Thanks for dropping by. My card for this month's challenge wasn't planned, it just evolved. It all started with a trip to my local frame shop which also stocks artists materials. I was looking to see if they stocked Artisan oil colours which I needed for my art course. They didn't, but the very helpful assistant asked me if I also used acrylics. She directed me to a box of very cheap end of line acrylics they had just got in. The colours were all very vivid and I can understand why they hadn't sold. Thinking they would be great for Gelli printing I came away with 8 tubes including a fluorescent red, blue and yellow.
My next craft session was playing with the Gelli plate and my new colours. I have got lots of printed papers from that session stashed away for another day but one got used for three cards for this month's challenge, as you will see. As I wasn't planning any cards at the time I didn't take any photos of the Gelli plate session but I have tried to replicate it again to show you how I did it. Of course there is no way I could get it exactly the same but I think it's near enough.
Stamps: Claritystamp Rosie
Inks: Archival black
Other: Claritystamp Stencil card, Acrylic paints, Black and white pens, sticky labels, Spectrum Noir colouring pencils
- First the Gelli print. I used the fluorescent blue and yellow but substituted a permanent rose colour instead of the fluorescent red which had come out a bit orangy in previous prints.
- Blob dots of colour over the gelli plate.
- I don't have a mega mount for this size Gelli plate, so I have improvised with an old glass table mat, which works just as well. Just ignore the chequerboard pattern of the mat.
- Spread out the paint using a palette knife.
- Take a print
- Very bright and needs toning down a bit.
- Brayer some Mixing white onto the Gelli. I have found the mixing white is more translucent than Titanium white and takes longer too dry.
- Place a circle stencil on the plate. Mine is an old mathematical stencil from my teaching days but Clarity has lots of stencils to choose from. Thinking about it now, I have got one with circles on I could have used. Never mind.
- Rather than laying the whole print on top, press the print onto various circles where there is a very bright section. I also pressed onto the left side to get some random marks.
- Doesn't show up much here but the white is there and because it is translucent the colours below show through.
- Doodle flowers and leaves where you see them.
- This version is a bit lighter than the original used for my cards and I didn't spend so much time on the doodling but I hope it gives you an idea of how I made the print.
- Now the easy bit. Cut the card into three bits.
- Stamp Rosie onto the card and also onto a sticky label using Archival black ink.
- Colour in the dress on the label and then cut out and stick onto the card over the stamped image.
- Use Spectrum Noir pencils to add some colour to her hair, face and arms.
- Trim and then mount onto white and then purple card.
Looking forward to seeing all the Girly entries this month. Easy to enter, check out details here, and you might be the lucky winner of the £50 Claritystamp voucher.
If you pop back here again in mid March I will show you another card I have made using a background paper from the same Gelli session. Not a Gelli print but paper used to clean the brayer on