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Art Elements Theme Challenge – Petroglyphs

It’s the end of October and winter is moving in fast… We’ve had some cold days here in the North West and woken up to some gorgeous frosty mornings. The end of the month means it’s time for the Art Elements Theme Challenge reveal and this month it was Karen’s turn to host. She chose Petroglyphs as her theme. You can read more about her inspiration here.

I decided I wanted to focus on British Petroglyphs so I had a quick google and wrote down a million ideas for what I could create. I narrowed it down to a couple I wanted to try, but unfortunately with school holidays time got away from me and I only managed to get one thing made. I’ve been inspired by the team members work with the Uffington white horse, a prehistoric hill petroglyph carved in the hillside and filled with white chalk, so I decided to go with that for my challenge piece. 

I started with a box frame and filled the inside with plaster of paris, painted it and carved the horse design through the dried paint. 

I covered the ground with a layers of coloured grass being careful to keep it out of the carving.

I left it patchy in areas to give it a wintry hillside feel as though it had been trampled by visitors. 

I’m really pleased with how it turned out and I’d like to try out some more of the ideas I had for this theme, it was good fun to work with.. Thanks to Karen for the fantastic inspiration!

I hope you’ll join me in the hop using the links below 🙂


Our Guest Artists:

Jill Egan
Tammy Adams
Alison Herrington
Sarajo Wentling
Jenny Kyriach
Kathy Lindemer


Art Elements Team:

Lesley Watt
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Cathy Spivey Mendola
Sue Kennedy
Caroline Dewison
Laney Mead
Marsha Neal Minutella
Claire Fabian

19 thoughts on “Art Elements Theme Challenge – Petroglyphs

  1. Wow – You’ve done an amazing job with recreating this. I love the trampled grass look detail 🙂

  2. What a fantastic idea. As a Terry Pratchett fan the White Horse has always been a favorite of mine before I was even aware of the real one and you did such a wonderful job with this. Love the trampled grass!

  3. What a really neat idea to create a shadowbox display! Your application of the grass makes it look so very real that I wasn’t sure if your first picture in the post was of the actual petroglyph or of something you made. Too cool!

  4. This is beautiful! I am not sure what else I should write except: I love it! It evokes images and ideas, full of stories, and I think I would never ever tire of looking at it!

  5. What an amazing creation! I love the shadow box , grass and horse. The end result is perfect for this inspiration.

  6. Stoking your inventiveness never fails to amaze me. Stunning piece. Really beautiful and interesting.

  7. I love this – it has such a naturalistic feel it really is like a miniature of the real thing.

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