How to use a Meadowdance Mask

How to use a Meadowdance Mask

Hi there

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.

We’ve attached super saver bloggy prices to this tutorial too. So have a look… HERE and if you have missed out on any of the previous tutorials, you can find them all in one place HERE

Stay safe.

Love always

Barb xxx

11 thoughts on “How to use a Meadowdance Mask

  1. Hubby purchased this set for me for as part of
    my Christmas presents. I’m playing with my original masks this week & will play with the new ones next week – love them! They are absolutely gorgeous and such fun to use too xx

  2. Hi Barbara your artwork is gorgeous. I love those masks. There are so many possibilities. Just off to check out all the tutorials. Have a good weekend. Hugs xxx

  3. Beautiful artwork, clear instructions another project to try!
    Take care, stay safe everyone. Stay home and make art :}

  4. Hello Barbara, I have loved the designs since first seeing the stamps on ‘selly-telly’ last year and have them on wish list but there have been other things on my ‘get’ list – until now. I am a bit of a stamper but have not used masks before, though I do have (unused) the landscape masks and have seen your recent tutorial for them. Without your blog today, I would have instinctively gone for the stamps but by showing how easy the masks are, I think I will try them instead. One question though, on the webpage for the masks, it says “to be used in conjunction with the stamps” – that not necessarily the case ?? Sorry for asking but a little bit confused. Many thanks for all you and the team do; am a recent boarder of the SHAC bus :))

  5. Lovely! I had a beautiful birthday card that used the stamp set too. Can’t wait for my stash to be released from storage so I can stamp and play again. Fingers crossed there won’t be more covid delays on our new house x

  6. Hello Barb, now this is just a fab step by step. I may just treat myself to a few things to add to my stash. However, I do need to do some clearing out of various bits in my craft room. Take care and stay safe everyone. Bx

  7. As a Worthingnite I loved your chat about Worthing and the craft shows at the Charmandean centre on today’s Shac Shack. You made me laugh about Mark and his basketball practise.
    When we’re allowed our life back again I’ll visit the centre and let you know if his grubby fingerprints are still on the archway!
    Thanks for all you do in the shac shack it’s rekindled something in me and keeps me so focused in these troubled times. Keep safe.

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