Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Check out my blog post today over on the Gel Press® blog where I have a tutorial on how I made these E-Cards.





What's an e-card?  Well, I've had this idea for a while because I am shamefully bad at sending my family and friends birthday cards despite having dozens of handmade ones on hand.  I am, however, very good at making sure to wish them a Happy Birthday on Facebook.  So I though I could make a handmade card that I can share over and over again online while still share my art with them.
 

I often use my art journal to work out ideas for projects and this page was my "warm-up" for my project today.  



What I learned by doing this was that I needed more of a focal point. As an artist, it's invaluable to use my art journal in this way. Honestly, I didn't want to show you this page because I didn't think it was good enough to put out there on cyber space for all to critique.  But I thought it was important to show my process and how I work through ideas.  Many people think that artists are born with talent, and a lucky few are.  But most of us learn through trial and error, schooling, or a few classes here and there.  How do you work out your artistic struggles and get inspired?

Thanks for visiting the blog today and don't forget to check out the Gel Press Blog for my tutorial.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Back To Basics Blog Hop With Gel Press®

With all of the kids heading back to school, Gel Press® thought we should take you back to the basics! Everything is coming up circles for my Back To Basics blog post!  I love this shape for whatever reason and it seems I'm not alone.  Did you know that Gel Press® makes four round plate sizes: 8", 6", 4" and 3"(one of 3 shapes in the Petites A Set)?  I had such fun making prints with these round plates that I made enough circles for three or four projects!  I am sharing two of these projects with you today. 
Gel Press® Circle Cards
Gel Press® Circle Layout: Lucy

Supplies



Stencils and Rubbing Plates
Strathmore Mixed Media Paper
Circle Cutters and Punches
Brayer

Tutorial

Place dots of paint in similar colors onto the round plate and press the rubbing plate into the Gel Press® to make a design. Look at that luscious color!

Pull prints onto mixed media paper and clean the Press in between colors.


The print below is the one I used for the cards.


I pulled several prints using black paper, adding Golden Iridescent white with the fluid acrylics to make the designs really pop.....


.....and stamping the rubbing plates off onto the paper to make even more designs.


Here is how I did the smaller plates with the stencils to get a great print: Mount the two smaller Gel Press® Plates onto acrylic stamping blocks.  Place paper down first, then the stencil over the paper.  Apply paint to the plate with a brayer then stamp it into the stencil to create the design on the plate.  Then stamp the plate onto another piece of paper.  This seems to make a really clear impression on the plate, thus making a good print. 


Plus you have the initial print from creating the impression.  This design is created from the openings in the stencil. (image in the middle) The gel print is the image on the right. I love these stencils designed by Michelle Ward I just ordered from The Ink Pad, a stamping and mixed media art store in NYC.  They are designs of city grates, manholes, etc.  Are they not the coolest!!!

Talking about "back to basics", do you remember the tool below?  If you scrapbooked back in the 90's, you probably owned one.  It still comes in handy for creating circles in many different sizes. Do/did you have one?


I told you I had enough for more projects!
Gel Printed Circles
 I cut the large circle into quarters then stamped and colored the cards.
Gel Press® Sun Cards
For the scrapbook layout, punch 16-2 1/2" circles and glue them onto 11" x 11" white card stock in a grid-style. 

I sewed the circles to add texture, but that made for a really busy background. To quiet it down a bit, I layered book text and drywall tape before adding my photos.  I also changed my photos to black and white so that there is contrast between the colorful background and the subject.


There are lots of creative things to do with circles....layer them and making flowers, or sew them and make garland......to name a few.  What would you do with them?


Here are more photos of the cards.







Please visit each blog for a Back To Basic idea or technique!

Happy Hopping!

Ann  
                          Kathy <--you are here
Keri 

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Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Blog Hop With Gel Press™ and EnviroTex® Resin

Welcome to the EnviroTex® Resin/Gel Press Blog Hop. The designers for both companies have been creating wonderful projects. Please leave a comment on EACH blog. Tell us on the Gel Press blog and on the ETI Resin blog as to which projects you found most interesting or inspiring. One winner will be picked, at random, Sunday, July 31, 2016, at 10pm CST. The winner will get both Petite sets of Gel Press plates and ETI Jewelry Resin! Hop now through Sunday! Winner must be 18 or over and live in the USA. Good Luck!

EnviroTex® Resin is perfect for creating beautiful jewelry but today I will show you how to create beautiful resin embellishments and unique resin paper.

Resin and Gel Print Assemblage on Wood Blocks
Tutorial
List of Supplies
Prima Vintage Art Silicone Molds
DecoArt Acrylic Paint
Old Book Text
Embossing Folders
Deli and Butcher Paper
Wood Blocks
Embellishments

Resin Embellishments
Follow the directions on the package for mixing the resin. You may want to wear gloves to protect your hands. This is a two step process.  Mix equal parts of the resin and hardener solutions in one of the cups provided.


  Stir with the stick for 2 minutes, scraping the sides to incorporate every bit.


Pour the mixed solution into the clean cup.


Stir it for another 60 seconds.


It's ready to use! According to the directions, there is about 25 minutes of open time, so work relatively quickly. Pour the resin into the silicone moulds, trying not to overflow them.  The first batch filled 3 moulds so I made a second batch and filled 2 more.


With the rest of the resin, I painted old book and dictionary pages on both sides using a sponge brush.  Place them on a non-stick surface to dry.


I did all these steps at night and left them to dry overnight. In the morning they easily released from the moulds and were soft and pliable.  According to the directions, they are soft cured after 12 hours, medium cured after 24 hours and hard cured after 48 hours. Consider these as guidelines since there are lots of variables, like humidity and temperature in your area.  


The paper has a transparent quality if you painted resin on both sides.  It is a bit brittle but tears easily without crumbling or breaking apart.

Sand any edges with fine sand paper if needed. I love how these resin pieces turned out! Now they are ready for color!


Alcohol inks are perfect for smooth surfaces and I painted each resin piece with a different color.  To create depth, I layered several colors, including metallics. As a final layer, I added metallic paints with my finger to highlight the raised areas. Note: Do not use a heat tool to dry.


Gel Press® Printed Backgrounds


Embossing folders are a great way to add pattern to prints. Since I have lots of colors going on in this project, I wanted to keep the paper neutral shades of gray and black.


I also used thin deli and butcher paper.  To help the acrylic paint stay wet longer on the plate, use DecoArt Extender Medium.


I made lots of prints until I got four that I wanted to use with the resin pieces.


Putting It All Together
Using lots of goodies laying around my studio, I assembled each piece on a thick block of wood using matte medium for the paper and Beacon 3-in-1 glue for the resin and embellishments.







It's so much fun making these resin embellishments! Use them in scrapbooking layouts, cards, canvases and more! Think of all the possibilities!

Visit the other blog hoppers and see what they made using Envirotex Resin and Gel Press®.

                              Kathy <------you are here



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