Do you see what I see?

Do you see what I see?

Hi there

Thanks for popping in. On Friday evening, during our Moment of Clarity LIVE Craftalong on Youtube / Facebook LIVE, I rolled the brayer off onto a few little scraps. If you watched you may recall, I was telling you all about the misty Scottish highlands that I could see in the little scrap…

So I thought I’d play the film right through to the end, so you too could see what I see!

Simple step by step coming up..

I used one of my favourite stampsets too: the Meadowdance. HALF PRICE in the Members’ Sale until tomorrow folks! Just saying…CLICK HERE

Ok. Let’s do this! Here are the brayer runoffs (if you’ll pardon the expression). I picked the blue one in the bottom middle, the misty Scottish Highlands…

These are all just 3.5 x 3.5 in Stencil card.

  • Tear a piece of copy paper to look like hills.
  • Hold it over the bottom of the little card, load up the brayer in the same ink colour as the background and roll back and forth across the area.
  • Lift the paper to reveal the first rolling hill.
  • Move the copy paper hills up and over a little, then brush the colour downwards.
  • Add a little moon mask
  • Use the blue brush to sweep a little moonshadow in from the right side.

Can you see what I see now ?

Next up the stamps.

  • Stamp one of the larger trees into the front of the scene.
  • Use the edge of the same stamp to add the hedgerows along the bottom.
  • You could stamp the deer into the place, or the dancing children. I decided to keep it simple.

Add a word…

I picked the word BEAUTY from one of our Japanese Flowers and Butterflies sets…

The Japanese wordset is divine.

How to stamp the symbol without the English translation:

  • Mask off the English word with low-tack tape and ink up in black Archival ink
  • REMOVE the masking tape before stamping into the corner.

Mount onto a white 5×5 inch Clarity Card Blank, and there we have it: Misty Scottish Highlands…

To see a world in a grain of sand
or heaven in a wild flower
hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour.

william blake

A perfect quote for today, eh?

The rolling mists are there of course
See Mount Fuji in the blue?
Or add our Ashdown Forest gorse –
The artist here is you.

barbara gray

Have a great Sunday. And don’t forget to take advantage of the Members’ Half price Sale. It may take a few weeks to fulfil and get to you, because we keep on making and don’t sell out, but this is your opportunity to treat yourself. I only wish the Pottery Companies did this twice a year !!

Love always

Barb x x x

15 thoughts on “Do you see what I see?

  1. wow, beautiful Barbara, I’ve been having a play with the peace stamp on parchment. such versatile stamps, love them. thank you.
    Happy Sunday
    Heather xxx

  2. I’ve just watched Friday’s Moment of Clarity on catch up as I was away. Barbara, you said your job was to inspire and by golly you did. I’ve had my Gelli Plate for at least 2 years and used it once. It’s now sitting on my kitchen worktop ready to go when my jobs are done. Thank you for this little workshop, it’s fantastic

  3. Inspiration is a precious gift,
    That’s passed from the artist to the viewer,
    That gift can be as old as the hills,
    Or some vision that is much newer,
    It’s not about being the expert or being clever,
    It’s all in your gift of inspiration which will be with our crafting forever.

    Thank you, Barbara.

  4. That’s my view on the way to the shops! And I never fail to be thankful we made the move to the Highlands. Have a great Sunday everyone x

  5. Have not watched craftelong yet, but seeing what you did with the small stencilcards. inspirational. Its a great way to use up your left over pieces.
    Can,t wait to watch it all.

    Beautuful work Barbara.

  6. Great blog Barbara, love these small toppers.
    I have been playing with the Japanese set, and the Geisha, and the sentiments are a perfect finish. Got quite carried away crafting peacefully with a tape of a book about the life of a Geisha which is a fascinating read.
    Will have to catch up on You Tube later this week.
    Stay well.

  7. Really enjoyed this. I absolutely love the Japanese inspired stamps and especially the words. I’ve been looking for these for ages and never been able to find any and then….you came up with the goods! I couldn’t believe it. Thank you so much Barb.
    I can’t wait to see all the ideas that I know you will bring back from a visit to Japan. I love so much of their art and culture.
    Lovely words Ken , by the way… true!
    Love to all.

  8. Hello Barb, thank yo for this beautiful step by step. I have a birthday card to make for my Daughter-in-law and this has inspired me. I love your quote and the other one too, really lovely. Take care everyone. Bx

  9. So beautiful Barbara! This is one of my favourite techniques – so much potential in what would otherwise be seen as scrap!

  10. loved watching the craftalong. You inspired me to treat myself to a gel press and pattern building kit. Thank you so much for everything you and the Clarity team share

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