Thanks for popping in.
Back to the grindstone today.
Lots to do, lots to plan for.
But before I could even begin to get arty,
it was time to clear the worktop in my art room!
I have piling one thing after another on this island here for weeks, and my workspace has been shrinking daily.
So this evening, it was time to get sorted.
And look what I found !
LIQUID GOLD !
I remember being ultra impressed by a calligrapher
at the Frankfurt Trade Show back in February,
who was demonstrating this gold mica paste from Japan.
He wrote my name for me. Look:
Anyway, I was that impressed with the quality of the flow and vibrance of the gold, I bought a load of it.
Japanese Mica paste
Then it arrived.
Then I brought some home to try out.
Then it got buried.
That’s how things go when you are busy.
Same with food in the fridge.
I see something super in the farm shop
and decide we are going to have a feast.
Then I buy it.
Then I work late all week.
Then I throw it away before it crawls out of the fridge by itself.
The good news is that this Gold paste has no shelf life!
And if it does say so on the packet, let me know!!!
So does it work on parchment?
Oh yes indeedy.
Oh boy. It is exquisite.
If you add a tiny, tiny amount of water, it flows like liquid gold,
and the parchment doesn’t buckle at all.
You can get in the smallest areas with this little brush too.
I thought I would try a mapping pen.
I struggled a little loading the nib,
until I figured out to use the brush to swipe the liquid gold across the back of the nib.
Bingo. Works a treat.
Then it was easy to use the pen too, and in the tiniest areas without going over the white line art.
So I just played a little, worked out that you don’t have to press half as hard as you think you have to.
In fact, the pen works best when you DON’t press too hard.
But I think I need a pen/nib just for gold.
It washes out well, but when I was watching the guy in Frankfurt, he definitely always used his one pen.
I’m guessing it becomes yours over time,
when it is seasoned to fit your hand.
If you were looking for a deluxe gold, for parchment, papercraft or mixed media art, look no further –
I think the Japanese have nailed it.
Love & Hugs.
PS If you are coming to the Bristol parchment Show on Sunday,
I will make sure we take plenty with us.
PPS Maria is on HOCHANDA tomorrow. 1pm and 5pm.
Tune in to see some great demos using brand new and beautiful things.