Good of you to pop in.
Did ya miss me?
She’s back! - all jetlagged and spacey today.
But what a holiday - what a full on, brilliant break.
Over the coming days, I hope to share some of what we got up to on our US road trip.
Hooked up with both kids in California,
which was a real highlight...
Many many thanks to Paul for taking over
so that I was able to kick back and check out for a while.
Didn’t he do well ?!
Actually, I am really happy to be getting back in the driver’s seat.
Although a complete switch off was needed,
just to stop and smell the flowers, and be where I was,
it is lovely to be back and chatting to you.
How attached I have become to this little circle of ours!
So let’s get back to Monday’s Blog....
is Flowers and Trees.
Well, the trip started in Hawaii. First Oahu, then on to Maui.
You can imagine the fantastic tropical forests and waterfalls,
There’s so much to tell you about, and so much to show you!
When we got in from work this afternoon,
I was very happy to get back up in my little art den
above the garage too, and make a flowery card for you:
We are strange creatures....
Dave is outside mowing the lawn
and strimming the massive burst of green growth back,
and I am straight up here getting arty again.
Is she crazy, I hear you think.
Straight back to step-by-step blogging again!
Hasn’t unpacked the cases or even considered the laundry yet!
Crazy, yes, without a doubt.
But you see, the blogging,
- or should I say the making a piece of artwork -
is what grounds me,
brings me back to today, to here.
To spend an hour completely in my own company, with no music;
just Dave’s lawn mower outside, reassuring me
he’s doing what he loves doing too.
First thing for me was to get out the Gel Printing Plate
and a stencil, with a few ink pads:
Attach stencil to the card with low-tack masking tape.
Dab Scattered Straw all over the 6" x 6" Printing Plate
Then some Ripe Persimmon in the corner,
and some Chipped Sapphire in the middle.
Slit a polybag open with a ruler.
We can use this to blend the colours on the plate.
Place the inside of the poly-bag down on the inky plate.
(that way, you can close it and reuse it many times)
Lift it and then replace it higher or lower, moving the ink.
Then remove and close the poy-bag
Flip and place the inky plate down on the stencil card.
Press and squish to transfer the ink .
Wipe ink from the stencil into the apertures.
Load one of our stencil brushes with Mustard Seed
and brush the outer edges with yellow.
Lovely and tropical....
Add some interest to the actual stencil FLOWERS
and the outer edges with the blue ink pad and a make-up sponge.
Use Distress Markers
and pencils to bring out the flowers and stems.
Run round the outer edges with the chisel end of
See the gritty texture in the background from the Printing plate though?
Layer up and mount on 8" x 8" good quality folded card.
I think these from Hunkdory are top spec.
click here to buy.
Just a little reminiscent of the flower feast we enjoyed
Not manicured lawns and pristine flowerbeds;
wild, unkempt and gritty.
Tomorrow, I will take you with me on a picture trip to Maui.
Let’s go on the Hana Trail...
Answer me this:
Did they take the winding road to Hana, then obey the tourist info guide, and double back on themselves to return?
Or did they take the unauthorised road back, rough, narrow,
kissing the coast, prone to mudslides and unpaved?
Have a good evening!
Love and Hugs