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Gel or Paste ?

I often get people asking me What is the difference between Gel Medium or Paste?

Simply put….

Gel Medium is usually White when wet and dries Clear  ( with exception of Coarse Pumice gel and Extra Coarse Pumice Gel).

Paste is White when wet and stays the same colour when dry!

Gel mediums can be used an adhesive for  collage , to add texture to your artwork, to thicken paint, and added with paint can make a lovely glaze!

Pastes can add a lovely texture to your artwork, and depending on the type of paste you use you can get lots of different effects. examples of pastes are Crackle Paste, Fibre Past and Molding pastes light, hard, and coarse.

For more information regarding gels and pastes check out my upcoming Workshop to be held in Christchurch on March the 25th 2012!


Drawing – A Process that Starts with a Mark..

I would really like to thank my good friend Deanna Gracie, not only is she a dear friend but a fabulous Jewellery Designer living in South Shore Christchurch … http://www.nzjewellerydesign.com/news-blog for inspiring me to get back to drawing again ! 

I have a habbit of wherever I go I seem to collect interesting objects… so I have started out to draw some of the interesting things I have collected.

Just a quick tip!  sometimes it is easier to take a photo of what you are drawing to see it in a 2 dimensional way rather than the 3d way we see from our perspective… looking back at these quick sketches I can see lots of things that I needed to do to make them more 3d etc… but must admit haven’t drawn in a very long time… so will be trying to draw one a day for a while and will post on here.. will be interesting to look back and see the improvement over time 😉

Still life drawings

My entrance to the art world started about 36 years ago as a child…. “drawing”.

In those days I didn’t start out by drawing objects or  still life as I now know it, but used to copy from a favourite Walt Disney Book!

I have fond memories sitting for hours upon hours drawing, sketching, rubbing out, sketching some more and then adding colour to my finished sketches.   Then as I started High School I fell in love with the process of Art  and Painting, I painted my way through School, but  life flies by so quickly and as our lives get busier and busier, work, marriage and then family, over time I grew away from painting.  When my children were young around 5 and 10 I picked up a paint brush for the first time in years! and like an old glove I just slipped right back into it!

Who would have thought that sitting at my kitchen table at  7 yrs old nearly 36 years ago would have attributed to my major passion and focus in life today!

Thank you Deanna for 1st being a great friend and 2nd for reminding me of my Art Roots ! and allowing me to return to them for a while and share them with you all!  

Check out my latest Christchurch Greeting Cards!


A few things you can do with Golden…

Hi folks I have been busy creating some small artworks with a variety of Golden Products and thought you may like to have a sneak peek…   We will be exploring lots of awesome products on my half day workshop in November…
Using Golden Interference Colours …

Art Classes and Workshops

Hi everyone, I thought I would keep you updated with what I have been up to since I have come back from Auckland!

I have been busy sorting out the curriculum  and venues for my upcoming Workshops and Classes!

Hopefully dates will be confirmed shortly!

cheers Donna 🙂

A “GOLDEN” opportunity!!

OMG !!!

I have had a Week like no other !!!

I have just gotten back from a weeks training in Auckland with Golden Artists products USA Artist Patti Brady and NZ Artist Evan Woodruffe.

 I have had the absolute  pleasure of spending the last week in Auckland alongside these Incredible Artists …

Michael Shepherd, Bronwyn Shimmin,Brendon McGorry, Fiona Sullivan, Mark Curtis, Morag Stokes and Wendy Walls !

We have been selected to be part of the Golden Artists Tutor program!

A BIG THANKS  to Gordon Harris and Golden Artist Products… for this amazing opportunity!