This Christmas I tried making my own baubles. It’s surprisingly hard working on a sphere but here’s a couple I can show you that did work. I used polystyrene balls, blackboard paint and coloured papers collaged with PVA. Merry Matisse-mas!
These are some of the earliest pictures I remember making. I was just four but I can still recall lying on a sun drenched floor, surrounded by paper, revelling in the colours and patterns I was able to make with my felt tipped pens. I have the same feeling now when I get lost in a drawing or a painting.
I do a lot of cutting and sticking when I work with children, but I often turn to it for my own pleasure as well. It frees me up from the constraints of drawing and allows me to play about with different materials. As a lover of puppets and theatre, it’s a whole other way to bring characters to life. It’s also just good fun.