Thanks for popping in.
It’s been such a busy day today! Why? Well, today was the first Day of our Clarity 2022 Planning Week! It’s the week before Christmas, when we consider the whole new year ahead, and figure out what we want to do. We need a vision, something to work towards, and we have come up with a rather lovely foundation upon which we shall build our new year of Art and Craft.
We’ve been designing and ’banking’ new loveliness, new illustrations, new ideas, for many weeks, and this week we are shuffling those new things around, to build the creative flow for 2022. It’s quite a job! And, of course, it’s a moving feast – especially in the current climate. Things you thought you could rely on can change overnight, and we just have to roll with the punches. But hey! Nobody said running a business was easy! It’s just particularly tricky nowadays.
Thank goodness for Linda WIlliams, who knows when I’m in a scramble, and sends me an exquisite photo step by step project of the most beautiful Blue Christmas Rose “for your blog in case you need something”. How lovely is this?!
You may know that last week we launched the printed frosted floral parchment packs on television. Lots of you attended the Parchment Retreat at the Spa, where we covered the basics on how to use the white printed parchment, but it will do us all good to see a photo build up…so here goes. Introducing A Delft Christmas Rose, by Linda.
Nested Square Heart Doodle Aperture Frame-Its
When colouring on parchment paper you can utilize the back and the front of the parchment due to its transparency. You have choices.
You can colour on the back only; that way your project will be pale and delicate, and when you emboss it, the embossing will be white when viewed from the front of the work.
You can colour on the front only, this will give you a darker colour, and when you emboss, it will take on the colour that you have applied.
You can also colour on both sides of the parchment. This will give you a much richer colour all round, and will also allow you to add a lot more depth. Your embossing will of course, take on the colour that you have used on the front of the parchment.
Lay your Christmas Rose white print on a hard surface, printed side down (you will be working on the back of the parchment first). Put a tiny drop of Dorso oil onto a spot on sponge. Dip the blending nib into the oil on the sponge; this will control the amount of oil that you use. Using small amounts of Light Ultramarine 140 Polychromos, add some colour to the design and use the Dorso oil and blending nibs to dissolve the pigment in the pencil. Try and get an even and smooth coverage. If you have too much oil use a tissue rolled into a point to help you with this. It will dry quite quickly.
Still working on the back, add some more colour with the Ultramarine 120, but this time adding the colour into the areas where you think the shadows would be. Blend in the same way, but be careful not to spread it too far. Try to keep it contained within the shadows.
Now repeat Step 1 and Step 2 on the front of the parchment. This time try to cover the white lines with the colour. Colour the whole of the flower with Light Ultramarine 140 and blend; then add Ultramarine 120 in the shadows. Add more colour in small quantities until you are satisfied.
Now, still working on the front, add more Ultramarine 120 in the shadows; this time blend with a dry nib. Add small amounts at a time until you get the desired effect. You can always add more to the back too if you wish.
Transfer your work onto an embossing mat, face down, and emboss the centre dots with a number 2 Groovi tool.
Now emboss the flowers and leaves, this is optional. You can, if you wish, emboss the convex petals on the back of your work, and the concave petals on the front. When embossing on the front place a piece of cello bag over your work to avoid the ball tool touching the coloured area. A ball tool can cause white ink to turn grey, so be mindful of this. So using a 6mm ball tool, emboss the tips of the flowers and leaves only. Do this very gently, just to give them a little shape and to enhance the highlights. Do not press too hard; this may spoil your work. Best to leave it out if you are not confident.
Cut out the Nested Square Heart Doodle Aperture Frame-Its from white card. Using the outer heart frame, mat and layer your finished piece onto layers of white card alternating with blue designer paper. Finally mount onto the black card blank.
Remember, the more you practice this technique the better you will become. Try it out with some different colours.
So there you have it. Not actually hard to follow or difficult to do. There are 5 different flower packs, and this effect using just one colour can be used to great effect with all of them.
THANKS LINDA !!!!
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Love and Hugs, Barb. xxx
PS I will get to the blog candy winners from next week this week. Just give me a chance to catch up.
PPS ALL the orders from the Gray Friday Sale should be picked n packed n sent by this Friday at the latest.