Today’s Youtube is one of mine. It is a little longer than usual, but then parchment art isn’t speed crafting, is it ?!
And why have we called it the Humble Groovi Grid? Well, let me explain. A Groovi Grid is simply an acrylic plate with loads of holes drilled through it. We have different sizes – A5 square, A4 square, long border grids to marry up with Tina Cox’s pattern grids, and here I am presenting the latest size: the baby plate size, A6 square.
It’s for those of us who want to test the waters, do smaller gridwork, do gridwork on the go.
The holes are either drilled straight or offset (aka diagonal). It’s that basic.
And the grids are either bold, (larger holes) for use with bold tools, or super fine, with smaller holes for finer tools.
It is a pretty basic concept, albeit precision engineered.
And yet, the artwork which is created from such a modest, seemingly basic thing can be astoundingly intricate and beautiful. In truth, it defines the art of parchment. Those incredible lace borders, that wonderful framework we gasp as – it is created with these grids. Such a humble tool – yet such a potent one.
So today I am taking you through some very basic tricks and techniques in the form of a modest sampler.
I am no expert, but I can show you the ropes!
If you fancy getting to grips with gridwork, today might be a good day to start!
I just watched the video back, and had to chuckle at the end when I said HELP IS ON THE WAY! Obviously, I was referring to the Picot Dies combined with Groovi plates, which blew the doors off recently, when we launched them. And I must say, given my time constraints, I much prefer to spend my cutting time on the middle bits than the tedious edges. I simply don’t have the time at this point in my life! And the chances are, that come the day I DO have time, my eyesight will fail me! So all hail to the Picot dies!
All the products in the video are greatly reduced;