Just been playing with my little 6" Gelli plate and a few blank greetings cards. I also added matching borders to the envelopes. The cards were finished off with a bit of stamping and homemade washi tape. Lots of fun!
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Friday, 13 September 2013
Making background papers is always fun - and useful too - so I put together a little video tutorial to share with you on these. They're very quick and easy to do, require only a few ingredients and will give you some lovely results!
I have been having some time off from creating to nurse my poorly dog who's got pneumonia but he is, thankfully, on the mend now so I thought I'd ease myself back into things with a little play time. Hope you enjoy watching.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Following on from my previous post about texture plates, I decided to make a little video about different (mostly recycled/free) stuff that you can use for creating patterns on your gelli plate. I like commercial stencils and stamps but I have to say it's usually much for satisfying to come up with my own 'tools' for pattern making. Have a look and see what you think.
Have you got a favourite tool for printmaking? Do share, I'd love to know!
Sunday, 28 July 2013
The top picture shows a plate made with stencils and modelling paste. The band across the top was done with Golden crackle paste which, as you can see, produces a craquelure finish when it dries. The one in the second picture has stencils and modelling paste again with the addition of glass bead medium across the top.
I have to say I had mixed results with these when I used them on the gelli plate. Joan's post here shows some excellent prints using this idea and I was hoping to have something similar to share. However, for whatever reason, I wasn't totally satisfied with my results. The patterns didn't always show up particularly well on paper and that may be to do with the way I constructed the plates - perhaps the modelling paste isn't even enough, or perhaps it was something to do with the heat or my choice of paper, I don't know. I will try again though and report back, and if you fancy having a go yourself I highly recommend the video I linked to above.
Anyhoo, here's a card I did make successfully with the texture plates - gelli printed and collaged!
Saturday, 6 July 2013
It looks as though we are finally having a bit of proper summer weather here this weekend and I have all the windows open to let the scent of roses into the house. Someone asked me the other day where I get the ideas for some of the more abstract work I do and the answer has to be, more often than not, nature. In my garden, on walks I take with Sam, I can't help but be fascinated by the songs of the birds, the way grasses move in the breeze, the colours and textures of leaves, trees and the landscape in general.
All this feeds into what I make and makes life so much more enjoyable too. When did you last spend time at rest in your garden or the local park? Do it today if you can, even if only for fifteen minutes or so. Just sit in a chair, lie on the grass, or shelter under a tree if it's raining, and pay attention to the sights, sounds and scents around you. I promise you'll feel all the better for it!
Thursday, 4 July 2013
Look what arrived today! This is the prize I won in one of the giveaways over on the Gelli Arts blog. I am really looking forward to having a go at making some texture plates to use in my printing and playing with this cute little 6" gelli plate!
Also, check out the lovely card that Joan sent with my goodies. Yes, it's got metallic gold all over it. Heaven!
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Thursday, 13 June 2013
Just finished another video, this time it's a walk through one of my journals followed by a process piece as I make this page. You might be surprised by how it looked to start with when you see where it finished up, but that's part of the fun of creation. I often don't know where things are going until they get there, and that's ok once I let go of any preconceptions I might have and let things just happen!
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
We are having a very patchy summer so far with more cold winds and dreary days than sunny ones. But despite that my beautiful Abraham Derby rose is in bloom and looking perfect with its huge pink and apricot flowers and fresh tea rose fragrance. I have a pot of pelargonium Apple Blossom nestled next to it which is the perfect complement with its pale pink and white flower heads. Lovely!
Thursday, 30 May 2013
I have been gelli printing a lot this last couple of weeks and decided to go ahead and make my new art journal with a pile of the prints I'd done. I'm really looking forward to working in it too!
Check out the video below if you'd like to have a guided tour of how I created it.