Thanks for stopping by today, on July 3rd.
That makes tomorrow July 4th (there are no flies on this girl!)
Well, here at Clarity, we have decided to have a celebration for our American friends!
And why not kick off early? Get in the mood?
Here are a couple of brand new stencils which Jim rustled up today, to commemorate:
My lovely daughter, Grace headed back to New York yesterday, so I buried myself in Grunge Paste, inks and paints for an hour when I got back from the airport. Worked a treat.
And the card came out ok, too.
Here are the results…
Lay the 6″ x 6″ Gelli Plate on the new Mega Mount.
Then on a white background, so you can see where you’re at.
Why the Megmount?
Well, it not only serves as a cool positioner for your art-prints when you pull them, but it also stops the oils and minerals soaking out of the Gelli Plate into absorbent card. Before the Megamount, we were laying the plate onto a piece of the card, so that we could line up the prints, but I noticed that the plate was leaving an oily stain on the card – which told me the goodness was being sucked out of the plate! Not with the Megamount. If you have time, watch the demo on Sunday on TV, and I will clarify its purpose.
Spread a small amount of Phthalo Blue System 3 Acrylic paint on the right of the plate with a brayer.
(The Daler Rowney, not the Golden. We need fast-drying thick paint for this one)
We are going for a distressed look, so keep rolling with the brayer until it start to come off again!
Let it dry.
Do the same on the either side with Crimson.
Now let both dry thoroughly. 3 minutes tops.
You want these patchy areas.
Spread a layer of Buff Titanium over the lot.
Pull your background print on the Clarity Gelli Plate card.
Cut to fit.
I did two, just in case…
Can’t get enough of this Grunge Paste!
Attach the Liberty Stencil with low-tack stencil tape
Load Grunge paste along the lower edge. This is so that you are dragging with the flow of the design, rather than against it.
Don’t worry if you miss a bit. It’s suppose to look grungy
and Levi Jeansy!
BINGO!!!! I say, I say! BINGO!!
Notice how the blue and the red are on the correct sides of the flag….
Wash the stencil and wait for the paste to dry, You can help it along with a hair dryer or heat gun, but don’t get too close, or it will blister. Talking of blisters, man did I catch myself on Sunday with steam when I was doing the roast lamb! Hurties!!!
Anyway, replace the stencil when the paste is dry, and add colour to the paste.
I used the following colours:
You don’t have to use permanent inks on Grunge Paste; I just found these colours to be ideal.
Leave the stars alone.
Use the black to add depth and darkness to the Statue.
Add a little Bundled Sage Distress Ink to the rest of the Statue.
After all, she is quite green in the flesh!
I trimmed the art right back and mounted on black.
Happy with that.
Really cool up close too, because the white of the grunge paste really lifts the stencilwork.
Remember the second background piece I did?
Well, while I was waiting for the paste to dry, I had a go with the stencil naked, so to speak.
I only dragged paste through the stars, because I couldn’t think of a better way to get the stars to come out white (well whitish)
I was delighted with the result, too.
I wanted to get a really weather-worn feel to the artwork.
I just sharpened up the black edges of the stencil with a black micron pen.
Happy Independence Day!
So to celebrate the 4th July, we have launched a 40% Sale on all things American in our range of stamps and stencils.
Take a look.
Take a look.
I love America!