Thanks for popping in. Forgive my absence over the past few days; I needed a couple of days to catch my breathe after a very memorable few days at the Spa Parchment Retreat in Tunbridge Wells. After so many, many months spent avoiding people and being pretty much isolated, it was quite overwhelming to see so many old friends, familiar faces and loyal Clarity customers all together again. Not in the altogether! All together!! Can you believe I hadn’t seen Linda Williams physically in well over two years. How could that happen, eh? Sure we speak often on the phone, we text even more and we have facetime chats weekly – but we hadn’t been in the same room with each other since 2019. Believe me, we have had the best time catching up though! Yesterday, she even had a go on the pottery wheel. She who doesn’t do messy! And guess what?! She’s a natural!!!
We just waved farewell to her and Rob. Good friends indeed. So while Dave has a little rest – he’s doing much better, thank you for asking – I thought I’d catch up with you good people. Now that the retreats are over, we can shout about the new and fabulous parching technique we launched at the retreats:
Frosted Overlay, we‘re calling it. It was Actually Lynne Jackson who came up with the idea – and an exceedingly good idea it was too! Lynne was teaching at the retreats – she loved watching her arty vision come to life – it was really brilliant. How often did I hear somebody sit back and look at their work, and say “I can’t believe I did that.” or, “I am so chuffed!” or, “I really enjoyed that!”
In a nutshell, we have taken the traditional Shadow embossing technique – and presented it in a very achievable format. The first thing we did was to print the image in white on parchment. Very, VERY finely, pin sharp in fact. Here is a close up. Spot the F top left. F for front xx
Then you can do traditional shadow embossing to that layer of parchment, like so:
You can also rub out the white print line if you prefer…
Actually, in the kits we’ve also included a printed piece with practice elements of the flower in question, so you can practice before you go to your masterpiece.
Here comes the next clever part. You colour in on another piece of parchment – from the top AND the underneath, using a pattern underneath a plain piece of parchment. Look:
Then you can overlay the frosted piece, the shadow embossed piece. See?
And the results are spectacular!
There’s also a black print on parchment in each pack too, which can be either embossed and overlayed…
or used as an indepedent parchment piece, using just graphite pencils…
There‘s a step by step instruction booklet for the shadow embossing, and a coloured sample to give you inspiration.
At the retreat, we focussed on the ROSE, as you can see. I headed up the colouring layer!
We are actually launching 5 different flowers today:
Each pack contains:
- 4 x Full flower printed in white on A5 parchment
- 1 x Flower and leaf elements printed in white on A5 parchment
- 4 x A5 parchment (for the colouring layer)
- 1 x Full flower printed in black on A5 white paper (for the colouring pattern)
- 1 x Full flower printed in full colour on A5 white paper
- 1 x Full flower printed in black on A5 parchment
- Instructions by Linda Williams on how to Shadow Emboss
The retreat was split into 3 teaching elements:
The shadow embossing – Linda and Lynne headed up that section
The colouring – Paul and I did that bit
The frame – the gridwork. This was down to Josie and hazel. And what a great section this was too!
Josie designed 2 ingenious new A4sq plates just for the special retreat: One grid plate based on the straight bold grid…
Straight Embossed Frames & Corners
One grid plate based on the Diagonal bold grid…
Diagonal Embossed Frames & Corners
I found these new grid plates to be so easy to use! And you should have seen the picot cutting going on! It was fabulous to watch.
Everything is now available for general sale on our website. Available HERE
We hope you like this new concept. If the Parchment Retreat was the sounding board, to see if our Frosted overlay technique is actually as good as we think, then I can say, hand on heart, YES. it is.
Just want to finish by saying a HUGE Thank you to the team for putting this marvelous concept together, and for making the Retreats what I consider to be the best so far. To Linda and Lynne, to Josie and Hazel, to Paul and the Clarity Crew. And to all those lovely guests who made all the hard work worth while. Big shout out for the Spa Hotel too!
Love Barb xx