Thanks for popping in. Up with the songbirds this morning, so thought I would look at the week ahead. Lots to do, lots to consider.
One of the highlights this week is on Wednesday 6pm on Hochanda TV, when our lovely Maria launches a collection of superb filigree stamps AND Groovi plates, designed by Mel. I got caught up playing with them yesterday evening – and they are pretty special.
Decided to do a stamping step by step for you, so you can see how fab they are. You will recall I mentioned them a week ago, when we visited Standen House, and chanced upon a William Morris exhibition. “Ooooh!” I thought, as we walked through the halls and rooms of that magnificent Arts & Crafts residence. “I know what to do now!”
So many of William Morris’s designs are negative paintings. Not that they are miserable! No no!! On the contrary! What I mean is that the colour is injected in the backgrounds, which makes the images stand out or pop, as we often say today.
He also designed wallpapers which tesselated seamlessly, and so although the designs weren’t symmetrical, he was able to create marvellous textiles which were hand-printed on the roll. Mel’s drawings will do that for you too. They are epic.
Today I want to explore the idea of negative design. Ready? It is so easy! Just think background!
This pair of swirls is just one of five: We have called them Beauty, Peace, Joy, Hope and Faith. This pair is Joy. The stamps come with masks too…
The other important thing to remember is that these lovely designs are being launched as A6 Groovi plates too. In fact, the ODS IS the Groovi plates! Even easier for positioning and layering than stamps!
There are so many possible combinations within each pair! And when you combine the various filigrees, the number of permutations is staggering. Just in case you need a little guide to help you with some design combos, we are including inspiration sheets.
I have a feeling these flourishes will be hugely popular. They are very addictive! Whether you use them as frames, or pattern build with them, or do as I do and create negative art – they are very, very lovely to use.
So don’t forget to tune in on Wednesday at 6pm and watch what Maria comes up with. She has a talent for thinking outside the box, so this should be very cool indeed.
Lou Withers and Paul are pairing up tomorrow on Hochanda at 10am and 2pm. So that should be entertaining too! Hahahaha!
Love & Hugs,