Thanks for popping in. Beautiful sunny day here in East Sussex again. Thoroughly enjoyed the daily doodle this morning. Hope those of you who joined in did too! I am loving the finished artworks you are posting on our Facebook group, Clarity Worldwide! Who knew we were all such great illustrators?!? Well, you never know until you try, do you.
We are on HOCHANDA TV today too, showcasing some of my very favourite designs: the Birds in the Tree and the Happy Couple. In fact, I thought I’d do a quicky stencil demo for you, using one of said stencils. The one I did for the TV demo didn’t work as well as I had hoped, and it has been niggling me (said the recovering/relapsing perfectionist..). So here’s one which turned out MUCH better!!! All 4 stencils would do the job brilliantly – I just had to pick one!
Easy. Right. Here goes….
Piece of cake. Put the Gel Press on its Megamount.
Spread the ink out with a Speedball Brayer (special price today!)
Attach the stencil to a piece of 7×7 Clarity Stencil Card, then flip the Gel Press on its megamount, and press the inky side down onto the stencil on the card. Squish it down hard on the stencil , then remove the Gel Press.
Remove the stencil from the card. Voila! Very VERY nice print.
But hang on! There’s still something on the Gelpress…let’s have a look…Spritz the Gel press lightly with water, and then press the wetside down onto a second piece of Clarity Stencil Card.
Mmm. Not bad. Let’s park that to dry for a bit, while we clean the stencil….
Spritz the inky stencil with a little water, then place it down on yet another piece of Clarity Stencil card!
Run it through a Die cutting machine. ANY one will do. It’s just a mangle which will press the ink into the card.
Wowee! Now we’re cooking with gas!! Look at the wonderfully mottled effect! Love this!!
Two out of three ain’t bad. But. I want to have another look at that middle one…
Replace the stencil over the ropey card. Let’s add Black Shadow Artistry ink over the top using a Clarity Stencil Brush.
Concentrate on the area in the centre, where I am holding the brush.
Now THAT’s better!
So there we have it. Three prints from just one process. I like that! In fact, I may just have to try this with a different stencil!!
Stay safe and keep crafting!
Love and hugs
Don’t forget! 5pm HOCHANDA!! x