TV in the morning, then lunch with Mum and Dad.
Slow drive home in the fog, and now a little chat to my Blogfriends
before a film and a log fire with Dave.
I hope you enjoyed the show this morning.
My God! Those Wee Folk didn’t hang about for long!
I can’t remember a show when a stampset shot out of the door before we even had time to complete
the product walk down the counter!
If you didn’t watch, this is what we’re talking about.
Two chains of little people, Wee Folk as we like to call them.
and Wee Folk 2
It was Dave’s concept. He said it might be great to have a set of little action figures, to enhance landscapes and card compositions.
Then Jim set to work drawing and compiling these little guys.
I knew that you would enjoy the Chain format,
because you loved the Word Chains so much,
so we went into production.
What we didn’t anticipate was just HOW MUCH
you would like them!
But the demo crashed forward despite the SOLD OUT sign.
If you watched, you will have seen the Bubble Stencil trick on the 6″ x 6″ Gelli Plate.
Laid the stencil down and fitted the bubbles into their slots. Made a mark with a Sharpie pen on each dot for easy recognition.
Lifted the stencil, brayered Cranberry over the plate.
Screwed up a piece of copy paper lengthways,
laid it down on the inky Gelli Plate,
wiped a little of the red off the bubbles at the top,
placed a piece of Gelli Card on the Gelli Plate, rubbed the back,
and pulled a print.
Actually, pulled 2 prints; the second one was just a little lighter.
Cleaned the red off the brayer and the Gelli Plate,
did the same thing again with Stonewashed Blue Adirondack.
Instead of copy paper, I used Sequin waste to make a cool pattern.
Build layers of colour.
I added a little Denim at the bottom too.
But the clock was ticking on telly,
so I had to stop with the Gelli arty stuff,
and get on with the stamping and finishing.
Whistled through the stamping part with the Wee Folk 2!
Stamped the different children into different bubbles
using a black Archival.
Squiggle-outlined the bubbles with a fine Micron Pen,
Coloured in the squiggles with Spectrum Noir Pencils.
went round the edge too.
Made some hills and background paths etc with more squiggles.
Is there an artier, more impressive word than squiggles please???
It started out quite slowly, building up the colours, but I was very happy with the finished piece.
See how the squiggles run through from one bubble to another?
I think it’s called creating flow…
If I had had more time, I would have added more shade I think, to the outside and inside of the bubbles.
But when what you’re demonstrating has long since left the building, shading the insides and outsides of the bubbles is not really what’s wanted or needed!
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I’ve just hit a tired wall, so it’s time to switch off guys!
Thank you sooooo much if you watched.
I must say, it felt great to hit the spot with these stamps.
To have an almost complete Sell Out Show the week before launching Clarity in the U.S. certainly allayed any fears that I might have!
And as my good friend Mel Heaton said to me yesterday, when I was confiding in her about anxiety re the US Shows.
“Barbara, your thoughts are not reality.
They are just your thoughts.”
Click. Instant relief.
lots of love,