Good of you to pop in.
Been doing art all day, gearing up for all the TV shows looming on the horizon.
If I tell you what’s when now, then you will know what’s when then!
Sunday 28th Oct 2-4pm Barb
Sunday 28th Oct 6-7pm Barb and 8-9pm Paul
Monday 29th Oct 9-10am Barb 1-2pm Paul 5-6pm Paul
Thursday 1st Nov. 12-1pm Live from NEC Barb
Friday 2nd Nov 12-1pm Live from NEC Paul
Sat 3rd Nov 12-1pm Live from NEC Barb
Sun 4th Nov 12-1pm Live from NEC Paul
Wednesday 7th Nov 5-6 pm Germany QVC II Barb
I’ve suddenly come over all limp. So much for slowing down, taking my foot of the accelerator! Ah well. One day at a time, eh…And to be really honest, it is the TV shows which define us, which put us on your radar, which have put us on the map!
I don’t take TV for granted. It was offered to us many years ago; it was a Golden Opportunity which we embraced – and still do. We never tire of doing our very best, and it seems to be working well! Long may it continue.
So come on Gray! Time to smile and have an attitude of gratitude!
On the subject of GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY, I want to throw a light on some very special paints and stencils:
There are a few Golden Open Acrylics which – if I may say so, are fantastic to work with. We only stock a handful of them, because they are quite expensive, and I have figured out which ones I think we NEED! When you combine these particular colours, you can get the most spectacular blends.
I had a little play this afternoon, using some rather super A4 stencils too. Ready for a guided tour?
First colour: Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold.
Place the A4 Stencil face down on the 8×10 inch Gelpress.
Brayer the Golden Open Gold through the centre.
Clean off your brayer before adding Phthalo Blue top and bottom. Where the blue overlaps the yellow, lovely greens ensue. This paint is a slow drying oily acrylic. Blimming fantabulous.
Lift the painty stencil off the Gelpress. We have got two paths to follow now, and as the paint is a slow dryer, we don’t have to rush at all at all.
Let’s go with the stencil first, which is covered with paint.
Place it on a piece of our large Stencil card
Run it through a mangle (err… Die cutting machine eg Gemini). See how perfectly the paint transfers from the stencil to the card?
Then of course, there’s still the paint on the GelPress to pull another print…
NICE!! So we have both a positive and a negative print.
Shall we keep going? See what else we can discover?
Right. Repeat the same steps as for the above, but before we lift the stencil off the Gelpress, let’s try a couple of tricks. Roll the brayer in the paints on the craft mat and then pounce it over the artwork through the yellow area on the Gelpress. Bounce it. I was thinking fields and hills. What’s great is that you are grunging up the stencil colours too. So when you lift the stencil off, you have mushed up the colours in the background AND on the stencil. See the difference?
See how you can lift this paint off the Gelpress beautifully with a stamp too?
I could go on, but that’ll do.
This paint is the one which gives the absolute most deluxe scraps too. Look!
You know you will be seeing these in art over the next couple of weeks! What a stash!
And just by laying a sheet of copy paper over the leftover paint on the craft mat!
These three -Magenta, Phthalo Blue and Nickel Azo Gold plus the Paynes Gray. Those are the four I highly recommend. A little goes a long way with these, too.These tubes will last an age.
And the stencils. Well they are pretty deluxe too.
There are three in this collection in A4.
Mel drew these. I think they would make superb stamps, dies and stamps too, don’t you?!
Time for tea.
Love & Hugs,