About Me

I'm a freelance artist, designer and demonstrator and have been involved in arts and craft my whole life in one way or another. I design stamps for top British company Personal Impressions, under the "Lindsay Mason Designs" brand, as well as papers, templates and other crafting products. I'm a certified Ranger Educator and my first book,"Stamping", was published in 2009. I also design regular projects for Crafts Beautiful magazine and have made guest appearances from time to time on QVC. I've recently joined You Tube under the name of LindsayMason1000 where I'm posting short technique videos and you can buy my paintings and hand crafted pieces from my Etsy shop. My work takes me all around the country demonstrating stamping, papercrafts and general inkiness! When I'm not working, I love gardening, church & community activities, nature watching, journalling, music and theatre and just relaxing at home. Email me at: ljm.design1@virginmedia.com

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Arm ache

If anyone has any good tips to stop aching arms they would be gratefully received. To be more accurate, one aching arm caused by holding up a puppet at full stretch for nearly ten minutes...doesn't sound very long, but believe you me, it felt it!
I was up at church this evening for a "dress rehearsal" for Sunday's puppet story - dress rehearsal as in, with puppets, behind screen and four page script pinned up at eye level. We are using new puppets this time which have sticks attached to their hands, so there's much more to think about. However, that's nothing compared to the old arm ache! We felt we had no muscles left in our biceps when we'd finished! Fingers crossed that we get through the performance on Sunday okay - I'll show you my new character after the weekend.
Good thing that I made the decision to use my left arm though as I have been busy drawing, colouring and cutting out all day using mostly my right hand! I got quite a lot done and yesterday, after we'd been to see our mum, Heather stayed for a few hours and we did some colouring together.....it was like being kids again! We sat at either side of the table with all my pens laid out between us - great fun!
Well, I'm off for an early night now in readiness for another busy day tomorrow and to give my arm a rest!


pearshapedcrafting said...

Sorry no remedy - but reading this has been a tonic for me! Puppets and colouring all in one day - must be keeping you young! Have fun! Love, Chrisx

Carol Yates said...

Sorry, no remedy from me either. might it be that the more you do it the more toned your arm will get, not that i am saying you untoned of course!

Lindsay Mason said...

Oh well....I couldn't think of anything either! I used to do weightlifting (quite a few years ago now!) so my arms are strong,it's just that feeling of all the blood draining down that causes the problem! Maybe I need to make some kind of arm brace?!? Lindsay x x

Paul Browning - The Artsider said...

I'm sure on the night it'll all come together and your arm will endure :) The show must go on as the thesps say lol. Good idea to use your non dominant arm. Especially with all the drawing and samples you're having to prepare. Have another great and productive day :) Pxx