Monday, May 4, 2015

More Fun with the May StencilClub Designs

I'm over on the StencilGirl Talk Blog today showing a project I did with the May StencilClub Designs from StencilGirl...but I had some leftover paint from my project. I always keep an extra journal to use up extra paint from a project. From time to time I doodle on these pages for fun....this was one of those times!

I also made something with the 4" x 4" inch stencil :)

This page in my big jumbo journal came about by just layering and layering the baby 4" x 4" inch stencil over and over and over again!!! Just happens to be in "my" colors too :)
Pretty amazing what you can do with one little stencil and a few colors of paint!

Want to see what I made for the StencilGirl Talk blog today?
Just follow THIS link!

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Stencils, Fabric and the Gelli® Plate

Round Gelli® Plates!!!!!
Oh my! I think I have found the PERFECT size and kind of Gelli® Plate for ME!

How fun to get to play with the 2 NEW sizes of Gelli® Plates from Gelli® Arts!!
Add in some muslin fabric, StencilGirl stencils and some DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Acrylics and you have a winning combination!

Being a long time stamper/scrapbooker I have many sizes of acrylic blocks. 
These 2 were PEFECT to mount my new Gelli® Plates

As most people know, playing with the Gelli® Plate is a little addictive and EVERY and I mean EVERY print is different and it is really all about playing with it. I'm going to show you the 2 ways I played with these to get the prints I did for this project. Remember, it is all trial and error and sometimes the prints you think are going to be awful end up amazing you!

I also found out (by suprise) that quite a few of my own stencil designs from StencilGirl were a perfect fit to these  Gelli® Plates. You can see all the stencils that I used for this project on my design page at StencilGirl.

Process #1:
Using a brayer, put down a layer of paint on the Gelli® Plate. Place the stencil over it. Use a piece of deli paper to "pick-up" the paint in the surrounding areas of the stencil.

I ended up taking two pulls on deli paper.

 This is what was left on the Gelli® Plate and below a print that I made with that on fabric.

Here is another time I did it taking a print with fabric instead of the above step with the deli paper.

Process #2:
Add three colors of paint to the Gelli® Plate.

using the Gelli® Plate like a stamp pad, take a print onto fabric.

Now lay a stencil down on the clean Gelli® Plate and brayer paint over the stencil. 
Lift up stencil = Awesome!

Now use that as a stamp right over the last print!

I spent about 3 hours making print after print onto fabric squares getting more excited with each and every pull! You can imagine I had quite a bit of deli paper pulls at the end too! Here is a photo of all those together.  Of course, I had to cut them in circles!

After I was all done, I wanted to put all the fabric pulls together in some sort of project.

Since I was working with the round Gelli® Plates I had perfect prints of circles. I cut around all them and mounted them with Heat and Bond onto black fabric and then sewed an appliqué type stitch around each circle. I had enough for 2 pieces of black fabric. These will become covers for my next handmade Art Journals. I'm thrilled at the way they turned out!

The bonus! I had fun fabric on the back too!

I have to say, I have all the sizes of Gelli® Plates now (except the 8" round) and these 2 are by FAR my favorite so far! 
They are also perfect for travel too!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, April 6, 2015

The What If Art Journal Page

What If??
Today I'm showing you what I did with the April 2015 StencilClub stencils from StencilGirl. They are designed by Jessica Sporn and SO FUN!! Sometimes people see a "theme" in a stencil and aren't quite sure what to do with them. Today I'm going to show you how to look beyond the "theme" and pick the parts you want. For this project I only used the large stencil.

This Art Journal page turned into the "what if" page and the "what didn't I use" page :)

Let's start with some Faber Castell Gelatos. I have been using these since way back when they were a "kiddie" product. Now they have grown up and I still love them and their creamy texture!

what if I add some water....okay--before and after.

Now what if.....I add some DecoArt Media Line Crackle Paste through a stencil...

If is dry now....hummmm, pretty white...what if I add some more Gelato???

what if I rubbed it in instead of wetting it??

Now I'm happier with the color....but Gelato's are water soluble....I want the color to stay. What if...I add some DecoArt Media Line Matt Medium to seal it??

 Problem solved! Sealed....yet I'm still not where I want to be. What if....I add a glaze so some of it goes in the cracks. I used DecoArt Media Gloss Varnish mixed with some craft paint. Now I was asking myself WHAT IF I MESSED IT ALL UP?????!!!!

I waited about 3 or 4 minutes and carefully wiped the glaze away with a paper towel. Oh I think I like it! But I want to see more of the fine crackle. I used the Ken Oliver Click It Ink Pad (which I love) and skimmed it over the top. AWESOME! But....what if....I add a different kind of Crackle...DecoArt Media Line Crackle Glaze???

After I saw that glaze dry I saw something MAGICAL!!! BIG BIG cracks! I LOVED it....but what if....I add some DecoArt Media Line Antiquing Cream to the whole page? I did, see the second photo below and then wiped it away.

OMG!!!!! What if....never mind, I LOVE it!!!!!
I have to tell you, ALL these layers and my paper held up to the abuse. It now feels like a fine piece of I'm wondering...what if I would have just done this on a canvas....oh well, next time!

Thanks for stopping by!!! 
Want to find out more about StencilClub?? Click HERE.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Color Burst and Stencils YES!

Just popping in with a quick post to continue where I left off with Ken Oliver's Color Burst last week in the StencilGirl Blog Hop.

I had so many ideas and was just playing. Here I wanted to see what would happen if I used the Color Bursts over a page with gesso on it. I also wanted to use the one piece I had left over from my post HERE

I started in my Moleskine DLP planner wetting the page completely with water. Then I put random bursts of color with the Color Burst.

The final product.....after tilting my book around:

PRETTY! As I said last week, these Color Bursts could be my "go to" travel supply!!!! 
Now I have to use a stencil...just HAVE to :)

I chose the Ribbons and Circles stencil by Mary Beth Shaw. I let my page dry COMPLETELY and then laid the stencil so it covered my entire spread. Using a baby wipe I wiped away the color showing through the stencil to give me a textured background.

The final results......I added the LOVE piece I made HERE with Color Burst and stencils as a tip in to my page.

Yes...I think I LOVE Color Burst!!!!!!!
Thanks for stopping by today!!!!

Stencils Used:

Ribbons and Circles