Category Archives: Mixed media

A little Art Journal

I recently discovered the work of France Papillon who does the most amazing journal pages.  This is the result of a little online course I followed.

It is four sheets of A4 watercolour paper, the backgrounds were done first then the pages folded and sewn together using a simple pamphlet technique.  I then continued to work into them.



A Nature Journal

I loved the course I did with Roxanne Evans Stout which resulted in my Four Seasons book, so have done another course with her to produce a Nature Journal.

Flowers from the garden photographed on a plate, surrounded by real flowers that I glued down with matte medium:

Painting of flowers and a scrap of eco printed rice paper:

Leaf paintings:

A drawing and a mono print:

More eco printed paper with a mono print:

A tiny concertina book glued on to the page: The birds and butterfly are taken from RSPB magazines.

The back:

I so loved the effect that I did a second:

The background on this page is a piece of paper on to which I pounded the imprints of leaves and flowers, then enhancing these with ink:

Walking out from the studio, I saw the sun red in the sky.  Together with the strange light in the sky it was an extraordinary sight.  I spread modelling paste over some grasses, which i then removed and when the paste was dry I used inks to colour the page.

This is a work in progress, I intend to continue  until I have used up all the pages in this sketchbook!  There is always something new to see in the garden.

Four seasons part 2

I finally completed the three remaining large compositions for my four seasons project. They are all 41 x 31 cms – the size of the khadi paper I used as the base layer.  Once finished, they were mounted on white card.




I loved this project.  Even though I did it in one fell swoop, rather than during the relevant season, I had lots of bits collected over the year squirelled away and it was great to find a use for them.  As I am always in the garden it was easy to find the seasonal connection.

A little book for trees

I made this book by printing and stencilling colour and shapes, mainly circles and diamonds  with some freehand monoprinting, on to an A 1 sheet of paper, then tearing the sheet into pages which I then bound into the book.  Laura Kemshall did a video on this some weeks ago and it certainly gives an interesting canvas to work on.  I spent a while wondering how to take it further, then decided to explore the shape of trees and leaves.  I used collage, more printing, drawing, real leaves and also cut away some of the original shapes to reveal the underlying page. Here are a few of the pages.

Itis still a work in progress.


Sketchbook workshop

More than a year ago I did a workshop with Cas Holmes at West Dean, on using sketchbooks as a starting point for further work.  I was not well at the time and felt I hadn’t produced anything worthwhile, but when I came to look at the work again, I felt there was a lot more there that could inspire me further. Here are just a few of the pages.

We started by just adding marks and colour to pages:

then did some drawing: this was looking through a window in the Great Hall:

Outside in the gardens:

Then made collages from a variety of bits and pieces we had either brought with us or found lying around the studio (other students’ cast-offs).  We also took photographsand then played around with the images, enlarging, tearing them into strips, etc.


I revisited the lattice work on the windows:

The following page uses an small isolated section from a drawing to be reproduced with fabric and stitch.

We were also given a challenge to make something using chance criteria – mine was a postcard using a colour I don’t normally work with: red.  Luckily I had a few bits with me and I was given some red crepe paper by another student.


Four seasons book

I have just been doing an online course called Pathways and Wanderings with mixed media artist Roxanne Evans Stout which I found full of inspiration.  I produced this book on the Four Seasons.  First I used a combination of watercolour paper and Khadi paper for the pages and to give more substance to the Khadi paper I brushed on a layer of gesso.  Then I collaged all the different items until I was happy with each page.

The cover:

Winter pages:

Spring pages:

Summer pages:

Autumn pages:

The final spread, as I had 2 blank pages left:

I attached a little tag for each season with writing about that season on the back.  It hangs down on to the appropriate page.

Winter, when the earth sleeps and life slows down, longing for Spring.  Snowdrops throw their light across the dark soil.

Spring light returns and myriad shades of green push through the soil.  Yellow flowers are everywhere and the birds sing all day.

Summer long days of summer warmth and bright light.  Lazy days to enjoy. Profusion of colours, flowers, insects, birds.

Autumn mists and mellow fruitfulness, the birds help themselves. Colours changing from green to reds and golds, then browns as the land gradually returns to sleep.

The four seasons in the garden, always changing, always something new.

The back cover:

The good thing about this project was that I used only things that were in my studio – I plundered my stashes of fabrics and papers (most of these previously dyed or coloured by myself), paper napkins, plant material, feathers, photographs, collected sea glass, beads, some in polymer clay that I had made, including the plaque on the cover and a lots of bits from previous projects.

I also resolved to make a larger composition for each season, with Winter so far the only one completed.

My home in winter: