Thanks for popping in.
Rainy Monday, or what?!
Had a bit of trouble finding my mojo today;
in fact the harder I tried to be creative, the less success I had!
I’m going to look into that.
I reckon it comes more easily when you aren’t forcing it...
By 5pm I was really running out of steam.
But then I remembered Eileen’s fabulous, thoughtful artwork which she gave me at Ally Pally, and it was as though I had been plugged in!
Check this parchment art out!
Eileen had borrowed my mantra,
which she had read on our Mindful Wednesday blog,
the thing I say to myself at least once a day,
and transformed it into a work of art.
Isn’t it amazing to think that somebody was thinking about you,
and thought enough of you to spend hours making you something beautiful?
Not only did Eileen touch my heart;
she also inspired me with the way she straddled the writing!
As soon as we spoke on Saturday,
I asked her if I might be allowed to try her idea out.
So at 5pm today I lept into action,
and figured out the easiest way to write backwards.
Out with the Groovi Plate Mate and the Square grid first.
Make a double frame using the finest stylus.
I used the hills from the Groovi plate in the Starter Kit
to create my waves.
Glance at Eileen’s.
Out with the tracing paper.
We sell great stuff.
You can use it for Vellum overlays too.
I use it for illustration work.
Trace the lines.
Now flip the tracing paper and the parchment
so that you are looking at the front of both.
Write your words in pencil on the tracing paper.
Poem, saying, first line of a prayer....
There. Now you have your template.
You need the soft side of the blue mat for this job.
Clamp your parchment with the Groovi mate,
backside facing you, if you get my drift...
and we are ready to start writing backwards.
Simply copy the back to front writing on the tracing paper.
Use the 2nd finest stylus.
Don’t press too hard - you’ll puncture the parchment!
I have to tell you, I was delighted when I turned to check the front !
Thank you so much Eileen!!
Back to the back,
and now I added some elements of the Meadowgrasses Plate.
Another masterpiece from Melanie.
I am surrounded by talented people!
Added a circle sun with the round nests.
Added some boxes around the edge.
Went a bit wrong with the sun,
but decided to keep going rather than start over.
The writing came out far too well for me to want to revisit
And then suddenly the bit that went off piste becomes the most important part!
Can’t let it go until I have completely botched it.
Couple of birds from the Chinaman’s hat on the Groovi Plate mate,
couple of doughnuts in the boxes,
a little embossing with stylus No. 3 and No. 4.
Dinner’s nearly ready and I am totally in the groove here!
Let’s add some colour.
Just one colour.
A light brown...
Now for a backdrop...
Cut and trimmed.
Attached with 2 brads.
Mounted on Kraft card.
We sell good stock. Good price too.
Stop the clock.
Very happy with that little journey.
Very grateful to Eileen for giving me the inspiration.
I am really looking forward to tomorrow now, because I want to try that kind of straddled writing again.
I want to practice with the next line of the prayer.
Time to call it a day.
We will pick a Limerick winner tonight,
which means a good giggle in bed,
and tell you who won the £20 Gift Voucher tomorrow.
love & hugs,