Thanks for popping in.
Grace and her lovely fella left early this morning, headed back to the Big Apple already. Can’t believe she’s gone again. But hey ho. We had a blast, and she thoroughly enjoyed her Christmas for sure! It was so good to spend a week with friends and family. So so good. How quickly it passes though, eh.
Mark’s still here for a couple of days, so it’s a gradual departure, which is better. He’s gone up to London to party with his mates, so I thought I’d come up here and wrap my head round what’s on the horizon at Clarity….
This time next week I’ll be packing my bags ready for telly on Sunday again!
A while ago, Leonie and I spend a day together, making plans for 2019. One of the things she mentioned was frameless stencils. She felt we ought to develop a range of them, for printing and mixed media; she has already designed some, which we’re working on for her first official Clarity show later in January. Very happy to be working with Leonie next year. She’s not only a true creative – she’s a good friend. Great energy.
Here’s a framelss stencil, so you get what we mean. The Flower Heart, which I drew yonks ago as a stamp, we’ve now turned into a frameless stencil. It’ll be on the TV next Sunday.
I thought I’d have a play today, firstly so I get a sense of direction again, and secondly for distraction.
See the tiny tabs on the side. We decided to add them so you have a choice. You can snip them off if you prefer, but they’re great for positioning and lifting the stencil onto canvas and Gelpress. Just bend them upwards.
Decided to emboss it, so you can see how thick our Claritystencils are, and how handy it is to NOT have a frame around the outside. See? I can position it anywhere.
Here, I have run the clean stencil through a Gemini with a 5”x5” card blank. Very classy.
Dry brushed the raised images, to highlight them.
Stamped Beauty onto a little panel using a Distress Oxide ink pad. Tumbled Glass. Great blue.
Dragged and smeared the panel edge for a more grungy look.
Let’s do the same to the card. See how you drag the ink pad along the edge, to puddle up some ink along that edge?
Then just swipe your finger through the ink along the edges. Add the Sentiment panel. Done.
I like that more distressed effect. The offset embossed heart, and the random smears.
Hahahaha!! Still very tame compared to the crazy art which Leonie and our Sam Crowe create, but that’s okay. We can do neat grunge too!
So look out for our new frameless stencils; we have so many cool things in the pipeline for 2019!
Time to go make Dave a cuppa.
Love & Hugs,