In the studio


Oil paint on canvas, plywood, burlap, aluminium and driftwood

I am reflecting on how the materials sit alongside each other and what they could represent. I am getting a feel for the different surfaces and how the paint adheres to them.


Collage, stone, gouache and coffee on heavy khaki paper.

I have been experimenting with different tones of the same colour.



Coffee and ink on Blotting paper.

I am playing with natural materials in preparation for working onto burlap. The experimentation of using coffee and ink onto blotting paper has been successful as it is giving translucent layering that relates to what I am trying to say in my work.

I have had a successful day experimenting with materials with some surprising results.

Preparing my materials

Preparing the burlap for use as a material in my work.
I made a decision to prepare a variety of supports to work with the burlap. One large two 60cm square and a smaller piece for experimentation. The material is very tactile and reminds me of sacking or hessian.
My work uses natural, raw and organic materials this is why I am using plywood as a support and not MDF, as the quality of the wood being natural with wood grain will enhance the work. I have made box frames as the burlap will need to be attached to this.
I have used acrylic canvas sealer to seal the plywood as it is easy to use and will act as an adhesive for the burlap. I am going to experiment with rabbit skin glue as an adhesive and compare the outcomes. Work the same way as stretching canvas but with care as the weave of the burlap tends to move around more. It is really exciting to see the burlap on the supports. I gave it another good coat of sealer this is so the oil paint does not soak into the burlap. I am going to put them up in my studio against other materials to reflect before working on them. I will post this tomorrow.