Thanks for popping in.
The kids have been on my mind a lot since they were here for Dad’s birthday. It was great to see them, and I was so proud of them for making the time and effort to celebrate their grandad’s birthday with the rest of us here in England.
They certainly got their priorities right there, didn’t they?
But I hate that they live so far away.
New York and San Francisco are too far from this home here.
I know we don’t have them to keep them.
I know we give them wings so they may fly and all that.
I know I did the same and lived abroad for over 13 years.
I know they’re only doing what they were taught,
which is to travel, explore and live life.
But all that knowing doesn’t change the fact that I miss them so much it aches.
My way of dealing with it today is to play with a picture of them.
For Dad’s celebration dinner, I got loads of snapshot style photos printed of his childhood, him growing up, his friends, Mum, the kids, the grandkids, siblings. It was very special.
It involved a lot of scanning photos, but it was definitely worth it.
You should have seen all the family when they came into the private dining-room, and they saw the beautifully laid table and then all the pictures hung around the room.
It was quite moving to watch my nearest and dearest moving slowly around the room, soaking in all the memories and moments.
There was laughter, there were tears.
But I can tell you, it was precious.
I think I finally understand why people enjoy making photo albums and scrapbooks. It’s never really been my thing.
But I thoroughly loved gathering the photos, and scanning them, giving them all titles, and decorating the room with them.
It was like diving back in time to when we were young, thinking about my darling nan and grandad, and Aunty Evelyn, and all those wonderful characters who have gone on ahead. Each photo reminded me of a time in the past, not just the people in it.
So today, when I woke up missing the kids even more than usual,
I decided to play with them.
I also wanted to try out a new product, and see if it really does do what it says on the jar.
Finding a photo of the kids was easy – I had scanned loads, remember? I printed it off on my laser printer, and cut it out.
Grace and Mark both went to Edenbridge Primary School.
Nowadays I see the same little uniforms trundling past me on their way through the school gates every morning when I drive to work.
Right. This is the gear.
The clue’s on the jar!
Brush some on an A6 canvas board
and on the front of the photo copy, too.
Flip the photo copy face down onto the little canvas board.
Working from the centre outwards, flatten it slowly with a brayer, to roll out air bubbles.
On the jar, it says “now wait 24 hours”
Not a chance.
I will give it 5 minutes maximum or it’s a non starter.
Okay okay, I will help it along with a heat gun….
Spritz the whole thing with water now.
I know. Bizarre.
But see how Grace and Mark start to peep through?
Use a scoochy sponge or a kitchen scourer
(not the scratchy side though – the spongey side)
to gently rub away the back of the copy paper.
Gently does it.
IT IS BRILLIANT!!!
You can decided how grungy you want it to look.
The more you rub, the more will come off.
Mind the faces. You don’t want to rub their little faces off!
I wanted to distress the edges a little, so more rubbing required.
Dusted the photo canvas clean with a dry brush,
and Bob’s your uncle.
Actually, it’s Uncle Kevin, and he is wonderful.
Then I walked the brayer over another A5 canvas board
with red paint that matched the kids’ jumpers.
I wanted that old, gritty feel to the object.
And I think it worked.
So although the kids are thousands of miles away,
I’ve just spent 2 hours in their company, thoroughly enjoying myself.
As for the product review, YES.
This gear works an absolute treat.
And it’s fast drying!
We stock them in many, many sizes.
Home made canvas photos make great gifts actually, don’t you think? And whilst I have just transferred the photo, wouldn’t it be cool to add stencil art and mixed media work to this too!
Laser printers aren’t anywhere near what they used to cost anymore either. £100 at Argos. I remember paying about $2,000 for a colour laser printer back in the day! And that was in a sale!
How times change, eh?
Got to go back to work.
Love & hugs,