Thanks for popping in.
Must tell you what happened yesterday, when we went for a walk up on the forest. Went off piste, as you do, and decided to go off the beaten track and cut across the fields. Well. They looked like fields from a distance, but on closer inspection, they were actually swampland. One minute I was the official pathfinder, and we were ambling along, admiring the amazing holly trees,
the next minute, we were up to our arses in boggy marshy grasses. Couldn’t go forward, couldn’t go back. Orienteering and all that dyb dyb dyb dob dob dob were never my strong point. Brother Steve was always the one with the compass embedded in his Wayfinders Tuff shoe heel as a kid, so I’d always just followed him!
Anyway, once we were well and truly stuck, Farmer Dave quickly moved to front position, and I just put my feet where he had put his, and trudged along slowly behind him. We were walking on tall mounds of sod , like spongey little islands, and inbetween was just marshland. Suddenly Dave started picking up speed, and hopping from island to island, gathering momentum. He was proper galloping by the time he went down. And when he pretty much disappeared in the bog, I peed myself laughing, whilst trying to keep my balance on my little grassy clump with my legs crossed. Honestly. Have you ever watched Takeshi’s castle? Then it was my turn to cross the tricky bit, and just when I thought I was home and dry – the tussock I stepped over to gave out underfoot – and down she sank, in slow-mo, like an elephant who has been shot by a tranquilizer on National Geographic. And could she get back up? Nope. And could Dave get her up? Nope. There were a few Angus cows grazing not far off, just watching us two fools stumbling around, laughing. Do cows laugh?
Anyway, I sprained my ankle good and proper, but it was so worth it. Haven’t had a crack like that for ages. And we got back to the car park just in time to get a Mr. Whippy ice cream – complete with flake, too.
So this morning, it being Sunday, I thought I’d blog the memory – and do a little step by step for you. Hahahaha. Step by Step ! Get it? Hobble hobble…
I had a moment of clarity with the Gel Press Petites too… See the registration line on the Mega mount which comes free with the Gelpress when you order from us?
Mini moon in the top half. Ink up half again,
blot it on scrap then add the sky.
Tap the edge of the round Gel Press in another Archival Pad (Vermillion)
Add a little depth to the sky, then remove the moon mask.
You can blend the Orange Blossom and Vermillion on the silhouette trees too, to achieve light and shade. See? Just ink up half.
Plant the main tree centrestage, then use a scrap mask to cover up the tracks you made, and add the same tree, blotted and faded in the distance.
Here I’ve used the side of another of the wee trees, to make hedgerows along the tracks. This is where we sank – right in that dip. See us?
Let me dig out the Lombardy Poplar trees. I am sure they are part of a Tuscany stamp set, but I can’t find them on the website anywhere. I shall have to get them brought back to life. They are superb little trees, and we do have a lot of them up on the forest! Yep, look out for them in the coming weeks…
There we are. Poplars to the back. A few tussocks and hillocks for us two pillocks!
Now for the Piece de Resistance! I must say, this is one of my smarter moves: to keep the Word Chain Alphabet permanently mounted in a box. What a luxury.
You can just start writing! On scrap first, to make sure it fits….
Looking good. Took a couple of minutes if that. Still using Vermillion and Orange Blossom ink pads. Beautiful Autumnal colours.
Now to transfer the words to the artwork.
All back in the box ready for next time. If you are into your stamping, then this is a very VERY useful way to go. Upper case AND lower case permanently mounted. You can write ANYTHING, ANY NAME – and instantly.
Mounted on a piece of Rainbow River Card. And the memory is complete.
And to think, it all started out with Arthur Gelliplate and a bowl of chalk!
Love & Hugs,