Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Photo Transfer


Front of Photo Quilt

This quilt was inspired by a new Grand Daughter that is just a month old when I write this post.
A Grand Dad to be who just happens to be an Artist and Writer asked me if there was any way photos and drawings could be transferred onto fabric to make a gift for his daughter, Son In Law and new baby Grand Daughter?
A Grand Daughter who was to be born at the end of July in Australia. Visit planned to deliver said gift in the middle of September so time of the essence.
When he told me the story of 'Twizzle Bump', the affectionate name for said 'bump' and what he wanted to include I was up for the challenge.

Over several weeks of planning, painting pictures, collecting fabrics and transferring photos onto a photo fabric. Excitement Grew as Baby Coral was born and those photos could be added to the design.
I over the years have transferred many photos etc onto fabric in many different ways and this prepared fabric is the best for endurance so it can be washed and lasts.

It was then a matter of patch working all the pieces together and interpreting the significance of each photo and matching it up with appropriate fabrics and the location within the design.


Detail of Photo Quilt showing new Grand Daughter 'Coral


Back of Photo Quilt 
The Photos are:
Swans of Perth, Australia where Coral was born
Light Owl, her surname
Her first photo
Hospital Cot Label
The morning sky in space the time she was born
A Kangaroo and Joey in pouch
and of course
the flags of the parents Britain and Australia


The Photo Transfer Paper I can highly recommend.
The Benefits are,
It was easy to use.
Went through the printer easily.
Didn't Smudge.
Took well to ironing.
Good quality for piecing.
Held together well as a final quilt.
Washed well.
Didn't fade.(Although we know after many uses, light and washes this may fade over time like any photograph).

Buy on Amazon now and enjoy the process.






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If you need any help or extra advice I am always available, details in the contact page.

I am also now available for teaching via Facetime as I know many are unable to visit the studio but still want the experience. Contact me via email for information and what we can offer.

Enjoy creating Best Wishes Jane















Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Autumn/Winter Workshop Sessions

Autumn Winter Workshop Sessions 2019




September 2019

2nd Art
3rd&5th Own Projects
6th to 15th Studio Closed due to Birthday Holiday
16th  Art 'Autumn Splendor' with Jeanette
17th&19th New Projects for Autumn, Catch Up with Brenda
20th Crewel Embroidery with Brenda
23rd Art
24th&26th Ribbon Embroidery Fuchsia's with Brenda, kit
30th Art

October 2019

1st&3rd Needlefelting Pumpkins with Ellen, kit and The Colour Orange with Jane
5th Own Projects and The Colour Orange
7th Art
8th&10th Goldwork with Brenda, 'Autumn Splendor', kit
14th Art
15th&17th Treasure Keeper, Making sense of collections
18th Crewel Embroidery with Brenda
21st Art
22nd&24th Inspired by your special, treasured object or keepsake
28th Art
29th&31st Halloween Sparkle and Own Projects


November 2019

4th Art
5th&7th Christmas Makes and Own Projects
11th Art
12th&14th Red Work with Brenda, kit 
15th Crewel Embroidery with Brenda
18th Art
19th&21st Christmas Makes and Own Projects
25th Art Christmas Image
26th&28th Winter Sparkle with Jane and Brenda, kit

December 2019

2nd Art Christmas Image and Own Projects
4rd&5th Christmas Makes and Own Projects
9th Art Christmas Image and Own Project
10th&12th Christmas Makes and Own Projects
13th Crewel Embroidery with Brenda
18th Art Christmas Image and Own Project
17th&19th Jane Gift Make, kit included.

Closed for the Christmas Break Studio and Shop Open again late January 2020, date to be confirmed.





Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Summer Workshops




Summer Workshops

July 2019

1st Art Janette Demonstrating Iris's
2nd & 4th Textiles. New Inspiration for the Summer
8th Art 
9th &11th Textiles. Pansy and Flower Boxes with Brenda
12th Crewel Embroidery with Brenda
15th Art Janette Demonstrating
16th & 18th Textiles. Weaving Threads, using different threads, techniques, textures and stitch
22nd Art
23rd & 25th Textiles. Scandi Inspiration, using one colour with Brenda and Jane
30th Using Lace for Gifts and Projects

August 2019

1st Using Lace for Gifts and Projects
5th Art with Jane
6th & 8th Textiles. Making and Using Dyed Fabrics from bundles to steam dyeing
12th Art with Jeanette, Butterflies
13th & 15th Textiles. Silk Paint a Butterfly
16th Crewel Embroidery
19th Art with Jane
20th & 22nd Textiles. Fuchsia's and Damsel Fly with Brenda
26th Bank Holiday Studio Closed
27th & 29th Textiles. Bohemian Rich Colours, layering fabrics and textures

September 2019

2nd Art with Jane
3rd & 5th Own Projects, Catch Up with Brenda and Jane
6th to 15th Studio Closed
16th Art with Jane
17th & 19th New Projects for the Autumn
18th Crewel Embroidery with Brenda

Be inspired each week or bring a project that you want to do, learn new skills and enjoy.


Art Workshops are every Monday excluding Holidays.
10am until 12.15
For more information on Art Workshops Click HERE for  

Textile Sessions are every Tuesday and Thursday excluding Holidays.
Tuesday Sessions 9.30 until 11.45am and 12.30 until 2.45pm
Thursday Sessions 10am until 12.15 and 12.45 until 3pm
We cover Learning your sewing machine from traditional to contemporary mixed media textiles.
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Sunday, 24 February 2019

Workshop Dates For Spring 2019



Session Booking is required due to limited spaces.

March 2019

1st Screen Printing. 10-2pm. Design, Make and Print your own screen. £20 plus materials.
2nd Mixed Media Saturday 10-2pm Be Inspired, Make aProject or use the studio, £15 plus materials. 4th Art 10-12.15
5th Winter Fantasy Moth with Brenda. 9.30-11.45 then Mixed Textiles 12.30-2.45
6th Creative Textiles Week8 Studio Closed to Public.Layering Fabric and Appliqué, 30 Week Course.
7th Mixed Textiles 10-12.15 then Winter Fantasy Moth with Brenda 12.45-3pm
8th Studio Closed, Jane working out of Studio
9th Children's Sewing 10-1.15pm (7years-14years)

11th Art 10-12.15pm Mixed Media with Tuition
12th Elizabethan Inspiration, Sewing Items with Brenda and Jane 9.30-11.45 then Textiles 12.30-2.45
13th Creative Textiles Week9 Studio, Closed to Public Layering and Manipulating Fabrics Continued
14th Elizabethan Inspiration, Sewing Items with Brenda and Jane 10-12.15 then 12.45-3pm
15th Crewel Embroidery with Brenda 10-2pm
Weekend Closed

18th Art 10-12.15 Mixed Media with Tuition
19th Fantasy Textiles using Beautiful Fabrics and Thread 9.30-11.45 then 12.30-2.45
20th Creatives Textiles Week10, Studio Closed to the Public Historical and Cultural References
21st Fantasy Textiles using Beautiful Fabrics and Thread 10-12.15 then 12.45-3pm
22nd Studio Open 10-2pm Working on Thompson Church Textiles
Weekend Closed

25th Art 10-12.15 Mixed Media with Tuition
26th Metal Embellishments applying them to Textiles 9.30-11.45 then 12.45-3pm
27th Creatives Textiles Week11, Studio Closed to the Public. Laying down of Threads
28th Metal Embellishments applying them to Textiles 10-12.15 then 12.45-3pm
29th Studio Closed Jane working out of Studio.
Weekend Closed

April 2019

1st Art 10-12.15 Mixed Media with Tuition
2nd Workshop Inspired 9.30-11.45 then 12.30-2.45pm
3rd Creatives Textiles Week12, Studio Closed to the Public. Metal and Embelishments, Tutorials.
4th Workshop Inspired 10-12.15 then 12.45-3pm
5th Screen Printing and Papercraft Friday 10-2pm
Weekend Closed

8th Art 10-12.15 Mixed Media with Tuition
9th Bejewelled with Brenda 9.30-11.45 then Mixed Textiles 12.30-2.45pm
10th Closed Jane working out of the Studio
11th MixedTextiles 10-12.15 then 12.45-3pm Bejewelled with Brenda
12th Crewel Embroidery with Brenda 10-2pm
Weekend Closed

Brenda's Winter Fantasy  and Moth Workshop

Screen Printing Fridays and Mixed Media Saturdays

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*Booking and payment is required to insure your session place abd payment is non- refundable due to limited places available*

*Remember we also have Rita our Italian Tailor in the studio for Alterations and Tailoring.

Emily is continuing after her six week Apprenticeship as a member of staff and 'Learning as You Earn'. Learning to make and gain skills, selling in the shop and shortly online. Well Done Emily.

Would you like to have a try at printing with light using objects placed on your fabric which has been coated, then allow it to sit in the light. Magic happens:)))




Watch this You Tube Video to see how to make Cyanotype Prints, really fun to do and gives an Indigo effect without the Indigo Bath and is much much quicker. The kit above contains all that you need and is really easy yo follow, especially for fabric. By clicking and buying you help the studio put on workshops and help share in the community:))) Thank You:)))

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Saturday, 16 February 2019

Great Bristish Sewing Bee


The Great British Sewing Bee is back on the televison BBC2 9pm:)
 Great fun and real inspiration for those who want to get back into dressmaking or playing with their sewing machines and overlockers. We do lots of dressmaking, tailoring, alterations and sewing in the studio from beginners to those who want to learn that little bit more. We also have Rita who is a wiz at tailoring and I love the remakes, a recent one a vintage wedding dress to a cocktail dress and the off cuts into a Christening Gown.
I recommend the Great British Sewing Bee 'Sew Your Own Wardrobe', pattern book. (You can purchase by clicking the link below and it will take you through to Amazon).
Easy to follow instructions that take you through the capsule wardrobe, any size which is always needed because none of us fit off the coat hanger.
I am sooooo glad Patrick is still part of the presentors as he gives the polish and eye candy.
Esme the Fashion Guru and Jo Lycette gives it the humour and fills in the episodes, not sure how much he really knows about sewing though? He has nails that could rival mine at times:))) Without the sparkle though!

Sew Week One; All about Cotton:)

Wiggle Dress
Jeans Transformation
Cotton Jumpsuit

To obtain the pattern book and the Great British Sewing Bee Sewing Books, Click the link below, there are also great sewing patterns available, including jumpsuits:)))




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Great British Sewing Bee,Episode Two Children.

Hoody
Monster Transformation from Faux Fur:))
Dance Outfit

Great British Sewing Bee,Episode Three 1970's

Flared Jeans
Tartan, Punk Transformation
Maxi Dress

Great British Sewing Bee,Episode Four Tecnical Fabric

Swimsuit

Watch the video below to be introduced to the new 2019 contestants.



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Wednesday, 2 January 2019



*****Happy New Year Everyone****

Well, I am back in the studio in 2019 after the Christmas Break, to clean, organise the studio and plan the 
New Year Workshops, Sessions and Courses.
So, many exciting things planned this year:)
Here is a List of Workshops from January until March.

New Inspiration with the studio move round, a video will follow shortly. 
New Equipment, our Embroidery Machine and Thermofax Screenprinting Machine available to use on booking and with allocated Sessions as they need instruction and guidance.
So excited, there is so much more creativity to share.
New team members on board and out regulars are all fired up with new projects and waiting to share. 
Remember there is also ways of volunteering and Work Experience available.

 Lots of New Sessions and Courses and our usual programme and help available.

*New, Screenprinting, the first Friday of each month
*New, Evening Sessions start in February 7-9pm

 Also new this year our 30 week Creative Textiles Course running from January until July
then our 10 week Creative Course will run from September to November 2019. The ten week is an introduction to all different techniques expanding them into  Creative Textiles based around a topic of your choice.* Those wanting to participate on the 30 week Course have to have completed the 10 week Creative Course due to the nature of the course.

January
18th First Day Open to the public. Brenda, Crewel Embroidery 10-2pm
21st Art 10-12.15 New Projects and Inspiration
22nd Textiles Show & Tell, New Projects and Gift Project (Jane providing Kit)
23rd Creative Textile Course, Studio Closed to the public 
24th Textiles Show & Tell, New Projects and Gift Project (Jane providing Kit)
25th Open 10-2pm
28th Art 10-12.15Jeanette, Backgrounds and Snowdrops
29th Textiles Brenda Thistles and Own Projects
30th Creative Textile Course, Studio Closed to the public  
31st Textiles Brenda Thistles and Own Projects

February
1st Screenprinting Introduction, design and make your own Screen
2nd Mixed Media Saturday 10-2pm (also work Experience)
4th Art 10-12.15 
5th Textiles Expanding Sewing Box and Sewing Accessories
6th Creative Textile Course, Studio Closed to the public 
6th Textiles Evening Session 7-9pm 
7th Textiles Expanding Sewing Box and Sewing Accessories
8th Mixed Media Printing and Paper Craft
9th Children's Sewing 10-1.15 (also work Experience)
11th Art Positive and Negative, Forming a Vase
12th Textiles, Studio Closed at Iceni Community Project Doodle Stitch Workshop
13th Creative Textile Course, Studio Closed to the public 
14th Textiles Doodle Stitch and Abstract Stitch by Hand and Machine
15th Crewel Embroidery 10-2pm with Brenda
16th Studio Closed
18th Art 10-12.15
19th Textiles All about the Sewing Machine, Stitch and Embroidery
20th Studio Closed
21st Textiles All about the Sewing Machine, Stitch and Embroidery
22nd Studio Open 10-2pm
23rd  Studio Closed
25th Art 10-12.15 Scene Layout with Jeanette
26th Textiles Winter Fantasy with Brenda and Own Projects
27th Creative Textile Course, Studio Closed to the public 
28th Textiles Winter Fantasy with Brenda and Own Projects

March
1st ScreenPrinting, Design, Make and Print your own Screen
2nd Mixed Media Saturday 10-2pm (also work Experience) 

Lots more to Come:))) Remember daily Instagram and Facebook posts on The Old Art Room Swaffham to follow inspiration and updates:)))
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Have a great New Year:))


Sunday, 26 August 2018

Autumn Workshop Sessions



September is always a busy time for us, planning the Autum and Winter Sessions and the studio diary gets full pretty quickly.
Stewart and I aslo manage to take a week off but this time as ever is already filling up with experiences:))). A chance to see family, a trip to London to the V&A, Chris Riddell evening, visit Jessie Chorley's Shop, a spa day and also a birthday, all in a week:))))

Here is the new list for September and October 2018

September 2018

4&6th Blackberries and Autumn Projects. Brenda is sharing how to embroider and bead Autumn Friuts and Jane is sharing the new projects and Inspiration for the next few months.

7thto14th The studio is CLOSED , not to say they won't be sharing the creativity that week:))

18th&20th Brenda Catch Up and Autumn Projects. This is an ideal time to catch up on any projects that you have started with Brenda or start a new one that you have wanted to do. Jane will be sharing her projects too:))

21st Crewel Embroidery. The once a month Crewel Embroidery session with lots more kits and Inspiration for the Winter. 10am until 2pm

25th&27th Seasonal and Own Projects. Christmas and gift giving is just around the corner.

26th Creative Textiles Creative Course begins. A ten week course that covers many of the creaative techniques within Textiles. Creating a project from the start, covering ideas, dyeing fabric, printing, stitch, innovative materials and tools. A few places left.

October 2018

2nd&4th Fabric and Paper Keepsakes Inspired by London visit. A trip to London, V&A, Chriss Riddell evening and Jessie Chorley's shop will all have a bearing on this session:)))

9th&11th Modern Square Runner. Jane loves setting a geometric patchwork challenge.
12th Crewel Embroidery, once a month session. 10am until 2pm
16th&18th Embroidery on Black and Catch Up Projects. Kits available.
23rd&25th Snowflakes layered and beaded.
30thOct & 1st Nov Seasonal and Own Projects. Christmas or projects you just want to get done:))

Monday Art Sessions 10 am to 12.15pm
Jeanette Williams is joining The Old Art Room Team, starting on the 17th of September with Mixed Media Art Techniques with 'Autumn Berries and Fruits'. Jeanette will be in the studio fortnightly.

Booking and payment is required to ensure your session and payment is non- refundable due to limited places available.




Tuesday, 19 June 2018

New Workshop List For July and August 2018


With the Summer moving on and a new list of workshops for the studio are now available to sign in for:))
Lots of creativity as I have lots of community projects that I am working along side the studio workshops, so you can join in on the making.
Sessions open to young adults over 12years old during the summer.

The studio is closed for a week from the 22nd of June and reopens on the 2nd of July for Art.

The studio is also welcoming Work Experience from several schools and there is the opportunity for a six week Apprenticeship in the studio.

July
3rd&5th 'Strawberries and Cream', Brenda is teaching the amazing stump work strawberries and Jane has Red and Cream Delights.
10th Log Cabin with a Twist, Table Runner and Principles of how to exchange the design.
12th Studio Closed teaching at Diss, 'Log Cabin with a Twist'.
13th Crewel Embroidery with Brenda for beginners and those who sew.
17th&19th Fantasy Inspired make and Stitch. Jane is working towards some Festivals which include a bit of imagination so shares what is going on.
21st Thompson Village Hall, Community Sew In, making the textiles for the new renovated church, all welcome. 10-3pm.
24th Free Machining 101 and Inspiration on how to mix your stitch.
31st Seasonal and Own Projects. As usual Jane keeps the season alive throughout the year with a make it for that certain time of year:)

August 2018
2nd Print and Stitch. Projects where you print an image and then extend it.
7th&9th Burning Back. Taking a mixture of textiles and burning back the layers to reveal treasure.
14th&16th Monster Makes. Making monsters and also making things for our younger gift range.
17th Crewel Embroidery with Brenda.
21st&23rd  Sunflowers with Brenda and Jane shares some of her Autumn Projects.
28th&30 Seasonal and Own Projects. As usual Jane keeps the season alive throughout the year with a make it for that certain time of year:)

Creative Textiles Level One. A Ten Week Course

A ten week course that takes you on a journey through textiles within your chosen inspiration and topic. This course is for beginners, those that need a re boot and those who want to achieve an outstanding piece of textiles. (Those that have done it will tell you how they enjoyed it:))
Enrolements and information is available and the course begins September 26th 2018. Limited places.

Creative Textiles 30 week Course Starts in January 2019 
Course for those who have completed the level One or who have knowledge of Textile Techniques.
Details available.

Support the studio by booking workshops and when you shop on Amazon think of us and go to The Old Art Room first, click on a product link and go through to Amazon to sho, we receive a 4% donation on your purchase. You get deals and no extra charge is made to you. Thank you it all helps.

*Booking and payment is required to insure your session place abd payment is non- refundable due to limited places available*

*Remember we also have Rita our Italian Tailor in the studio for Alterations and Tailoring.

Emily is continuing after her six week Apprenticeship as a member of staff and 'Learning as You Earn'. Learning to make and gain skills, selling in the shop and shortly online. Well Done Emily.

Enjoy the English sunshine and Creating:))

Monday, 19 March 2018

Apprenticeship at The Old Art Room


My name is Emily, and I started th Six Week Apprenticeship at The Old Art Room 
on Monday 12th March. The Apprenticeship is being sponsored by Lee Johnson Simply1.Ltd who are in Dereham.
Mum and I spotted The Old Art Room and picked up a leaflet, I thought it looked like somewhere I could do some voluntary work, and I was given the oppurtunity to do the Apprenticeship after volunteering.
Monday is Art Morning in the studio and I joined in on the session by drawing shells, drawing is something I had not done in a while, I was suprised at how much I enjoyed it.  


On Wednesday, I was able to do monoprinting during the Creative Textiles Course, using a Geli Plate, something which I had not done before. 
(I seem to be doing a lot of things I haven't done before).


During my first week, I have been colouring and cutting out 
Mandalas for the April window display.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Art Session and Gesso


The first session of the year for Art in the studio I tend to share the real fundamentals of drawing, painting, art materials and brushes etc This year it is 'Gesso'and I am adding the element of Mixed Media Backgrounds using different medias including collage.

This session was all about  'Gesso'.

"Gesso", or "Italian gesso"[,is a traditional mix of an animal glue, a binder (usually made from animal skin).  chalk (an abrasive ground) and white pigment (paint), used to coat, prime or seal surfaces such as wooden panels, a canvas or a paper surface which are absorbent. This allows the painting media to bond to the canvas.
The colour of gesso is usually white or off-white. Its absorbency makes it work with all painting media, including water-based paints, different types of tempera and oil paint. It is also used as a base on three-dimensional surfaces for the application of paint or gold leaf. 
Mixing and applying it is an art form in itself since it is usually applied in 6 or more extremely thin layers, making sure no ridges are formed with the brush strokes. Brush one way across the canvas with the first layer allow to dry then go the other way of the canvas for the next. Ensure all the surfaces, sides are covered and the back of the canvas where it is stretched over, this can often be forgotten. I always start with the sides and back of the canvas then the front, this stops any ridges forming on the front while painting the sides. Allow each layer to dry thoroughly between painting. Some well known painters would have apprentices do the initial priming process  and then would prime the last layers often leaving days or weeks for drying time between each layer, allowing for curing. 
The amount of layers are up to you especially if you have a good quality of gesso and are time dependent. 
Reason for the glue is flexible and is added to allow bonding of layers and prevents cracking, this makes it suitable for rigid surfaces. Although animal glue was often use to 'size' a fabric canvas. it allows moisture to be absorbed so can lead to cracking too, this has been found of time and history. So we use a pva based glue which does not respond to moisture in the air but allows flexibility.Shop brought Acrylic Gesso does this for you. It is expensive and this is why I make my own.

The better your surface preparation the longer your painting will last.

For priming flexible canvas for oil painting, those made from fabric, an emulsion of gesso and  a few drops of linseed oil, called "half-chalk ground", is used to ensure flexibility in the canvas,help to prevent cracking and the acid in the oil paints from rotting the fibres of the canvas.
  
Gesso is also great for recycling canvases or panels. Some may need sanding down to smooth the paint surface down or if you want the brush strokes and paint mounds you can just paint gesso over the top.
I often do this by using one or more layers of Gesso (allow to dry) then collaging the surface then using gesso over the top and then painting, this allows for a textured surface at the beginning of your painting.
After you have primed a few layers you can use the gesso to etch into if you want added texture or add areas of gesso that you have applied with tools other than brushes.

Many of the store brought canvases have a plastic 'feel' surface to them, they have been primed but that is to prepare them for sale and so they do not get damaged so easily. You will still need to prime or seal the surface otherwise many paints will 'smear off' or the first layer of paint that you apply will soak straight in. This is why it is often advised to add your ground layer of paint first so it soaks in and covers the 'white' surface.

My Gesso Recipes

A combination of recipes that I have tried and tested over the years that work.
Using,
Talcum Powder or
Fine White Plaster
either, Household White Emulsion Paint or White Acrylic Paint
and good quality PVA or wood glue. 

The better quality of ingredients the better the surface and less likely to crack.


 Plaster Mix
1 cup of Water
1 cup of Glue
2 cups of White Acrylic Paint
4 Tablespoons of Fine White Plaster

Mix the Water, Acrylic Paint, Glue and then the Plaster really well.
Put into a sealable container that is labelled with Gesso Type.

*Some times you may need to sieve the plaster mix if you find lumps appearing in the mix.

To make an Emulsion Mix exchange the Acrylic Paint for Household Emulsion.

Talcum Powder Mix
1 cup of Water
1 cup of Glue
2 cups of White Acrylic Paint
4 Tablespoons of Talcum Powder

Mix the Water, Acrylic Paint, Glue and then the Talcum Powder really well.
Put into a sealable container that is labelled with Gesso Type.

To make an Emulsion Mix exchange the Acrylic Paint for Household

Emulsion.

These recipes then get diluted with water to the consistency you require depending on whether the painting has fine detail or not. The more thin layers of Gesso the better and if you wish you can lightly sand down between layers to make it even smoother using fine grade sand paper.
This preparation to your surface enables you to get fine brush detail with your paints.

Gesso can go 'off' a mould forms on the top once opened. I make enough for what I need so do not worry that I may need t throw a small amount away.
I have been known to rescue a moulded gesso by skimming off the top layers of mould and then using it. I have only used it on my leisure painting and
would always have it in my head that my professional painting may start to change if I used the damaged gesso on it, so if in doubt chuck it out.

Watch our mixing video on our Facebook Page The Old Art Room  HERE