Saturday, February 23, 2013

Tattered floral challenge

I  have 3 or 4 blogs that I check regularly and always find lots of inspiring projects or tutorials that help kick start my creativity.  Tonight, I checked Tim Holtz's blog and found a tutorial using the new Distress Paints and the Tattered Flowers Sizzix Die, which cuts 4 different sized and shaped flowers.  Here is the link:  I rarely have most of the supplies to make his projects, but I just purchased a few of the Distress Paints last weekend and had not opened them.  So I broke out the Vagabond and grungeboard and here is what i came up with:

I love the bright colors and really don't want to layer them and cover up all that beautiful color. I had another incentive for entering this challenge; Tim is giving away $100, so wish me luck! 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

My first post!!!

This is the start of a new adventure for me!  I've wanted to start a blog for a while, but my frustration level for all things technical outweighed my desire to share my artsy curiosity with the world...........until now!  I am on a steep learning curve, so this blog may look totally different a few weeks from now as I figure things out.  But, the most important thing is to start sharing my passion for mixed media art. 

With that said, I'd like to share my latest obsession with the Gelli Arts Gelli Plate.  I can hear you asking yourself right now, "What is this thing she is blathering about?"  It's a squishy, sticky, flexible rectangle of  silicon that is perfect for the art technique called monoprinting.  Here's how it works:  You brayer a thin layer of acrylic paint onto the surface and then use various objects, like stencil and stamps, to make images.  Then press a piece of your favorite paper and smooth it out, pull it up and, tada, you have a wonderful print. I've made dozens of prints using the 8x10 plate and now I am looking for creative ideas for using them!  Here are a few of my recent favorite prints:

Gelli Arts Print with Henna Hands Stencil

I think there may be a Gelli Arts tutorial in this blog's future!  Here is the link to the Gelli Arts website:
Thank you for sharing my first post with me!  Please leave a comment below and come back soon for more inspiration!