What is Ply Wood?

The term 'ply wood refers' to engineered boards of wood, that are manufactured by gluing multiple very thin sheets (veneers) of wood together. Each adjacent layer is rotated, often by 90 or 45 degrees, so the grain of the wood runs in different directions. This adds strength, reduces shrinkage and expansion, and greatly reduces the …

Ashley Down Primary School Wall; Painting Complete.

I've just finished painting this long picture. It's so long it took 2 panoramic photos on my phone to get it all in. It's been a big old job, with a massive learning curve, but I'm really pleased to have had the opportunity.

Unicorn and Tortoise. 1 day in.

Here's how these 2 characters are looking at the end of a days painting. I'm looking forward to getting back to it tomorrow. The unicorn I used the pencil drawing I posted last post as reference and the tortoise I painted from a little plasticine model I made. This allowed me to adjust the angle  …

Once upon a time…

The story is called; 'Plant a Seed' and the opening sentence begins;  Once upon a time some busy bees... This picture is the beginning of a large mural at Ashley Down primary school in which a sunflower seed is planted and by the end of the story it has been nurtured into a beautiful sunflower. …

Plant a Seed; Busy Bee

Work in progress on this stenciled busy bee. I still plan to add somee water coming out of the watering can and a shadow coming off the plant pot. Maybe a shadow thrown onto the floor from the bee too. Alex Hykel: Artist, Puppeteer, Harmonica Player;

Plant a seed.

This picture is a work in progress (but accepted) design for a mural on the first section of playground wall in Ashley Down Primary School in Bristol. The dimensions are 2.35metres by 4.82 In the final piece, all the bees will be wearing trainer's. One nice feature is that the open books are going to …

Bees Rock!; Work in progress.

Here's one Tula and I found ourselves working on late yesterday evening by torchlight! It's a bit scruffy but I like it. More to come from this busy bee series for Ashley Down Primary School very soon. Alex Hykel: Artist, Puppeteer, Harmonica Player;