Art on the Common Exhibition in Harpenden

I will be taking part in 2 Art Exhibitions on the weekend of 10 and 11th June 2017.

 

I have entered several Artwork pieces into the Ayot St. Lawrence Art Exhibition in the Palladium Church – 10, 11 and 12th June 2017. This coincides with the Garden Festival where they open up the gardens of several cottages and The Old Rectory. Well worth a day out in this beautiful historic village.

 

I will also be having my own stall at Art on the Common in Harpenden – 10 and 11th June – where over 40 artists will be exhibiting. The Saturday coincides with the Harpenden Carnival where there will be loads to do and see during the day (lots for the kids too).

AOTC CR poster 2017 issue 2

I am working like crazy to finish enough to fill my stall! I will be bringing some smaller mixed media artworks, hand painted silks and bags, and beaded jewellery. There are never enough hours in the day!

Mixed Media Canvas using Powertex and Pebeo Fantasy paints

Woohoo – just finished another canvas using Powertex for the fabric, hessian, and pine cones etc. I even added crushed egg shells to this one. Then filled the background using Pebeo Fantasy paints (Moon, Prisme and Glitter Vitrail). Photo doesn’t do it justice – lots of metallic gold and copper plus sheen and glitter sparkle with the paints (can see it a little in the close up). Fun!

AW Pine Scene Canvas

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A friend asked me to confirm how I stuck down and treated the cones:

I first ensured that the cones were fully dried out (about a month indoors) and stable (binned any falling apart etc.) painted the Powertex into all the crevices – a couple of layers. Painted the canvas with Powertex, then added all the Powertex treated stuff – sticking down directly onto coated canvas. Where needed I used treated kitchen towel bits to make a ‘3D gel’ to embed twigs & cones & make them more stable. Added more Powertex over cones so that more got down into crevices etc. Hope this helps if you would like to try out xxx

Mixed media fossil canvas

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I have completed another mixed media canvas with a fossil theme. Going through a Jurassic phase at the moment – tee hee.

The main image was created with acrylic texture and crackled pastes using the fossil stencil from Andy Skinner. I also used glitter paste and microbeads for added texture. When dry I also drizzled some Pebeo Fantasy (Moon and Prisme) and glass paints into the crevices.

The canvas background surround (finished size 12 X 12 inches) was created with acrylic media (sentiment stamp and dies from Sheena Douglass).

Powertex mixed media canvas

Good afternoon. I have been playing with Powertex and have created another mixed media canvas.

AW Powertex Sea 1

 

Powertex is a fabric hardening medium which can be used in mixed media and for creating 3D sculpture. I have got so many ideas and things to try. I am having so much fun with this medium. I have many more experiments ‘on the go’ including some fossil jewellery, more 3D vessels and canvases – will share soon.

AW Powertex Sea Close 1

AW Powertex Sea Close 2

Materials:

Powertex Fabric Hardener (clear)

12 X 12 inch stretched canvas

Recycled cotton scarf and hessian (burlap)

Texture Media (3D Sand & Balls)

Starlight paint (light gold)

Easy Varnish

Powercolor (white, blue)

Fossil themed silicone moulds

Shells, glass beads (light gold), glass glitter (clear)

Letter stamps and StazOn Inkpad (Opaque White)

Eye of the Beholder Mixed Media Canvas using Pebeo Fantasy Paints

Good afternoon. This is another mixed media canvas that I have just completed. I am calling it ‘Eye of the Beholder’. I used texture pastes and Pebeo Fantasy paints to create the main panel. I used more texture paste through stencils and die cuts along with acrylic paints to create the background panel.

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I first spread the canvas with some left over coloured texture pastes (from another project – I hate wasting anything).

AW Eye of the Beholder 1a

I then started pouring on the Fantasy paints, finishing with lines of Relief Paste and little gems while the paints were still wet. I simply had a play.

AW Eye of the Beholder

I felt it needed a decent background panel to show it off so I created the textured panel with acrylics, paste through stencils and a few die cuts. The sentiments were stamped and embossed with sparkly gold powder.

Materials:

12 X 12 and 8 X 8 inch canvas boards

Pebeo Fantasy paints (Moon and Prisme)

Pebeo Ceramic and Glass paints

Pebeo Relief Paste (gold)

Acrylic paints and Starlight paints (Imagination Crafts)

Versamark inkpad and sparkly gold embossing powder

Pebeo Gilding Wax (gold)

Sand and grass texture pastes

Acrylic gems

Text stamps (Sheena Douglass – Dream)

Die cuts (Sheena Douglass – Create A Flower – What a Mesh and Going in Spirals)

Stencils (with organic designs)

Mixed Media Canvas Dreaming Fossils

Good afternoon. These are my first play with Powertex – 12 X 12 inch fossil themed canvases.

AW Powertex Fossil 1

AW Powertex Fossil 2

 

 

Powertex is a fabric hardening medium which can be used in mixed media and for creating 3D sculpture. I have got so many ideas and things to try. I had a lot of fun creating these and have many more experiments ‘on the go’ including some fossil jewellery and 3D vessels – will share soon.

AW Powertex Fossil 2k

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Materials:

Powertex Fabric Hardener (Ivory, Terracotta and Lead)

12 X 12 inch stretched canvas and 12 X 12 inch canvas board

Texture Media (3D Sand & Balls)

Pebeo Gilding Wax (gold)

Easy Varnish

Powercolor (white, ochre) and Colortricx (copper)

Bister (Black)

Fossil themed stencils (Powertex and DecoArt Andy Skinner)

Fossil themed silicone moulds

Glass seed beads (gold)

Potato sacking (hessian, burlap)

Paper kitchen towel

Watercolour Painting of the Old Church Ruins at Ayot St Lawrence

AW Ayot Church 2

 

I really struggle with watercolour painting and it has been a few years since I tried a full painting. I tend to use strong pigment mixes so my style is probably more  like a gouache style, but unlike gouache watercolour is very unforgiving of mistakes. This one was really hard work and it almost went it in the bin several times – but I stuck with it. Reasonably happy with the results.

 

I do try to restrict my colour palette to a minimum and to mix colours from primaries where possible. I find the results tie together and stay fresher this way.

In this one I used: Ultramarine, Cerulean Blue, Cadmium Red, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ochre and Paynes Grey.