This is my studio table this morning:
Today’s to do list includes doing some merchandising of the new stencils that have just arrived from The Crafter’s Workshop. I love the word merchandising – it sounds very businesslike and grown up, but for me, it is a chance to play.
I started with a wonderful mask from Julie Fei Fan Balzer called Graceful Flower and I used a couple of the new Archival inkpads from Wendy Vecchi’s new signature range of colours, Red Geranium and Orange Blossom. I swirled the colour on with a large stencil brush and I’ll use this as a background, probably with some simple stamping over the top.
I then tried out the Navaho stencil over a piece of card sprayed with Dylusions. I patted a versamark pad through the stencil then embossed with gold powder.
The next one, Three Quarter Face, was a challenge, but fun. I stencilled the face very lightly with grey ink then used the lines as guidelines for painting in the face. This is a great way of practising colouring and shading faces. You can play with having your light source come from different directions, change the skin tone and hair colour and even ignore the ponytail and create your own hair. I think I’ll be using this one in my journal just to practise colouring and shading. I found the ear a real challenge because whenever I do my own drawings, I always have hair covering the ears!
All these photos are taken at the table so you can see my working ‘scratch pad’ underneath. I have a craft mat on the table then a piece of A3 size card which I use to test colours and stamps, check my words are straight when stamping and today I’ve used it to test paint colours or to brush off the excess if I had too much on the brush.
One sheet of card can be my scratch pad for weeks, or I may go through a few in one day depending what I’m doing and how important it is for the back of my work to stay clean. Sometimes the scratch pad itself gets cut up and re-used as they can end up pretty colourful.
Finally I used the other half of the red sprayed paper and sprayed Calypso Teal and Lime over the Climbing Vine stencil. I lifted the stencil carefully off and placed watercolour paper over it to get a print.
Not bad for squeezing an hour of play, er I mean merchandising time into the start of my day.