraps, Pauline added scrunched glued napkins and scraps of gauze.  I added a spray of aqua and red which you see in the first photo (as I forgot to take a photo before I started) then I added more sprays through stencils and mesh then splattered with white acrylic paint.

Sprays:  Dylusions ink Cyan and Postbox red, Brusho Crimson, Cosnic shimmer mist and Lava.  (sprayed water through stencil then lifted the colour out for a ghost effect).
Acrylic paint:  watered down Titanium white sprayed with toothbrush.
Other:  Uni paint marker to splatter, alphabet and number, circle stencils, mesh.