All In A Name


I am very excited to be launching my own range of stencil paints, developed because I couldn’t find stencil paint in the colours I wanted to use.

The starting point was to mix the colours which I did in my studio using gouache paints. It reminded me of my early days working in textile studios when I would have to mix paint to match swatches of fabrics, adding a touch of yellow here or the merest hint of green there. Once happy with the colours I cut the swatches in half and sent a pack off to the paint manufacturer.

The next step was to name the paints which took a lot of time and a lot of procrastination. The stencils are all named after my travels in India and initially I intended  to continue with the global theme, but eventually settled on travels closer to home, around the UK, mostly in England. As a child, our many holidays and weekends away consisted mostly of camping in the rugged landscapes of Devon and Cornwall. I have many happy memories of beach combing or visiting ruined castles. As an adult living in London I have fallen in love with the pretty towns along the South coast.

Each of the paint names have a little story which you can read about below and you can find the paints here.

Whitstable:

This soft white paint is named after the clapboard houses and the famous Oyster festival held in this pretty seaside town on the south coast of England.

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Purbeck:

The sand on beaches on the Isle of Purbeck is the palest colour that sand could be. It is a place I have returned to many times for summer picnics and long, blustery winter walks.

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Driftwood

Battered by the sea and bleached by the sun, Driftwood is named after the colour of the pieces of wood I have often collected on early morning beach walks.

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Tintagel

With claims to be the site where King Arthur was conceived, this grey stone castle sits precariously on the cliff top in Cornwall.

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Pendeen

Named after the soft grey cornish mist which rolls in from the sea. The sunniest of Cornish days can slowly emerge from this pale grey mist.

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Gardenstown

Set on the north east coast of Scotland this fishing village holds memories of happy New Year holidays spent with good friends and several failed attempts to launch a Chinese lantern over the steely grey sea at midnight!

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Hastings

This deepest of charcoal greys is named after the fisherman’s huts which nestle on the fisherman’s beach in Hastings.

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Southwold 

Named after the pretty painted beach huts at this seaside town in Suffolk. On a good day there is a pretty blue sea!

 

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Clovelly

A visit to this little seaside town in Devon involves a very steep walk down to the harbour filled with colourful fishing boats.  As a child I remember discussions at the top of the hill as to whether my great aunty May would make it!

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Lighthouse

Named after the bold red stripes on the lighthouse in Happisburg in Norfolk. As a student I used to stay in a cottage on the cliff top in front of this lighthouse.

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