Continuing Education…….

Hi there!  Glad you popped by today! 🙂

I will be honest and say that I have not done anything in my craft room, except get on the computer and check email, so far this week.  😉  My hubby was home through the weekend and left out yesterday.  When he is home, my time is his.  He will most likely be back home sometime tonight, but probably only for the night and part of the day tomorrow.  He only had a short run to Utah this time.  So, I haven’t done anymore work on either of my parchment lessons.  I started working on my shadow embossing lessons the other day.  I have only done the initial embossing layer, so there isn’t anything to show yet.  I’m going through Dorothy Holness’ Embossing book plus Kannikar Sukseree’s “The Art of Embossing” books to learn this technique.  Shadow embossing, or advanced embossing produces art that looks like this:

This was created by Jerri Jimenez. She created it using a pattern by Dorothy Holness. This is shadow embossing along with painting on parchment. You can see her creations on her blog. The link is in my Blogroll…for A Touch of Grace.

I am a huge fan of Jerri’s work!  She is also the lady whom I contacted when I was first looking into getting started with parchment craft.  She has become a special, sweet friend to me over the past couple of years.  She is especially talented and does stunning work!

So, that gives you a small idea of what advanced/shadow embossing is.  🙂  I am particularly fond of ‘whitework’ parchment.  The name is exactly what it sounds like.  No coloring, just straight shadow and solid embossing on parchment paper.  It is a most stunning work of art.

Well, I, finally, was able to sign up for the Kit and Clowder online coloring class!  I’ve been trying for over a month to sign up, but my card has been declined every time.  Last night it happened again, only this time I had another option available to me to try and it worked!  I love this months pencil class!!!  I will be getting started on that in the next day or two.  I have been very impressed with what I’ve seen with Kit and Clowder and I recommend their classes to anyone who wants to learn to color with markers and/or pencils…or who just want to learn new techniques or hone their coloring skills.

I have never colored or painted in my life.  That is one reason why a couple of my recent parchment projects and lessons have brought me a lot of pride.  I never thought I could do it!  I have been so surprised at myself…mainly because I can’t even draw stick people!  Seriously!  I have spent months skipping over the coloring/painting lessons in my books because I didn’t believe I could do it.  I finally just decided that I wasn’t going to skip lessons because they were all part of my learning process in this adventure.  🙂  When I completed my wood violets card and then did the parchment tulips card, I was astounded!  I really can do it!  I wanted to learn more about coloring with my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, so I embarked on a search for tutorials.  That’s when I ran across Kit and Clowder.  So, my journey into the world of coloring and painting continues.  😉

My wood violets parchment lesson:

I have NEVER colored or painted in my life, so this lesson was scary for me. It is painted with watercolor pencils and then embossed. I am quite proud of it.

My parchment tulips card:

This card isn’t from any lesson. It is a pattern from a wonderful designer named Anneke Oostmeijer. This was my first time of coloring with colored pencils on parchment. I am VERY proud of this card! It will probably be placed in a frame. 🙂

Two of my proudest moments in my journey, thus far! 😉

Well, time to get to my chores for the day.  I have spent enough time on the computer for this morning.  🙂  I will be back soon with more……………………….

Until then………………………………………………………………….

First Things First…

G’day to ya!  Thank you for stopping by today!

Honestly, I do not even know where to begin with this blog.  LOL  I want to share my passions with you, but I also want to share my life.  So, I imagine it is safe to say that this blog will be home to a lot of different things.  🙂  No matter the subject matter, I hope that you will always find something here that will be of interest to you, stir your heart, or give you ideas and/or insight.

A little about me?  There isn’t much to tell, actually, and I’ve never been very good at talking about myself in this way.  But, I’ll give it a go…………………………

I am (soon to be) 60 years young.  (I still feel like I did when I was in my 20’s, mentally anyway) 🙂  I met my hubby in 9th grade Algebra class.  We married in 1981, when we were 24.  He has been an over-the-road truck driver for around 34-35 years of our 36 years together.  It’s been a rough life in some ways, but it has paid the bills, kept a roof over the head, and food on the table.  And, contrary to popular thoughts on the matter, truck drivers are not making ‘all kinds of money’…not most, anyway.  In the trucking industry it has always been ‘feast or famine’, with having many more ‘lean’ times than ‘fat’ ones.  But, it has had its blessings as well as troubles.  We are grateful that we’ve never been without a paycheck.

Sorry for that little ‘bunny trail’.  Okay, back to the subject.  😉  We have one child, a granddaughter (all grown now) and a grandson.  They do not live near us.  We had a furry daughter whom we lost this past October.  (That has been very difficult)

I have never considered myself to be creative.  The only crafts that I really learned were knitting and crocheting…and the knitting wasn’t much more than just learning the two basic stitches.  I taught myself to crochet by watching my mother-in-law.  She was into all kinds of different crafts, but back then I wasn’t interested in it…mainly because I didn’t believe I could do any of it.  Oh how I wish I had learned things back then when I still had Mom around to teach me!  😦

I am mostly self-taught with the crafts that I have learned now.  The exception to that, to an extent, is when I learned to make handmade paper cards.  I did learn that from hosting a ‘card class’ a couple of years ago.  I was shown the basics and then I went from there.  🙂  I was completely addicted from that first class!

It was during my first year of making cards that I happened across what has become my absolute passion this past year…Parchment Craft.  I was searching for a particular technique that intrigued me and I wanted to try it.  I stumbled across something called parchment craft while searching and when I saw photos of what this craft was, I was astounded!  These were the type of cards that I wanted to make!  So, my journey into Parchment Craft began.  🙂

Parchment Craft is an ancient craft of embossing on parchment.  If I remember correctly, it dates back to medieval times.  It is a stunningly beautiful craft.  The projects are so delicate and elegant.  Please allow me to clarify something…there is a BIG difference between embossing on parchment and embossing on vellum.  Parchment paper is also not the the same paper used in baking.  Parchment paper is translucent, similar to vellum, but it is heavier than vellum.

I won’t go into a long, drawn out explanation about the craft at this time, but I will share more information about the tools, techniques, and about some of the books as I go along.  For the moment I will leave it at this.  🙂

I am going to close this post with sharing with you my last couple/three lessons.  The little yellow card is one I redid recently from a lesson I did last year.  The other two are more recent.  I hope that you enjoy them.  These will give you a little bit of an idea of what Parchment Craft is.  🙂

Until next time………………..