Thursday, 23 March 2017

Hares and Alcohol Ink on Parchment

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.

Decided to spend the morning alone in my artroom,
clearing the head, focussing on positive things,
and doing something constructive.

Here’s the result. 
Plus a clear head. 

First thing:
find my favourite Groovi Plates: 

 Composition. Group the hares. 

Add the background.
One panel of the treescape will do. 
Shall I cut it all out? Lot of time. 
But then again, it will help the head.

Besides, I want to practice my picot cutting.
Pergamano fine 2-needle tool and the soft side of the blue mat.
You can get the tool individually, or you can get it in the new Perforating Bundle

Going round the ouside, it’s easier to perforate through the straight grid on the Lightwave. 

Certainly keeps you on the straight and narrow!
We have got large A4 grids now. They are very cool.

I like the exclusive scissors best.

Look at the state of my fingers!
I have been playing with alcohol ink on parchment.
Rosie said it worked, so I had to have a play.

snip snip snip.
Good for the head.

Alcohol ink background here we go!
larger piece of parchement.

Bring the background piece to the foreground and 
begin to create a landscape, using bottled alcohol inks and the felts.
We stock some fantastic alcohol ink colours.

The dark inks are pretty severe, 

but if you dab over them with clear blending solution
they are superb.

On parchment!
Well, I’ll be blowed!
And a little blending solution wiped the counter clean easily. 

Can you see the picture in my head yet?

Trouble is, the hares are green and yellow.

But never fear!
She has an idea!

Flip the background and tape it to the front parchment.
See? The sun is on the other side now. 

Using the little No. 2 paintbrush and blending solution 
I can remove the alcohol ink at the back, behind where the hares sit.

Mind you, the lightwave is a must for this one; the parchment is very dark with the ink!

It’s very easy. You just have to blot quickly after each area, 
so that the blending solution doesn’t spread. 

Actually, I really like this as it is!

Time for assembly.
But before that,
a little colour to the hares at the back - 
Antique Linen Distress marker and a little dark pencil on the undercarriage. 

I have also added a frame on the inside with the nested square plateso I can colour it in.
Should have done all the colouring before the cutting.
Head’s a muddle today.
But never mind. It works fine along a ruler. 

Now I can use a glue runner behind the frame.
It isn’t great for the picot edge; 
looked better before I ran glue along it!
But do you know what? I am happy with it. 

And in the big scheme of things, how important is it?

I am really impressed with how the alcohol ink worked on the parchment though.

I feel another couple of Background Paper books coming on...
Do you think I should include a few landscape pages, like this?
I think yes.

Don’t forget, we have a special offer on  until midnight tonight.
If you spend £50 or over in a single transaction online or on the phone, we will put a £10 discount code voucher in your parcel, to bee redeemed against your next order.
Your club discount still counts too, so happy days!

Love & Hugs,

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


Hi there,
Thanks for popping in.

Grace just called me from New York.
“Mum! What’s going on in London? You ok?”
I didn’t even know there was a problem.
Had pulled the early shift at work, and had come home for a 
little nap before doing the blog and some artwork. 

In the hour it took me to have a little sleep,
the Mother of all Parliaments came under siege,
people were killed and maimed on Westminster Bridge
and the heart of London was thrown into turmoil.

How quickly it goes.

Shocked, sad, angry, disgusted.

London under attack.

I had planned to blog something completely different,
but in light of the events in the last few hours, that would seem inappropriate, infelicitous.

So instead, I want to just stop and think about the poor poor innocents who got caught up in the hour of evil insanity just an hour up the road from here.

Please will you join me?
Close your eyes and just speak to them.
Tell them how you feel. 

Love & Hugs,

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

I’ve finally crackled!

Hi there!
Thanks for popping in.

Back to reality with a bump today!
Did I really sign us up for that many TV shows 
on HOCHANDA in April ? ? !
Well, today was spent making plans, drafting proposals, 
figuring out what was what.

Rosie oh Rosie! aka Rossella.
If you’re reading this, brace yourself!

Maria, Tina, Paul and I are all over it too mind!
Now we’ve got another parchment expert in Rosie, to join Tina,
Maria and I can start playing with our stamps and stencils again.
Not that we are abandoning Groovi! No way! That would be daft.
But now we can getter a better balance of all things Clarity!

So, no matter what your preference of crafting is - 
Groovi, Pergamano, Stamps or Stencils -
we are sure to have it covered !

Last week Maria showcased some beautiful floral stamps

on Hochanda. They are so pretty, and very, very versatile. 
Birthdays, Easter, Anniversaries, Get Well Soon - the list goes on.

together with some very elegant Celtic framers.
(Ideal for mens’ cards)

Here is a project that I did a while back,
a set of little notelet cards. Ideal for selling.
And yes, we are an Angel Company.

The technique for these little toppers 
is using the crackle stamp from 
together with triple embossing.

Stamp the flower image onto a piece of 
Theuva Card in Black Archival 

Decide on what colour you are going to use on the flowers
 and then choose a complimentary colour from 
the Artistry Ink Pad range and stamp randomly around the edge.

Colour in your flowers with pencils or pens
or you can watercolour with the Artistry Ink Pads

Take a Versamark ink pad and squidge it
(technical term!) over the whole of the topper.

Tap off the excess and heat with a heat gun.
When it is set, repeat the same process 2 more times
squidge, pour, heat, squidge, pour, heat.

This will give you the effect of a glazed tile.

Whilst it is still warm, gently bend the topper
and it will crack!

I mounted the little boxes on pieces of black mount board 
to raise them. Nice. 

That’ll do for today.
Time to kick back.

Love & Hugs,

Monday, 20 March 2017

Hard Work? Give me more!

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.
Well, it’s Monday, and it’s time to come home.

Could I stay a little longer?
Has the Pope got a balcony?!?!

Linda and I were exploring Maribor yesterday, and we even found an old, delapidated building by the river which we decided had great potential.

“Would you buy it Linda?” I asked.
“I think I’d have to ask Rob first, but he’d love it too I’m sure” she replied. 
And so would Dave.
I can’t wait to bring him back here.

My Mum has been to Slovenia, and she also told me that of all the places she has been in the world (and she has been to quite a few!) Slovenia is the place she would come back to. 

We have been so lucky!

Firstly, the wonderful people who organise this annual art event,
Mihaela and Primoz, and their team of lovely people.  The hospitality and kindness has been second to none. In all my days, I have never known such generosity and cordiality.

Seriously, this is an annual event, and were I a passionate crafter/arty person like you guys, this is a definite go-to destination.
I will give you the details later on in the week, so you can consider a week in Slovenia doing some workshops with some of the most talented artists around. 

I was lucky enough to join in at one of the water-colour sessions.
But more of that later.

And the food! My word! I have NEVER eaten such fantastic food.
Primoz and Mihaela treated us all to unique and super culinary delights every single evening. 

Back to the diet tomorrow!

Then there was meeting the other artists from all over the world, soaking up their creative energy and watching them perform.
What an eye opener this has been.

And the workshop guests!
So alert and willing to try anything.
Just like you actually.

And lastly, there was Linda. A whole week of Linda Williams.
What a marvellous time we have had.
I haven’t laughted so much in years. 
Talk about click! 
What a great friend she is, and what super company.

But now I must dash.
Breakfast is calling.
A coachload of Chinese tourists landed late last night;
I wonder whether they will love it as much as we have.....

Love & hugs,

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Mum! It's art! Honestly!

Hi there!
Thanks for popping in.
The third day in Slovenia and a great success.
Full workshops and everybody happy to be in the Pergamano seat or doing Groovi.

Linda was in fine fettle, 

The guests were soaking up all the techniques 
and ideas.

Next to us there was something quite different going on.
Now you’ve all seen face painting at the mall, 
when the kids queue up and get Spiderman or Ariel painted on their face,
and then it all drips onto their white T-Shirts when they start wingeing because you tell them they can’t have an ice-cream too.
Yep, been there.. Got the T-Shirt too!

Well, here was body painting at its absolute world-class best.

She is wearing a bra and thong.
Everything else is painted on.

Wonder if it tickles....

Dad, if you’re reading this, I TOLD you art was enjoyable,
and you ought to have a go!

Linda and I said we might ask him to do us next.
Now THAT would pull a crowd.
Us two in our cor blimey knickers,
 standing on a black box waiting patiently to be painted in the middle of a shopping mall.

The mind boggles!


I mean, photoshop out the shopping trolley 
and the group making cards in the background,
and this truly is aesthetically wonderful.

It helps that the young woman was exceptionally beautiful of course, but I reckon I could see our Linda strutting her stuff.
Maybe at the Crowborough Open Days.
She’s been saying she wanted to do something different....

Time to go.

Love & Hugs,

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Day 2 and all is well.

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.

Sometimes technology and I just don’t synch.
This morning I got up at stupid o’clock to blog before I went off to work.

Wrote the whole thing,
came back to the hotel just now, after another fab day -
and whay do I find?
Blob link no worky,
and all text been deletey!

Don’t you hate it when you have written a whole script,
and the gremlins go and delete it for you?


So here goes again....

Yesterday we go taken up to the top of a mountain 

in a gondola.
The weather has been fantastic,
and the hospitality of our hosts here second to none.
Really amazing.

Then I had a workshop in the afternoon,
which nearly went wrong.

I don’t know who was more surprised, them or me.
They were expected Pergamano, and I was all set to do a stampy workshop using the Silver Birch!

Not a stamper among them!

Well, what do you do?
I switched on the charm and lept into entertainment mode,
but my heart was in my boots, I can tell you.

But there we are you see.
We know nothing.
They were brilliant and the work they produced was super.

There was much hilarity and we actually had a fine old time.

They really got into it, and one step at a time, we worked throug all the different techniques...

This lovely lady was delightful.
She was very creative, but no stamper or parcher.
Just interested in learning. 

It was so warm too !
Bit strange being in a shopping mall, with all the public, 
but actually, it was quite fun too,
once you got over the white noise...

and Anna the interpreter was an angel!

So there we are.
A proud group of Claritystampers in Slovenia.
New friends!

Now, let‘s see if I can post this blog before midnight!!

Love & hugs,