The ARC Shed
Roses and Castle
Art and crafts are so much more than just a completed project. Aware for some time now of the benefits to the mental health and well-being of individuals who take up a creative activity, my mission is to inspire and help people . Folk art and decorative painting is my main focus because by learning the traditional brush stroke techniques anyone can learn to paint and achieve great results. My vision, through workshops and regular classes, is to encourage people they can do this and in the process help them build new friendship groups where they feel valued, and supported in a non-judgemental environment, which in turn helps develop self-confidence and a sense of worth. New workshops are being planned for 2020 together with several bookings as a speaker (with demonstrations) at local branches of a national women's group.
I find inspiration in most artists work, even in works I'm not particularly keen on I can appreciate the imagination, skill and creativity that has gone into them. What really inspired me to embark on my own creative journey was discovering through the techniques of Folk Art and decorative painting, that I can actually paint! Apart from the traditional folk art designs this gave me the confidence to expand into other areas. If I can do it, anyone can and I can teach them the techniques to kick-start their journey into art and crafts. I believe art really is for all whatever the medium and hope to be a small part of opening this door for others.
I use a number of mediums but acrylic paints is the main one I use for my pieces - the brand can vary depending on the surface used though DecoArt products are my go-to. Chalky paints are favoured for smooth surfaces (such as glass) and items of furniture, Americana when a more fluid consistency is needed and enamels for Canal Boat style painting.
A variety of mediums are used when creating multi-media pieces including Gesso, moulding pastes, assemblage, distress inks and pouring paints to name but a few.
Acrylic paints and/or a mixture of the above items are used on a wide range of items including canvas, paper, pottery, glass and fabric.