Last Saturday was the regular Clarity Dorset and Hampshire Workshop.

We were a small and select group as many were tied up doing other things.

This month we used the beautiful Kingfisher and Leafy Swirl stamp sets, with different medium.

Other groups have made these projects though I changed one of them this time round.

The first project was inspired by a make I did at one of Barbara’s retreats.

Kingfisher Picture

The Kingfisher, branch and leaves are stamped on to black card and embossed with clear embossing powder. The bird is then coloured using Perfect Pearls as paints. The image is layered onto gold mirri card. Black card is placed behind the mount and the image is then layered onto the black card before framing. It’s quite tricky to photograph frames and one of the images has been left out of the frame to hopefully help you see it. In real life the Perfect Pearls add a lovely shimmer to the Kingfisher, just as it has in real life.

The second project involved some painting.

Kingfisher - Aquatints

Here the background was created with Aquatints and the Kingfisher coloured using different Perfect Pearls before being fussy cut and adhered to the card using foam pads.

The third project used the Leafy Swirl stamp set.

Leafy Swirl

Backing paper was chosen from Barbara’s backing paper pads and the Perfect Pearls were colour matched as close as possible, so there is harmony between the stamped image and the background. Maya Angelou’s People will forget quotation was stamped and embossed to the right of the image.

The fourth project used the Kingfisher again on a wooden coaster.

Kingfisher Coaster

The coaster was painted with black gesso before the image was stamped and embossed. This time the Kingfisher is coloured using Pebeo Dyna paints, which are iridescent in nature and again have a beautiful shimmer to them in real life. The finished coaster was then varnished using Crafters Companion Spray and Shine. The back of the coaster was finished with paper and then varnished or painted with Dyna paints.

Thanks for taking a look. I’m sure you agree everyone completed some lovely work. If you’d like to join us please see the Workshop Page.