Thanks for popping in. How this week has flown! This time last week I was showcasing our lovely new About Town stampset. You know, the one we doodled together in the SHAC-Shack.
In the set there are a carrot man and his dog, and a cat. See?
These little figures clearly inspired clever Linda Spencer to create a wonderful kind of tribute to L.S. Lowry, that brilliant artist from the Industrial Northwest. Isn’t this brilliant? Lowry would have smiled.
Upon closer inspection, I noticed that Linda had extended the outer frame, to make space for all the matchstalk men. And she also added a Christmas tree bang in the middle of the square, which she found in the other stamp set, the Funky Houses set….
I decided to deconstruct Linda’s art, and figure out the sequence.
First comes the tree, in the middle of a sheet of 7 x 7 inch Clarity stencil card.
Next, you have to mask off the tree before you add the houses in the background. The good news is that the funky houses stampset comes with masks. So cover up the tree, then, mask off the lower frame on the stamp with masking tape before you ink up with Archival black, like so:
Remove the inky masking tape from the stamp before you plant the houses:
Now to add the lower frame. We will use the top edge of the frame on the stamp. Clean off the stamp, count 5 boxes down each side, and mask off the rest, as well as the houses in the middle. Ink up the frame we need, remove all the masking tape, and plant the lower frame below. I made a bit of a horlicks here joining up the sides, but no worries! At least you can see it, right?! And I can clean up the join with a white Posca pen! Did a better job on live TV, but ask me where I put that piece!!
Anyway…see?! Nobody will ever know….
And now it’s just a question of stamping the matchstalk men and the matchstalk cats and dogs into the scene. If you are adding the man in front of the houses, make sure his neck lines up with the house line. See the little fella above?
Social distancing? What social distancing?!? The only ones who have got it right here are the cats!!
Settle down to a colouring session, and hey presto. Thanks Linda. So clever.
Do you remember the song about Lowry and his Salford Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs? Here it is. Wonderful. The lyrics are great.
Do you know, I have only realised today that they sing MatchSTALK. There was I always singing MatchSTICK!!
Have a good, a really güd Sunday.
Love and Hugs
PS Our Christmas Jumpers Stampset Drive in aid of SAVE THE CHILDREN is going great. Amazing!! Buy the Stampset and 100% of the proceeds will go to the charity. Every penny. We are so happy to do this for such a brilliant cause. CLICK HERE TO JOIN IN.
Guess what?!?!? As of right now, we have made £2,787.99. That is fantastic, isn’t it? I wonder if we can get it up over £3K.