Tuesday, 31 March 2015

YouTube Tuesday - Tongue-tied of Clarity

Hello there!
Thanks for popping in on YouTube Tuesday.

Today’s video demonstrates a simple framing trick
using our Clarity Word Chains.

Perfect for cardmakers, scrapbookers, journaling and
pretty much any kind of art where you want to express yourself!

Items Used:

Post-it Notes

Thanks for watching.
Much Love,

Monday, 30 March 2015

A Butterfly Tree to spread some Love on a Monday...

Hello there.
So glad you dropped in!

Monday’s blog is Trees and Flowers, so 
let’s make a really simple card - it being Monday and all....

Attach the round Shape Framer stencil

to a piece of 7"x 7" Gelli card 
at the top, like a hinge.

Make a tiny mark bottom left, so you know where to stamp the Butterfly tree.

Lift the stencil.
Use a Black Archival to stamp the tree into place.

Didn’t we use the butterflies recently?
Ah yes, with the Alcohol inks last Thursday 

Close the stencil - it’s time to play with a brush...

Load one of the Clarity Stencil Brushes with Mountain Rose,
and start gently swirling around the edge of the circle.

Next, slide the Dotty Wave stencil in between the card and frame stencil. This is one of those must have stencils.

Lightly brush some dots into the background.


Now lift away the stencil and using a black micron pen
go round the circle twice;
the object of the exercise is to create a weave.

Using a matching colour pencil, colour in the overlaps.

I have done a little Youtube video on this, which will come out in a couple of Tuesday’s time. In that one, I shaded in to make it look like a real weave with light and shade.
Here I just did solid block.
Yeah, well, it’s Monday. What do you expect?!

Very simple to do.

The trick is to incorporate the base of the tree into the weave.

Let’s use the weave as starting points for hills.
Weave back and forth in the background, 
creating hills and dales.

Use the same pencil to create depth,
by shading in above each line.

Trim back the card,

dust a little Mountain Rose round the edges with the same brush,

Nearly done!

We just need a thin black line around the outside 
to make the tree stand out.

Finally, dust through the Dotty Wave stencil 
on a fresh piece of card for the background.

And there she is: the Butterfly Tree.

That’ll do!
I bet this would look good in blues or teals, too.
Try it!

How about leaving a little love or happiness below?

much love,

Sunday, 29 March 2015

No birds were harmed in the making of this art. How to embed a Bird Table...

Hi there!
Thanks for stopping by.
Bit drizzums out there today, 
so let’s do some artwork instead I say!!

Yesterday I really enjoyed stretching myself,
 and trying something new with card stitching.

Found a nice home for it in the inglenook, too.

But today I really must have a tidy up in here ....
It’s reached that beyond-a-joke stage again.

Strictly speaking, I could keep going in this mess for weeks,
but we are supposed to be filming the next reel of 
YouTube videos in here tomorrow.

 Before I turn into the White Tornado,
let’s do something easy and lovely,
to focus the mind and dispel all those demons, Barbara.

Route 1

Brayer a little Cheesecake Fresco paint over a little A6 canvas 
with a brayer.

 Drip a drop or drop a drip 
(which ever comes easier to you) 
of Taupe in the lower half of the canvas,
and brayer into the Cheesecake, to create a bleed.

Whilst the canvas is drying,
let’s use the Bird Table stencil 
and the birds which come with it, 

This stencil is in the 40% Spring Sale on our website.
Hurry though - Sale ends at midnight tonight. 
Instead of £4.99, it’s £2.99.
That’s a very good price for a double stencil actually.
And if you are in our Clarity Club, it’s even less!

Smother the pieces on one side 
with the Potting Soil Archival ink pad.

Put a sheet of copy paper underneath...

Then take the grey Archival, Watering Can
and add shadow up one edge or where you think.

Once the canvas board is dry,
lay the inky sides face down and arrange your  stencil pieces.

This is going through an embossing machine.
I used the following plates with an E-Bosser:

Copy Paper
Canvas board 
Stencil pieces in place.
Copy Paper

Through it goes and out the other side.
Peel off the stencils elements, which incidentally could easily go through again, 
and look delightful on the smooth BACK 
of the A6 Canvas board too.

Dry it with a heat gun, so you don’t lose the colour by blotting.

It looks so classy!
Because the image is actually embedded.
Can you see that?

Run the grey ink pad around the board edges.

I did a second one, went down a much more challenging path,
with ink pads and sanding blocks and all sorts. 

You see, because the images are recessed/debossed/embedded, 
albeit only slightly, 
you can sand around them beautifully. 

So there we are, two takes.
Little A6 & larger A5.
If you are  thinking of trying canvas boards,
we really do have a great selection at very competitive prices.

You can get a whole collection of 24 boards, 
3 x 8 different sizes 
in a beautiful FREE felt Portfolio

But now I really must go get a black sack 
and sort this mess out!

Whatever I’m doing today, the operative word is DOING.
Whether it’s art, cooking or cleaning, I just have to stay busy until this old washing machine head of mine stops its spin cycle.

Bad thoughts be banished!
Please leave an uplifting, positive comment.

much love,

Saturday, 28 March 2015

I have been stitched up!!!!

Hi there.
So glad you dropped in.
I have had such a good afternoon.

Saturday’s blog a new technique, right?
Well, I had decided that today was the day.
Today was the day I got my old Pfaff sewing machine out, 
after at least a decade,
and added a few stitches and strands to my artwork.

What do you think?

Since Karen Hayselden has been on the Design Team, 
I have become very aware of how safe my art still is, how clean.
Artists like Karen and Sam Crowe have a unique talent for making brilliantly loose and tattered art, which I struggle with.
Not that I want to throw all accuracy to the wind 
and just lob paint at a huge canvas from a distance 
(that requires way too much courage!)
But today was the day I decided to just try something new for me.

Didn’t know where I was headed; 
didn’t know how long it was going to take.
Just knew there were some paints, some birds and a Pfaff involved!

Here goes.

These are the colours I used.
Primarily because the sewing machine 
already had bright pink in the bobbin, 
and all I could find was green cotton for the top thread!

These Fresco Chalk Paints are superb.
We stock the whole range.
Well worth investing in.

Build up layers of paint by simply walking the brayer 
around the card with the different colours.

There will come a point where you will know when to stop, 
or go too far.
If the latter happens, simply get out the Cheesecake!
Cover the area you don’t like with Cheesecake, 
let it dry - and start again.

Position the bird mask from the Bird Row set
over the painted Gelli Card.

to paint the birdies white.

like so:

Next, stamp the stamp over the top using black Archival.
Almost got it! Good enough!

Cover up the birds with the masks
and stencil in the Japanese reeds into the background, using the Guacamole and Snowflake paints.
The paint works really well through the stencils using these mini blending tool.
I tried make up sponges too, which worked.

Flicked a load of water diluted paint at the picture 
while the birdies were covered up, too...

Yes I know. I asked myself the same question at this point.
What about the mask? Is it washable????
I’ll tell you later.

Zesty Zing is one of the translucent paints, so it is ideal for painting over the white. I added a little water and then painted the birds.
Went over the black lineart too, to tone it down.

Spectrum Noir pencils work great over acrylic.....
I used mainly the Floral tin today.

Roughed up the edges with a pair of scissors....

Decided to make a branch....

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy....

Time for the vintage Pfaff!
Haven’t used it for years, but it’s like riding a bike.
The hardest bit was threading the needle!!

It is soooooo lovely sewing card!
Or should I say sewwwwwwww lovely!
So I cut a piece of black card just a tad larger, and off I zoomed.

I got such a kick out of this!!
I really could have done a Happy Dance!
And I have to thank Karen Hayselden for the inspiration 
and encouragement.

Mounted it on a larger Mount board.
Because this piece, my friends, is going in the Hallway gallery.
It may not be the best stitched one I will ever do, 
but it was the first.

The eyes I white out with a white Pilot pen first, 
then let them dry, 
then added the black pupils with a Micron Pen.
The black pen clogs up from time to time, so you have to lightly run it over copy paper to unclog it.

 I bet with a bit of practice, 
you could actually stitch the stamped images...

Time to make supper.
And salvage the birdie mask! 
Warm soapy water will sort it out.
Have a lovely evening, and I will be back tomorrow.

lots of love,