Sunday, 23 February 2014

The Art Society - February - patchwork

Hi all.  I am taking a class with Christy Tomlinson (The Art Society), which is really good - very different to what I would usually do, and this month - no paint!  Withdrawal symptoms commencing!
Christy's canvases (she did three) were based around the look of a patchwork quilt.  I think there is probably another version in me, but this is the one I am starting with.  I had a papier mache frame already gesso'd up (I think I got distracted!!) so decided I would use that as my base.  It's 9" square on the outside, with a 6" square recess.

The covering is from a napkin, stripped back to one layer, and chopped into strips, broadly the same sort of depth. I wish I had taken a photo before I 'aquarelled' (another new verb) around the edges of each of the patches.  It made so much difference.  I managed to salvage a little bit of paper clay (most of it had unfortunately set into a pillow shape that didn't really fit with what I wanted to do.  But I got enough to make 3 stars.

I found some silver 'Gold Finger' in my cupboard, and some black shimmer DecoArt metallic lustre.  I rubbed them both on around the inside and outside edges of the frame, and also around the outside of the plaque in the centre, and on the paper clay stars.

I doodled some stitches (and on the basis it would have to be a miracle for me to sew anything, this was pretty good!) on top of the aquarelle shading

This class is about using what you've got, perhaps in different ways to how you have used it before.  I have a whole load of Thickers sticky letters, but these black glittery ones worked really well, with my word of the moment 'Soar'.

Hope you like!


Substrate: Papier Mache Frame

Paint and ink


Bling and other stuff
Aquarelle pencil: Black
Staedtler fine liner: Black
Thickers letters:  Boho black
DecoArt: Decopage glue
Paper clay
Star mould
Daler Rowney Gold Finger: Silver
DecoArt Metallic Lustre: Black Shimmer


  1. This looks very effective. Excellent.

  2. Looks like you have been having great fun Ruth and I love the effects and overall outcome of this piece xx

  3. Stunning!! I love it & the Thickers are the perfect touch :)