We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Barn Door : Rusty nails

Well, this is the fourth of a series based on the derelict barn doors - and my second piece for the Voyage group - suffice to say I have explored the barn doors enough I think!  I wanted to replicate the bleached and swollen planks of wood in the door as well as the rusting nails that held the door together. I used the same bondaweb technique to create the remains of the flaking paint around the bare wood and used  Manutex thickened dye to colour the bleached areas of wood. For the rusting nails I used an iron filings based paint with a patina activator to create the crusty effect of the rust ( from the craft store) - I knew that the current technique of stuffing fabric with rusting objects in the ground for a few months would not work for this! Quilting to follow the grain lines finished the piece.

Some details of the piece


  1. Hi Jean, I love the play of the colours and the fact that you really created a weathered "wood"-look. Great piece!

  2. All those experiments paid off - I saw Jean at work guys experimenting for the 'rusty nail in the door' look! I almost expect to see nails in this one when I see it for real! Great one Jean.

  3. I really like this, Jean,the colours are amazing. The rusty nails look very real and the quilting adds a lot to it.

  4. Love the dimension your quilting has added!