Thanks for popping in.
Hope your weekend is going well?
Things are pretty manic here, gearing up for TV
tomorrow and Monday.
We are putting on 7 hours of new Groovi.
All Groovi, and very exciting.
New ideas, new plates, new techniques.
If you are a stamper, and you’re not into parchment,
Just switch me off this time.
We did all stamp shows last week!
Most of our revenue comes from Groovi at the moment,
so we have to go where the demand is.
No, we aren’t neglecting our core product - customers are,
and we are responding accordingly.
Between you and me,
I am far more comfortable with a brayer and a piece of torn paper than with scissors and a pricking tool !!!
But actually, I am enjoying the Groovi trip,
and am also enjoying learning the new techniques along the way.
If the bathers on the beach all wanted ice-cream,
- and were queuing up for it -
would you try and sell them doughnuts ?
I really enjoy the product design;
creating the whole system to work together.
But in order to create an intelligent system you have to use it !!!
Paul and I were working into the small hours last night,
prepping and staging demos.
My neck and wrists are stiff today!
Hey ho! I could think of worse ways to make a living!
Here’s the outline of a nice step by step I have prepared for tomorrow, using a couple of fab new plates, and framers.
The thing about parchment art is it takes as long as it takes,
so I have to accept that the TV shows are going to be a little less snappy and a little more laid back...
Octagon on the inside
New Farmhouse Plate.
But only up to the tree.
I want to lose the tall tree and shorten the house...
Shuffle the parchment across,
so that the side of the farmhouse is in the frame,
and emboss it into place, avoiding the tree trunk.
Join the lines up.
No building permission, no tree surgeon.
We’ve knocked 30 foot off the farmhouse and taken down a tree which was causing havoc with the foundations and blocking out the light.
If only it were that simple....
Oh. Hang on. Needs a door or two...
No chippy required either!
Time to add a little interest with the new Texture plate.
If you peep through the parchment, you can see it.
Nine cool pattern areas.
The zig-zag in the roof and the jaunty lines in the frame.
So why the octagon inside the square frame?
I wanted to create small pockets of interest, using the new Grid.
You do this piercing / pricking from the front.
See the straight grid underneath?
IT IS AMAZING!!!!
I cannot believe that an acrylic plate with loads of holes drilled in it could throw such a new light on parchment!!
It works quickly with the single needle tool.
I also like the dotty effect you get by using the No. 2 embossing tool on the grid. You do this from behind.
Paul and I were laughing last night.
I was whizzing along, using the grid like a washboard and whistling through the stages.
Then it occurred to me that traditional parchers might be horrified if I skim across the grid this way...
So now I’ve got my lovely landscape prepared for a splash of colour.
Tune in tomorrow and see what’s next.....
Sky 663 Freeview 39 Freesat 817
or IPTV on the internet at Hochanda.com
Sunday 2pm. 5pm
Launch of new Monday Special at 8pm on Sunday.
Monday 9am 12 noon 4pm 7pm
Lot of live hours, lot of adrenaline, lot of pressure.
If you have ever done live TV,
you will know what I am talking about.
So I think it’s just best to get in the groove and go with the flow.
One more really good thing:
At Hochanda.com you can now watch show back a week.
So if you miss a show, you can click the TV Schedule yesterday for example, scroll down to the show you missed,
and click watch this show now.
So Janice and Cathie from the States and Canada!
You can stay in bed and not have to get up in the middle of the night to watch!!!
Have a great weekend,