Art Sale Weekend!

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Fancy an original watercolour at fantastic prices?

Then come along to my online gallery tonight and this Saturday and Sunday. Visit – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/eastwitching?section_id=15563603&ref=shopsection_leftnav_9

All my originals are under £60! (that’s $95 )

Choose from over 25 original watercolour originals and enjoy a real piece of art – not a print!

Shop art now – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/eastwitching?section_id=15563603&ref=shopsection_leftnav_9

Woodland Nursery Wreath Collection

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I’d like to introduce a cute collection of woodland animals that I painted in watercolour. They are a chubby brown bear, a curious kit, a demure bunny and an innocent fawn.

The charm of woodland animals makes them lovely subjects for nurseries and to give them just a hint of flora too I painted a watercolour wreath featuring green leaves and orange berries – just a touch of whimsy to frame each animal.

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To finish off I then added the name of each animal in a complementary berry orange and the set was complete.

You can order each print individually or buy the whole set. They make a lovely  grouping as a four as I have ensured that two of the animals face the other two.

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SHOP Woodland nursery prints – CLICK HERE

I have other nursery themed animal collections on sale too – come over to my online art gallery to view today by clicking this link – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/206975335/woodland-bear-print-woodland-nursery-art?ref=listing-shop-header-3

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Delightful Reindeer Advent Calendar

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Advent Activity Reindeer Poster

Advent Activity Reindeer Poster

For a fun advent calendar this year my agent Anita and I put our thinking caps on back in June and came up with a slightly new idea on an popular traditional one.

To BUY NOW – click on the REINDEER above!

or click this link

- http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thelittlepicturecompany/product/d-i-y-nordic-activity-advent-calendar-kit

 

As the reindeer is a well-loved Christmas animal I painted a child-like reindeer in glorious cranberry red. Then I added little wooden drawers with tiny gold knobs on which I then numbered.  As I worked I found I was drawn to painting the drawers in different quirky sizes which appealed to the kid in me!

One of my 24 hand-painted red drawers!

One of my 24 hand-painted red drawers!

Next we needed some snowflakes for some seasonal magic. Finally our reindeer got a tinkling bell to herald the Christmas season.

A delicate watercolour snowflake for me captures the magic of Christmas

A delicate watercolour snowflake for me captures the magic of Christmas

Our poster which is 17 x 23 inches approx is a real focal point for kids during the run-up to Christmas.

On gorgeously smooth and creamy super-heavyweight paper it shows off the reindeer to a tee.

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Each day they get to write in one of the boxes what special advent activity they will be doing. To spark ideas for festive fun we also created a suggestion list which also comes with your Christmas Advent kit along with an opaque white pen, some lush East of India washi tape to fix your poster to the wall!

On every advent day write in your chosen Christmas activity!

On every advent day write in your chosen Christmas activity!

A bright and festive D.I.Y reindeer advent calendar

This gorgeous advent calendar is truly a ‘twist on the traditional’ – Whether in your childrens bedroom, or in the family kitchen, this lovely reindeer is sure to add lots of christmas cheer!

The kit comprises of a large advent poster printed on gorgeous and durable poster style paper along with a separate list of advent activity ideas, a white gel pen to write your ideas with and a roll of red polka dot washi tape to put it up where ever you like!

A wonderful family activity to get everyone in the true spirit of christmas! This ‘Activity’ calendar can be filled in with activities of your choice or you can pick and choose from the long list of fun activity suggestions that come along with the kit! Featuring a stylish red nordic reindeer with little drawer boxes that can be written on with personalised advent messages such as ‘Make paper snowflakes’, ‘Bake christmas cookies with mum’, ‘Donate old toys to charity’ and many more!

A lovely new tradition that can easily be added into the yearly festivities along with the traditional chocolate or sweetie advent!

Order your kit with the words ‘My Christmas Countdown’ or for sharing with several children or a whole family, select ‘Our Christmas Countdown’

made from:

Paper, metal, plastic, cardboard

dimensions:

Poster measures 60 x 42 cms and actual reindeer measures 41 x 38 cms

Our kit is only available via the Little Picture Company on Not on the High Street and we have a limited number of 100 – so skates on and bag one for yourself before they are all gone!

Cost £25 plus £4.95 to mainland UK!

Order Now in time for the 1st of December! 

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thelittlepicturecompany/product/d-i-y-nordic-activity-advent-calendar-kit

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Happy Christmas.

Christmas Art Gifts

Christmas Wreath Set of 3 8×10 inch prints – portrait format – SAVE $7 by buying this set of 3! Or buy them individually!

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Total cost for the 3 prints is $80 plus shipping – that’s £49 plus shipping in English! :))wreath 3 copy

A fine and vibrant Christmas gift for the hostess or a unique heirloom artwork to bring out at Christmas year after year! YOU ARE GETTING – 3 individual 8×10 inch prints (see photos 2,3 and 4) and saving $7 !

I painted the red and green holly, mistletoe and poinsettia wreath in fresh watercolour. Then I painted this Christmas stag, robin and goose and combined them in a heart-warming wreath design.

To me this captures to rustic Christmas of days gone by. A timeless and thoughtful gift to give to relatives or friends. To see the individual prints to buy separately click on the links below – wreath stag copy STAG – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/206237735/christmas-wreath-goose-print-hostess wreath robin copy ROBIN – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/206237837/christmas-wreath-robin-print-hostess?ref=shop_home_active_3 wreath goose copy

GOOSE – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/206237735/christmas-wreath-goose-print-hostess?ref=shop_home_active_4

I will print your Christmas wreath print individually here in my home studio. It will be on sumptuous archival Epson watercolor 190gsm paper.

The paper looks and feels like a watercolour surface and enhances the watercolour painting printed onto it for an artwork to treasure for years. These prints are archival (they don’t fade) for over 70 years and come very securely packaged between a plastic and cardboard supports.

Order now for Xmas! Click this link to BUY NOW –  https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/eastwitching/search?search_query=wreath&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

Alison

Watercolour Prep

Been feeling very unworkish lately and so decided to at least get some uncompleted watercolours finished so that I may have use of the boards they are on again for new works.

De-gummed boards at the ready!

De-gummed boards at the ready!

Also got the old gummed tape remnants of a pile of boards in readiness for a day’s watercolour paper stretching.I recently bought a pile of new boards all the perfect size for half a full imperial watercolour sheet. 

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My fave gummed tape is Loxley Apollo Gummed tape – it is very strong when moistened with a sponge and had a lot of glue on it.

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Above are some of my stash of gummed tapes. They are in various sizes from half inch up to 2.5 inches for lightweight to heavyweight paper. To stretch watercolour paper you must use gummed and not masking tape.

BEST GUMMED TAPE – Loxley’s Gummed Art Tape – available here – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Loxley-Artist-Gummed-Tape-36mm/dp/B00EDKFLXY/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1410278075&sr=8-4&keywords=art+tape

Second Best – Butterfly Gummed Tape – http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=butterfly%20gummed%20tape

The boards are quarter inch plywood and from B&Q. My dad had to cut them to size for me as they came as larger boards.

Having this many (about 13) is great as now I have no excuse for not painting as I have a stash of watercolour paper pre-stretched and ready for art!

Ideally I would like to get about another 20 and then I’d really be cooking!

There’s nothing that slows you down more than knowing you can’t paint unless you have stretched paper at the ready.

You can always paint on unstretched paper as there are some papers that don’t cockle much and others that you can flatten under a heavy weight but lately I’ve been getting back into stretching as it gives a superior finish not to mention you feel like a queen when you are painting on a taut as a drum non-cockling surface!

Before I place the pre-cut paper in my watertub for 5 minutes I draw pencil guidelines on the paper as sometimes its hard to see through the thick gummed tape where the halfway mark is between on and off the paper.P1150347 P1150348

Then I place the paper in the watertub and let it absorb water for about 5 minutes – then pick it up from one corner and let the water roll off before placing it on a board and pressing out airbubbles from the centre to the edges. Before moistening my tape with a damp sponge I take off any excess water from the strips where the tape will go as sometimes pools of water can be there which would be too wet for the tape to seal.

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Then I always use a thumbnail to run along the edge of the paper so that it seals the gummed strip snuggly in and then press down all around on tape and leave in a coolish room to dry very slowly. This avoids any risk of paper drying too fast and thus pulling away from the gummed tape.

Finally after a few hours drying flat I have a little army of boards at my disposal !

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Home and Studio

When I was working as an employee full time and commuting to work I used to dream of a job that I could do from home.

I was also painting solidly in my spare time – evenings, weekends and holidays – in order to explore my love of watercolour. But for the time the dream of a stay at home job was way off in the future.

Then about 6 years ago I was diagnosed with a rare tumour which required 12 hours of neurosurgery. I had to move out of my rented house and back in with my parents as I was too ill to care for myself. It took over 2 years to get any kind of normality back to my health but gradually I was able to do small things.

My focus fell on my art and I began painting more regularly as far as my limited reserves of energy and focus allowed.

By chance I came across Etsy and soon tentatively opened my own online gallery. I could never have foretold how this move could have catapulted me so much nearer to my dream job. After 2 years of selling consistently on Etsy I was in a position to rent the adjoining terraced house to my parents and the rest as they say is history.

Now – 4 years on I live in a sunny terraced home with my dog Tilly. I love living here and have managed to use every room in the house for my art!

Enjoy a photographic tour of my home as it is now – I hope it will give you a taste of life in the Valleys.

My home and studio in Pontypridd, South Wales, UK

My home and studio in Pontypridd, South Wales, UK

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loads of lovely pastels

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all set up for watercolour in my north facing “studio”

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How my hanging baskets and window box look this summer

My blue and white bathroom was originally a bedroom so it is quite generous...

My blue and white bathroom was originally a bedroom so it is quite generous…

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The fire is rarely on so I like to decorate it with flowers and cushions

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Tilly and I in 2013

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I love to spin and weave – here I am carding coloured fleece

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In my comfort zone – quietly painting

Getting to Grips with Gouache – clematis & nastursium painting day

It was lovely to spend a day working once more with Barbara and Sandra.

Barbara working on velvety clematis leaves in gouache

Barbara working on velvety clematis leaves in gouache

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Sandra’s nastursiums coming along nicely

The girls decided they fancied trying out gouache as they had not really done much with it before.

Be prepared to get messy!

Be prepared to get messy!

Our subjects were a rich deep purple clematis and a riveting yellow nastursium both climbing on a trellis or picket fence.

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To start we painted the skies by wetting the whole area first then dropping in glorious random patches of blue and tilting the painting to create soft, amorphous and totally natural looking clouds.

Gouache was playing nicely! So far so good!

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Barbara’s beautiful petals

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Sandra’s lovely nastursiums

Next we began working on the petals and once again we wet each area first to provide a damp environment into which we dropped rich colour and tilted this to spread the gouache around with minimal brushstrokes to beautiful effect.

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Gouache really is a friendly and malleable medium compared to watercolour. It can be re-wetted and re-worked.

It is not so easy to lift as watercolour but that is offset by the fact that you can paint over dark areas with light paint – which of course cannot be done with transparent watercolour.

As we built each petal with subsequent and darker, more detailed washes our paintings grew quickly with lots of satisfied oohs and ahhs from my students.

It was lovely to see them getting effective and pleasing results so soon.

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I prepared worksheets of the demo we would do ahead of time so that they could be used during the workshop to support learning

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Want to have a go of gouache?

To try a gouache or watercolour class just email me (Alison Fennell) at eastwitching@hotmail.com and I can email you my current programme and answer any special requests.

Painting Workshop Price guide

(includes tuition/full colour step by step demo worksheets/professional artist quality paints, paper and brushes and a coffee/tea and croissant on arrival!)

  1. Whole day for 1 to 1 tuition £65
  2. Half day for 1 to 1 tuition £32.50
  3. Whole day for 2 friends booking together £55 each
  4. Half day for 2 friends booking together £32.50
  5. Please note I do not teach more than 2 people at a time. Courses start at 9.30am and end at 4pm. Half days are 3 hours long

 

Look forward to hearing from you.