Hi there, everyone! How’s it going? Stuart here with the usual Tuesday blog.
There’s no doubt Covid has had a substantial effect on life. It’s gotten worse in lots of ways. But, as creative people, I think as a society, we’ve managed to make the best of it. For instance, we started the SHAC Shack. That’s a great way to help cope with restrictions and lockdown etc. But I bet we ALL want to keep it even when we’re back to normal, right? Our current situation drives us to discover something we’d be delighted to have otherwise! So, you know, silver linings and positives coming out of a negative. It is funny how the world works, right?
Just a little uplifting thought for you this day. I was inspired to that comment because this coming Sunday, I’m excited that my church is running a drive through carol service. Actually, it’s three services. That’s about three hundred cars expected. We were initially disappointed not to be able to hold our traditional carol service, like most churches do, to be enjoyed by church-goers and non-church-goers alike. But, a little creativity and thinking outside the box gave us the chance to do something that’s really quite incredible. Amazing how the world works, right? Amazing how good things can sometimes come out of bad.
Good to remember that, I think.
And, we at Clarity we’re always looking to be optimistic and to spot the glimmer of a star in the darkness of a night sky.
So, here are a few of my favourite things to share with you that are coming up this week. Things that I think are uplifting and helpful!
Firstly, YouTube Tuesday. We’ve just published the video and you can see it here. I love grungey stuff. And this week’s video is grungey to the max. Grunge in craft terms really means textured, right? And texture can look good on its own but does really show its benefits when used as a layer in a bigger piece of artwork. Grungey stamps, especially are great ways to release the potential of the other elements in your artwork. See the video below and let me know what you think?!
Next up, elf hunt. I know, you’re all well into it already. I don’t really need to tell you it’s happening. But, isn’t it just great fun? I mean, I had loads of fun hiding them on the product images using Photoshop. Especially yesterday’s really, really sneaky one. Yes, it’s intentionally sneaky. I can’t make them all too easy, right? Anyway, I had fun hiding, you have fun finding and we all get a big kick out of it. Here’s today’s clue again if you need it. Do let me know how you’re all getting on. Have you found them ALL yet?
And, lastly, because I’m going on a bit, there’s one more thing I wanna share about. So, all of you who have been watching the SHAC Shack on Facebook Live, you’ll know that Barb keeps going on about the little set of 12 Polychromo pencils that she keeps using so often. It’s full of greys and pale colours that are really effective and basis of so much of Barb’s technique. And, I’d like to give away a set.
So, if you’d like to be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is guess the name of the shade below. It’s one of the colours from the set of 12, and Barb has used it to wonderful effect during the colouring in of the Gud family of Gnomes this week and last week in the SHAC.
And, just to be nice, I’ll give you three options:
- Pale Pink
- Soft Peach
- Beige Red
Let me know in the comments below which you think the answer is, and I’ll choose a winner out of the hat next Tuesday. Sound good?
Well, that’ll do from me for now. I’ll let you get on with your days. I look forward to your answers and can’t wait to hear from you. Good luck in the giveaway.