Adding Texture … and being brave

I have a need for texture in my work and have been experimenting with different ways of adding depth and texture to my work on paper.  This week I have revisited collage and started to explore a new medium – cold wax.  Treading gently at first, I have added a little wax to my watercolour paper based pieces and am liking the effect.  Here are some of the collage images started recently at West Dean College:

West Dean Collage 3

This next piece was completed in one go – acrylic ink, wax, charcoal and a little collage material from my trusty drawer of bits

Distant cliffs collageAnd finally, this one, compiled from three pieces which I did whilst on holiday in Scotland last year.  I had quickly dashed off a series of three sketches – I liked the immediacy and vibrancy of the marks but each felt incomplete.  Remembering what I had been told by Cas Holmes last year, I threw caution to the wind, tore the pieces up and reassembled them – there they are before and after:


Scottish collage

I’d love to know what you think – I won’t be offended so do shout!  Thanks

5 thoughts on “Adding Texture … and being brave

  1. I think these are very beautiful; earthy and organic. It looks like being brave has paid off! Perhaps sometime you could share your process of making this type of picture? I know I’d be interested to learn more. 🙂

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  2. Very attractive indeed. Love the first image/work at the start of this post and the final one. You have a very good sense of ‘balance’…….. ‘texture’, and ‘colour’ combined in a visually appealing composition.

    I could bet that you’d be good at hanging a collection of paintings or photos on a wall. Even preparing an exhibition of any creative work for the public. Not many artists have that ability. Some are good within their own media, but need someone to put an exhibition together for public viewing (for them).

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    1. Thank you Vicki. After a career in the financial sector, I went into Interior Design. I think that has given me the ability to “do” colour and to put together a picture in the way one might a room. However, what I don’t really do is plan like I would have done with interiors so it does not all translate. I like to be spontaneous and react to what the paint or ink or whatever does – a useful approach when working wet and loose! I’ll be having a first exhibition in May (as part of the local Art Trail, with husband Alan) which will include framed work and also 3D objects so it will be a good test. Posts will follow!


    1. Thanks so much Robyn! I am calling it “Grunge Art”! I know it won’t appeal to the majority of people but I am all about texture and earthy colours and you just have to do what you have to do, don’t you!


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