Thanks for stopping by.
and after an arduous flight home from Munich last night,
with frozen fog and all sorts,
it’s time to get back on the horse,
get back in the boat,
and get back to blogging as I like it.
I’ve had enough of moping around and feeling whimpy,
so let’s get this show on the road!!!
Have you ever heard of the expression
You’ve got to fake it to make it ?
Well, that’s the name of the game here.
I have to tell you the truth, too.
Apart from being really unwell,
I have also had to deal with the fact that Mark, my lad,
is going back to live in California a lot earlier than planned.
Young Love and all that.
Bitter pill to swallow.
But hey, we don’t have them to keep them, do we.
Just wish it wasn’t so very far away.
So I brought myself up to my little art room
before the Italy V England rugby game,
and gave myself a talking to
whilst making some art for the blog.
All this tearfulness is just no good.
It won’t change a damned thing.
It will just keep me stuck on this Pity Pot,
which gets quite uncomfortable after a while!
So sod it. Let’s make some art,
get out of the head and busy with the hands.
Thought this lovely stamp of a person being tossed around in the waves was quite appropriate.
Make a Post-It mask.
Cut it out.
Stamp the image into place on 7″x7″ Gelli Card
with a Black Archival.
Dab a few ink colours onto the 6″x6″ Gelli Plate,
which is placed on one of our Megamounts.
Spritz with a little water.
Place a plastic polybag on top of the ink
and mix it up a bit on the gelli Plate.
Remove the polybag,
Cover up the stamped image with the mask, then flip the Gelli Plate on the Mega Mount and set the ink surface down on the card.
This is where you are headed.
Another couple of layers doing the same thing,
but with different colours.
Use the mask and a make-up sponge to add some depth around the outer edge of the image.
We want to make it look as if it is layered up.
Now use the outer cutout to mask off the surround,
so that you can apply colour to the picture itself.
Make-up sponge with Tumbled Glass and
Antique Linen make a great base colour.
Time to add a little shade with Distress Pens.
This is the best way to add detail depth.
So, stepping away from the action for a moment,
and considering your next move…
Could stop now, play it safe.
Maybe just run a Scattered Straw Pen around the outer edge
for added depth.
or fling caution to the wind
and spritz some Distress Reinkers into the whole frame.
See how instantly looser and more interesting it it?
In for a penny ….
I want to make the edges tatty, too.
So I used large scissors to cut in.
Then I went round all 4 edges with the scissor blades,
just rubbing back and forth to break up the edges.
The Gelli Card is great for this kind of rough treatment!
Curled up a couple of the corners between 2 fingers, too.
Then scissor cut a piece of mat black card
just a little larger than the tattered artwork,
and then layered that up on some muted cream card,
to make the piece stand out.
Do I need a verse?
There is a very cool one which was created specifically for this particular image, and comes with the set.
We can’t direct the wind,
but we can adjust the sails.
but I think I will leave it here.
Washing machine head calmer.
It really works, doesn’t it.
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