Monday, 22 May 2017

My First Parchlet

I must admit that I haven't done any Groovi parchment work for quite some time.  I've been focussed on art journaling and card or tag making. However, Tina Cox recently came up with the idea of creating a mini parchment piece (2" x 2"), now known as a 'parchlet' (after much discussion).  This is much quicker to create and can be mounted up as a topper on a card as well as being a mini piece of art in its own right.  This is my first attempt at this and I will be sharing it on the Parchlet Treasures Facebook page.

I started by tracing the fifth square from the centre of the nested square plate with the 1.5 Pergamano ball tool, followed by the #1 Pergamano tool.  I then added the word Hugs from the Gratitude and Sending Word Chain border plate.  One of the Angels and Stars from the A5 square plate of the same name finished the image.  I then added the inner frame and also broke the frame into small squares using the nesting square plate to line everything up.
Even though I was working quickly, I decided to add a little white work on the angel and star; firstly using the #6 ball tool, then the #4.5 and finally the #3 tool.  I also worked on my Pergamano embossing mat for the first time, a most satisfying experience.  Having decent tools makes a great deal of difference.




 
I tried out my pricking tool set and Pergamano scissors to add a picot edge to the piece rather than cut it out with scissors.  Even though the scissors are not the really expensive ones, they make a big difference.  Now I just need to work on the pricking stage, the snipping wasn't a problem.  I am quite pleased however, as it's only the second time that I've done any picot work.


 
I used my distress markers as usual to colour the back of the work; Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss.  I left the angel's robes uncoloured so that they would stand out.
Finally, I used narrow double sided tape behind the frame, to mount the parchment onto a piece of white card (5cm x 5cm) just slightly smaller than the 'Parchlet'.  I continued matting and layering, finishing on a 14.8cm x 14.8cm white card.  I shall definitely be attempting more of these.
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