Thanks for popping in.
Pouring down here now. Was beautiful weather an hour ago!
That’s English weather for you, eh?
If you don’t like it, wait a minute!
Last week, just before the retreat, who knew it would melt away overnight? It went from minus 11 to plus 11 within 24 hours!
And the water pipes all burst down south, but who cares?!?!?
I was just so grateful that the retreat guests could mostly make it, the absence of water in the house was neither here nor there!
We had a lick and a promise for a few days – as Linda Williams so succinctly put it!
And there they were, half an hour before opening,
I opened the door to see if it opened – and BOO!!!
And then the games began.
Two days packed with teaching and techniques.
Here’s a technique we tried up the shallow end…
First emboss a large flower from the 1-2-3- plates.
Sweet pea looked like an easy one to me.
No. 1 tool.
We want to cut out the inner of the flower, so we need a 2-needle fine or bold, depending on your level of proficiency. If you are starting out, then the bold tool is maybe best – only because the holes are larger and you can see them more easily!
Work your way around the inner lines of the petals. Turn the parchment as you go. Make the artwork come to you.
Here we see my group deep in concentration.
Team Orangery we called them!
Because that was the name of the lovely room!
All done. All done from the front.
Now for the cutting. Always keep the scissors over the bit which is going to fall out.
Turn the artwork. Make it come to your hand.
Missed a bit. never too late to add a couple of holes carefully!
Next, we learned how to use a pattern.
Lay it underneath the circle we are working on.
Lay the pattern on the white super foam mat.
Now, using the Semi-Circle, let’s go round the circle, literally piercing the parchment and the paper.
But only lightly. It’s called SHALLOW PERFORATING
Work from the front.
You can go round without a pattern too. This just ensures the same distance between the little semi circles.
Now with hindsight, I KNOW I should have done ALL the perforating prior to cutting.
But there you go. Now I just have to be more careful round the side where the line has been cut.
It’s not terminal; it just means I have to be more careful, so as not to split the parchment.
Next, flip the parchment to the back, and lay it on a soft pink embossing mat, or the soft side of the black Groovi mat.
Using the No. 4 tool, and working from the back, gently white emboss the inside of each of the arches. Actually, it will be more grey than white the first time round.
Then go round again, always from the back, this time using a smaller tool.
If you can, let it rest a couple of hours, and then go round one more time, using an even smaller tool.
Once you‘re happy with the whiteness of your scallops, it’s time to reperforate the holes.
Use a 1-needle fine tool for this job.
I laid the black foam on the white super foam, so that I could see where I was going. Then just push the single needle down all the way through each hole.
See the difference?
All the way round….
…and then cut
When you get it, and you start to get into the rhythm,
there’s nothing quite like it for relaxing.
There you go!
Happy with that.
Attached the piece to a piece of designer paper, so that the colour peeps through the cut out areas.
I used Perga Glue to attach the piece.
Dabbed it on the back with a sponge.
Got away with it because it gave me a super mottled effect.
But next time, I think it will be brads for me!!!
Trim and edge the designer paper with a Sharpie pen.
The mottled look works here, because of the marbling in the designer paper. But I wouldn’t recommend you try this after all this work, unless you enjoy panicking! PIS with Brads!!!
Play It Safe…
|Happy with that.
Here was a very proud moment, when I came into the dining room in the evening for dinner. 90 Clarity guests atwittering and chattering and relaxing. It was magical.
But now it’s time to catch the end of the rugby with all the Grays.
I think Wales have it!!
Love & Hugs,