Tuesday, 23 January 2018

YouTube Tuesday - Basic Brayering.

Hi there!
Thanks for popping in to YouTube Tuesday!

Today it’s BRAYER TIME.
So many of you have asked about how NOT to get stripes,
that a little video just highlighting the remedy follows:

I hope that helped a bit. 
There are plenty of other brayering Youtubes if you go the the Claritystamp Youtube channel, they are all listed. 

Here are all the products I have used in this week’s VT, 
which are 20% off until next Tuesday. Now’s the time to stock up on a new brayer and some card!

And here is a simple project, using what we learned in the first video and applying it to a landscape.
But this time I show you how to combine using permanent ink...

If you have time, look up the Harbour video I did a while ago. Just a variation on the same technique here using the Clarity Card.

The brayer has always played a huge role in my crafty life!
You can easily see why...

Love and Hugs,

Monday, 22 January 2018

Happy bunny! No. Five happy Bunnies!

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.

I wrote this blog, then it got gobbled up.
And now I have to write it again.
Deep breathe. Maybe a little shorter than the original. 
I HATE it when this happens.

Right. Take it from the top.

Great day at work today. Very productive.
All set for Frankfurt, TV proposals on track - yep. 
It’s all going swimmingly - despite the Blogger gremlins.

I really wanted to get home early and have a play with the second of the three stencils which Mel has designed for us. I think it kept me focussed at work, so that I could get home sooner than later!

Remember the Woodland Animal Montage we looked at this weekend?
Well, here’s No. 2...

The Earth has Music for those who Listen.

How delightful is this?

I know I ought to be keeping these a surprise for the Sunday 2-4 Clarity Art Show on Feb 4th, but I just HAD to see how they work!

Let me show you how simple this technique is, too, and how you can get 2 pieces of artwork out of the same process.

Place the stencil face down on the 8"x10" Gelpress plate

Brayer Paynes Gray Golden Open Acrylic over the stencil and plate.

Carefully peel the stencil off the plate and place it paint side down on a scrap of A5 inky copy paper.

Place a piece of clean copy paper over this, and run it through an 
E-Bosser or similar embossing machine aka mangle.


And don’t forget about the paint still left on the Gel Press plate!
Next masterpiece coming up!!!

Blot the black around the edges with copy paper.

Pick a paper, any paper, and flip the Gel press on the Mega Mount over onto the paper.

Rub the back of the paper to transfer the paint, and pull your print.

Voila !

It was so easy, I ran through it all again, to be sure to be sure 
- and to make sure it wasn’t just a fluke.

No fluke. And now I remember why I hang onto every scrap of inky paper I ever make!

The second time, on the negative print below, I didn’t rub so hard,

...and was able to pull a cool ghost print.

So yes. Fantabulous stencil again. 
Thank you Mel. You make my job such a pleasure.

Love & Hugs,

Sunday, 21 January 2018

A Canvas Project Vs Ironing....

Hi there.
Thanks for joining me.

Great sense of achievement here today.
Invited to the Palace? Nope
Best Blog Award? Nope

But I did clear not 1, not 2 but 3 baskets full of ironing!
24 shirts. 
I’ll write that again slowly... twenty-four shirts. 
AND 3 lots of kingsize bedding from Christmas!
Scheisenhausen!!! That’s a lottashirtsnsheets!
At one point, during a little coffee break, I was on the internet looking up Pfaff mangles, and we (Dave joined in the mangle search too!) even found my buddy Hayley West demonstrating it on You Tube!
But £1,300 buys you a lot of shirtsnsheets! So I decided to suck it up and keep going with the expensive steam iron in the cupboard.  

No. I didn’t climb in the cupboard to do the ironing....

Anyway. Back to art. Yesterday, I had a blast with one of our Mel’s new stencils. So today, let’s look at the canvas together. 

I’m sure there are lots of ways to arrive at this destination, but this is my approach. A5 Canvas board first. Walk a brayer with some Cheesecake or cream coloured Fresco paint across the canvas board, 

then add South Pacific, or teal acrylic paint over the top. 
When I say WALK the brayer, I mean roll it lightly over the canvas board without applying much pressure. This will give you a real distressed arty effect. See?

Let the paint dry. You can help it along with a heatgun, too.

Place the stencil over the canvas board, and drag texture paste through it with a spatula. I used the Viva Decor relief paste we sell. It takes a little longer to dry that others, but again, you can speed the drying process up too. 

The relief paste is excellent, actually. 

While we’re waiting for said paste to set, let’s look at the stencil detail...

Once it has set, we can add paint. This time, I went with brushes and two Golden Open paints: Quinacridone Azo Gold and Quinacridone Blue. 
This combination yields the most superb colours. Look.
Greens and yellows and teals and oranges etc .

If you overlay the clean stencil, you can wipe away the Open paint with a damp paper towel. 

You can use a scalpel to etch highlights in too.
Mount the A5 canvas on an A4 canvas board using double-sided tape, sign it - own it -  and bingo. 

Hope you like it.
I think I want this stencil even larger;
watch this space...

And thus endeth the Woodland Animal Stencil Session.
Available for sale when I’m on telly next, which is Sunday, February 4th, 2-4pm. 

Love & Hugs,

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Fantastic NEW Woodland Animals Stencil.

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.

How are you?
We have had a great day.

This afternoon I finally got round to some real art-the-way-I-like-it time. A bit of paint, a bit of spit, a brayer, a canvas.

There’s nothing quite like just rolling your sleeves up and going where it takes you....

I think what spurred me on today was this fantastic stencil which Mel has designed for us. Jim made me a set to try out before we go into mass production, to make sure all the tangs are in the right place, and well. I couldn’t stop. I am so chuffed with it, I have to show it to you, even though it won’t be available until the first Sunday in February, when I am launching this and two other spectacular stencils on the 2-4 art show on Hochanda.

I made several pieces in the end, and would like to present them to you today and tomorrow, if that’s okay.

This was a simple one.

To be able to draw a woodland montage of all these animals is one thing, but to draw it in such a way that all the right bits fall out to make a stencil, and yet the personality and integrity of each animal is still retained - now THAT is a skill not many of us possess.
But Mel does. 

And when you get hold of this stencil, you will understand. 
it is just so charming. There are so many different applications flying through my head!

But let’s start with the simplest.

All you do is brayer paint over the stencil with paint, then place the wet side down on a piece of our new Designer card, and run it through a die-cutting machine, (aka mangle) to transfer the paint.

But which paint? I hear you ask...
Well, not fast-drying Paperartsy Fresco paint today!
It dried and stuck and peeled the card and all sorts! 


But we won’t throw it away. I have another idea for later.
May work....

Let’s try again, but this time with a slow drying Golden Open paint.
Paynes Gray

Mount this up on a piece of the matching Designer paper, and it really shows off the artwork.

So what about the other mess?
Let’s try a Photo Transfer trick to a canvas board.

Spread the photo transfer medium to the canvas board and the picture, 

then place both wet sides together and squish together with a brayer. Leave to dry for an hour....

Add a little water to a sponge and start rubbing away the back

Rub, rub, rub...

It’s like a magic trick. And it is supposed to look grungy with bits missing, so just go for it!

Here are my finished pieces from this afternoon’s session.

Tomorrow, if you fancy, I’ll take you through the large canvas on the left, step by step. I really enjoyed doing that one.

Thank you Mel, for a superb stencil. 

Love & Hugs,

Friday, 19 January 2018

A Blend of Old and New.

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.

Just a quickie. Had a super morning with the young people who will be joining our team soon.
You know, ‘Andy and ‘Andy! Aka Lucy and Alec.
What a great addition to the Clarity family. 

I was doing some clearing out this afternoon, 
and came across these old beauties. Who remembers these stamps?Cor blimey! That takes me back!

and then there’s the single sexy corset with the feminine legs.
I’d still say that the feminine leg was the fastest stamp I EVER designed! 

It’s how I write!

But add those old stamps to these new Designer Cards -
with a dash of pencil shade here and there  - and we’ve thrown a whole new light on them.

What’s important is that we don’t forget our old stash whilst  hurtling onwards and upwards. I know things trend, but there are things buried in the back of the cupboard that gave us pleasure then, and are still sure to delight.

Wow! That sounds a bit cryptic, doesn’t it!

Whatever you are doing at the weekend, I do hope you have a pleasant one.

Hoping to have more time for art tomorrow.

Love & Hugs,

Thursday, 18 January 2018

It’s ‘ard, innit?

Hi there!
Thanks for popping in.
Just got in myself, and to be honest I need to eat, not make art!

So I will leave the office earlier maƱana, and do some art instead.
This evening I shall just wind down, and tell you what’s going on.
So Brother Steve - he who is in charge of Groovi production and the Warehouse - comes into my office this morning for a chat.
We don’t have to speak. We just look at each other and know.

And we rolled up laughing. 
“Blimey Steve!” said I, “Is it me, or has it gone mad?”
“Nope, It’s definitely gone mad,” he laughed. 
“There’s only one thing for it - apart from permanent night shift. And he started punching the air...
Gimme an L! L! Gimme an E! E! Gimme an N! N!!!!
Len’s our dear friend who rolls his sleeves up and piles into Groovi production in another location when we need help. But it was so funny when big Steve suddenly turned into a cheer leader. 

To add to the comic relief, he caught the back of his jeans on something in the warehouse, or as he put it, ripped the arse out of ‘em - literally. Without putting too fine a point on it, the seat of his pants was flapping in the breeze; I reckon it must have been a bit chilly round the willy!

My lovely department, the design crew, were hard at it upstairs, pedalling like fury, too. So I thought I’d cheer them up...

“Good news guys. Tomorrow we’ve got some people coming for a chat. One’s a website developer, so that’s ‘andy, and the other one’s a graphic illustrator, so that’s ‘andy too.”

“Both ‘andy then?” chipped in Jim. 
“Oh yes,” I added, “and Lucy has got a journalism background as well.”

Jim: “So ‘ang on. There’s two Andy’s and a Lucy?”

You can imagine the response. He was dead serious, too. Give me strength!! It’s only mid-January, and Jim’s already fried !!!

So yeah. I am going to have a cuppa, and make some suppa.
And it is ‘ard, but it’s fun too.

Love & Hugs,