Good of you to pop in!
The weather isn’t very special down here.
Dave and I drove over to Heathfield earlier,
and found exactly what we were looking for in yon antique shop:
a fabulous linen closet - just perfect.
Now I just want to post what I made for you this Easter weekend,
and then it’s time to kick back in front of a log fire and stop.
I thought this lovely set of stamps,
with the hares, cat, dog and trees would be ideal.
I have a very clear idea of where we’re going,
so let’s just crack on...
Cut a piece of our 7" x 7" Stencil card down and
stamp the hares into place with Black Archival.
Mask the hares off with the mask which is included in the set.
Now add the largest of our Moon masks over the top of the hares.
Run some low tack masking tape up the sides.
And at the top and bottom.
Time to inject some colour - but not too much...
Load your Brayer with Old Paper Distress ink
If you’re new to crafting, and don’t own a brayer,
don’t waste your money on any other than the Speedball.
Trust me - I have been using them for over 25 years - they are the best.
Use the Clarity Blending mat to stage the ink too.
Old Paper ink to the top,
...to the base, behind the trees.
And lastly a little Black Soot
to darken one corner of the sky.
Remove the Moon Mask and dry brush some Old Paper over the Hares.
Then when you remove the Hares mask,
they will stand out against the grey moon.
Time to add a little colour to the images.
But not too much.
This is my big treat for Easter.
When I get out my fantabulous set of Faber-Castell Colouring pencils,
which are as old as my kids!
And I’ve still got every single one.
Even with this veritable cascade of colour, I want to go in quite subtle and muted.
Think Farrow & Ball....
Very Farrow & Ball!
Cor! Check out that colour combination!!!
Now THAT is my dream set.
Anyway, colour in the little areas in the trees.
Mel drew these images.
They are magnificent.
I sharpened the black pencil and then framed the artwork with the pencil rather than the Micron Pen.
Far grittier and in keeping with the artwork.
Let’s add a drop shadow to the Hares
and some depth to the row of trees.
SO what do we think about the backdrop?
And then think of a title for the artwork;
Please write it below....
In the meantime, I have put all my pencils back in their correct slots, all ready for another day.
They were a gift to me from the Faber-Castell family
many moons ago, in a previous life.
Much prized and cherished.
Makes me sad to think that the Count has gone on ahead already.
Way too soon. But if there was ever one person fully equipped both mentally and business wise to take over at the helm of
the Faber-Castell Empire, it is his good wife, Mary.
When I started out in business, Mary and I were very close,
and even when our lives put us thousands of miles apart,
she was always my mentor in my head.
Even today, if a massive business decision comes up, and I am unsure, I ask myself. “What would Mary say?” “What would Mary do?”. And the answers come immediately.
I will write a book one day - I will.
But now to our Bloggy Sale!
This stampset is a must have. It has so many delightful elements,
I highly recommend it.
And to encourage you to invest, I am dropping the price from £19.99 to £13.99 (incl. Masks) until midnight tomorrow.
Time to chillax.
Love and Hugs,