Greetings from the Clarity SHAC-Shack! Thanks for popping in. I hope you are safe and well. This Corona Virus is certainly a game changer. Boy oh boy. Words fail me – and that doesn’t happen often! I’ve stopped obsessing about watching the news – it really serves no purpose. I just get anxious, and despondent. Much better to focus on what I can do to help. Which is keep Clarity going, make sure the team are safe and ok, and keep you lovely people company, so that you don’t isolate in your isolation. Far more constructive than being glued to the news and watching devastation 24/7.
Day 3 since I came home to work remotely, and I’m spinning like always. No sooner have we made a plan, than the goal posts move and we have to rethink things! But it’s ok. I have an awesome – blimming brilliant – band of merry men and women at Clarity, who are 100% invested in keeping things going.
Did you receive the letter we sent out this afternoon? About our Live Facebook and Youtube Streaming this coming Monday morning at 10 am? If not, please check your spam box, or send me your email address to email@example.com, and we will get you signed up to the emails and Clarity newsletters which will keep you updated with what we have lined up to keep you smiling and occupied during these challenging days.
Speaking of entertaining, did you see Sam Crowe’s TV shows this morning on HOCHANDA at 8am and 12 noon? She did so well getting those tapes over to air so quickly. And I tell you this: it ain’t easy. To sit alone in your artroom and do a full blown mixed media demo in 5 minutes, on your Jack, with nobody to bounce off. Hats off Sam. Stellar performance.
Thank heaven we made plenty before we closed down stamp production! You clearly liked what Sam did too !! So dear Paul – he who is beavering away at Clarity Towers picking and packing – has got his work cut out for him Monday!!
In fact, as I was watching Sam, I got the bug too. Decided to have a play with these stamps myself, just to switch off and clear the old tired head.
Blimey! When you look at them, there’s sooooo much to play with!! Lovely Lou Withers was right when she called in to the Hochanda studio to rave about them. There is so much scope!! It’s absurd! Look!!!
4 sets, of stamps with 2 stencils each. Available individually, or as a big bundle. Mix n match essentials. For everybody. Mixed Media, messy art, clean art, kids, beginners, fine artists, graphic designers. Anybody. Brilliant.
I will show you what I did. It’s pretty basic, but then I did this to clear my head and send you an uplifting message. Like a wellbeing exercise, not a mental exertion exercise!
The background is just a Gelpress-scrap. Or should I say print? Pick one from your stash…
Now. This next step may seem a little extravagant, but it’s not. It is really key and intelligent – even if I say so myself!
I attached the whole A4 copy paper print to an A4 double-sided adhesive sheet. Trimmed the ends, then chopped it up into one 4×4 inch piece, one slightly larger, which will wrap round a 4×4 canvas board too, still leaving a couple of larger pieces for Ron. (Later on!)
Now I have a super stash of ready to use print backgrounds. I took on board what Sam said about cutting the piece to size before she starts. Makes total sense.
If you don’t mind, I will step up the rerst of this little piece tomorrow, as a photo step by step. Got to call my parents and get some food now.
We have introduced a new thing which I KNOW you will love, and this is another reason to get you signed up to our Emailing system if you aren’t already. After every TV show, we are going to send out a SPOTLIGHT Email with a lovely art gallery, showcasing what’s being highlighted on the day. It’s just a way of sending you inspiration and a little colour with love xxx
Check out the first Spotlight Gallery here
Right. Time to stop.
Stay safe, stay positive, keep crafting. Get out of your head and get with your hands. It works. It really does.
Love & Hugs