Thanks for popping in. Just came off the phone to my old, darling friend Sophia. You know, the Show circuit buddy I was telling you about in the SHAC Shac, with the Peek-&-Brim hat company and the filthy laugh? The one who woke the campsite while I was trying pump up my airbed? One and a half hours of catching up, laughter, tears, gossip, philosophy and seamlessly comfortable conversation. Brilliant. She’s a shrewd business woman too. So the conversation bounced between reminiscing, and honest to goodness business banter. She has weathered the Covid Storm relatively well thus far. And I know why. When you buy her hats you buy her energy. And you want a piece of her energy in your life. I laughed earlier on the phone, “I don’t wear hats, Sophie, I look ridiculous in hats, but I’ve got at least 8 of yours !!”
I haven’t been on the arty show circuit for years, so it was good to hear about old friends. She said exactly what I said: the shows are hardcore. And they got harder and more expensive every year. It’s not till you do them as an exhibitor that you can really grasp just how hard they are to do. And it’s not till you stop doing them that you realise how much you actually don’t miss them!
Yep. She and I have certainly done our share of shows – she did the big flower shows too ! Killer expensive. How many hats do you have to sell to cover a pitch at Hampton Court ?!??! The mind boggles. And she shared my thoughts on the big county shows too: they started out really classy, but over the years they just turned into a cheap, stack it high sell it cheap race to the bottom.
I hope she and I don’t leave it so long next time. Well, I can make sure I keep in touch for sure!!
We just have to change buses. That’s it. If you don’t like where the bus is headed, you may as well get off and get on another bus, because the one you’re on isn’t changing direction, and as long as you stay on it, you’re still headed in the wrong direction. This pandemic has forced a lot of us to change buses.
While we were talking, I was stamping up a little piece of art, and colouring it in. I like this SHAC Shac Set. Do you remember when we doodled this one?
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Here’s a little step by step, cos I can talk, stamp and take pictures at the same time !! Hahahaha xxx
Stamp the Bird House off centre on the large stampboard round. Mount the word on the same curve as the round, and plant around the edge.
Use a couple of artistry ink pads and a blending pen to colour in. The mix mat helps for this , so you can water down the pigment and get loads of different strengths of colour. I used the Artistry inkpads, Golden Turmeric, Rosy Cheeks and Ocean Reef. Great springtime colour combo! All the greens are in there too xx
Dry brush the edges with the same colours.
And now for the background. On your Mix mat you’ve got the three colours form the ink pad, so let’s lightly spritz that little mat…
Now just place the stampboard face down in the colour puddle! Go on! I did!!
Love it when it works, don’t you? Next, lets just edge the round with a black Sharpie pen…
Mmmm. Dave’s just come in with prototypes from a bunch of new stencils I have designed for an upcoming TV show. So happy! They have come out like a dream. Thanks Lucy!!! They are beautiful doodle rounds, and I think you will love them. If I were to just pop our stamp board picture on top of a couple of the actual stencils, you’d get the drift…
Cor eh? Did I tell you they were a great size too?! There are six in the set. Watch this space.
In the meantime. Here’s that fresh little spring offering.
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Stay safe and keep crafting.
Love and hugs