Thanks for popping in. Jackanory. Who remembers Jackanory? I LOVED it!! I would wait patiently, legs crossed, in front of the TV every afternoon after school, and wait for the story. Just for 15 minutes every day, wasn’t it. I’d rush home from school, just to catch the next chapter! You couldn’t miss it, because you couldn’t catch up or watch later. It was then or never.
How times have changed. Back then, an adult – mostly a famous actor or actress – just sat on a sofa or in a chair and read from a book. From time to time there were a few still illustrations added, but mostly I remember just listening to the story.
Leading on from that story line, somebody asked me the other day what was my favourite piece of pottery that I’ve made so far, and although I haven’t been doing pottery long enough really, to have built a library of art, my very first pinch pots do conjure up fond memories. It was the start , my pottery honeymoon phase!
Then I was thinking about my favourite stamped artwork, and I came up with a couple almost immediately: The Moon Fairy on Shenandoah parchment
and My tribute to Orla Kiely – fashion icon extraordinaire – who went into adminstration not that long ago, in 2018 I think.
Again, I reckon this is down to the fact that, apart from being easy on the eye, both pieces had stories attached to them.
I’m sure that you will be able to name a couple of pieces of yours too, that you are particularly pleased with, that you were very chuffed with. These two even made it into the 2019 Clarity Calendar – and Orla Kiely took front page. Her plight affected me deeply.
Then I remembered that today is the last day of the Designer parchment Half Price Offer of the Week, so my mind was made up. I had to show you the Fairy project again, to highlight the magnificent Parchment papers and what you can do with them. And tell you the little anecdote that accompanied the girl picture.
Do you remember these Fairy Stamps? So unique, so original, so Mel Turner!
Here’s how you use the beautiful Moon Fairy, but without the circle – just the moon.
Mask off the line and ink up with Archival black.
Remove the masking tape and stamp on the fornt of a piece of Shenandoah Parchment. The duller side is the front.
Yep. that worked. Missed a tiny detail on the tip of the moon…
Touch up with a Micron pen, and you’ll never know.
Flip over to the back and erase colour from the hares and fairy. Also add highlights in the moon using the eraser, and even add a full moon above.
If a circular moon is proving a challenge, use one of our masks.
Time for the city…
Add the skyline Clarity mask at the base. I worked from the front to get a really dark black silhouette. Brush and Archival black – BINGO.
Remove the mask and allow to dry. Flip the parchment to the back and add a faded skyline too, but don’t reink the brush.
Our blending nibs are excellent on parchment. Here I have used black Archival ink straight from the pad. Couldn’t do that easily with a paint brush; not hard enough.
See the houses in the background now?
Now let’s have some fun… I need a line, a slightly curved line. So I have an artist’s thing I can bend… On scrap first of course!
Then overlay the parchment and figure out where you want to actually add it.
Next, decide which angle you want the line to take underneath her toes. And suddenly, she’s on the highwire.
Just to confirm that, why not add a few little feathered friends? And all of us Shackers certainly know how to draw them!
But in case not, here’s how. Draw a heart on the wire.
Colour the heart in.
Add a tiny head, flick in a little beak and two tail feathers.
Add as many as you fancy.
Time to add a flash of interest to her little dress. Add detail with a Micron pen, and colour with a Perga Liner pencil. Up to you whether you work from the back of the front. I used the blending nib to smooth out the colour with no additive whatsoever. Perfect. Oh ! And draw a line to the balloon moon, too….
Trim the work and let’s mount it on a white cardblank. But before we commit, how about a black Sharpie pen around the edge?
Works soooo lovely on parchment, you know. I used Shenandoah here, but I’m telling you: there are dozens of papers to choose from!
So what’s the story, Jackanory?
Old Father Moon is protecting her as she trips innocently along, on the precarious highwire of life. So preoccupied is she with hanging on to the full moon balloon, she doesn’t even stop to glance down into the sleeping city. And why would she?
Once you have been up there above the clouds and danced in the light of the moon, you will always hold your gaze skywards.
Decision, decisions. And this is the wondrous thing about parchment. The underside is as lovely as the topside. So which direction should she take?
To investigate these stamps, the formidable artstamps illustrated by Mel Turner, click here
I think that this week I’d like to consider artwork and the Jackanory behind it.
Tomorrow, we’ll look at the Orla Kiely card, the OK card, and take a look behind the scenes.
And don’t forget about the Designer parchment. It is pretty epic. And a great offer till midnight tonight.
PS. I bet you want to know the end of the little bird story from Friday too. Dave located the nest in the honeysuckle, and put the little fella back again.
We watched from a distance and waited, but within minutes he had fallen out again. Put him on a perch in hopes he might fly, or his Mum might see him. Nada. He just sat there.
And all the time, Ragnar and Erik were watching from indoors. He had no chance once they were out and on the prowl.
So we took him to the local animal rescue hospital in the woods, and they took him in happily. Good folks. He’s a baby blackbird apparently.
And so, he lived to see another day.