Be Brave (Somerset Apprentice)

When That’s Crafty! released their Uprights, I knew I had found a substrate I would return to time and again, especially with the various designs and available in Dinky size.
This project appears in Stampington & Co’s Somerset Apprentice, Spring 2018.
The stamps, PaperArtsy EEA feature on this assemblage.
In the intro, for the feature, I give my thoughts behind this assemblage. I also wanted to capture the essence of torn and tattered,
layering the stamped focal, with the ragged edges, as though they might flutter off.trying to capture that there can be strength within what appears fragile. More tattered elements: painted re-cycled corrugated cardboard, Infusions scrap of mop-up kitchen paper, stamped scraps.Resting on the base of the Dinky Upright, a piece of driftwood (from Dorthe!) which I stamped onto.Thank you for your lovely visit today.

Silken Wings (Somerset Apprentice)

This post relates to Autumn last year when I had an assemblage published in Somerset Apprentice (Autumn 2016).  Although I made an appearance in this magazine once before, as a “From The Pros”, this was my first article.
Somerset Apprentice has a different approach to other Stampington titles, with stepped-out projects, lots of detail photos, they are really tutorials.
This project was one of my most rewarding to work on, enjoying the creating and gathering of textures although always (and I do mean always) there are many changes I would make to it.
The assemblage has made an appearance from Stampington sharing it but I never got around to posting it until now.
A few shout-outs for some of the fabulous products:-
That’s Crafty – white/greyboard panel and Dinky Stencil
Darkroom Door  Wings stamp set
Redlead Paperworks – Silken Wings
What has struck me, is that I do not take the pretty, feminine route with nature,  I enjoy exploring neglect, derelict almost industrial, trying to evoke a sense of an area which is broken down, dis-used buildings with rusted metal and broken masonry, where a wildflower might be seen to burst through the cracked concrete ground.
In my introduction for the stepped-out project in Somerset Apprentice, I talk about this.

This Dinky Stencil (my preferred way of working is only randomly stenciling here and there and not actually working with the stencil as a whole) was an immediate favourite when I received it and continues to remain a much-loved stencil.
The gathering of textures was important for the feeling I was trying to convey, even the smallest fragment brings “something” to the piece as a whole.
It will all sound rather “deep” but the piece of tree bark symbolises the loss of trees, pushed aside to pave way for residential or industrial areas.  Those boundaries on the edges of towns and cities where once,  there would have been an abundance of natural habitat for wildlife.  I see it where I live, it is a landscape in contrast to that which I remember from childhood.
Thank you so much for your visit.  It feels good to be scheduling some regular blog posts and catching-up with projects that are getting to be months and months old!