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
List of Supplies
Prima Vintage Art Silicone Molds
DecoArt Acrylic Paint
Old Book Text
Embossing Folders
Deli and Butcher Paper
Wood Blocks

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

Don't forget to comment and win this!
Blog Hop Prize

Monday, July 18, 2016

Art Journal Mixed Up Manic Monday

Thought I would share some of my latest art journal pages.
First, my latest Inspiration Wednesday pages.

July 6
Ribbon Page
I used hand painted fabric from my stash mixed with a few pieces of ribbon and denim. 

June 22
I found the leaf rub-ons that I had didn't work well over all of the texture so I used gold paint and a stencil.  The word rub-ons worked well though. Love the colors in this one.

The next two pages I experimented with image transfers using photocopies of artist, Frida Kahlo on pages in my art journal that I had cleaned off paint brushes and brayers.

I used a beautiful gift bag that I bought a few years ago at World Market as inspiration for the next pages.  I really love the way it turned out!

Gift Bag

The reason I love art journaling so much is that I can do a "test run" of something I want to do on canvas and incorporate what I learned into a final project.  I will probably do that with the last page,  so stay tuned!

What are you working on this summer?

Friday, June 10, 2016

Getting Ikat with Gel Press

Welcome to the Gel PressBlog Hop featuring Zentangle inspired projects by all of our great creative team. Hop through all of the posts then go to the Gel PressBlog and comment on how you were inspired. One person 18 or over will win a Petite Set! Go to the Gel PressJunkie page on Facebook and share your Gel Press creations! "LIKE" our product page for the latest news on All Things Gel Press!

My love affair with all thing Ikat (pronounced 'ee-KAHT') is still going strong.  Our challenge for this post is to create something using zentangle.  I love to look at other artists' zentangles and what they do with this emerging art form but I must say, it's not for me to create.  However, I view Ikat as very simlar to zentangle as an art form: They are both about creating unique patterns.  For whatever reason, Ikat really speaks to me.  So I am combining my love of this art form with my love for Gel Press™printing. To be honest, I have a zentangle stamp that I could use and be done with this project very quickly.  But I really want to try my hand at creating an Ikat pattern.  Oh why, oh why, must I always take the harder path?!

Ikat, or ikkat, is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric. In ikat the resist is formed by binding individual yarns or bundles of yarns with a tight wrapping applied in the desired pattern. The yarns are then dyed.

I decided to use a large piece of butcher paper to create my pattern.  Since the Gel Press™ comes in petite shapes, I figured I could use the triangle to make a diamond and the oval for my shapes and use them as guides to create my pattern.

Before starting my project, I practiced making the Ikat shapes.  My practice sheet is in the photo below.  Using the Gel Press™ to make my pattern is going to make this much easier to create.

24" x 18" Butcher Paper
Angle Paint Brush
Acrylic Paint


Mount the triangle Gel Press™onto an acrylic block and set up the 5"x 7" Gel Press™.  I kept my sample sheet close by for reference.

Apply paint to the 5" x 7" Gel Press™ and brayer it.  Press the triangle Press onto the  5"x 7" Gel Press™ to load paint onto the triangle.  I'm using the triangle as a stamp and 5"x 7" Gel Press™ as the ink pad.

Stamp twice, reloading paint in between, to create a diamond shape.

I filled a bit over half the paper before I got bored with the shape and decided to include an oval.

Repeat the process using the oval Gel Press™ and blue paint.

Clean the Gel Press™ Plates and put them away in the clam shell package.  Place a small amount of the purple paint onto the acrylic block.  An angle brush is important for this technique.  I tried it with a regular flat brush and it did not give me the result I wanted.

Hold the brush so the longest point is facing up and make short strokes along the edges of each diamond with the tip of the brush.  It's better to have less paint on the brush to get feathery strokes.  The edges should look blurry or hairy.  Reload the brush often with more paint.  I made several layers in some places.

Repeat the same process for the blue ovals.

Add layers of colors using the same painting technique.

Ikat patterns are typically bright colors so I layered colors that would pop against one another.

Here is the completed sheet.  So what am I going to do with it?  I thought about wrapping a gift with it, but this took lots of time and the thought of someone ripping it apart and throwing it away didn't make me happy.  So I got out one of my art journals.

I realized that I could cover two journal spreads using this size paper.  So I cut the sheet in half and glued it down using matte medium.  

I printed out some images that represent what I love about Ikat.  Identifying and recording what inspires me is a great way to use my art journal and this spread does just that! I want to play more with these patterns!

For more inspiration, visit the other designers' blogs:
Kathy   <------- you are here

For more info on Ikat:
The History of Ikat
How It's Made Video
How to Paint Ikat