I have finally had some time in the workshop to try out some ideas that have been in my mind for a while . I have always been interested in traditional crafts and being involved in the arts and crafts centre near the docks I have seen all the canal boats coming through the lock outside. Also I have met a lovely lady called Pat Wannell who lives on a boat and does traditional canal painting on her boat and decorates metal buckets ,enamel mugs ,jugs etc with enamel paints . She sells her work at the Gloucestershire Arts and crafts Centre in the Lock cafe .
The British Waterways Museum in the Gloucester Docks also has a huge collection .I bought this little lantern too because of the colours and its folk art feel .
The technique also reminds me of the traditional english slipware pottery which has always influencd my work . I wanted to do my own take on this using my own colour palettes and enjoy experimenting. These are the first attempts and the painting will need lots of practice to get the flowing confidence needed .
I have already tried a few samples using the traditional rose and also have been looking at other folk art from across Europe . This is how the flower is built up in stages and is a very skilled technique .
I have been trying out some of the flowers on some hearts and also in the photo you can see a painted wooden spoon from a local charity shop for extra inspiration !
Here they are finished in rows ,how satisfying!
With these hearts I am keeping the background white to see which work the best . These photos show how I build up the design in stages .
I really like the finished result ,but the may look different when fired .
Now I have practised on the hearts I tried the designs on some larger pieces , it was really good fun to do something freer than I normally would do . I like the strong background colour too .
Again this one will be on a white background.
I think this one is the most successful , the colours work the best and the edging is bold .