Tuesday, 18 July 2017

DRIFTWOOD ART

One of the many delights of living by the sea is finding driftwood on the beach after a storm.

But we at ArtPix Towers like to go a bit further. Not just picking up bits of wood, but coming back with whole bits of furniture!





We found this amazing and slightly bashed bench down on Chesil Beach a couple of months ago.
After hauling it up the hill and getting it home, I set about cleaning it up and working out what to do with it.




As it was missing its legs on one side, I sawed it virtually in half. Then stripped away the bits falling off and repaired the other legs.

After much sanding down, I painted it a rather dashing red and white, and hey presto, a lovely new bench for the back yard!!



So keep an eye out for washed up bits of furniture after a storm!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

SPACE INVADERS!!

Here is another decoupage that has just come off the ArtPix production line ...
As you can see there are some cool retro Space Invaders, raining down on a kaleidoscope of people.


I actually started thinking about this collage about 5 years ago, I painted the canvas bright yellow and collected the images, but have only really had the time to complete it now.  The canvas is 60cm deep x 45cm wide, so it was a nice size to work on.

It's a bit Sgt Pepper/Peter Blake as there are a few famous people in there, but they are mostly just cut from random spare magazines that were lying around. Although I was pleased to get John Betjeman on there, probably tutting at the horrible building!!

I've really enjoyed doing these collages, and I've also completed one on the Liverpool football team as well, that's already in my unit at The Customs House in West Bay.

I've been doing digital collages in Photoshop for about 20 years, so it was a completely different experience and way of working. Nice to get covered in glue and then realise you actually wanted that person over there, but is too late as you've already stuck it down!! A good tip is not to look at it too much when you finish, as you can't change anything, unlike a Photoshop collage!

Now I'm rooting around the ArtPix studio for any spare vintage magazines for my next venture!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

DELVING INTO DECOUPAGE!

Just recently there has been a flurry of creativity at ArtPix Towers down on the Isle of Portland!
I've finally had a crack at doing a decoupage as well!!

Have been meaning to try it out for absolutely ages, but have never had the time or actually worked out how you do it, and what materials you need.

So I bought a small canvas, some PVA glue and gloss varnish and rescued a torn copy of a Beano from my unit at The Customs House, which I could no longer sell, and started to rip it up!

After working out where all the bits will go, I started sticking it all down. I'd never used PVA glue before and couldn't believe how easy and brilliant it was!! I'll no longer be surrounding myself with clouds of spray mount or getting stuck together with double-sided tape in the future!!!

Then after 3 coats of varnish it was all finished!






It was all an experiment really, to see if I could do it, and obviously using a Beano is hardly original, but it was great fun!

Although I hate to use and cut up original vintage items, I do have a few tatty 1950s Belgian magazines hanging around, that have amazing pictures and adverts in them. So as they are beyond selling I can use those.

Monday, 26 June 2017

MATCHBOX OF DELIGHTS!

Here is something a little different that's in my unit at the Customs House in West Bay, Dorset ...


This rather elegant vintage piece features a 1929 4.5 Litre Bentley, perched on a black porcelain box.


Made in the late 1960s by the company Lesney, who are famous for their brilliant Matchbox cars, this Bentley is a plated version of their Models of Yesteryear range.

During the 60s they started to branch out into the world of giftware, using the Yesteryear models in a variety of different ways. Chiefly as desk decorations, they had anything from pen stands, pipe trays to book ends. Our stylish box was marketed as a cigarette box for the US in their Matchbox 1967 Catalogue, but you could use it for anything nowadays, like chucking your loose change in there!

To add to the 60s glamour, do you remember the groovy TV programme The Avengers?! Well Mr Steed used to drive one of these Bentleys!! It would have looked so cool sat on his desk!!

Come on down to my unit and check it out!!




Tuesday, 6 June 2017

ALICE'S WICKED TEA PARTY 2017

WOW, WHAT A FESTIVAL!!!!!



I had such a great time, the best event I've been to for ages.
I was a punter on the Friday and shared a stall with Arcane Publishing on the Saturday.

We managed to see all the bands and they were all amazing.
The whole festival was one chilled out party, all set in the beautiful Dorset countryside.

So many great bands were there and we met loads of interesting and creative people. Was a brilliant environment to just be who you are.

Special thanks to Shaun for organising the whole event, and for being so cool to invite us to have a stall there. You can just see him, with his partner Karen, in The Rabbit Hole on my collage above!!

CAN'T WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR'S TEA PARTY NOW!!!!!

The combined forces of Arcane Publishing and Matt ArtPix!!



Monday, 29 May 2017

ALICE'S WICKED TEA PARTY


Very pleased to announce that I'll be at this amazing festival on Saturday 3rd June!!!

This is the best alternative music festival of the year, with a whole range of genres to suit all tastes, so be there!!!!

Tucked away in deepest Dorset, it's being held at Knolle Farm in Purbeck, not far from the gorgeous Corfe Castle.

I'll be sharing the stall with the marvellous Arcane Publishing, and together we'll have a fantastic selection of goodies!!!!
Check out Arcane's blog HERE, to see what they are bringing along!

Tickets are still available for the festival, so check out all the details HERE

Also, click HERE for the full line-up of bands!

Below is a sneaky preview of some items that'll be adorning the ArtPix table, a few are absolutely essential festival requirements!!

By the way, special thanks to our model Bertie, who is taking a break from his duties at my unit at The Customs House, to show you some of my stock. You'll be able to say hello to him at the festival, although he is a little shy!!!

This is Bertie, wearing groovy shades!

 Bertie modelling a 1990s Skanx Systems MA2 jacket.

The logo on the back glows in the dark, perfect while staggering home on those dark country lanes after the festival!!

 Fantastic Global Grooves shoulder bag.

Here is a Planet Sound record bag.


Absolutely essential Industrial Music fan footwear ... German Para Boots! These things NEVER wear out!!!!

 Optional festival equipment, depending on the state of the loos!!! This is an original Second World War gas mark.

 It actually pre-dates the War, as this date stamp shows ... 21st March 1938.

 It also comes with the original box, a pretty rare item these days.

So get your tickets NOW and we'll see you down there!!!!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

CORFE CASTLE – THEN AND NOW!

Whilst trundling around the village of Corfe Castle in Dorset, I remembered a postcard I've got, showing a view of the castle.
So I decided to take a photo in exactly the same place as the card!

This is the original... An absolutely classic John Hinde postcard!

I blogged before about Hinde's fantastic postcards, and his pioneering ways he used colour and getting rid of things he didn't want in photos.

Taken some time in the 1960s, it has all the usual qualities his cards had. The enhanced colours, any superfluous bits in the street deleted and a random person plonked in the foreground wearing bright colours!

Here is my photo taken recently...
As you can see the view has hardly changed.
But, there are horrible traffic lights and other bits getting in the way of the perfect view.

This is where the influence of John Hinde kicks in, and of course Photoshop!
So I got rid of all the bits I didn't want, the street lamp, traffic lights, shop signs, the bike, even the dead mown grass in the foreground!



Then in typical Hinde fashion, I added the blue sky and I also put back the 1960s lady, in a weird time-travelling way!




Put the caption at the bottom and you now have your very own modern-day John Hinde/Matt ArtPix postcard!!