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5 May 2016

ALBOTAT: Gelli playtime....

I've been playing around with my Gelli® plates recently....

Its hard to choose which of these I like the most - I like the crisp clean lines of the print on the right, but I love the distressed texture of the 'clean-up/ghost print' on the left..

aaah/sigh.. really like the colours on the prints below - bringing in the ACP:2 colours of the month with these gelli prints - 



This piece started off as a clean-up sheet (a page of thickish copier paper that I have on my desk to clean my roller off on) and I was wondering how easy it would be to draw on the Gelli® plate... not with a pencil or pen (that would not go well!) but with a paint brush - so I drew a simple flower (with Bougainvillea Fresco paint - everything looks good in that colour!) and (as I was just trying it out, nothing special, the sheet was probably destined for the bin so nothing to lose) I printed onto the clean up sheet.. and there was a bit of paint remaining so I printed again.... I liked it - drew a couple of stems in pencil and some outline detail... & liked it even more! (it hasn't gone in the bin!)
(and yes, some may say it looks like a small child drew it - but its simplicity is what makes it quite charming... imho!)
(A4 in size, and the flowers were drawn on a 3x5in Gelli® Plate)

Its just paint on paper - no two prints are going to be the same - all part of the process... that what makes printing interesting and a continuous learning curve.

x


(Gelli® used with permission. Owned by Gelli Arts® LLC)

4 May 2016

Alphabet Colour Project:2 May's colour is....

.. AQUA & PALE TEAL ..
This post title should really read 'Mays colour ARE...' as I'm lising two colours together because sometimes its hard to know where one of these colours starts and the other finishes lol & they can be one of those 'I say tomahto, you say tomayto! sort of colours.... if you get what I mean, imho)

I'm also bringing in THREE letters this month - that doen't mean three projects (I have enough trouble getting 2 projects done and dusted each month without trying for THREE!....)  I'm bringing K into this month because when I initially drew up the lists I only had 'kraft' listed but its since been joined by knitting and kaleidoscope (but my knitting is not fit for public display - so kraft will be the option and we know how much I love kraft!!)


Pale Teal and Aqua are such pretty, cool colours...



I'm thinking of teaming these colours with brown, dark blue, pale green but my eye is mainly being drawn towards coral,.... ooooh and orange.... so. many. options!!

Turquoise shabby chic dresser:          
photos:  pintrest

You can find my Aqua/PaleTeal/Turquoise Pinterest board HERE!

Thanks for stopping by.

x

1 May 2016

ACP:2 Pink + H

I'm not going to beat around the bush - H is for HEXAGONS!!!


I'm slightly obsessed with hexagons at the moment!... ok, in truth its been while now... punches, dies.... gelli plates - boxes:....

Look at these lovely hexagon nesting boxes I bought on the PaperArtsy stand at AllyPally... I've temporarily put my kokeshi dolls in them to illustrate the size (tallest doll (in black) stands about 17cm) - I like them A LOT (both the dolls and the boxes lol)!!  The shape is so on trend at the moment and these boxes make for a more interesting display than square boxes - not that I have anything against square boxes of course...


A couple of  years ago there was this scrapbook page... (and the quilt that inspired it..).. lots and lots of hexagons! (the patience my Mum must have to have hand sewn all those!)..


OK, so Hexagons are my theme for the last part of April's Pale Pink month (and yes, I am aware that its now May - where is this year going!!!)... I chose to use the colours below with the hexagons... (I didn't actually use the pale pinks but have put them here to illustrate the palette I'd chosen)(and I actually picked several other paler colours as the project progressed)
I like the look of pale pink with pale blues and grey (pink and grey together look great on their own, and in my book Slate/dark grey goes with EVERYTHING)

This is the finished project.... or so I thought... the more I looked at it the more unfinished it seemed... (you'll see what I mean later)

Let me show you how I made this - its not overly complicated...  The substrate is a 10x14in board canvas - this is quite big for me - I'm itching to go bigger with projects but I'm doing it gradually :o)

Painted the canvas with a wash of slightly diluted 'Space Cadet' paint
I didn't want a 'solid' base coat and so I broke it up by removing the paint 'ragging' stylee - ie crumple up a piece of kitchen roll and dab the surface.... 
I decide this was too dark so I added paint (Hint of Mint) using kitchen roll again.... 
Still not happy with it, I added some 'Chalk' and 'Slate' ... the kitchen roll was being used a lot for this project...  I really like how this looked (the photo below is a close-up) started to have lots of lovely paint layers and texture... but its now what I wanted so..
I painted over the whole piece with a wash of Antarctic' and 'Chalk Fresco Finish paints and laid on the die cut pieces of pink patterned paper... 

but it still felt too dark so I repeated with another wash of the colours...

I laid the pieces on again and now I was happy...  I think its important to keep checking (if its possible) how the different layers are looking and working together as you go along... because you can then tweak colours, finishes and layouts... 

The stencil I'm using is from Artemio - I love it because its so big! (Its the one I used on my suitcase HERE )  I laid it on, checking that it worked with the position of the pattered hexagons

It would bother me if the hexagons weren't straight (!) and so I drew a pencil line down the canvas as a guide to line everything up to

...and glued them down. I'd always planned to cut the hexagons off at the canvas edge but I really like how they look hanging off the edges...

I stenciled the flowers in Slate - I like the bold contrast - black would've been to harsh...

To finish the canvas off I die cut the word 'Hope' (using Sizzix Serif Essentials dies) and painted it with Slate to coordinate with the stenciled flowers.  I dry brushed Chalk around hexagons - over the edges and onto the canvas to halp blend the two surfaces, and then I used a Grey Stabilo All Pencil to draw around the hexagons to give them a bit of depth.  I dragged the edge of the canvas in Slate.  The word 'Hope' was attached to the canvas using 3d foam.

Here's the 'finished' canvas again..

which I liked but felt it was missing 'something' down the left hand side... I wanted to write on it... in my head it was turning into a BIG journal page of sorts - what does the word HOPE bring to mind... what do I hope for?? (I think it about here that I occurred to me that HOPE begins with H which is letter of this post! lol I'd like to say I planned that but it was happy accident!)..
I couldn't bring myself to just write on it... Its a canvas, something to go on the wall - that little inner voice started up: what if its not straight? what if it looks 'wrong'? what if writing on it ruins it!???
So my husband had the 'brilliant' suggestion of writing the words onto acetate and laying it over the top of the canvas to get an idea of how it would look! That was a fine idea!

Biggish writing.... thickish pen... not really liking that...

What about if I wrote IN the hexagons... no, I liked that even less! lol 

Then  my husband suggested just single words ... die cut like the main word.... another great suggestions - he doesn't often suggest design options/ideas but when he does they are good - he was on a roll!
I dug out my QuicKutz dies (going old school here!) - the perfect size! and so quick and easy to use with the Big Shot!

I cut words out - 'eternal' 'weather' and 'well' using the QuicKutz dies and then 'Cure' using the Word Play die from Sizzix (I wanted that word to be bigger)  I painted these words in a mix of Slate, Space Cadet and Chalk - I didn't want these to distract from 'HOPE'. These words were glued flat to the canvas surface and I wrote phrases and journalling around them in grey felt tip pen - white was too pale, and black would be too strong/bold... I didn't want the handwriting to be too obvious.

Here is the finished canvas (yes, now definitely finished!) 



Woah that was a long post!

Thanks for stopping by - and as its now May I'll be moving onto a new colour and 2 new letters very soon.... 

xx

21 April 2016

Happy and Sad day......

Today was supposed to be a day of celebration (in England) - which it still is - as the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday...

but then this happened...


I've seen him live several times but it was never going to be enough... .. and now we'll never get the chance again....

He was the soundtrack to my twenties and beyond - he's still on my playlist on my phone... 

Sad times....

20 April 2016

Gelli® printed...

... pieces that didn't make into my previous Gelli® print related post.. because when you're getting ready for demo's you make lots of bits and pieces (well I do, I assume everyone does lol) .... here are some of those pieces.. all these projects were made using the new mini Gelli® plates

These started off as one long panel (10x30cm) and the background was decorated as one long panel -  but I think its much nicer cut in half and with decorated separately...


Oh I do like an ombre background! (& a 'before and after' shot) This panel had been on my desk for a while - great to use & show how different backgrounds and layers can work together... 

ombre background, gelli printing, stamping, painting and pencil work 

... here is Gelli printing at its most simple - one print (over punchinella) top left hexigon, and then 2 ghost prints... creating a background for a flower & bold word stamp... (oh, and a  border of gold painted/printed bubble wrap!  for a touch of sparkle/shine!)


I hope these samples inspire you to get Gelli printing!!


Thanks for stopping by

x

(Gelli® used with permission. Owned by Gelli Arts® LLC)

19 April 2016

ACP:2 Pink + G

Lots of lovely options for the letter G but I decided that G is for Gelli print!!...

I really enjoy playing with the Gelli® plate - I recently demo'd it on the PaperArtsy stand at AllyPally - there I used medium sized plates but for this ACP:2 blog post I went large - A4 size - and because my colour for the month is pale pink I picked a few pale Fresco colours and the Gold - Pale pink and Gold is such a lovely combination....
I had a lot of fun with these - this time I haven't created a stand-alone project but several background pages that I can imagine being cut up and used in journals or on cards....

I blended gold through to pink and took a print and a ghost/clean-up print... sometimes the ghost prints have a more interesting texture..
 

...and then I had a lightbulb moment... could I create a woodgrain effect on a Gelli® plate using one of my old interior decorating tools??.....

yes I could!! LOVE these prints!  A pink base layer with gold textured top layer

Here is the main print (centre) and 2 other ghost/clean up prints
(I'm also thinking how great this would be with a pale teal base layer and gold top layer)

Several pulled prints later I decided to create a multi-coloured background - several colours placed randomly onto the plate surface and then blended together with a brayer....


I placed several stencils and masks on to the surface - trying not to overlay each other too much but not leaving any blank spaces either..


and these pages of prettiness are the result... the left hand page is the first print, the second was created after I carefully removed the stencils and pulled a print off the remaining paint on the plate - both are lovely... imho


That is G for the ACP:2 project dealt with - short and sweet - I can't tell you how long its taken me to write this blog post
(well you can see how long - its 9 days overdue!... I kept starting and stopping, & starting again... and stopping... and starting - and oh well.. you get the idea!)

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While we're on the subject of Gelli® prints.....

Here are the samples from AllyPally where I demo'd the Gelli® plate with PaperArtsy's Fresco Finish paints...

A last minute change of plan on the day meant I needed some different equipment and Clarity Stamp had the PERFECT solution! (THANK YOU!)  They have these BIG acrylic plates which are designed to fit the different sizes of Gelli plates...perfect!! (and of course are great for using with oversize stamps!)



These really were a godsend!  When I'm using smaller Gelli® plates I often take the plate to the page rather than the other way around (especially when creating a tiled effect) and so I need something to put the plate on to keep it stable/rigid and these are ideal!   I recommend them and you can find the HERE on the Clarity Stamp website... 

Lots of samples using stencils, bubble wrap.. creating positive and negative prints - so many effects you can create with a Gelli plate but I kept it to one or two layers for these demos...




...and when you're creating prints you need to clean your plate and roller - I do this in a couple of junk journals I've created - great way of creating messy backgrounds...


In preparation for the show I played around with the new small Gelli® plates which come in sets of 3 shapes - hexagon, rectangle, square, circle, oval and triangle.... (my favourite being the hexagon - obviously!!)....
I created a little book with all sorts of different printing options... just a little prompt book really.. a fun thing to create while getting used to using the small plate size.. and useful too - I'm going to keep mine with my gelli plates...

Here are a few of the pages.. I used to paint colours for this book so I could concentrate on the prints and not be distracted by colour.

  


I'd really recommend making a little book like this filled with samples and notes - do's and don'ts - its not perfect but its very useful, & handy to refer back to and maybe inspire yourself.

If you have a Gelli® plate (which after talking to people at AllyPally, lots of you do but its still in its packet) play with it, make prints - don't stress - its just paint on paper!  If you don't like a print then paint over it (print over it), cut it up, use the bits you do like... A Gelli® plate a fun useful tool.... HAVE FUN! :o)

and to illustrate the above point.... these 3 pieces started off as 1 A4 gelli print that I wasn't sure what to do with so I cut it in half (top panel)... and on one half I gelli printed Bougainvillea circles, along with bubble wrap prints (a bubblewrap print fixes everything! lol) and a flower stencil print (Gold).... it was now looking slightly ...erm.. well ...vibrant (she says diplomatically while thinking 'gaudy') .. but: onwards and upwards...))... I cut it half again to create 2 A6 panels... and finally trimmed and stamped the panel (bottom right) to create a card.....

The card might not be perfect (& its the brightest thing I've created in quite a while!)... but I wanted to show how you can use what you have and change it into something else - you can still see the original green/blue print but now its just a layer.. not the focus...

That's all for now - I'm off to sew all the Gelli prints I've made into a book... or make them into card backgrounds.... 

so many prints.. so little time!!

x



(Gelli® used with permission. Owned by Gelli Arts® LLC)