Just got in from Ally pally.
What a stonking day!
Thank you so much if you visited us today.
It’s as I said. We can’t control the outcome, but we sure can influence it by prepping well!
The TV show went well too, although it is pretty different working with a live audience! I think they enjoyed it.
This is the parchment work I did.
I was really chuffed with it.
I know there is plenty of room for improvement – of course there is!
But I have only been doing parchment since we came up with the Groovi System, not even 2 years ago,
so YES! I am delighted to have come this far!
Even more importantly, it’s the fact that I have WANTED to learn the traditional parching skills used here.
Thank you Groovi xxxx
With the help of experts like Linda and Tina, always willing to share their knowledge. I just watched them very, very closely and then emulated what they did. Until it clicked.
And it does. Eventually.
Here’s the Brand New Plate I showcased:
I photo-stepped it up when I was making it the other day,
because I figured I wouldn’t have time to go right through it all on the telly, so here it is….
A5 clear parchment.
Emboss the larger of the two images, using the No. 2 tool first, to stretch the parchment, then the No. 1 stylus at the other end over the same lines again.
Transfer the art to the soft side of the black mat, and start to introduce gentle folds into the fabric of her dress.
I used a shader:
You can really build light and shade with the edge of the shader.
Let’s do all the whitework first.
Next came the pattern in the dress.
For this I went with one of the patterns in Tina’s No. 1 Straight Pattern Grid,
which we showcased last Sunday.
What a great little book that is!
It has certainly opened my eyes,
and made the elusive gridwork so achievable!
See the grid in the Mate here?
Emboss the dots from behind first.
Like Tina says: go with whatever you are doing more of.
If you are perforating more, then start on the front with that.
I can see exactly what I’m doing for a start!
And my failing eyesight IS becoming a bit of a challenge…
For the perforating in between the embossed dots in the dress,
let’s use the 1-Needle Bold Pergamano Tool and the basic border grid. See it in the photo?
Let’s add a little pattern from the same pattern grid over the arch.
From behind. Embossed dots first.
Start in the centre and work your way outwards.
Now to cut out the areas between the trellis in the background…
Let’s do all the piercing next.
Along the straight lines I used the straight grid to guide me.
Study the picture and work out which parts needs cutting out BEFORE you even pick up the perforating tool!
Let’s zoom forward to the finished piece….
If you look at it, you can easily see how I made the frame with the nested rectangle
added a little gridwork inside the frame lines using one of the simple patterns on the pattern grid again.
Used a punch to attach to black card.
No colour, not even coloured card.
I know that black card is less forgiving than a more vibrant,
But I really wanted to show off the whitework,
and this is best done on black.
I spent hours on this card, but it was perfect for perfecting the picot cutting. I think repetition is the key to this gig, don’t you? The more you do it the better you get at it.
Time to kick back and eat something.
Day 2 tomorrow.
Love & Hugs,