Saturday, September 20, 2008


If you missed the show you can see it here -

DIY SOS Gosport

Gordon & myself turn up about 16 minutes in.

Friday, September 19, 2008

DIY SOS Murals

Now the show has been aired I can post the photos of what Gordon & myself painted.

Gordon painted a fantastic trompe l'oeil statuette in the corner of the dining room. This is a style I have yet to try myself - it is very effective as you can tell from the photograph.

I painted the stone-blocking although Gordon did chip in and help with the highlights. On screen the effect was too subtle for the wider shots although close up it looked fine. It blended into the room rather than shout for attention.

The dinosaur was actually sprung on us at the last moment by the lovely Julia. We did consider Barney the Dinosaur but the copyright and lawsuit implications were a minor concern. In the end we opted for a cuddly dino who is definitely not Barney (or purple).

Gordon painted the dino - I did the trompe l'oeil bit with the missing block & cracks. I think we managed to paint it in about 25 minutes - our time spent on "60 Minute Makeover" had paid off.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

DIY SOS Murals & Trompe l'oeil

The long wait is over and I can at last tell you that the DIY SOS episode featuring Gordon & myself will be on your screens (for those of you in the UK) on Friday 19th September at 8:30pm on BBC1.

I thought you would also like to see a group photo of Gordon & myself with Nick Knowles, Julia Kendell & the rest of the DIY SOS team.
Some of you may recognise Julia from ITV1's "60 Minute Makeover" - as I mentioned in a previous post - Julia was the featured designer on the three shows that Gordon & myself participated in last year.

I have also been busy updating my website and there is now a section devoted to Star and Cosmic Ceilings.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Star Ceilings Forum

As you know I have been experimenting with those glow-in-the-dark UV paints and I have found this fantastic forum which is overflowing with advice and techniques for painting your own star ceilings.

If you have ever wondered how those star and cosmic ceiling effects are achieved then have a look at It isn't rocket science to get these effects but it is great fun.

I also thought you would be interested to see a photo of a glow-in-the-dark planet & stars with the light on.

Here it is -

And this is the same painting with the lights off -

Monday, September 1, 2008

Patricia's Palette

Patricia Buzo is another mural & trompe l'oeil artist based in Minnesota, USA. Please have a look at her blog at and also her fantastic website at

It was after seeing her blog site that I decided to start up my own

- thanks Patricia.