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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

gelli and the snow

I decided to use this snowy day to break in my new gelli plate!!  I love this tool.  It is a lot of fun to just experiment with colors and household items. I learned about this tool from the Creative Jumpstart 2014 and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's video.  You apply some paint, brayer it on the surface and make impressions using household items.  For me this included an empty tape roll, bubble wrap and netting. I also used the inside of a cardboard box to make an impression. It is a tool for mono-printing and because it has "give" on the surface, it really allows for some fun effects.

After you have your design, you put down paper and burnish, then lift to reveal the work you have created.  You can often get a second print, just as interesting as the first.  So here are some of the final sheets I created. I also took a pic of the gelli plate after one of the impressions.  

Of course I'm not done, once these pages dry, then I will further embellish with stencils, stamps and who knows what else.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Ever heard of Glass Bead Gel from Golden???

By the way, here's the link to the Creative Jump start! 

Last year I found some cool ideas on Nathalie's site and this product was featured.  I used to make those glamorous beaded pens, ages ago, so I am hooked on the glass beads.  This product is a gel medium that contains those awesome tiny glass beads. When it dries, they remain and glisten and sparkle. How fun is that?

So I took some of that tape you get at the hardware store and applied the gel to a canvas.  LOVE IT!

Can you see the beads at the top edge of the front of the canvas?  How cool to tint the medium and use it for a valentine heart?  I'm going to try it and I'll keep you posted!


Sorry I've been away, but hurray, I'm back!

Okay, things have been busy but I'm back and very excited to be creating again.

Cath posted a question about the punch I used and it's a Fiskars.  I got it at a convention last year and thought it was very different.  It's a border punch. I am going to post a picture so you can see it.

I've gotten so excited by the N*Studios Creative Jump Start 2014 classes. My fellow artists Brenda got it for me as a gift and it's so fun.  Check it out!!  

Ideas are swirling and I hope to have load of stuff to post.