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Springfields Delft Tiles

Notices, What's New Posted on Tue, March 02, 2021 11:55PM

Members of the society were asked by Springfields Horticultural Society to create tiles in the Delft style for a competition – these are the results.

The tiles will be judged soon. 1st & 2nd places will be decided by a team of judges. There will also be a public vote. This will take place online – details will be shared once this goes live.

The tiles will form part of a larger display at the Springfields Festival Gardens.

New competition

Uncategorised Posted on Fri, December 11, 2020 11:52AM

Springfields Horticultural Society Competition

Members of Spalding Arts & Crafts society are invited to take part in a tile painting competition.

Springfields Festival Gardens are going Delft next year !!

They would like us to paint tiles in the Delft style for a window box display full of Rembrandt tulips.

Please email Maggie on to reserve a pack. We hope to have the packs out before Christmas, entries to be in by 28th Feb 2021.

Each pack will comprise of a 10″ x 8″ (approx) tile, a pot of paint, a brush, instructions & ideas.

The tiles must be painted in PORTRAIT format using just the blue paint provided. You can go for a traditional look or do a more modern take on it – eg wind turbines instead of windmills, modern dress instead of old.. You can go for a single image on the tile or a composite of several images – the choice is yours.There are a wide range of images online, it’s surprising just what was depicted on the old tiles!!

Entry is free and there will be prizes.

Depending on the uptake it may be possible to paint more than one tile.

Please note that, as with all SACS competitions, challenges & exhibitions, entry is restricted to paid up members.

These are a couple of tiles that Maggie has created in the search for the right paint.

October update

Notices Posted on Fri, October 16, 2020 09:46AM

Covid-19 update

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, the committee have taken the decision to cancel the remaining demonstrations for this year. We hope to resume in February but will continue to monitor the situation.

Subscriptions paid this year will be carried forward to 2021.

June Updates

Notices Posted on Sun, June 28, 2020 10:52PM

Update 28th June 2020

July & August meetings are now cancelled due to the ongoing situation. We hope to resume in September. Please check the website, Facebook page & your emails for updates.

Sadly our July Ayscoughfee Exhibition is also cancelled.

Please help support the society by paying your subs which were due at the April meeting, either by bank transfer or cheque. Please let Ann Dring know that you have paid. The society has expenses to pay even if we are not meeting at the moment. Many thanks to those who have already paid.

There is now a Facebook group for members of the society so that we can still have challenges & maintain some contact. Click on the link on our Facebook Page to request to join – just a couple of questions to confirm you are a paid up member.

Keep safe & Happy Painting.



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October 2019 Demonstration – John Shave, oils

Demo Evening Reports Posted on Sun, March 29, 2020 04:36PM

October 2019 Demonstration – John Shave, oils

Report by Maggie Goodsell

An excellent & informative demonstration by John Shave.
John found the time to do two paintings in under 2 hours!
The first was a snow scene
John blocked out the painting …..
… and started adding structure, cool at the back,
warm at the front.
He said he uses the same brush throughout so colours are used all over the painting. Just wipe your brush, don’t wash it between colours.
John said he scumbles the paint on, pushing the brush so the hairs go into the tooth of the canvas.
Nearly finished
Details added – what a difference a frame makes!
A totally different technique for his second second painting. John covered the canvas with the background colour …
…. and then painted over it with a dark colour.
He then lifted out the dark to reveal the orange underneath. Unfortunately this didn’t work as the orange layer was too wet & it came off as well !! A lesson to us all not to be too hasty using this method.
John then put the orange back in, adding a few highlights.
The finished painting.

A few of John’s other paintings. He said these were all demonstration pieces.

November 2019 Demonstration, Lewis Hazelwood-Horner, portrait in charcoal

Demo Evening Reports Posted on Fri, March 27, 2020 02:00PM

A few photos from the 5th November demonstration.

The sitter was Wyn Cocks.

December 2019 Demo – Amanda Jackson, Acrylic

Demo Evening Reports Posted on Wed, March 25, 2020 09:55PM

December 2020 Demonstration – Amanda Jackson – Raindance in Acrylic

Excellent acrylic demonstration by Amanda Jackson at our meeting on the 3rd Dec. Amanda explained everything so well during the demo that nobody needed to ask any questions.

March 2020 Demo report – David Lewry, coloured pencil

Demo Evening Reports Posted on Tue, March 24, 2020 11:22AM

Demonstration 3rd March 2020 – David Lewry, coloured pencils

Report by Maggie Goodsell

David was a mine of information which he freely imparted during the evening – from the origins of pigments to the fact that the male mandarin duck is fairly drab for most of the year !!

As David works flat he came with his own set up so we could follow him on the screen.
As pencil is a slow process David said he would concentrate on doing the ducks head.
Working with Faber Castell Polychromos & Derwent Lightfast pencils on 300gsm HP paper, David lightly blocked in some colour.
David said to keep doing light layers to get intense colours & don’t press too hard as it flattens the tooth of the paper
He said it can take 7-8 layers of pencil to get the intensity
You should work hard areas like the beak in with small circular marks …
… and strokes for the feathers.
The eye was done with a strawberry red pencil blended with a touch of cream.
David said to give the impression of iridescence such as in the blue on the top of the head, you need to use variations of the same colour.
Building up layers of colour
Dark indigo sets off the other colours.
Close up showing how the layers add depth of colour.
Again building up layers.
The finished head. David said the whole duck would take about 20 hours to complete !!
David Lewry

An excellent demo by David. His camera/projector set up gave a far better picture than ours – but then it probably cost a lot more !!


David gave us a huge amount of tips and information of which a few are below.

Work on a good paper otherwise you won’t be able to get the amount of layers you want.

To get a really intense colour use similar colours

Always put another colour under black

A pencil blender is just a pencil without pigment.

Coloured pencil solvent or Johnsons Baby Oil will dissolve the pencil – good for backgrounds.

Pencils don’t mix well so you need a good range of colours. Aim for a minimum of 24 but the more you have the better the results.

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