Hobbies and Crafts

Top tip - using the Genes Reunited community

Welcome to the Genes Reunited community boards!

  • The Genes Reunited community is made up of millions of people with similar interests. Discover your family history and make life long friends along the way.
  • You will find a close knit but welcoming group of keen genealogists all prepared to offer advice and help to new members.
  • And it's not all serious business. The boards are often a place to relax and be entertained by all kinds of subjects.
  • The Genes community will go out of their way to help you, so don’t be shy about asking for help.

Quick Search

Single word search


  • New posts
  • No new posts
  • Thread closed
  • Stickied, new posts
  • Stickied, no new posts


Page 0 + 1 of 2

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. »
ProfilePosted byOptionsPost Date


Sarah Report 21 Jul 2014 04:51

Me - for close to 20 years now! My main medium is photography, but I also do painting and life drawing.

I went to art school after I finished high school. Major in photography with minors in painting, drawing and printmaking.


AnninGlos Report 28 Feb 2014 17:55

And another one to bring back up.


AnninGlos Report 8 Dec 2013 17:50

Jude have you managed to track down any more paintings on EBay by your Grandfather. Not seen you talking about him lately. Needed an excuse to nudge this thread up as somebody is apparently complaining about /Greaders dominating the board.


~`*`Jude`*`~ Report 23 Oct 2013 00:12

Hi.....my grandfather was Bernad Meninsky an amazing artist, also myuncle phillip meninsky......look them up on google? ldid go to classes and did an A level at 6th form collage when l was about 40 yrs old, got a D, never good enough to sell any though:~{



Greenfingers Report 21 Oct 2013 20:19

Never used gesso at all, I work with water to blend, and white to tamper down the vividness of the colours....never had painters block....I go to a local club where our teacher encourages and advises, she isn't into us all painting the same. I am still into impressionistic paintings, good way to do buildings. We have a yearly exhibitions


Annx Report 22 Sep 2013 20:59

Is that at the same time as the Hobbycraft Show? I went to that last year and came out to a blizzard!! lol.


Susan Report 21 Sep 2013 19:09

I thought gesso was a primer too, but obviously it's much more versatile than I first thought, must give it a go! I have also tried using texture paste and it gives a lovely 3D effect to your paintings. I'm not what you would call a regular or 'good' painter unfortunately it's a question of getting time and being left alone long enough to concentrate on what I'm supposed to be doing, but I do find it relaxing, primarily I use Acrylic and Oil. Anyone else out there going to the 'Art Materials Live' at the NEC in November?


K Report 15 Sep 2013 09:14

I thought that gesso was primarily used as a primer and it appears it can also be used as a thickener and to give a texture on a surface.

I use the moulding materials including modelling paste to help make printing plates which I imprint with texture to help give a relief. The modelling paste can be mixed with acrylic paint as well. I apply in thin layers and leave to dry. I am sure someone else will be able to advise you better than I can The one thing I have found is that often products have multiple ways of using and I often use products from hardware stores

I have printed on fabric - silk and cotton - but mostly use paper. Sadly the happy accidents are more successful often than the thought out pieces


Annx Report 14 Sep 2013 18:58

Does anyone know how to use gesso with acrylic paint? I bought a pot months ago and it's stayed on the shelf untouched. I don't know if you thin it, use it to thicken acrylic paint to give it texture or scrape it on with a knife, say to do mountains that you can then lightly touch with colour to get a rock effect. Also, is it supposed to dry first and then be painted on or do you mix paint with it?

That sounds an interesting class K. Do you print your own fabric ?


K Report 11 Sep 2013 18:07

I also need outside help to get me started again. I enrolled in a class which starts later in the month on printing and making printing plates, including lino cut and silk aquatint. I did the same class last year and really enjoyed it and it certainly focuses the mind.

I used to paint on silk as well and often use the same gutta and silk that I used in silk painting in making printing plates, in addition to glues, acrylics and polyfilla!!

The happy accidents often make the best and most imaginative prints :-)


Annx Report 11 Sep 2013 17:50

Yes, that's just what I find GinN! Yet once I get going and things are looking ok I am completely absorbed, don't want to stop and can't wait to paint each feature of the picture. I've learned as well to practice the effect I want on a scrap of paper before doing it on the actual painting as that really helps when you are inexperienced like me! I'm definitely not a brave painter with bold strokes!! :-)


GinN Report 11 Sep 2013 14:45

Annx, I suffer from painters block all the time! For long periods of time I can't bring myself to pick up a brush! When I do, if things don't come out the way I want them, I abandon it again! But, once I get going, it's like you're on a high, and nothing else matters!


Annx Report 3 Sep 2013 23:05

I did have a look at the Art classes in this area this winter Diane, but most are 'mixed ability' which puts me off a bit! I'm not a million miles from the NEC and noticed last time that there was a Bob Ross class being held. If I go again I will see if I can get on it.


Menamac60 Report 3 Sep 2013 22:15

I was at the Islington event. I agree it was the best value for money I've ever had. I could only paint stick figures but all my life I have desperately wanted to paint.. I had all the paint, brushes and canvas but hadn't the courage to even try. At the grand old age of 63 I did it. I have even sold quite a few. Artists say everyone can paint it is a matter of practice so find a little class the fact there is a tutor will make you try harder. I also believed artists could just sit down and turn out paintings from memory and without effort. I Also found out this isn't true as they can discard many before they achieve what they are looking for. This also helped to see that if I didn't get it right first it didn't mean I was a failure. So just go for it all you who would love to paint. :) xxx


Diane Report 3 Sep 2013 21:20

I love watching Bob Ross too, he makes it look so easy. I went on one of his one day courses a couple of years ago (I think it's run on a franchise & the tutors are trained up the Bob Ross way). I had never worked with oils before but the tutor takes you through every step and I came away with a beautiful mountain scene. No-one believed I had done it! It gives you a bit more confidence to know you can produce something good with just a bit of help.
I paint mainly in watercolours and until quite recently had always painted flat on A4 or smaller and in fairly wishy washy colours. About 18 months ago I started some different classes where they never use paper smaller than A3, always use big brushes and really splash it all over so you need to have your board at an angle! We are taught how to mix colours and encouraged to only buy artists quality paint. It has certainly improved my painting, I have learnt more in this short time than I did in as many years with other tutors.
So stick with it Ann and have the courage to experiment. If it all goes wrong then you've learnt something. If you can afford it, see if there are any Bob Ross tutors in your area - it will give your confidence a real boost to come home with a "Bob" and hang it on your wall.

Happy painting



Annx Report 2 Sep 2013 23:10

Yes, that is a good idea Diane, I must look at more books! I like watching Bob Ross on TV and find myself wanting to pick up a brush after watching him. Apart from a couple of pictures, I tend to have done small , detailed pictures, card size or about 10"x8" up to now . For some reason I find it easier to work on a flat surface and not my table easel, but feel I really ought to try to change my habits as it isn't easy to do a bigger picture on the flat!! Was anyone else the same when they started painting......or am I just odd!! :-S


Diane Report 31 Aug 2013 19:31

Thanks for that info Von. I'm going to our local arts & crafts supplies shop next week to stock up on some bits so I'll look out for those. The artist I saw demonstrating was using wax and also some salt to give a sort of spreading spiky effect. I think I'll have to just experiment for a while, but I've got so many ideas buzzing round I can't wait to start.

Ann with painter's block!
When I first started I was like that but you have to say to yourself "how much does this piece of paper cost". Not enough to worry about messing up now and again. Look at as many tuition books as you can get your hands on - they really do fire the imagination. And as I have been told many times - artists don't make mistakes, they just have happy accidents!

Happy painting



Von Report 30 Aug 2013 20:25

If you want to do some silk painting you mount the silk on a wooden frame and use special silk pins.
Both readily available.

Having said that you could use an embroidery frame. I use a plastic one then you can wipe off any paint when you have finished.

I love painting on silk but I use procion dyes and use them like watercolours.
There are lots of silk paints available and books showing you various techniques.
Personally I just experiment and often use wax as a resist.

Have fun


Annx Report 30 Aug 2013 18:38

Does anyone else get painter's 'block'? :-S I have only just started painting and have done about half a dozen paintings and cards in acrylic. I agonise for ages before I start though in case I mess up!!


GlasgowLass Report 27 Aug 2013 23:11

If anyone else is thinking about displaying their artwork, could I suggest that you talk to your local library?

The one I work in often exhibits works of local artists and we do it for free!