Thanks for popping in. Here we are, two weeks into the new year, and it’s looking remarkably like the old one from where I’m sitting! Ah well, said the bus driver, let’s just stay in our lane, drink lots of water, and keep crafting!
Our tutorial bloggy sale is going well. You are clearly enjoying the speed our Clarity bus is traveling. Lots of ideas and inspiration on both this blog and the lovely Clarity Matters blog. Did you see Linda Williams’ beautiful Parchment handbag tutorial yesterday? Fabulous. Check it out here
Meanwhile, over here in Stampnstenciland, I thought I’d take a look at the landscape and woodland masks of ours. I love these.
The children dancing in the meadow are wonderful. Let’s take a closer look….
Looks tricky? Nah. Piece-a-cake. How about a little step by step? Let’s deconstruct it, take it from the top…
- Firstly, pick a designer paper. Here’s a super one from Amazonia. We’re going to lay down the meadow first.
- Carefully peel the mask off its carrier sheet, and place halfway down the 8×8 inch paper.
- Using Archival Black ink – first with a Clarity stencil brush, and then with a make-up sponge – sweep black ink down off the mask into the colourful paper.
- Place a piece of copy paper or scrap above, so you don’t inadvertently smear black ink into what will be the sky!
- Now take the top part of the mask, where the children are the apertures, and position them so that their toes sit in the grass. There is actually a registration guide on the mask, so you just have to line the grass up on the mask for perfect positioning. It really is that simple.
- Mask off the outside with low-tack tape, to protect your background.
- Using the make-up sponge, dab black ink into the children apertures, until they are completely black.
The detail in these masks is exceptional…
- I used a huge moon from another set of masks, the Landscape masks. But there are 6 good size moons in this set too. We chomp through moons when we’re doing landscapes. Why so many? Whilst you can use them again and again, you will use them for paint, you will lose them, they will lose their tackiness etc etc etc. The more full moons the better for me!
- Cut round the outside of the full moon, so we have the aperture.
- Place it in the sky
- Use a white eraser pencil to erase some of the coloured ink in the moon
- Then use a white pencil to lighten the moon.
Believe it or not, that’s about it.
- Trim the paper half an inch on all four sides and hang onto the scraps.
- Run a black Sharpie pen around the edge before mounting on an 8×8 inch white cardblank.
We’ll use one of those offcuts as a panel for the sentiment sticker from our Feel Good Sticker Book. Simple attach it with a glue runner across the dark inky area at the bottom of your artwork. It brightens up the shadow and left the whole piece – both with a flash of colour and an uplifting message.
So there you have it. This took me 10 minutes tops. I could chop the large card up into 3 notelets. I could use the second meadowdance mask to make 3 different notelets. Or I could make a mural in my living room! Yep. They work on walls too.