Exploring decoupage

I’ve recently moved house, which has resulted in acquiring and being gifted lots of objects, furniture etc. I’ve always wanted to try decoupage and decided this would be the perfect opportunity. Starting with a wooden coffee table, I painted the table white using chalk paint, leaving the top blank. The next stage was to take out the drawer I wanted to try découpage on the inside first (in case it went wrong!). Thé top wasn’t level so I added in a piece of card and then levelled with gesso. Onto the fun bit! My friend has prior experience in all…

‘Adam & Eve’ after Lucas Cranach the Elder

The Courtauld Institute houses the fantastic ‘Adam and Eve’ by Lucas Cranach the Elder. I drew from it some years ago, a quick pencil study which has been at the bottom of my sketchbook gathering dust. It was when I drew from Cranach’s National Gallery Venus and Cupid painting that I remembered my previous love of this one. What draws me to Cranach the Elder is the bizarre forms of the figures and the composition of the elongated shapes. I looked at my sketch, a detail from the centre of the painting and wanted to continue with my collage series…