Canal Art Inspired…

After a recent trip to Derby, in the East Midlands of England, where I visited a lively pub next to a lock and saw some really gorgeous canal art… I felt inspired to have a go.

I had these wooden condiment and napkin ring set which were old, a little tired and decided that, when I had a little free time I would have a go at this ancient skill.

So with a day to myself I started.
First I painted everything with black acrylic paint and set it aside to dry. Acrylic paint dries quickly thank goodness as I was eager to get started.

I gave myself a restricted palette, plus yellow and green. 21

Once the black was dry I painted green blob shapes which will be the leaves, and once again left to dry, patience is a virtue… it’s really worth the wait, though so tempting not to!

Once dry I mixed up some pink and started painting the sweeping petal shapes. This obviously takes practise which I plan to do but I’m reasonably happy with the results I got.

The other flower is a blue daisy or cornflower type flower and it is started with a blue circle…then the petals are added in white finally a little yellow dot in the middle.

With white paint I added occasional groups of 3 dots.
With the white painted petals over the pink flowers and the yellow detail on the leaves the painting is finished.

I varnished everything and here they are finished. I may put them on my Etsy shop – good enough to sell?



Thanks for reading, I’ll be back next week!
Love Rosie



About rosiesartsandcrafts

An avid arty crafty kind of person, I can never leave anything as it was intended, as you will come to see as I post my arty and crafty blogs which follow a self-imposed challenge to create something every week and blog about whatever I've done. I hope my work will inspire your own creations but please note that the text, pictures and artwork are ©rosiesartsandcrafts unless otherwise noted; all rights reserved. The content of this blog may not be copied or used without permission. Projects and layouts may not be copied for submission to contests, magazines, or other publications in any form. For questions or comments please email
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