“Painter of Everything” – her webpage title and she is, having painted gypsy wagons, inn signs, huge murals, coaches and canal boats (which meant hanging over the side in a harness).
For our demonstration, she worked on a square birch-ply board primed with several coats of blackboard paint using special signwriting brushes – a long thin one called a Striper or Longline and, later, one with a diagonal cut called a Fitch for making swirls. She’d created a circular wet/dry palette from a Tupperware Lazy Susan snack holder with triangular pieces of blotting paper in each section covered by pieces of tracing or greaseproof paper and usually mixes expensive Titanium white with her colours to increase opacity and to add brilliance. She uses a variety of readymade greens – a very difficult colour – so laid out Chromium Oxide green, sap green, green gold, yellow oxide, lemon yellow and Prussian blue.
She covered the straight border lines using her Striper- steadying her hand against the side of the board. She also showed us how to place our painting hand on top of the other fist which acted as a brace and a pivot enabling the brush to describe a full arc.This sign was called The Hop Inn so she completed a small section of hop decoration copied using Tracedown paper and then drew in the letters before adding colour to them. To learn more this fascinating and talented artist, do visit her website: https://www.ipaint.org.uk and https://ipaint2.com/