A Rusty Tutorial

I've always been fascinated with rust: the amazing texture, the beautiful contrast of colours (especially when it appears on bluish backgrounds), and the general atmosphere of historical mystery suggested by its presence. Over the years, I have tried a few ways of imitating rust in my artwork and crafts (burnt sienna acrylics, grainy orange embossing [...]

The Key to My Heart: A Valentine

Hi, everyone! After taking a short break, I am back with a little valentine. For the sentiment and the butterfly, I used my faithful old Underwood. The background was created from scratch, using watercolour paper, pages from an old book, and acrylic paint. With Valentine's Day coming up, a few challenge blogs this week are [...]

Raven, Rook, & Hooded Crow

Big or small, brightly coloured or pastel, solid or full of speckles (and life!), bird eggs have always fascinated me. So, naturally, I wanted to create a few egg-based collages. The antique book shop in Petersfield supplied the plate, and William Harvey's Exercitationes de Generatione Animalium (1651) helped with the title. So here it is [...]

Introduction to My Collages: Lady Chapel #1

If you visited the Crafts section of my blog, then you probably know that I often find it hard to actually use craft supplies, having a tendency to "save" things (for some "better times", I guess?). Well, if I chicken-out (foreshadowing for my next post) like that in regards to mass-produced paper that I could [...]