Gardens, News 2018, YouTube Channel

New YouTube video – Masking fluid tests, abridged version (with surprise guest)

Hello everyone,

Another sunny day in the UK, filled with the smell of Rosa ‘Jasmina’ as she gently sways in the breeze, giving off waves of warm rose perfume. She really is a spectacular rose.

RosaJasmina3The baby sparrows have started their yearly invasion. They are so less reasonable than their parents. For a few weeks they will entertain us with their antics, flying like bricks across the garden and landing on totally inappropriate perches, not yet aware of what can or cannot support their fluffy weight. They land on slender stems and go right down to the ground, not light enough to stay up but not heavy enough to break anything. They take off again as if bouncing on a trampoline, disorientated but not scared enough to sit still for even a minute. It is unimaginable that these tiny throats only a few millimetres long can produce such a racket. The parents follow with beaks full of seeds and flappings full of disapproval.

I posted another masking fluid video on YouTube, a shorter version of the tests I filmed earlier. In this abridged version (only about 5 minutes), I focused on the results rather than the process, marking the 10 brands on a series of criteria such as fluidity, ease of application and removal, colour, damage to the paper, precision of the unmasked marks, etc. The video is not exactly what you’re expecting. It kind of turned into something else as I was filming. The masking fluid tests results are definitely in there but they’re not alone… I had a lot of fun filming this. The longer version was 36 minutes long and entirely serious. I couldn’t take any more seriousness. The baby sparrows must be rubbing off on me.

Here is a link:

https://youtu.be/mCjDyGC7TBQ

Happy watching!

Art Questions, News 2018, Painting, YouTube Channel

Masking Fluid video on You Tube: the full version is up

Hi everyone,

I have an article on masking fluid coming up in the summer issue of Artists & Illustrators magazine. The article is about tips for using fluid in the best ways and I made a video to go with it. I tested 10 different brands of masking fluid live, warts and all, with surprises good and bad.

This is the full version (just over 1/2 hour) but I am also preparing an abridged version. I will let you know when it’s up.

Here is the link to the video:

Happy painting!

News 2016

Liberty London

 

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Regent Street
London W1B 5AH (Entrance on Great Marlborough Street)

 Liberty London just had to be my first sewing shop review. I realise that this is not the most original choice and certainly doesn’t make me feel extra-rebellious, but this is where my textile inspiration really sparked off…

Their Tana Lawn is an iconic fabric that anybody who ever picks up a sewing needle cannot ignore.

 I suppose it might be possible not to like the shop but I can’t imagine how. From the moment you go in (through the flower shop into the scarves hall is the most dramatic way) you have to be mesmerised by the wood carvings, the galleries, the small (ish) themed rooms, the creaking wooden staircases… I still remember discovering the haberdashery department when I first came to London as a student. I was in a foreign country, speaking a different language that I loved (thanks to the singing and lyrics of Robert Smith and Justin Sullivan) without really quite grasping it, yet Liberty felt like home and has ever since. To this day, after the ordeal of the journey to and through London, I walk over the threshold, take a deep breath and instantly I start to relax. The new Alex Monroe jewellery collection, the Liberty print nightwear and lingerie, the haberdashery, the restaurant, the small but magnificent flower shop… where to start?

As this is a sewing shop review, I should probably concentrate on the 3rd floor. The main hall holds the fabrics, organised by type and prints, from ditsy to large abstract. To the side there are a series of smaller rooms hosting haberdashery, patchwork fabrics, kits and sewing notions. Then you move into the yarn hall, with all the wools and cottons, arranged by colour, filling shelves upon shelves from floor to ceiling. The next room is where all the Liberty print accessories are: kitchen things, clothes, stationery, objects of decoration… definitely my favourite floor. Although one floor above there is THE settee. Every time I go to Liberty’s, I pay THE settee a visit. It is made of grey velours printed with a design of large white Romneya, it’s a beauty. I sit on it for 10 minute, imagining it in my living room, then give it a little pat on the arm and say farewell see you next time…

What I also like about Liberty (apart from everything else) is that the decoration changes all the time, so each time is a new discovery.

I usually finish my visit with a snack in the restaurant, where they serve a really nice cake. I savour it while I keep daydreaming about June’s Meadow, Emilia’s Flowers, Hera, Picardie, Wild Flowers, Mitsi and Strawberry Thief…

Pompom rating:

Range of supplies                        4/5

Friendliness                                  4/5

Prices and value                           4/5

Originality and feel                       5/5

Total 17/20 pompoms

Best for:

  • Their famous Tana Lawn
  • Great flower shop
  • People who love a magnificent building full of personality and history, as well as textiles and yarns