Tuesday 16 February 2016

Crooked Spire

A few days ago, Jo Myhill shared with us a post by the very talented Stephanie Schultz. She is a mixed media artist and includes her own sketches. After watching one of her videos I decided to adapt this to my own style.

I started by gluing some torn mop up paper which has some Paperartsy stamps on to my background.

Next, I added some manuscript paper, a couple of stamps and a photo of my parents wedding.
I applied some white gesso over and around them with my fingers. Oh, and there is some stamping with a PA mini script stamp too!

I found a photo of my local and quite famous church....The Crooked Spire in Chesterfield and sketched and painted it! I used black sketching pens, a few watercolour crayons and some fresco paint. There is also a little highlighting with a white Uniball Siglo pen. 
My parents were married there in 1941 and my Dad was a soloist in the choir...but not on that day!
I painted a wash in the sky with PA fresco Sky, added some more touches of white gesso, a little scribbled framing, and , on the advice of Jo Myhill.....did a little writing around the photo!
My first skirmish with architecture! 
Enjoyed doing this and hope that you like it too!


  1. It's marvellous and I think the writing around the photo really works. Hope to see more architecture! Jo xx

  2. This is a lovely idea, Hazel. I have seen that church so many times as I sped past on the train in my youth; but I've never been inside it! To think your dad was a soloist in the choir! That spire is such a landmark! This looks great: it's a terrific sketch and a beautiful piece of work altogether! xx

  3. What an amazing page. I loved seeing the start of it building up, and then your wonderful church appeared - what a fabulous way to celebrate a piece of architecture which has been such a big part of your family's life.
    Alison x