Thanks for popping in!
6 days to go before we celebrate HOCHANDA’s 2nd birthday this weekend. Where did the time go??
I shall never EVER forget the day we launched the channel.
Who remembers? I was the anchor, just hopping around like a loony, from simple demos to interviews on the sofa!
It may have been a bit bitty, and the light and sound quality certainly left a lot of room for improvement too! But it was probably one of the most exciting things I have ever done. To help launch a TV channel?? Who else do you know who can put that on their resumé ?!
Two years in, I am pleased and proud to still be there. They have come on in leaps and bounds – and so have we.
On Saturday, Rosie and I are joining in the celebrations with some very special brand new things!
Two books of Designer Parchment Papers for starters.
Northern Lights and Indian Summer.
They are of course both available as Paper pads too, but the parchment pads are not just for parchers!!
Are you kidding? Stamper alert!
This beautiful, high quality translucent parchment will blow you away.
Let me show you what I mean…
I want to show off the beautiful Element stamp by Mel:
But which parchment to use…..
Decision made. Teals it is.
Ink up the stamp with a permanent ink pad, like
You have choices.
If you want to do parching, white work from behind, then you need to stamp on the lighter side of the parchment, the front.
BUT. If you just want to use the vibrant parchment paper as a pure background, then use the back as the front – it is brighter.
Notice I have used the soft side of the craft mat underneath.
A little cushion is good when stamping large stamps.
You can assist the drying with a heat gun if you like.
Takes about half an hour air drying otherwise.
Let’s do some white work from the back. Flip the parchment.
Soft mat underneath…
The darker the parchment paper, the harder it is to see what you’re doing.
Enter the Lightwave and the translucent
It’s a BINGO!
Time for highlights using the Pergamano ball tools.
Smaller ball tools for tight areas,
Larger ball tools and shaders for larger areas.
Take your time, let the work rest in between.
See? The Seal is grey, the dolphin is a little lighter and the orca is really white. That’s because I have worked on the orca 3 times!
Another easy thing to do to create highlights is to erase colour from the parchment in areas.
Use a brush to dust away the specks and bits.
See the gentle whiteness? Her face? His beard?
All simply erased on the back.
Check the front.
Time to add colour from behind.
Add a little more texture and interest with dots from a diagonal grid
Trim the parchment.
It will transform your cutting.
Layer the parchment up on white card, to make the colours pop, then layer up on a piece of the matching paper.
So here’s the million dollar question.
Is this parchment art?
I have stamped onto parchment, and I have used the white stretching property of the parchment to create fab effects.
I have used Pergamano products for sure!
But then again, we own the company!
Here’s what I think.
You can call it what you like.
I call it lovely.
I call it easy.
I call it achievable and I call it very, very Clarity.
Love & Hugs,