Saturday, 31 October 2015

A day off.

Hi there!
Sunny Saturday here!


I’ve spent the morning tidying and cleaning the place;
have thoroughly enjoyed it, which is rarely the case! 
Have paid a few bills and bought a nice gift,
which is sure to give somebody special a lift...


Sometimes something as basic as making the bed 
calms down the chaos that builds in my head. 
I chase round with work for weeks on the spin,
so much so that I’m rarely in.
So to hang out the laundry and be a good wife
helps me feel much more in control of my life!
There are those who’d consider me mad or insane
to delight in mere housework - how sad and inane!  
But a lovely clean kitchen gives me great pleasure;
fresh flowers on the table - to enjoy at my leisure. 


Not even Wurka and Hollick, those little buggers,
will stop me watching the Cup Final Ruggers!


And finally, if it’s ok with you, 
I shall have a day off from artwork too.

love and hugs,

xxx

Friday, 30 October 2015

Signed sealed and now to be delivered....

Hello!
Thanks for popping in.
Friday?
TGIF !!!

Private peak?
Well let me show you how I spent my evening yesterday.

Propping my head up.
But what is she doing?
Can you guess?


Yep.
Signing the calendars.
One at a time.


Have you ever signed your name loads and loads of times 
in quick succession?


You really have to concentrate!


Every now and then my mind would wander, 
and I would do the cheque signing one 
instead of the friendly arty calendar one!

That’s a lot of Calendars!
Nice cup of fruit tea.
Good for the soul...


Whose bright idea was it anyway, to sign the first 200 sold?!?!


I have to say it baffles me that somebody 
would want my autograph. But I am also very flattered. 
I remember many years ago, at Ally Pally Stitches, 
10 years before I started on TV,
when I used to brayer away, 
with landscapes, and reflections, and torn paper,
a woman came up to me and asked me for my autograph.
I laughed, and said, 
“Why would you want my autograph?? I’m not famous!”
And she said, 
“To me you are.”
So I shut up humbly, and learnt quickly to respect that. 

Never forgot it either. 

So the Calendars.
If you want to pick one up at the NEC, 
we’ll have them with us.
And should you want me to sign it,
I shall smile gratefully and not hesitate.
Just like the lady taught me. 

Happy to report that the first 200 were gone within 24 hours.
We had 1,000 printed and we still have about 400 left. 

When they’re gone, that’s it. 
So if you haven’t got one yet, 
or you’re looking for a Christmas Present,
then pop along to the website and get yours today!


It’s a top quality thing, a cool collection of Bloggy Projects.

If you’ve already received yours,
tell us what you think.
Is it what you expected?
I do hope so!

I am always so busy, always chasing my tail,
always scrambling to meet magazine deadlines, 
prepping TV shows, jumping from one job to another. 
That’t why we haven’t had a calendar for a couple of years!

So at a very personal level, I am really chuffed we managed to get this one pushed through in October for the New Year.
I work with some very cool and competent people. 
The proof is in the pudding. 

Have a great weekend!



love and hugs,

Thursday, 29 October 2015

A simple Gelli Plate technique.....

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.
Feeling a bit second hand today, after all the excitement of our
One Day Special Set of Shows on HOCHANDA yesterday,
which sold out, don’t you know!
Right at the very end of play!
It was such fun working with Charlie the presenter
 in that last hour; he really is a hoot.
And when he said he used to be really good at darts at school,
I almost broke down, because I thought he said DANCE.
I had this image of Charlie in a tutu, and nearly lost it. 
What he actually said, wasn’t darts OR dance!
It was ART. Which would fit better in context actually.
Where was my head?!
They really need to sort the sound out 
- and I was standing right next to him!

Anyway, cream crackered today,
so I just got the Gelli Plate out for a change, 
and one of the new Stencils from the Sunday TV Show, 
and had a quiet play for an hour.

Hope you like it:

Lay a 6" x 6" Gelli Plate on  a 7" x 7" Clarity Megamount.
Special offer on them when you get both together


Lay the Tree stencil inny on the CLEAN Gelli,

Part of the excellent new Festive Stencil Collection 
which comes with a free Storage folder.




and spread a little China paint over the plate with a brayer.
blot loads off, too.
Let this layer dry on the plate.


Leave the tree stencil in place.
Brayer the next layer of paint over the Gelli Plate.
I used Blueberry Translucent = Fab
and then place our bestist ever stencil, 
onto the wet paint.

Place a sheet of Punchinella over the wet paint and stencils, 
and blot with copy paper.



When the exposed paint is dry, remove the leafy swirl stencil
and blot the lot with copy paper,
leaving the tree in place....


Now spread a third colour, I used Caramel,
 over the tree and the dry paint on the Gelli.

Peel off the tree stencil, 
place your white 7" x 7" Stencil/Gelli Card
on the wet paint, 
rub the back of the card to transfer the paint to the card,
and peel your print.


Next, place the other part of the stencil over said print,
and place a torn piece of paper for hills,
to dust in a little colour with your stencil brush.


Weathered Wood is a nice grey/blue ink pad.


Now for the depth.
In order to bring out the depth of the scene 
which is seen through the tree aperture, 
we must first illuminate the sky.
Snowflake paint dabbed through punchinella 
using a mini blending tool.
Piece of cake.


Now it’s time to create the 3-D illusion


See?
Doesn’t it suddenly look as if you could reach into the hole?
As if you are looking through a window?


Black pencil along the inner upper edges of each tree bough.
Simples.


A white pen on top of the black pencil
will also enhance the 3-D effect along the base.


And now for a wee girl,
reaching for the stars.
She’s from the Wee Christmas Folks Set.

I really like this now.


White snowflake paint and a Groovi Ball embossing tool
 - the thin one, the number 1.

And it’s snowing.



With these Gelli prints, I really like the edges.
They make it clear that this is a proper print.
An original.


So there we are.
Time to stop for the day....


Oh!
I just remembered what I have to do.

Tune in tomorrow and more will be revealed...

Love & hugs,
xxx

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

One Day Special Gallery

Hello,
Barbara has asked me to load photos of the cards from today's GROOVI Pick Of The Day event on HOCHANDA. So, as promised, here are they are!
Enjoy!

Jim x
by Emma Burns

by Emma Burns

by Susan Moran

by Jane Telford

by Maria Simms

by Susan Moran

by Dee Paramour

by Dee Paramour
by Sylvia Marshall

by Susan Moran

by Dee Paramour

by Maria Simms
by Susan Moran 
by Sylvia Marshall

by Maria Simms

by Dee Paramour
by Sylvia Marshall

by Maria Simms
by Susan Moran

by Sylvia Marshall

by Dee Paramour

by Sylvia Marshall

by Susan Moran
by Emma Burns

by Emma Burns

by Emma Burns

by Susan Moran

by Maria Simms

by Maria Simms

by Sylvia Marshall

by Sylvia Marshall

by Susan Moran

by Dee Paramour

by Dee Paramour

by Maria Simms

by Maria Simms

by Emma Burns

by Sylvia Marshall

by Susan Moran

by Dee Paramour

by Emma Burns

by Maria Simms

by Sylvia Marshall

by Susan Moran

by Emma Burns

by Paul Church


by Emma Burns

by Emma Burns

by Susan Moran

by Paul Church

by Sylvia Marshall

by Susan Moran