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…

"Flowers on Flowers", collage and watercolour on paper, 700x320mm. Charlie Kirkham 2014.

Flowers On Flowers

This collage was based on a still life set up. I did a quick study in watercolour using a limited palette. What appealed to me about this vase was that it reflected everything, in the collage I wanted to get that sense of reflection, and feel as if when you walked in front of the picture you see your self-portrait. I used textured metallic foil (the kind you use on floors) to create the vase. The imagery was a response to the materials. I really liked the vintage feel of the wallpaper with its gold applique and flowers, so it…