We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Monday, 3 February 2014

W!LD flowers

Recently bought some more Pebeo Prisme paints (in the Craft Barn sale), so I thought I'd try these paints on a canvas.

Using an 8x8 wood box canvas (for stability), I covered it quite generously in a layer of modelling paste, making it fairly smooth, and then drew a picture, making deep cuts into the paste, and where the flower heads would be I scooped out the paste, making a well.  I did a pencil sketch first so that I knew what I was doing - I didn't want to keep smoothing out the paste if it went wrong!

Left it overnight to dry.

Next, used the Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints and gave the canvas its first coat of paint, using a combination of blues and greens.

Continued using the Fresco paints until I was happy, and then finally applied the Pebeo Prisme paints.  Quite a lot of paint is needed to get the effects, and the wells in the paste ensured it didn't run everywhere.

Takes about 24 hours to dry.

Further little tweaks with the Fresco paints, and finally a touch of my favourite gilding wax, Treasure Gold.

Whilst I had the Prisme paints out, I decided to paint things with wings to use as future embellishments.

Rather a lot of turquoise ones?  I knocked over the pot of turquoise Prisme paint, and I was not going to waste it - hence rather a lot the same colour!!!

I also got covered in the paint too!

Never get tired of watching this paint develop!

Happy February - hoping for a little more sunshine and a little less rain!


  1. WOW Kay!!!!! what a fantastic way to use Prisme paints with moulding paste!!!! I would never have thought of that!!!!!!!! It looks amazing and your little elements look gorgeous! xxx

  2. You have been busy. Lovely colours.

  3. Fantastic blog so pleased I've found you .. Love your work and I've fallen in love with your butterflies with the Pebeo Paint .. ( I have lots of these )
    Can I make a few for a project, using your idea and link back to you when I post please?
    I'll be back soon .
    Eileen xxxx
    eileen xxx

    1. Hi Eileen, pleased you like the Pebeo Paint butterflies - I love that you never quite know how they are going to turn out! I love sharing what I do on my blog, and quite happy for you to do a link back here if you would like too. Happy butterflying - just take care not to knock the pot over!!!

  4. Ahhh so that is where my butterflies came from :-). The more I see the Pebeo paint, the more tempting it is to get some for myself.