Monday, 24 October 2016


Hi Everyone, again many apologies for not being around much, just been a tad busy with 'life stuff'.
Anyway I decided to take a little time-out from the miserable 'life stuff' and create a couple of abstract paintings.
They are both reworked canvases and created using texture paste, matt medium, acrylic paint and gilding foils.
I had a a whole load of fun doing these and i'm rather thrilled with how they have turned out.
Thanks for dropping by and apologies for the short post.
Jackie x

Friday, 15 July 2016

Assemblage Clock

Hi Everyone,  sorry I haven't been around much lately but I've busy redecorating my living room.
Anyway, I thought I'd  share  this project I did a while ago.
I finally managed to get my hands on a Tim Holtz assemblage Clock.  I had been looking for one for ages but they always seemed to have been sold out! I just couldn't  wait to get to work on this!
I coloured the shiny chrome surface with alcohol inks to make it look old and rusty. Used some off cuts of Tim Holtz papers for the insides which were then coloured with Distress Inks. I used The Artist Stamper ' Tick-Tock'  butterfly and flower stamps to create the 3D butterfly and rose and then added a little glass phial filled with watch parts and then added a quote and some ribbons to finish it off. Had loads of fun doing this project as I do love this kind of work but it has been such a long time since I have done any because of college studies.
A close up of the ' contents  ' of the clock.

And here is a close up of the finish.

Thanks for dropping by.
Hope you all enjoy your weekend. 
Take care
Jackie x

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Art Journaling

One of the first things I promised myself when I finished college was to do more art journaling. I think it is a great way to practice to practice new techniques and try out new ideas as well as a great way to blow off some steam and vent a little.
I was lucky enough to be able to take a workshop with Glenda Waterworth a couple of weeks ago. It was a very informative class which I thoroughly enjoyed. It also boosted my confidence a little as I haven't  really done a lot of journaling in this kind of style.

I started this journal in Glenda's class as I had bought it when I was at college specifically for working in when I had finished. It is a Pink Pig spiral bound A4 size.
This page was done fairly quickly by starting out using Gesso.  When dry I then did some writing using pro markers. The purpose of the Gesso was to make sure the pro markers didn't  bleed through the page. Anyway after writing in the 'normal' direction (left to right) I rotated the page , changed colour and wrote the same again. I did this three times changing colour each time. Then covered the whole page in another coat of Gesso.  When dry I then sprayed with Dylusions inks. Dried them off and then used some stencils with Distress Inks. The words were also done using stencils. I used a black rollerball and a white Posca Paint marker to highlight the word Change. These two words relate to the journaling which was covered up.
I didn't  really plan this page as such, I just sat down and played around and this is what came out.
I am feeling pretty rotten today (stinking cold) so had to give the redecorating of the living room a miss.

Thanks for dropping by

Take care

Jackie x

Monday, 4 July 2016

Home project.....DIY Godess !!

Hi Everyone, as you can see I'm in the process of redecorating my living room.  I'm also looking into updated my furniture. The tv/media unit had seen better days so looked into buying a new but couldn't  really find one I liked or could afford so I built my own!!

Two packs of pine tongue and groove flooring, some legs for kitchen units, some flat trim/beading and a couple of tins of Jacobean Dark Oak wood dye!!
Here you can see the work in progress. Nothing majorly difficult really but as this was my first attempt I decided simple would be best!
I must admit to being rather pleased with the the end result and just adore the colour!

Not bad eh? And a wee bit cheaper too. 

Thanks for dropping by

Have a lovely day whatever you have planned.

Jackie x

Monday, 13 June 2016

A Birthday Present....

A very quick post today. Just finished this painting for my son for his Birthday next week. He is a massive 'gamer' so thought this would be apt. Vault Boy from the Fallout Games.
Really pleased with the way this has turned out considering I don't  'do' painting.

Thanks for dropping by and hope you have a lovely day

Jackie x

Sunday, 12 June 2016

At last! A little more time on my hands...... start blogging again! It has been SO long and Ihave missed you all.

I have at last finished the college course I was on. Two years hard study on HND Contemporary Art Practice! Been a really hard slog at times and was inundated with work so didn't have much time for anything else.

But now it's finished I have loads of time on my hands so the first chore will be redecorating my home starting with the livingroom!

Anyhow. I digress.... I am posting photos of a couple of art  projects which went into the End of Term exhibition. Now these are very different to what I normally do but they encourage to be different in Contemporary Art. So the first photo is one of my favorite projects out f the whole two years study!

This was an 'Environmental' project and is entitled  "A walk in the woods". Made from wood found while on a walk in the woods. This was based on Anxiety and depression. While suffering badly from depression I couldn't face going out but when I DID I suffered anxiety attacks. The chair represents my 'comfort zone' The piles of stones are contained in little cages (Gabion Baskets) and represent the worries and stresses of the anxiety disorder. The back of the chair is from a piece of wood that splintered off a fallen tree (just loved the shape of it), The seat is from a fence post that was lying around and the legs and supports are from a really old gnarled branch!

This project is my all time favourite and I adore it!  It will take pride of place in my garden when I get it home as it is still on college. The exhibition finished on Friday 10th June and I couldn't get transport to bring it home. The college has agreed to keep it for another couple of weeks so I will post pictures when it's in situ at home !

The piece above is my latest and last project. This is a plaster cast and called " Baa Baa Black Sheep" , based on "Handed Down Truths" i.e. Nursery Rhymes. Basically it is a simplified abstract of tangled wool. I have the process of this project photographed and can post them if anyone is interested on how it was all done.

I am now looking forward to some serious 'me' time  and catching up on things I have missed as well as giving my home some much needed TLC.

Thank you for popping by
Take care
Jackie x