Thanks for stopping by.
Rainy Thursday afternoon here in the South of England.
Poor old Dave didn’t escape the lurgy, I’m afraid.
He’s just arrived at where I was about a fortnight ago.
Don’t envy him that at all.
So now it’s my turn to be nurse.
Poor sod because he’s ill?
Or poor sod because I’m his nurse…
So here’s a step by step which I did this afternoon.
Just decided to go where the art took me –
and am delighted with the result1
Let’s take a look.
Go get the kettle on, and then just follow the pics…
We need the Chinese Lantern Stencil – one of my faves.
There is actually a second Chinese Lantern stencil,
where we have extracted just a couple of the pods.
That’s quite cool, too:
But anyway, back to the pods in question!
Drag Grunge Paste
through the stencil
with the spreader
Cut back to the edge, like so:
Wash the stencil, replace, and spritz through it.
Same sketch with a blue ink,
Then I sanded the top of the Grunge Paste down a little.
Take your pick!
Here’s where I threw caution to the wind
and decided to try something new!
Cover with Detail Clear embossing powder,
tap off excess and heat set.
Now we’ve sealed in the blue and the colour,
it’s time to super glaze the whole piece.
Coat the whole piece with Versamark ink.
Another coat of embossing powder.
Tap off excess and heat set.
You have to be able to touch this now.
The card seems to change property and become like a coated fabric canvas.
Really really cool.
Totally like glass.
Let’s get in really close…
See the blues trapped in the glaze?
Using double-sided adhesive sheets as close to the edges as I could,
I attached the piece to a canvas board.
Now this is going in my hallway gallery for sure!
Doesn’t that look like a glass tile?
So what am I trying to say,
apart from showing you a neat glazing trick?
Hands up if you make cards to sell.
Hands up if you make things to sell.
Hands up if you sometimes wonder what the point is,
when you spend half a day making a card,
and then only charge £2.50 for it.
(And there will be hundreds of people saying
“£2.50 ?! I wish!! ”)
So here’s what I am suggesting.
And get a box of the fab little stands we sell too.
And if you are thinking that that’s a big investment,
I will add 2 things:
1) Let’s call it a sprat to catch a mackerel.
2) You have probably wasted more money
on a mediocre meal in a restaurant recently.
And then, when you stall up, when you sell your artboards
instead of your cards,
you can charge a lot more than £2.50.
You may call me ambitious,
but if I were exhibiting at an upmarket craft show
– and I spent 20 years selling slate vases at upmarket craftshows, so I think I can gauge a market –
I would tag this artwork at between
£45 and £60, depending on the weather!
Yesterday we talked about confidence.
I think we have to know our worth and what our time is worth, too.
Food for thought.
I know there will be regions where you would argue the market couldn’t handle that tag.
I would argue that there are restaurants in every town.
What’s the worst that can happen?
You made all your Christmas Presents!