Chris Illsley

Most of my paintings are of still life using decorative ceramics, fabrics and flowers as my subject matter.

I work mainly in mixed media on card or thick watercolour paper applying collage and torn tissue paper to the surface first.

I then spray and diffuse acrylic inks and apply opaque acrylic using rollers and materials that will leave a printed pattern.

The next stage is to establish my design with water soluble pencils and thin layers of acrylic – slowly building up to more intense areas of colour. Often I finish a piece with oil paints to achieve fine detail and stronger colours.