Saturday, 30 December 2017

Trying to be an artist.

Hello. I'm back,, well I haven't been anywhere actually, except to town and to Tesco and to my friends house for afternoon sherry and Christmas cake and a natter. Oh, and two dog walks, all these little jobs take up a big chunk of time. And now I have to go and do a three mile walk which will take up another hour. 
So, I spent a bit of money yesterday in town, treated myself for my new hobby. Not sure how this is going to pan out, but I am getting plenty of lessons from yoootoooob. Blimey, don't they paint fast on those videos, I can't keep up with that, ha ha. It's all very well for those professionals to say it's easy to paint, but it flippin isn't. Anyway, now I have the kit I can give it a go. 

My first canvas. This was a cheapie from a charity shop for 50p. I put some colour onto it with pastels which I already had, then gave it a layer of PVA glue. Nope, don't like it, I don't like pastels either, too messy, coloured dust all over the place. so try again with another idea. Apparently you need texture, so what have I got to make the surface lumpy bumpy. I know, that packet of soup mix that I am never going to use. I knew there would be something I can do with it. Even after hours of  soaking and cooking it is still too darn hard to chew, so I give up with it. Stick it on this board with red paint. It's had two coats, now I have an idea to stick string on it. Watch this space.

I found these foam sheets in the craft department while browsing the £1 shops. They look mighty interesting, bright colours, it's fairly stiff foam, can be cut into shapes and stuck together, and maybe painted as well. Something will come to mind. It's best to have some supplies of materials at the ready just in case a brilliant idea materializes.

I had a browse round B & Q, not been in there for ages, I like looking around DIY stores. I wanted to get the low down on electrical tools. I have a sander but it is big and bulky, they make smaller ones now. I might at some point get a circular saw, maybe in the spring when I can get outside more often. I don't have an indoor workshop, maybe if I tidy all the wood up in the garage, I could make room in there for a bench. That's if the garage does not fall down in the next six months. Hey, maybe I could build a new garage, ha ha. In the meantime I had to buy this course sandpaper. I have plenty of fine sandpaper bought in the Woolys sale, but it takes ages to smooth a piece of wood with it. This will do the job a bit quicker.

Right, as I said, I have to go out and do my walk now, so I'll leave you to it. Enjoy your Sunday, because we have a brand spanking new year coming up. Whoooppeeee, this is the bit I like, the start of a new year.
Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip


  1. enjoy your new hobby. reached my 3250 miles cycling this afternoon. thanks for the inspiration of setting a miles goal for the year

  2. You're so clever and inventive - I love your ideas.
    J x

  3. Ha ha, I know what you mean about them making it look easy on youtube. I was watching one the other day about how to do a pencil drawing of a wolf's face ( Towards the end it speeds up so much, you have no hope of keeping up! This guy is so talented. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your new materials, Ilona. Eilidh x

  4. Good luck with your new hobby, Ilona with your talent I am sure you will succeed.

    Happy New Year to you and your followers I have got to attend a nephews wedding tomorrow so no doubt will have to see 2018 come in.

    Hazel c uk

  5. Some days there is just not enough time-I then just catch up another day.I bought some pastels & did a black & white picture of one of my dogs,but the coloured ones were a bit messy.I have a lovely pastel by an artist of Thomas Hardy's cottage-side angle view x

  6. I love reading about your arty stuff, you're very creative! Can I recommend The Art Sherpa to you She's mad as a hatter but she's very good at teaching art and not too fast either. She's got loads of videos on her channel and I think you might enjoy them. Wishing you a very happy, creative New Year when it comes. x

  7. I can't wait to see what you do next with the canvas. I hope you just have loads of fun, sometimes the best pictures happen when we;re happy :D
    Happy New Year to you.x

  8. There's no "trying" involved. You and everybody is an artist....I look forward to seeing more of your unique creations in 2018!

  9. Thank you for your blog this year - wishing you health and happiness in 2018.

  10. How wonderful and thrifty shopping to boot. Enjoy xx

  11. I'm sure you will do really well Ilona, with your proven artistic bent. When OH retired, I bought him some paints, and he has done many pictures.
    He photographed scenes in our village, and painted them, making notelets to sell for our church extension funds.

    Have fun, and a Happy New Year.

  12. just wanted to say happy new year and thanks for your wonderful company during the year, God bless


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