Friday, July 21, 2017


Here are a couple of small collaged abstracts that I did with papers, produced with the gel plate. They are in one of my sketch books.  The one above explores squares and rectangles in a range of sizes.  I have outlined some of the squares with a black marker pen to give additional emphasis.

In the sample above, I have collaged a paper circle in a contrast colour, to give variety and interest to the design.

Friday, July 14, 2017


I made this card for my parents 66th wedding anniversary which is today!

The background was done with a gel plate.  I then collaged shapes - some punched out - to form the picture.  They were outlined with  a black marker and the writing was added by hand with a white gel pen.

I outlined the picture with a metallic gold pen, as well as rubbing some gold onto the background and adding to the  centre of the flowers...

Monday, July 10, 2017


I decorated some gift bags to go with the 'hot & spicy' window at the One Craft Gallery.  I used napkins, punched out shapes, a white gel pen, and a black marker to create some colourful bags...

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


I have just redecorated the window at the One Craft Gallery, together with fellow member, Caroline Tetley.  We were inspired to do a 'hot & spicy' Indian window, by the tunics made out of hand printed Indian fabric, by Lesley Hill, a more recent member, who specialises in textiles.  They have proved to be a popular selling item this summer with only a few left!

We used tissue pompoms, large white letters and the most  colourful items for sale in the gallery to create our festive window!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


When time is tight, as it is for me at the moment for creating artwork, cards and sketchbooks are an ideal way of keeping your hand in! Because of a family crisis, I have hardly visited my studio lately.  The last time I did, I found some half finished cards, which I have now completed...

The card on the right has a faint whiff of the collages of London born Pop Artist, Richard Hamilton, whose work I admire.  I particularly like his art of the early postwar decades when the world was rapidly changing.  His colourful, busy and playful collages embraces this with references to the influx of sophisticated consumer goods from the USA - especially the vulgar and everyday!

For the card above, I have returned to one of my favourite subjects - doors. Perhaps it would work as a card for someone who was moving house...

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Here are a couple more cards that I have created, using papers that had been mono printed using a gel plate. The pear just appeared in a single overprinted paper.  I just added some simple defining outlines with a black marker, and viola there was a design! This was then mounted onto another sheet of painted paper, before being stuck onto cream textured card stock.

The door design uses cut and punched out shapes collaged onto another printed paper. The lettering was done with cerne relief in imitation lead. This makes a raised shiny texture, which I left overnight to dry, before mounting it on the card stock.

Friday, June 2, 2017


I recently fulfilled a commission to paint a tortoise!  The proud owner of the three Herman tortoises pictured in the photograph, above right, presented me with a papier mache blank to paint to look like his pets!  You can see the result above in the larger pics above...