So here we are, it's Wednesday, and for me, when I think of what's NEW, I think Claritystencils. There are loads of fabulous designs now, but the latest ones, the aperture stencils, have to be the most useful in my stash.
It was Maria Simms who made the shapes suggestion, and am I glad she did! Sometimes we get all caught up in complicated, when simple is perfect.
The shapes are pretty self-explanatory: a square, an oval, a circle and an arch. But what's really, really useful is the inners, the dropouts, as I like to call them! They are fab for making groovy backgrounds.
One of the best things is that the 7" x 7" stencils fit exactly on the square white Gelli plate card we use so much. This makes everything so much easier!
So let's take a look at the square one, and let's add a little brickwork with a Slate Adirondack.
You literally just load the stencil brush with ink and sweep over the stencil. It's that easy.
Don't underestimate these brushes though...
So let's see what happens if I set the round one on a Gelli plate...it clings, which is handy!
Now let's place the Leafy swirl stencil strategically... cool. It clings, too. But I think I will use some masking tape to hold the 2 stencils together...
Well, since the Stencil brush is on the table, I guess we may as well just load it with ink from a Bottle Adirondack and sweep the circle.
Could I use a brayer? Yes.
Don't be deceived by the faint colour on the Gelli; it always yields brighter than you think.
See what I mean? I will get rid of the stencil before I pull the print though.
And the best thing is you can usually pull a second print, too. A ghost print...
So there's another really simple background, using dye-based ink on your Gelli-plate.
I think I would like to cover this with doodles and Zentangles. What think you?
Now the show season is over, Jim, Mel and I can concentrate on more new Stencil designs. We have got loads in the pipeline, sketched, in our heads, half done. Now we can start moving them forward. That's the one drawback being so busy. Not having time for design and play.
Mind you, I’d rather have it this way round, eh!
See you tomorrow, for something blue. I hope I can go back to work tomorrow.
Bored with this flu now!