Ever since I was a little girl, growing up in a small town in South Africa, color and creating things has fascinated me. For years I looked for something that would give me a medium to express myself. I tried my hand at decorating berets with bits of old jewelry. I have made porcelain dolls, brightly colored children’s clocks, miniature teddy bears, painted butterflies on transparent sheets using glass paint and more, but nothing quite met my need for color.
I had never thought of painting as a hobby. I did some art courses that had put me off.
One day I was looking at some online courses and saw one about painting abstracts. I had never considered trying it and really had fun with the course but the Acrylic paint was too static for me. Then I saw a YouTube video about marbling on paper. Could I somehow get the effects I wanted, using these colors? I started thinking about how I could do it and didn’t sleep that night. I couldn’t wait to get out the materials I already had, so that I could try it.
I tried it with some oil based paint and then I took some of my glass paint and dropped some colors into a dish of water. I had some small sheets of canvas and put one onto the water. It picked up the color and all of a sudden I had the craft I had been searching for. Then I went and bought the marbling inks and found that the two types of oils opposed each other. More interesting effects. It was a huge learning curve – working out how the colors worked with each other. I added turpentine, blew bubbles into the water, stirred the water to get the color to move around and each effect was different. This was exactly what I wanted. I found that using marbling inks with other types of paint and mixtures gave me a flexibility to get images that could rock the imagination. Monsters and deep sea creatures, animals and flowers all appeared on the canvas – it can be whatever you think it is. I see things in my paintings that you may not see. Please send me your comments and tell me what you see (or not). I would love to hear from you.