Layers of a collage.

From two years ago. Turning a drawing into a collage using Christmas wrapping paper, tissue paper and a shiny, metallic party bag.

I layered up the paper using dark urple tissue paper over a pale background to try and give the idea of silhouetted trees. Having stuck the purple colour down I then cut out the metallic paper to simulate the wire mesh fence. When I cut out the tree shape I wanted to give a feeling of the texture of tree bark. Finally I added paper on either side to act as curtains.

This was at an interesting collage workshop with the Orme art group about two years ago. I enjoyed learning a new skill.


Today’s challenge on 64 million artists January challenge was to choose the sense that is most important to you.

To me my sight is the most important sense, the ability to discern colours and use them in interesting ways…..

These are a couple of digital art drawings I did on ArtRage oils and Layout a year ago. I played with colours and textures.


Blue and yellow.


I love the colours in this photo which I took at the British Ceramics Biennial held in Stoke-on-Trent last year.

I like the triangular patterning on the body of the pot, and the shape of is neck. I think the blue glaze is painted by hand. I love it. The yellow table surface is a brilliant contrast, making the pot stand out well against it. These primary colours are a lovely combination. 

Table cloth


Saw this bright and breezy tablecloth in a cafe today. I don’t know who designed it so apologies for using it. I really like sign writing and shaded letters so this appealed to me. It’s neat and tidy and eye poppingly colourful, with primary yellows and orangey reds. The dark and light blues add contrast, and the whites tie it all together. Is this surface pattern or graphics, or a mixture of both.


Sunset sketch


I wanted to do a colourful sketch of the sunset which was all oranges and purples. I can’t get it exactly right as it is drawn in ArtRage oils, basically it’s a finger painting. I got the idea from a photo by a friend on a Facebook page, but as it’s just an impression there is no point in sharing the photo as this is much more impressionistic than the original.

My view


My view at the moment. A chair sits in front of me with a small foldable easle. Three canvases are waiting for me to finish painting, I have ground to a halt after having a cold for about three weeks. Then there are a couple of packets of newish brushes, and a whole lot more brushes in the base of the easle. I like having good brushes but they wear out and don’t always keep their points. I don’t like throwing them away. If they won’t work for detailed work I can always use them for blocking in areas. I’ve got envelopes from Christmas cards resting on it and a photo of a friends family. Also in there is the packaging for the bottle of perfume my hubby gave me for Christmas. Of course its a good place for the TV remote, although I was given an owl cushion to store it in for Christmas. I had a nice mug resting on the tray of the easle but I knocked it off this morning. It’s surprising how much you can feel about the loss of an inanimate object. It’s now replaced by a mug I must have had for twenty years. Paint splatters adorn the wooden surface. I don’t know when I will finish the paintings, but I hope it will be soon. Sometimes I feel held back, it might be the time of year…… This could end up being a still life.


Cadmium colours


I was just commenting on someone’s post about a set of oil paints they had bought. These were produced in the original way using simply pigment and linseed oil.

A memory came to me about pigments so I thought I would share it. My hubby used to work at a Colour factory dealing with Cadmium. He came home once with old coffee jars full of cadmium yellow, orange and red. Pure pigment. Cadmium metal is transformed in the process to colours ranging from deep maroon red to pale yellow. But I didn’t know how to grind it down. I’ve found out since that you have to get a glass surface and a glass pestle. You grind the powder and drops of linseed oil together to form a paste, then thin it more to get the right consistency of oil paint.

In the end I gave them to a friend who had more experience with  paint colours. I imagine after thirty years she may have some of it left. I lost contact with her.

By the way, my friend talked about how her colours she had got were based on mostly iron oxide. (rust). Iron is the most stable atom there is from a radioactive point of view. (As explained by my hubby.) Unlike rust, cadmium is a heavy metal and can knock out your kidneys. But this cadmium had been treated to use in colouring things like paint and plastics so it was fused with selenium and sulphur, thankfully it wasn’t poisonous like the raw metal is.