Hey Crafty People!
The goal of this hop is to come together to stand behind our crafty brothers & sisters of colour in our community. But we also want to show our support in the battle for equality across the world. Justine Hovey has arranged Blog, Instagram & Youtube Hops that are all running today and I am so grateful to her for giving me a place in both the Blog & Instagram. You can check out Justine’s blog post here for more information and I have included another couple of links too more information.
I added Wrought Iron Crackle Mousse onto some deep navy card stock using a stencil from Altenew. I absolutely love the texture this mousse gives once it’s dry, but it does make your paper curl up a LOT! Despite watching Yana Smakula’s video on these I was still convinced that the mousse would just flake off completely when I straightened the paper, but it really doesn’t! You do need something sturdy to straighten the paper though, so I added 3 layers of card behind it which has the added bonus of lifting the panel up to add dimension.
I printed one of the sentiments from Gina K’s free download onto vellum and then I used my laminator to add silver foil to it. I cut the sentiment down into single lines & fussy cut the small leaf branch that goes with it and backed these with some more of the navy card I used for my background.
I added some silver metallic thread from my stash, adhering it with a tiny glue dot, then popping my sentiments up on foam squares which also hold the thread in place. A few silver & black sequins and a 110lb Neenah card base and I was done!
It’s so hard to catch the shine from the silver foiling in a photo, but it looks absolutely gorgeous in real life!
I thought long & hard about what to say in this post, and whilst looking online for ways to educate myself better about racism and white privilege, I came across a post by the artist Banksy that I feel perfectly sums up what I want to say:
At first I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue.
But why would I do that?
It’s not their problem. It’s mine.
People of Colour are being failed by the system. The white system. Like a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs.
This faulty system is making their life a misery, but it’s not their job to fix it. They can’t – no-one will let them into the apartment upstairs.
This is a white problem. And if white people don’t fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in.Banksy (2020)
Some of the media I have personally found very useful:
- Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man – Emmanuel Acho (Youtube)
- White Fragility – Robin DiAngelo (Youtube)
- Elmo & His Dad discuss BLM – Sesame Street & CNN Town Hall (this is great to watch with kids).
- Ways to help (courtesy of Jennifer McGuire)
- Kristina Werner has a list of Instagram account of black crafters here
Thank you for stopping by with me today, you can continue the hop by heading over to Anja’s blog
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(*Please note, some of these are affiliate links, so I would get a small commission from you using them; but I only promote products that I really love, and I purchased each item myself unless clearly stated.)
- Neenah Classic Crest – Solar White 80lb*
- Neenah Classic Crest Solar White – 110lb (*Use code natashapapertree for 10% off)
- Papermill Direct – Navy
- Crafter’s Companion Printable Vellum
- Altenew Stencil – Patchwork Kite
- Nuvo Crackle Mousse – Wrought Iron
- WOW! Fab Foil – Silver
- Gina K – You Matter To Me (free download via Gina’s Instagram)
- Craftelier – Silver & Black Sequins
- Arteza – Adhesive Foam Tape
- Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive