I hope you have had a good Sunday.
Mine has been a nice day of doing nothing!
I need to get myself ready for being put on the naughty step tomorrow!
Here is a beautiful piece of artwork that Barbara’s good friend Linda Williams prepped for her/us for this Sunday, so that Barb could have one more day to clear the decks, polish her teeth as she says, and get back on the horse!
Linda used her 123 plates to do this one, and even did a wonderful photo step by step for us. It actually looks quite achievable when you break it down into stages.
The new plates from Linda Williams are still on offer:
Take a piece of A4 clear parchment and trace out the circle containing the Mallow flower from Linda’s 123 – E Butterfly, Lavender & Mallow A4 Square plate using the No.1 (0.8mm) Groovi tool or the 1mm Pergamano ball tool – nice and crisp.
Use the No.2 (1.3mm) Groovi tool or the 1.5mm Pergamano ball tool to very lightly (so that it hardly touches the parchment) emboss the Mallow flower, leaving out the veins in the middle of the petals and the stalks of the stamens.
We are going to emboss the Mallow flower the traditional way so that the outline is lost in the embossing to give a more natural look.
Place your image onto an embossing mat. I prefer to use the Pergamano Excellent Mat when doing this type of white work.
Emboss very lightly using the 6mm Pergamano ball tool. Emboss from the outside edge of the petals towards the centre, curving the embossing to accentuate the shape of the petals.
Ideally, you would want to leave at least 30 minutes in between layers, preferably overnight if you have time.
You will notice where I have left some gaps within the petals for the veins, you can make them narrower later if you feel they are too wide. I have also left some gaps for the shadows within the centre of the flower.
To add a little more whiteness, you can move down to the 4.5mm Pergamano ball tool for a few more light layers.
Whilst you are waiting for your white work to rest in between layers, emboss a frame using the Nested Square Extension plate. Emboss the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th innermost squares, leaving out the diagonal corners.
Use the various elements on the plate to infill the frame. Add some dotted lines for the butterfly trail.
On a separate piece of parchment, emboss the outline of the butterfly. Build up the white work in the same way at the Mallow flower.
Finish off the final stages of the white work on your flower.
Know when to stop!
It is better to stop early rather than overcook it.
Do as much as you feel comfortable with, time and experience will tell you when your paper has had enough.
For the final emboss, I used the 3mm Pergamano ball tool, very lightly and only on the whitest parts where I think the light would fall.
Spread around the edges of each colour to keep the colours separate. I used pink, purple and green.
Dorso around the flower in the circle, adding a tiny amount of purple to the centre of the flower.
Don’t worry about going over the edges of the frame or the petals or the butterflies, you can remove the colour using the Faber-Castell eraser.
I used the following: A8 – Mallow, A7 – Lavender, A16 – Leaves and A6 & A9 – Butterflies.
Using the Perga Liner B pencils dry, colour between the narrow double lines of the frame.
I used the following: B5, B6 & B14
With a 2 Needle Bold Pergamano tool, perforate around the outside edge of the frame and then picot cut.
You might find the A4 Basic Straight Grid helpful.
Perforate around the Butterfly with the 2 Needle Bold Pergamano tool and picot cut.
Attach the Butterfly with a tiny amount of Perga Glue.
A big, big thank you to Linda Williams for this stunning step-by-step – pure elegance.
Don’t forget to make the most of all the special offers from the past 2 weeks whilst Barb has been on holiday.
I will need some company on the naughty step on Monday – so get shopping!
Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on the blog – normal service will resume on Monday!