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Sunday, 6 May 2012

A Little Bit of Parchment

Thought I would try and post something different this week. 

I am having a little trip next week with some friends to Harrogate to the Parchment Exhibition.  My poor hubby has volunteered to drive the minibus - don't think he realised what he was letting himself in for taking 16 ladies on a craft trip.  They have all promised me they will behave and look after him !!!!!!!! LOL.

I used to go to Horncastle College for parchment weekends/summer school with Pauline Loweth (Parchment Express & Create & Craft). I made this on my first summer school week and although it wasn't perfect I felt a great sense of achievement and thought it was time I shared it with you.  Since then I have made several pieces and especially like gridwork (which has certainly improved).  Parchment is one of my loves although I don't have time to do much of it these days with everything else that gets in the way, it it a great way to relax.

I traced the basic fan pattern with a black fineliner pen on parchment.  On the main area of the fan I embossed several of the areas with a medium ball tool and then to make it a little bit whiter used a small ball tool, shading it where appropriate.  Every other area was embossed with a scriber and cross-hatched.  The gridwork was done using a 1-needle tool and then crosses cut out.  Various sizes of Sun tools and stencils were used for decoration.  Lower down the fan I used a mini stamp edge (which cuts where it is used). On the area near the tassel I stippled using a 1-needle tool onto a hard surface to give a different effect.

To finish I coloured some peel offs using a black promarker, parts of the peel offs were cut to form the embellishments and placed onto the parchment.  To make the fan look a little bit more realistic I made two more end struts and layered them on, black promarker was used again at the bottom of these.  The fan was cut out using a scallop tool to give a frill lace effect and then a tassel was attached.

I have place the fan onto black card as background to enable the parchment to show.

I hope you like my little creation this week.  It would be great for you to leave comments and also to hear from any other fellow parchers.

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