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Carol Barnes - Gelli Plate Printing

I am a Mixed Media artist and an important part of my process is to produce my own papers to use as the collage element of my pictures. One of my favourite methods is to use a Gelli Plate, a long lasting commercially produced permanent version of a gelatine plate, to produce monoprints  on a variety of papers. My favourite paper to use is tracing paper as, once stuck down with acrylic matt medium,  the paper becomes transparent leaving the design to show. For further transparency I usually use transparent acrylic paint so that deeper levels of the painting  or collage can be seen. 

The process is very economical with paint as up to 4 prints can be taken following each application of paint and cheaper craft acrylic paints work very well. To achieve the transparent effects I want I dilute 3 parts heavy body artists acrylic with 7 parts acrylic glazing medium which gives a thin glaze of colour. You can overprint on the same piece of paper to give a complex multi-coloured print.

To make patterns on the plate I use bought and homemade stencils and also a number of found objects such as, combs, silicone trivets, sequin waste, bubble wrap and many other things. The only limiting factor is that they must not be sharp or they will damage the plate. I also make simple stamps from craft foam which lift the paint from the pate and leave an impression behind.

(Images to follow)

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Sonia Leggett - Lino, Softcut and craft foam stamps

Sonia carves images and patterns onto lino and Softcut* blocks which she uses on painted tissue, cartridge or mulberry paper.  Prints can also be made with craft foam, cut into simple shapes and indented with a sharp tool.  Gesso and acrylic paint or inks provide the printing medium.  The resulting papers are used for collage, artists' books and cards.

* Softcut is similar to lino, but more flexible, easier to carve and clean up afterwards.

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Evelyn Macmillan - Stylised Pastel Painting

Evelyn produces striking images with her unusual stencilling technique.

1. Choose scene and draw lightly on paper.
2. Stylise by drawing shapes on top.
3. Transfer stylised scene onto card/stencil card.
4. Cut out shapes with scalpel or Stanley knife on a cutting mat.
5. Secure stencil to cartridge paper using Scotch removable tape.
6. Make dust/powder from hard pastels with a scalpel.
7. Using small cotton pads or kitchen paper, rub dust/powder through stencil.

Printing Workshop - Monday, 15th May 2017

Six Guild members set up tables displaying their printing tools, demonstrating techniques, displaying resulting work and answering questions.  There was a surprising variety of printing methods and it proved a very interesting and informative evening.  It was a very busy event, and as I was one of the participants I only got a brief opportunity to visit the other tables (I had also forgotten my camera!).  However, I have persuaded some of the other demonstrators to send me brief notes on their display, which will be added here as they become available.                                                                                          Sonia

Pat Kitching's inkjet and laser printed transfers were popular.  In the image below: left are inkjet transfers using wax or computer label backing sheets, printed directly onto slightly dampened paper.  On the right is a laser (toner) transfer, using gel medium.


The Wildlife Art Society International Exhibition

26th May to 3rd June 2017

Member Pat Kitching has work in this exhibition which is being held at Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth, Gloucester - well worth a trip out.

Local art exhibitions in May

Marlborough Artists: Exhibition, preview Thursday 11th May, then open Friday 12th, 13th, 14th May (Marlborough Town Hall)
Royal Wootton Bassett and District Art Society: Art Exhibition Friday 19th May to 21st May 2017 at Hook Village Hall, just outside Royal Wootton Bassett. There will be a preview evening on Friday 19th, from 7pm to 8.30pm for invited guests with a light buffet and drinks available. On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st from 10am to 4pm each day. Raffle and refreshments will be availablePlease contact Jen Greener, if you would like tickets for the preview evening  at

Monday, 24th April 2017 - Pen and Wash workshop

White Horse Bookshop Open Art Exhibition

The Bookshop are holding an Open Exhibition in their new Gallery in May.
One piece of artwork per person
Any medium accepted.
Size should not exceed 50 cm x 50 cm.
"D" hooks should be attached to the upper side of framed work.
Sculptures will be accepted, depending on size, but please contact Angus at the shop for confirmation.
30% commission will be taken on all sales.
Artist's name, contact telephone number, title and price should be written or stickered on the back.
Work must be dropped off at The White Horse Bookshop by 17th April.
All work needs to be for sale.

Contact details:

White Horse Bookshop, 136 High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN81HN

Telephone: 01672 512071

Guild Members' Exhibition, Highworth

Guild members Ann March and Richard Harpin will exhibit their work together for 4 days from May 26th to 29th in the Community Room, 3 Gilberts Lane, Highworth, SN6 7FB. The exhibition will be open from 10am until 4.30pm each day and both artists will be in attendance to discuss their work and chat to visitors. You will also be able to watch them working on new pieces.

Their work features detailed watercolours with diverse subjects, and there will also be pastels by Ann March on show. In additional to the original work, there will also be a range of prints available to purchase.

Ann and Richard will be pleased to offer you some light refreshments as you browse the exhibits and chat with them.

Entry to the exhibition is Free. There is parking nearby and the venue is wheelchair accessible with toilets available on site.

Frames for Free

Monday, 20th March 2017 - Tim Wilmot demonstration

About 40 people came along for the demonstration by watercolourist Tim Wilmot.  Tim's favoured subjects are landscape and harbour scenes and the latter was chosen for this evening.

The materials used were Saunders Waterford not 140 lb, the paints were mainly Winsor and Newton,  a Raphael mop brush was used for the majority of the work, with fine details loosely added with a finer brush and the final highlights applied with white gouache.

Tim works with a fairly limited palette, often using just three colours plus neutral tint.  He paints very loosely, but the results are very effective.

Tim's website can be viewed here as well as several Youtube demonstration videos.


Guild members in the news!


As previously reported, David White was a worthy finalist in the Big Painting Challenge on BBC1 on Sunday, 19th March.  You can read all about his experience on his website.
Lloyd Washington won first prize in the 2017 Oexmann Art Award competition with his work "Terminus" (see below).  In addition, Jim Dowton and Heather Ody also had work selected.

An exhibition of all the selected works will be held at the Wiltshire Museum, 41 Long Street, Devizes, SN10 1NS, from 2nd April to 29th May 2017.



The Big Painting Challenge BBC 1

Don't forget to watch the final of the The Big Painting Challenge on BBC1,  Sunday, 19th March - 6 - 7 pm.  Guild member, David White, is one of the four finalists.

Demonstration - Monday, 20th March 2017

Our next Monday meeting at Hook Village Hall is on 20th March, 7.15pm - 9.15pm.  Tim Wilmot will be our demonstrator and his theme will be Painting Harbours, Boats and Water in Watercolour.  This is an open evening and non-members are welcome to join us for a small entry fee.

Watercolour Demonstrations at the Windrush Gallery

From the 17th to 20th May, the Windrush Gallery in Oxfordshire is organising demonstrations by several very well-known watercolour artists (including David Curtis, Peter Cronin and Winston Oh).  Booking is essential.  For details visit "Events" or ring 01451 844425.

The Big Painting Challenge BBC 1

Don't forget to tune into BBC1 tonight at 6 pm, the first of six episodes. Guild member, David White, is one of the participants.

Annual General Meeting

Retiring Chairman, Jenny Pepper, presented the Chairman's Cup to Ruth Moreira in recognition of her contribution to the Guild as Membership Secretary, in addition to circulating details of upcoming meetings for both the Guild and other local art events.

Monday, 21st November 2016 - Workshop

A few keen stalwarts braved the dreadful weather to make this evening's meeting. The task we had been given was to create a travel poster illustration in 1930's or 1940's style, preferably using a maximum of 3 colours (plus black and white). 


Workshop - Another Step-by-Step into Abstract

Some of us were not familiar with attempting abstract compositions, but we were given a brief introductory explanation and some samples of work by abstract artists to get us started.  Judging by the concentration which followed, it proved an interesting and challenging change from our usual subject matter.
(Photos courtesy of Pat Kitching)



Autumn Exhibition 2nd - 8th October 2016

The Guild's Autumn Exhibition is from Saturday, 2nd October, to Saturday, 8th October,
at St. Peter's Church, High Street, Marlborough SN8 1HQ.

Opening times: 10 am to 4.30 p.m.

Entry is free.

Monday, 19th September 2016 - Workshop

The evening's challenge was to design a record cover for a music album or a particular song.  This prompted a certain degree of reminiscing and an accompaniment of hummed old favourites.

Frederick Cameron-Street

It is with great regret we learned of the sudden death of Frederick Cameron-Street on Tuesday, 23rd August.

Frederick was one of the founding members of The Guild and had been our President for a number of years. His idea of bringing artists together to share ideas and knowledge has benefited all members, both past and present, and established a close artistic community within the area.

It is understood the funeral service is to be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, 13th September, at Broad Town Church.

Monday, 15th August - Portrait Demonstration by Hashim Akib

Hashim is always a good demonstrator and draws in a sizeable audience.  Tonight was no exception and he produced not one, but two acrylic portraits in under two hours.  It is amazing how these come to life, considering the majority of the work is rendered with straight downward strokes using a 4" flat brush.


18th July 2016 - Monday evening workshop

We had no advance warning about the subject for this evening's workshop - just to bring along our own choice of materials to use.  Our reference material turned out to be a black and white photocopy depicting a dilapidated boat with a harbour background.  It was up to each artist to decide how to treat the subject - realistically or abstractly, use the complete image or just a part of it, etc.




Summer Exhibition at St. Peter's Church, Marlborough

The hard graft of erecting the screens has been completed, now the hanging team have the job of producing a cohesive display in time for the opening this afternoon.


Monday, 20th June 2016 - Workshop

This evening, the proposal was for members to paint a still life "in the style of ......" and we were given the choice of attempting to emulate (but not copy) the work of one of six artists:  Georges Seurat, Roy Licktenstein, Paul Cezanne, Georges Braque, Shirley Trevena or Mike Skidmore (the latter having demonstrated for us last month).  As usual, some works are still in progress.

Monday, 16th May 2016 - Still Life Demonstration in Oils by Mike Skidmore

Mike's main interest is portraiture, which is mostly dependant upon commissions, but to keep a steady flow of work and income he also paints still life subjects.

For this evening's demonstration he had already prepared his canvas board with his drawing and had painted in the shapes and basic colours in acrylic. This was the ground for his subsequent oil paint, carefully modelling and blending with quite small brushes until his subject came to life. There was insufficient time for the painting to be completed, but the main aim was to show the audience how he worked and to answer the many questions posed during the evening. A very interesting and informative demonstration.

More detailed information is available on Mike's website which lists several in-depth tutorials on both portraiture and still life.

Marlborough Artists Exhibition

Marlborough Artists are holding their 2016 Annual Art Exhibition
on Friday 6th May - Sunday 8th May 
at Marlborough Town Hall

Highworth Art Society Exhibition

Highworth Art Society Spring Art Exhibition is on 23rd - 30th April 2016

at the Council Offices, 3 Gilberts Lane, Highworth. 
Opening hours are: 
1st Saturday - 10am - 4.30pm, 
Sunday 10.30am  - 4pm, 
weekdays 10am - 4.30pm, 
last Saturday 10am - 4pm.

Art Exhibition - Malmesbury - 30 April to 20 May

Monday, 18th April 2016

Longer daylight hours encouraged a good number of members to turn out for this evening's workshop. The suggestion was that the time be spent painting postcard size paintings (4” x 6”) in readiness for the fundraising display at the Guild's summer exhibition (10th - 17th July). Many found working this small quite a challenge, but the works in progress below show they were willing to take it on.

Workshop 21 March 2016

This evening's challenge was to paint an industrial scene - either landscape or interior.  The results below are in various stages of completion.

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Exhibition at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery until 16th July 2016

Opening times: Wednesday to Saturday 11 am – 3 pm

Swindon in 175 Images exhibition shares the history of Swindon during the last 150 years.  With 175 rarely seen images from local art, photographic and postcard collections, many original, it will show the variety and vibrant nature of life in Swindon, both urban and rural, at work and leisure, and major events and celebrations.

The Wetpaint Gallery, Chalford

The finishing touches on Wetpaint Gallery's new home at Hallidays Mill, Chalford., have been completed in time for their opening on Saturday 5th March.

Their first exhibition features original prints by Andy Lovell, Jane Walker and Lee Crew with ceramics by Rowan Whimster.  Also included are new prints and miniatures by Sophie Ryder.

Exhibition opening times: Thursday to Saturday, 10am-5pm until 18 March.

Exhibition continues online until 31 March 2016

For more information please contact: Celia Wickham on 07831 342214 or

AGM - Saturday, 13th February 2016

At the Annual General Meeting on Saturday, Jenny Pepper presented the Chairman's Cup to Antonetta Newton-Tyers in recognition of her contribution to the Guild.  Most notably, Antonetta had served three years as Chairman, also undertaking the collection and transportation of additional exhibition screens - no lightweight task.

Monday, 16th November 2015

Monday, 16th November 2015
Workshop - This evening's challenge - paint a picture in monochrome with the addition of just one pure colour.  Again, some pieces were still awaiting the finishing touches at close of play.




Local exhibitions

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Bath Road, Swindon SN1 4BA
Opening times:  Wednesday to Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm

30th September 2015 - 12th March 2016
Includes work by L. S.Lowry, Robert Bevan, John Nash, Leon Kossoff and Sylvia Gosse.

30th October 2015 - 9th January 2016
Craigie Aitchison, RA

Workshop: One source - different directions

The only instructions for this Monday meeting were "just bring along your own choice of medium and paper/canvas to use.  At the start of the evening, everyone will be given exactly the same source/reference materials and invited to create a picture based on this starting point but using their own interpretation, choice of style etc."  On the evening, the reference supplied was a black and white photocopy of a photograph - a bridge, a stream, trees and rocks.  Mediums varied from watercolour, pastels, charcoal, acrylics, marker pens, ink and collage - true to form, the results were varied and interesting, providing discussion between members of techniques and different materials used.

Some of the images shown are "works in progress".




Hashim Akib

Demonstration - a Venice street scene in acrylic

A very popular, nationally-renowned artist, Hashim Akib attracted a large attendance at this open meeting of the Guild.

Starting with a striking base colour, in this instance bright green, Hash's unusual technique involves working with a 4” flat brush, loaded with several different hues of acrylic paint, and completing the majority of his painting with variegated slabs of colour, using just a corner of the brush to touch in smaller areas. The final highlights are flicked in with a slightly smaller flat and the image miraculously comes alive. All this while keeping his audience informed about his working process and entertained with art-related anecdotes.


Monday, 20th July 2015 - Pen and Imagination Workshop

Monday, 20th July 2015

Pen and Imagination

Jenny had prepared several postcard size sheets of paper with variegated washes of watercolour for members to use. With imagination, the random shapes of these could be used as the basis for a pen drawings. The first half of the session saw participants in deep concentration, inspired by Jenny's examples of her own work using this method. After the break, there was more light-hearted play blowing through drinking straws onto blobs of acrylic ink, creating tangled tree shapes.

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