Thanks for dropping in this Sunday.
Have been really looking forward to getting back up here
in my little art den,
and doing something.
Isn’t it amazing how being creative,
getting with your hands
becomes such a part of you? I have missed my daily art fix!
I invested in a very VERY expensive pair of scissors whilst in Germany too, so I want to try them out...
I had a really brilliant cheap little pair for about 20 years,
which I got in the States,
but lost them on the last day of the retreats last year.
Have been driving myself up a wall looking for them,
always thinking they would turn up.
Finally had to accept that they are gonski.
Gulp that I lost them.
Gulp at the price of these little puppies...
They’d better be good!
And I shall keep them in a safe place!
Many of you are in the Claritystamp New Design Club,
so you will have received little Alice this month.
I drew her myself, and she speaks volumes, I think,
without saying a word.
I never usually blog a new Design Club Stamp
or stencil for that matter,
but I like this little girl so much, I decided to share her.
That way, those of you who have her will see another application,
and those of you who aren’t in the Clarity Club will see how fab the stamps we send out every month are!
Here we go!
Let’s set the scene first...
Add some Cheesecake...
Walk the brayer through some Yellow Submarine
and then walk it onto the canvas board too.;
this paint is translucent, so the other colours peep through.
By walking the brayer,
I mean don’t apply any pressure to the handle;
literally just roll through the paint with the brayer,
and then transfer the paint to the canvas in the same way.
In a nutshell, think landscape!
I added a touch of Hyde Park to this one...
Next we need one of our new Frame Stencils, the
Cover it with Potting Soil Archival Ink.
Love these names!
Add a little Fern Green too.
(ink pad of the month - great discount)
Time to run the canvas board through the Ebosser
or embossing machine.
Stencil, ink side facing the canvas board.
Remember to position the stencil with the green canvas
to the bottom, like so:
Here’s another one...
Here’s one I didn’t listen to myself,
and ran the green through sideways....
Plenty for my stash though....
Now comes Alice.
Cut her out.
Well, what can I say about my new scissors....
you get what you pay for.
They are fab.
Trust me; I tested them in the shop.
I was cutting out business cards and bags and all sorts,
Time to colour her in.
I want her dress to look a little worn and tatty....
Used the Spectrum Noir Blending Pencils, to start with.
We have a great deal on the pencils,
and are able to extend it for a little longer...
£76 for the lot!
I want to sit her in the frame, you see?
Add some yellows and blues to her dress,
and attach her with Mod Podge, or glue.
Add a misty backdrop with a couple of blue and brown pencils...
The pencils work brilliantly on top of canvas board
and acrylic paint.
I want to tatter her dress a little more,
so that it fits better into the grungy artboard.
Using a craft knife, lightly scratch criss crosses into the dress.
Then lightly go over those scratched areas with a pencil.
You can use the pencils to add light and shade to the background.
I did a lot of yellow pencil work to brighten the overall picture.
I hope you like this.
I had great fun combining the embossed tree stencil with Alice.
Wonder what she’s thinking...
Wish I’d worn a cardy....
So if you are wondering about joining the Clarity club/clubs,
then why not take a closer look?
Here is the link to give you all the information:
And if you are really going to dive in, then you may want to consider both the Stamp AND the Stencil clubs,
and go for GOLD!
If you are already a Clarity Club Member,
and you think it’s worth joining,
then please leave a message below,
telling others what you like about it.
I’m going out on a limb here,
because I am hoping that everybody loves it!
I have been writing the Monthly Club Projects for a good many years now; can’t even guess how long,
but it must be over 15 years.
Every month for over 15 years!
Does anybody know?
Has anybody been around since the very beginning?
Apart from me that is!
The kids used to stick the photos on for pocket money,
and that was when they went to Edenbridge Junior School!
I lose years...
But it’s all good.
In fact, tomorrow my job is to draft and prepare next months!
And can you get hold of Alice ?
If you join the club, then immediately, of course.
Otherwise, she will be available as a back issue in 2 months time.
Just enter NDC into the search bar on the homepage of the website, and loads will pop up....loads.
Time to freshen up for Poldaaaaark.....
Can I pick a winner for the Fred the Bear Limerick tomorrow?
That means you can still enter if you haven’t!
£20 Gift Voucher for a limerick???
£20 Gift Voucher for a limerick???
Go for it!