Thanks for popping in. Want to shine a little light on the new and very arty grunge stamps I shall be showcasing on The Craftstore TV this coming Friday at 9am and 1pm. There are so many fabulous elements in these sets! You don’t realise until you start playing with them. Lucy, one of our clever in-house artists, designed these beauties. She’s definitely got the eye for what works well!
And we will also be launching new backdrop stamps : The Heart and the Oval.
Here is one of the demos I have prepped for Friday. It uses both the new grunge stamps and the backdrop stamps…
The sticker stamps which are included in the new sets blow me away. You would really think that I have used a sticker here, wouldn’t you? Magic.
So join me at 9am on Friday in the CraftStore.com (was Hochanda) and let me show you how this grungy artcard was made. Looks like I cut and mounted several layers, right? Nope. Did I have to use masks? Nope. All on one layer. Flat as a pancake. In fact, piece-a-cake!
I do love that kind of distressed, grungy art. These stamps make it very achievable, but without all the mess. Paul calls my kind of card-art Clean Grunge. A splendid contradiction in terms. An oxymoron if ever I heard one! (I can hear Paul now, saying, “Oi! Who are you calling a moron?!”
Time to go potter for an hour. I’ve got several things in process, and ought to do some finishing. It’s all very well throwing and building, but you do have to stay on top of clay projects. There’s quite some discipline required actually. And it all takes time.
I’ve also got a repair job to do. One of my pots from Raku on Saturday had a massive crack in it. And whilst Raku is supposed to crack, there’s crack, and then there’s C R A C K. So I took the bull by the horns and decided to help it by breaking it completely. Gulp.
This evening I shall perform Kintsugi on it, also known as Golden repair.
The philosophy behind kintsugi is to value an object’s beauty as well as its imperfections, focusing on them equally as something to celebrate, not disguise
So I shall rejoin the pieces using gold paste and glue, and turn it into a more beautiful whole again, complete WITH imperfection.
You see? Even my pottery is grungy! It’s a Wabi-Sabi kindathing!