Thanks for popping in.
Mindful Wednesday Blog today.
Well, here’s the thing.
Early this morning, I lay in bed in the dark, wide awake,
and I was thinking.
Thinking, thinking, thinking.
Thinking about the poor people in Paris,
thinking about what makes a person want to create so much carnage and destruction.
Thinking about Clarity,
thinking about TV and where we are going,
thinking about this blog and you.
Then with the first cup of tea,
and in keeping with my daily routine,
I flicked to The Guardian on my Ipad,
more raids in Paris, more suicide bombs,
and Jonah Lomu, All Blacks hero, has died at 40 !
Dear oh deary me!!
I bet you have been thinking yourself silly, too.
These are worrying, sad times.
And so today, let’s use this blog to switch off the worry-thinking and the sad-thinking.
Let’s just focus on paint and ink.
That IS actually being mindful, just concentrating on what’s in front of us, and NOT thinking about the atrocities and tragedies in the world.
So first thing I did was get out the Gelli Plate, paint and an ink pad.
You with me on this one?
Spread some Snowflake acrylic paint onto the Gelli Plate
and then roll it onto the N O E L Clarity Letters,
which are still on the acetate they come on.
Transfer the painted letters to the middle of
white Gelli/Stencil card.
Using a Clarity brush and Stream Adirondack, start brushing outwards from the centre.
The letters will start to appear, and you get a graduated effect by always starting from the centre.
Now to bring out the letters more.
Using a baby wipe or a damp paper towel,
carefully wipe the ink off the acrylic letters.
To get that splatted effect in the background,
take the damp tissue and wipe from the centre outwards.
The hardest thing here is knowing when to stop.
Tear around the edges of the card by hand randomly,
then lightly dust with the same dry brush.
For the entire time of making,
I have concentrated on what I am doing.
Momentary relief for my worn out thinking mind.
In fact, let’s keep going.
I have a piece of tester card, where I tested out the painted stamps and rolled the white paint off the brayer.
Basically, a scrap with a load of white acrylic paint all over it.
Mmmm. Let’s see what happens if I stamp the letters onto the scrappy white acrylic paint using the dye-based Stream ink pad....
The Stream stamps well onto the chalky white acrylic,
but is darker where there is none,
where it soaks into the card directly.
This is very cool.
Let’s tear around the outside again.
(No, oh literal ones! Don’t get your shoes on and run around the outside of the house!)
Dust with dry brush, and wipe the acrylic parts.
There we are.
Variations on a theme, using the same ingredients.
One very moody and grungy, one very crisp and arty.
One dark, one light.
So let’s have a Barbar-Bargain, to cheer us up!
The N O E L letter set is usually £12.95
How about £8.95.
That sounds like a Barbar-bargain to me!
It has stopped raining, and the head is much clearer now.
Time for a walk to the local chapel, methinks.
Love & hugs