As I write this weeks post it’s the first weekend of March & the UK’s snow is being replaced by rain.
Over the past year I feel like my paper craft has really been evolving and as I have written in a few of my previous posts I really feel like I’m starting to find my style.
So I thought I would share a few lessons I’ve learnt over the last month as I’ve been manufacturing away for the Craft fair later this year.
1) A bit of plastic greenery can really change your photographs 😁
I got mine from Ikea (which was not what I went in for……happens to us all)
I think it softens the pictures up so you may be have seen it quite a few times already if you follow my Instagram account 😁
2) Pearlescent ink looks great on Black card
Who knew? 😂
Now this one may sound obvious but I get stuck in a bit of a ‘white card stock’ rut sometimes.
I recently bought 3 colours of Pearlescent acrylic calligraphy ink and whilst they still look good on light colours of paper or card they really ‘shine’ on darker backgrounds (sorry for the pun, I couldn’t help myself)
3) Adding Watercolour to the tops of papers creates a whole new look
I have seen this style of work on Instagram a few times and think it looks lovely so I thought I’d give it a try. I think it’s really effective and can really create a vivid or muted effect depending on the colours you choose.
Care point though: Try it on a sample bit of paper first before going straight in with your ‘good paper’ in case it’s really absorbent or the Watercolour slides right off.
4) Watercolour Gouache Paint!
If you are learning to paint like me the vast amount of products, accessories, books & mediums out there feels overwhelming.
I have started with Watercolour, which I love. I really enjoy blending the colours to get the different shades, but sometimes it can look quite pale & muted.
So if you are looking for more vibrant colours from your watercolour I recommend Gouache.
It’s still a Watercolour paint but has slightly more pigment in it. It’s mixed exactly the same as standard paint and can be watered down for a more pastel effect.
Definitely one to add to your crafty shopping list.
I wasn’t sure at first so I bought a small selection of 6 tubes in a set to start.
Trust me when I say I’ll definitely be buying more on my next Hobbycraft run 😁
5) Wax sticks in a glue gun!
Again, who knew? 😂
This one has been a revelation for me. I love adding wax seals to my envelopes and used to use the sticks with the wicks.
Picture the scene: wax stick burning, gingerly held over envelope, one eye on the dripping wax the other on trying to make sure the stamp is the right way round in my other hand. Once enough wax has been melted blowing out the wick to create a lovely black cloud of smoke, trying to extinguish the wick in the water jar used for cleaning paint brushes or calligraphy nibs, whilst trying to put the stamp in the quickly cooling pool of molten wax!!! And breath.
During an online Hobbycraft shopping session I came across wax sticks which can be used in sealing guns.
I thought I would buy some & see if they fitted into my small glue gun and luckily they do! So now I can create wax seals using my glue gun, giving me more time to get my stamp in the right place and not worrying about if I’ll set the smoke alarm in the hall off!
So this was my crafty February. I hope you have enjoyed reading my post and I hope that one or two of my lessons learnt might help you too.
Thank you for reading and Happy Crafting!