Thank you for popping in.
Thank you for popping in.
YouTube Tuesday recommences next week,
the first Tuesday in December.
I thought I’d roll back the hours with a piece of artwork
which I did years ago on the telly.
It’s pretty basic.
The ideas are good, but oh boy! Have I moved forward!
Just take a look at this!
A5 Claritycard used.
Make a border around the edge using low-tack masking tape.
Wrap a thin elastic band around your Speedball brayer,
You can mix the two colours on your blending mat nowadays.
Do wheelies at either edge of the brayer, i.e. roll off the ink at either end.
Roll your inky brayer at an angle from one side to the other
in one movement.
I remember this card well.
I spent the best part of a day doing that bit,
so that I would get it right on TV!
I use to get so nervous, and so to reduce my fears I would make sure that the artwork was really well prepped!
Still do, but in a fraction of the time.
Tear a piece of copy paper,
and place it along one of the elastic band lines.
The Larch trees are brilliant for making a post & rail fence.
Ink up the tree trunk in Espresso and build a fence, posts first,
exposing less and less of the trunk as you get further away.
The smaller tree is great for the fence in the distance.
Use another piece of copy paper as a mask while you add the connecting pieces - the rails.
Now look at the grass which runs along the base of the fence, where Dave’s strimmer won’t go.
Guess how I did that...
The side of the Larch tree in Lettuce Adirondack is ideal.
Remove the masking tape and add the two trees.
Replace the masking tape and brayer in some sky.
Pick a nice colour. I can’t remember what this was!
Looks like Rust...
Add an orb with a round aperture mask and a make-up sponge.
Some habits die hard!
But I remember this being a real challenge.
A REAL challenge.
Having the nerve to do this on live TV was a biggie for me.
Gave me sleepless nights.
Sometimes rolling back the hours and looking at what we used to do really puts our progress in perspective!
Just goes to show how continued practice works.
If you flick back to yesterday’s blog and then come back to this one, you will see in a instant how much my style has changed. It would be interesting to take the old trick with the tree trunks and then apply the new inking techniques which have emerged.
Do you know, I have been appearing on Create & Craft for nearly 6 years? But it was this brayering landscapes and scenery which really put Clarity on the map. Just because we have ventured into new pastures, it doesn’t mean I have forgotten where the gate is in the fence to get back!
Somebody said recently that they didn’t like the direction Clarity was taking. But I do. Thank God.
Let’s have a special blog offer!
These two trees may be as old as the Clarity hills, but believe you me, they are a brilliant must have in any stamping stash.
So here’s the deal:
Buy the large one, and we will give you the small one as a gift.
They will both come unmounted too. Storage happy.