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What a sunny Saturday here in Kent!
I’m sitting at the window, and the sun is just pouring in.
Very warm and calming.
Yesterday was a busy day in London - and I shall certainly tell you all about it when I get the photos together next week.
But the problem with busy, packed days is that you can’t stop to think or reflect.
And the good thing about busy, packed days is that you can’t stop to think or reflect.
So this morning has been a time to just go inside, be alone,
do a little soul searching and do some artwork.
Wasn’t sure where I was going with this, but the process was more important that the outcome for me on this occasion.
One evening last week, I unmounted a lot of my stamps and filed them in a folder to save space. It really makes a lot of sense when you have as many as I do!! Maybe you too??
Anyway, filing, folding, ironing (latter less so) all have a greater purpose in my life than their practical function; usually when things are becoming unmanageable, I find just folding a load of T-shirts or sorting my ink pads into colour ways gives me a sense of more control! Ridiculous to think that a neat stack of shirts or paired socks might be all it takes to straighten out the chaos that is my life, but hey! It works for me!
And this week, I sorted my stamps out!
This morning, the first stamps I came to in my folder
were this set of wonderful Filigraphy Foliage.
Stamp the leaves randomly down a piece of A5 Theuva Card
with a Black Archival Ink Pad
Fill the border using whatever fits where.
Out with the Word Chains Collection 1
Less is more.
We need some masks, so stamp the leaves onto the sticky end of the PostIts and cut out.
Found it quite relaxing today.
I cut through 3 layers of Post-Its because I knew I was going to need more than 1 of each leaf.
The Great Cover -Up!
Load a Clarity Brush with Tumbled Glass and another with Latte Adirondack and dust colour into the background, always sweeping into the white area.
Remove the masks and store them on copy paper in a file
for next time!
Edge with a ruler and a Black Sharpie Pen.
We sell an excellent inch ruler with a steel inlay.
Add a couple of Filigraphy Butterflies from the superb
Butterfly Tree Set, which I used in a blog a couple of Mondays ago.
Colour them in with pencils or Distress markers.
Just one more thing: shadow.
I used Spectrum Noir Pencils
to start adding depth and shadow to the leaves.
Yes. That’s better. The leaves look like they’re floating now.
Hope you like this one. It did me the power of good.
Art is a powerful thing isn’t it.
I mean, it’s invisible in a way.
Then it takes on the shapes we give it.
Food for thought.
I don’t know where that thought came from!
Time to go see Mum and Dad.