Thanks for popping in. Had to laugh yesterday, when we were rifling through the mountain of paperwork. I wandered off piste whilst looking for that oh-so-important document (which I incidentally never found), and came across a folder in Dave’s music room (where else??) which contained stamping projects from a retreat we did in Forest Row over 20 years ago, at the Brambletye!! Now why would you hang on to that stuff?!?!
It was fun actually, taking a snapshot of what we were up to then. I wonder whether anybody reading this blog was at the retreat? I remember it well. Check this out..
First stop, the brayer….
Landscapes with the inky brayer pulled over scrunched up paper. Landscapes with an elastic band wrapped round the brayer. Cor. The Naked Tree!! Who remembers the Naked tree?! Trip down Memory Lane or what??
Next stop, a grid card. This was very popular. Quite a thinking person’s card, where you created a kind of grid and packed each section with mini stamped images…That would be well worth a visit again, I reckon! Especially with the wonderful designs we’ve got now.
Next up: Clever corners. Oh the hours of play to be had with these little fellas! And they’ve certainly passed the test of time; they’re still among our most popular stamps! Here we see the Victorian Corner in action…
What next? Ah. Now these stamps I love! Don’t even know whether they’re still available, but I do remember drawing them in the Maldives underneath a straw umbrella once, when it was persisting down one day! There was the Koy Carp, the Humming bird and the Entwined Cats. Mmm. Maybe time to revisit those designs and give them a facelift. They were lovely to use.
I remember well that stamping onto dominos was a trend for a while too. Whenever anybody found a cheap source of dominos, it was a race to get there first!
Last but not least, do you remember those hard sponges that Ranger used to sell, together with bottled inks by Dee Gruenig. I really got into using them. Amazing what you can do with a few drops of ink along the edge of a hard sponge!
What a trip down Memory Lane, eh? And if I weren’t the dreadful crafty hoarder that I am, that lot would have got binned 20 years ago, and all those arty little ideas would be lost in space.
In truth I’ve got dozens of box files up in my art room of all the retreat and workshop projects we have done over the years. It’s quite nice right now, to have the time to be able to look back and smile.
Does anybody remember these techniques and trends? I quite fancy trying some of them again.
Quote for the Day? The Serenity Prayer. My daily mantra.
Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Barb x x x