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This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others.

Probably my favourite craft right now is with parchment, both traditional skills and Groovi, very relaxing and calming to do.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Parchment - I love it

If you have seen any of my posts on Facebook, you will know by now that I am totally hooked on parchment at the moment.  It is not a new style for me.  I do not consider myself an expert but I have done a fair bit over the last few years.  Sadly, there do not seem to be any parchment classes anywhere within a reasonable distance, so all that I have learned has been from watching people like Christine Coleman and Tina Cox on Create and Craft, and from YouTube videos, and books etc.

Then Barbara Gray of Clarity Stamps picked up an idea from Maria Simms, and developed a revolutionary system for parchment called the Groovi Plate.  If you want to have a look at it, you will find it here -  http://www.claritystamp.co.uk/Groovi

Several people told me that it would be not good for me, I did not need it as I already did parching.  That idea was so wrong.  I have had a ball with the Groovi system and it has given me loads more ideas that I can play with.  Having been to a whole day workshop with Maria Simms, doing nothing but the Groovi plate, I was even more impressed to see that, no matter what level you are, you can come out at the end with beautiful pieces of work.  Even experienced parchers have really enjoyed using this kit and found uses for it.

This is my latest piece of parchment work, which is a mix of Groovi work, conversion of stamps into parchment.  The trellis and the grasses are done using the Groovi system, while the Blue Tit is a popular Clarity Stamp.

I stamped the bird onto a piece of tracing paper, which I could then flip over and then transfer to the piece of parchment, then added the trellis work around it.  The grasses are on a separate piece of parchment behind the trellis.  I used my ball tools to do the white work and emboss the grasses and the bird.  The colour was added with a combination of Derwent and Spectrum Noir pencils on the reverse of the parchment.  I did repeat the bird to decoupage it on the top of the flat image below.

Then I went through my stash of mop up pieces to find a good background which would show up the parchment best.  (Mop up pieces are created when you spritz the mixture of inks on your blending mat and then swish a piece of card around to pick up what it left - they are all different)  I trimmed the first one to fit the parchment and then found another to tone with it before sticking the whole thing together with brads.


I then decided to attach it all to one of the canvas boards which I had used for something else.  After sticking it irrevocably, I decided the colour of the canvas was definitely not right.  Fortunately, I had some new Fresco chalk paints in front of me and this blue turned out to be just what I wanted to pick up the blue in the mop up background.

The final stage was to find another colour to mount the whole thing on, which turned out to be another Fresco chalk paint.

Amazingly, by taking this to show my daughter today, I ended up with a commission from her neighbour to do something along the same lines.  Very gratifying to find that someone would like to buy something you have created.

This is a much better photo taken today on a proper camera.


Emma Burns said...

This is a lovely piece of work Maggie. A really nice combination of stamp and Groovi Plates. Brilliant. Hugs xxx

Theresa Pace said...

a beautiful make Maggie. quite a mixed media piece. you should enter it in the clarity challenge , hugs xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ohh Maggie, this is really beautiful, how amazing to use it with stamps would never have thought of it it!!!
Lovely subtle tones with parchment,and wondrous details..that trellis work is lovley indeed, as is the bird. So well popped up from background!!
Well done on the commission too, a credit to,your hard work!!,

I have made two cards with embossed vellum and clouded them and mounted them on cardstock and really love them too,
I think vellum is way underrated. Have watched the groovi tool and really like it but clarity things are far too expensive to get Downunder like a lot of things so admire from a distance. My pocket appreciates it too. Our $ has dropped by 33% so that's another factor.
Hugs and God blessed are friend,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Debbie Rock said...

Saw this earlier but couldn't reply before now ... got concussion falling off my chair when I saw you had blogged!!!!
This is just so beautiful Maggie ... I love everything about it and how clever of you to utilise the stamps and stencils to work alongside the Groovi. That blue tit is so, so stunning. Well done you ... 'tis a splendid piece of work. xXx

Helen said...

You really do love all things Barb!! great work, and good to see you back with the deskers! Have fun with the Groovi and see you in October I hope. Helen 5