Nicola Porter Blog

Mixed media experiment and Mayday battles

Posted on


I said last week that I find taking a short break from artwork can be a good thing, and it is, so long as I do keep it short. I am pretty addicted and actually start to get depressed if I can’t create something. 


Another thing that I find helps is to break from my usual thing and experiment a bit. It’s fun and you can learn a lot, eventually it may even be possible to develop a completely new and unique style and process (hopefully).


So that’s what I’ve been doing this week. It’s an experiment in mixed media to gain different textures. 


The picture (I got my reference photo from a copyright free source on the internet) is inspired by the amazing spring weather we’ve been having recently but it’s nowhere near finished yet. The original plan was to have a go at dry brushing, but I haven’t got to that bit yet. I’m filming it using my phone’s time-lapse feature so I’ll put the video up when it is finished. Here’s a progress shot for now(It's not at a pretty stage):


So, the process so far, if you’re interested: after transferring the sketch onto the paper I covered in Frisk-it film – this is a very thin, transparent sticky film that is used as a mask. Then very carefully cut out around the subject and peeled away the excess. You probably wont see me cutting it because I have to get my face so close the work to see what I’m doing with the knife that my head gets in the way of the camera. The back of my head isn’t that interesting, so I’ll edit that bit out.


Anyway I covered the background in a pale blue ink wash then splodged (technical term J) all over with blue and white ink using a natural sponge. Once that was dry I cut out the flower and twig and started to add colour to those with coloured pencil and that is as far as I’ve got. I really was hoping to have done more by now but hopefully I’ll have it finished by next week.


Oh, just in case you want to know, the materials I’ve used so far are Liquitex professional Ink and Faber castell Polychromos pencils. I use Zest-it to blend the coloured pencil – a solvent made from orange zest – smells amazing.


Castle time…



The awesome Ian’s Eldest son is part of a re-enactment group called Historia Normannis. For the Mayday weekend they had a large-scale battle at Tutbury Castle. The awesome Ian gave his lad a lift down there with all his gear and camping clobber and I tagged along. Sadly I didn’t see any of the action, that took place on Sunday and Monday and I had to be at work. We did meet this guy just casually walking down the street:



And his girlfriend was in nearby garden

Add a comment:

Leave a comment:


Add a comment