Dalmeny Christmas Market 2022

Hello Lovely Readers,

This past Saturday I shared a table at the Dalmeny Christmas Market again. It was so nice to catch up with people I have not seen since I have moved. And a couple of friends came by to say hi to me for further away as well.

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Acrylic paint: Matt varnish test

Dear Readers,

A few weeks ago I used some heavy structure gel in one of my paintings to give it an impasto look. However I found that from certain angles it reflected light a lot more than the acrylic paint on its own and therefore changed the colour of the painting.

The sun set painting is the specific painting I am referencing

So this week I decided to do a test painting and then varnish it with a Matt varnish to see if I liked the results.

The middle of the painting that looks impasto is done with acrylic and structure gel, the smooth parts are just plain acrylic paint.

Before varnish face on

Before varnish side on

I used one coat of Matt Liquitex varnish to see what the effect would be.

Front on after varnish
Side on after varnish

At the end of the day I think that I prefer it before/without varnish. I think that although the Matt varnish has homogenised the painting I think that it looks more muted and has lost a lot of definition from varnishing.

I don’t think that I will be varnishing my paintings in future. 🙂

Hope that you have been having a lovely crafty weekend.

Peace and love

Ellie xoxox

Visit to Nairn, Scotland

Today we went for a visit to Nairn. We went for the river side walk. We took a break for me to do some sketching. Then we walked to the local wool shop and I bought some more sock wool(as though I don’t have enough!) And then we walked back. Here are some pictures.

The wiggly branches of these trees reminded me of the milkwood trees back in South Africa

I hope that you have been keeping well and having a lovely crafty time

Peace and love



Art Portfolio update

Dear Readers,

I am sorry to have neglected you for so long! I have been very absorbed in my painting and creating lately!

Today I updated my art portfolio on this blog and it was a long time coming. It had last been properly updated in 2018 Eeep!

Looking at what I have uploaded this year seems to have been particularily productive in the painting sphere so far. Other years where I painted less I definately knitted and crochet more!

I hope that you are all keeping well.

Peace and Love

Vaccinations and blessings

Dear Readers,

Just popping in to say that Husband and I got our firsts vaccination shot for Covid-19 on Tuesday. We are both well and happy.

With the majority of my friends and family still living in South Africa I feel so blessed to be offered this chance to be vaccinated already. I know that there are many people out there who are less fortunate than we are.

Dalmeny Kirk Summer Market

In other news, it is just 2 weeks until the market that I am sharing a table at. I am both incredibly nervous and excited. I am slowly coming up with a list of things that I need to get done and have prepared before I will feel ready. If I manage to produce a good list I might share it here with you.

Keep crafty!
Peace and Love,