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By theresa, Apr 10 2016 11:01AM

Inspired by my friend Camilla of Calligraphy by Camilla, I thought I would create memory boxes for my niece and nephew. I began firstly with a couple of signs for our home and my studio, to practise the few calligraphy basic skills I had acquired. Then I moved onto these boxes.


I have a thing for boxes, all shapes and sizes. The idea of finding hidden precious treasures, not necessarily valuable, but interesting or curious is appealing to me. I use boxes or containers as blanks to practise anything I am working through, be it product or new skill. It was with this in mind that I created two memory boxes for a niece’s and nephew’s Christmas presents.


The green on white box used a stencil from those lovely folk at The Stencil Library.



Stencil from The Stencil Library
Stencil from The Stencil Library

By theresa, Feb 3 2016 04:22PM

What I appeals to me about being a decorative artist is that you never stop learning and challenging yourself. I have just spent my weekend training with Jo Poulton at www.paintschool.co.uk . Jo has many years as a practitioner of Venetian Decorative Plaster, which she studied in Venice itself. She is an enthusiastic and effective teacher and in no time at all it seemed we had achieved our first finish, albeit of a more fragile nature than our more robust results we were to do the next day.


There were six of us, unusually, all with a view to use this skill in our work. This was great as Jo’s teaching stepped up a notch as she dropped useful nuggets of wisdom about working practice.


This is a finish that can be used in a variety of environments as it is so versatile. It can be almost any colour or depth of movement. Some plasters can be used outside as well as inside, shower areas, swimming pool ceilings and walls. It is environmentally desirable as it is made out of marble dust and lime, and can be used in a mat or highly polished manner.


Though I am immensely pleased with my first seven samples, I know there is much more playing and learning to be done. One happy creative.

Banded
Banded
Travertine
Travertine
Stucco
Stucco
Black
Black
Turquoise
Turquoise

By theresa, Feb 24 2015 09:43AM

Like many people, I expect, I have several pieces of very outdated 1980s pine. I have two large tables on which I have used chalk paint on the base, keeping the top natural, developing character. There are also a couple of smaller tables to which I might have done the same if I hadn’t got bored and then been inspired by my good friend Painty Cait to change the wood. Warmer toned woods are creeping back in to vogue in some quarters; cherry and walnut have now become popular in kitchens. So maybe it will not be too long before ‘brown furniture’ becomes more desirable. I have just seen the film ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ and spied a lovely warm wooded kitchen in Colin Firth’s mews house.


Before
Before

Rather than using Cuban mahogany which is quite vibrant and in Europe is quite formal and glossily smart, I decided to make my country pine into country mahogany, with a simple figure.


After
After




By theresa, Nov 19 2014 06:52PM


Holding a one day sale of my painted objects on Sunday December 7th from 10 - 6 at the Barn to which you are all most welcome. Boxes, furniture and other delights at prices starting from £5.


Would love to see you there.