Hello my friends. I do trust this finds you well, and coping with all that is happening in this beautiful world. Thank you so much for the lovely comments last eek. You really are a great bunch gifted in encouragement! As is my usual self I have been working in lots of different areas this week. I have even ventured into the garden, cut half of the lawns and already filled up my brand new, shiny garden waste bin. It’s no longer brand new or shiny! It’s full.
However, undaunted, I came indoors and worked at my desk on the landing here in North Wales with my lovely country, sea and mountain view. I made a few more Easter cards ready to send to friends and family…
This is a mix of having fun and making mistakes! The die I used was meant to cut out from the front of the card so I could put something behind it. Uh-oh! Failed – I accidentally put the edge on it so cut it off the card. Rethink necessary… so it’s now behind the front card, stuck into it instead. Then a play with some DI inks and chalk. Oh well, not too bad!
Some of you were kind enough to ask questions about the daffodil die I used for the Easter card I showed last week. It is a Paper Cuts die by Cathie Shuttleworth with Creative Expressions. She has a style which I really like, so admit to having a fair few of her designs. She is well worth a look!
My next work desk has been a large rather tatty piece of hardboard balanced on a footstool in the lounge! Yes, another jigsaw. I think I may be addicted…
So on to the desk on my lovely landing. Completely cleared of card making, and out came the pergamano. I love this, and freely admit to not doing enough of it. The big plastic RUB holds all the tools, I see a fancy pencil sharpener which turns the cutting edge rather than the pencil, the pencils I am working with, a daylight lamp, the project itself and a few bits of the usual detritus! I am working on a coloured piece designed as a workshop by Christine Coleman. It was printed in the Parchment craft magazine in December 2006 – no, I’m not a speedy worker. I treated myself to the correct Polychromos pencils and eventually set to. I did a couple of small pieces under supervision, as it were, by Christine herself when I went on a pergamano course two years ago. Never done it on my own before… so it’s all a bit hit and miss. I decided that the best way for me was to place the parchment actually over the top of the picture in the magazine – that way, whilst it wouldn’t be perfect, at least the perspective would be good!! Sorry and apologies to all you REAL artists out there!
This is where I have got to – I’m taking my time and enjoying each little step
S0, basically, that’s me this week folks. Did any folk in Britain go out last Thursday evening to applaud our beautiful NHS? I thought I would be the only one in our area, but determined to go out whether I looked a bit of a twit or not. Oh my word! There were a good number of my neighbours out, and we could hear the clapping and cheering all around the hillside on which we live. It was such a powerful and emotional moment. These folks are putting their lives on the line for us. What a sacrifice. “Greater love has no man than this: to lay down one’s life or one’s friends.” So today I leave you with a picture of my favourite place on earth – Snowdon, and have included a verse from the Bible. In these troubled, difficult, strange times He says we are welcome to call on Him – He’s big enough to cope with our screams, our cries for help, our desperation, or our love.
Take care my dear friends. Stay safe. God bless you abundantly.