How are you today?
Thanks for popping in.
Been very busy today, working with my dear friend Tina Cox.
She is joining me on Sunday’s TV show from 2-4pm.
In fact, she is running the show!
Yep, to celebrate the Pergamano launch on HOCHANDA,
we have put together a couple of excellent tool kits,
and Tina is going to teach us how to use the tools.
I am happy to hand over to her, take a back seat and learn along with many of you.
Believe you me, she will enlighten us!
I love Groovi, and i think i am slowly improving my game,
but I also recognise that there are far more talented and experienced experts out there, and Tina is one of them.
That frees me up to focus on what I am good at too.
Which is making a mess with stencils and paint and the Gel press plates!
At 5pm on Sunday, I am going to wield ye old brayer
and get the paint out…
After a week of air-conditioned halls,
I thought I’d let my hair down
and see if I can still remember the sequence of layers.
The 6″ x 6″ Gel press Plate goes on the 7″ x 7″ megamount.
That’s easy enough!
Then a thin layer of blue Fresco chalk paint.
Glass Blue is lovely.
Spread it on with a Speedball brayer.
Roll it on, roll it off…
Needs to dry.
Pat it with a scrumple tissue to check.
Spread them over the blue, quite quickly,
like so, using the brayer and a craft mat to blend the two.
Place the Treescape stencil on the wet paint quickly,
while the paint is still wet.
Love this stencil.
In fact, when you watch the TV show on Sunday with Tina and myself, you will see that I liked it so much
we’ve turned it into a Groovi Plate.
Use a sheet of copy paper to blot the paint in between the stencil.
Rub it well.
Nice print for a blot!
So now we still have the stencil on the plate, but the paint underneath the stencil will still be wet.
It will remain so for a while, because no air is getting to it.
So I went ahead and rolled some Limelight and Blue paint over the stencil, here and there…
You can see from the stencil which colours I have added.
Now for the moment we have to really really focus!
Whip the stencil off and get the copy paper or piece of card down immediately, so the paint underneath the stencil doesn’t have a chance to dry.
And again, this is the blot.
So here, my friends, is the Gelplate, with the dry paint on it,
ready for the final print.
The question is, how do we lift all this paint off the plate?
With more paint.
I am using Honey Dew.
Opaque. Nice colour. Uplifting and bright, without being white.
squirt some directly onto the dry treescape paint on the plate.
use the Speedball brayer to lightly spread the paint.
Too much paint, and it won’t work.
Too little paint and it won’t work.
Yeah. I know!
And you wonder why I get nervous on telly doing this live !!!
The trick is to put plenty on, but then start rolling it off again, until you can see the print through the opaque paint.
Quickly flip the plate on the megamount over and lower down
onto the white card.
Which white card? Our stencil card is good for this.
Flip back over, rub the back of the card, to transfer the print from the plate to the card, then peel back.
Left a tiny bit on the plate, but who cares.
The moon is shining through!
There we are.
No one but two prints.
I actually think I like the blot even better!
Glad to know I haven’t lost my touch,
and that I still remember.
I do like this arty, distressed type of print.
Mind you, the treescape design is fabulous
in Groovi AND as a stamp actually.
Our dear friend Mel drew this one.
It’s brilliant, just like her.
Love & hugs,