Hi there, Steven here. Happy Monday! And Stuart, I’m here too!
And hopefully, you can spend all week with us. Since we’re taking a week off from the Facebook live SHAC videos, Barbara won’t be around quite so much. But we still want to keep you company, and thought we’d arrange a few day-trips this. A week off is a chance to take a breather from powering through the doodles, a chance to catch up on anything you’ve missed and a chance just to stop and stare and enjoy as we revisit some of those stunning locations. Sometimes it all goes by so fast, doesn’t it? We’ll share the recordings from each location, spotlight some of the key techniques, give you a chance to download the templates again and also to share your doodles with your fellow SHAC-ers!
And for our first day-trip, we’re going to visit Japan! Who’s up for it?
Before we get started, I did a quick bit of research. Did you know that Japanese people refer to their country as ‘Nihon’ or ‘Nippon’, which means “sun origin”? Good to know, I suppose.
Let’s begin our first trip…
Back when Barbara went on a week-long trip to Japan or Nihon (whichever way you prefer), hundreds of you joined us for the daily doodle. Hands up who joined in the doodle? It was a fun, yet relaxing week full of education and interesting stories by Barbara.
If you didn’t get round to doodling with us in Japan, here is the playlist for you on YouTube and Facebook, so that you can relive each journey.
For the Japan playlist or ‘Nihon’ on Facebook click here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/claritystamp.co.uk/586832728934616/
YouTuber’s can access the videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhhrwILIpPc&list=PLmytW2NIfA_Y7wyChqJgKt7tIwoPyTnmI
So many of you have been sharing your artwork on our Facebook pages, Clarity Worldwide & Groovi Worldwide and Japan week was no different. It’s so inspiring to see all of your wonderful artwork. Here’s just some of the amazing work you’ve done so far:
If anyone would like to send us in any SHAC artwork from Japan, we’d love to see it and share it. The best way for us to do that is if you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your photo or scan.
In keeping with our visit to Japan, we thought we’d share some of our other designs based on the land of the rising sun (and I don’t mean New Orleans). We have a lovely, and I mean – really – lovely selection of perhaps less well-known Clarity products based on a Japanese theme and any of them would make a great souvenir from your day trip!
And finally, to make your day-trip complete, here’s the Geisha template to download. She was a tricky one, but the template is a great way to practice and perfect your lady.
And, last but not least (sorry to make you wait, I know, I’m a tease), it’s time to announce our winner from last week’s competition. You know, it’s funny, it wasn’t far off a 50/50 split with the answers. Some thought it was the White Cliffs of Dover, and some knew it was the Seven Sisters. So if you guessed Seven Sisters, well done. I wonder – how many people who guessed Dover are from the north? I’m guessing that’s what caused the split. As a northerner myself, I completely understand – I had no idea there were other chalk hills until I moved here. Saltdean blew my mind.
Anyway, congratulations Em Fairley! You’re the winner. You guessed correctly.
If you send me an email at email@example.com with your address, I’ll pop your prize in the post to you! It’s a Seven Sisters stamp set from the archives – a real Clarity Classic which I hope you’ll enjoy very much!
And very lastly – a special mention to Sue Carpenter – who knew the EXACT spot I was standing on when I took the pic. Nice one, Sue, a Sussex Local, I take it? I think that particular spot is called Hope Cove. I like that.
Anyway, that’s enough from us for now. Enjoy the day trip to Japan and do interact with us through comments on the blog and social media. We’ll be on the lookout all day and would love to reply and chat a bit about Japan and know how you’re getting on with your doodles. Remember, we’re here to keep you company.
Steven and Stuart