Monday, 21 November 2016

Having been relatively good posting for Blogtober, I have become rather lax at posting anything during November so far, so I had better put that to rights.

I made this ATC for a swap where the theme was to print using fruit or vegetables. I chose to use onion which I must say was incredibly smelly! I brayered red and yellow and a tiny bit of black acrylic paint on my gelli plate and then used the cut onion to lift paint off of the plate and printed it randomly onto a clean sheet of paper. By using the gelli plate it was easy to keep moving the paint around. Once dry I cut the paper into ATC sized pieces and then stitched around some of the onion ring designs followed by added white highlights. Finally I stamped a flower onto another piece of gelli printed cardstock and finished off with a button.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Blogtober - the final post

Something a bit different for my last Blogtober post.

Going back to March, my children bought me a voucher to attend a glass fusion workshop with the lovely Claudia Weigand of Oh My Glass which is in a little village near Worcester and I arranged to go in April. What a great day! Hubby and I drove up the evening before and stayed in a beautiful little old fashioned pub nearby called The Boot Inn (the food was amazing).! On the Saturday I attended the course and hubby entertained himself in the rain (we actually woke to snow but that soon turned to rain). I think he spent most of the day sitting in his car reading.

We made three items, the first a wall hanging - I chose to do my birthsign:

This is clear glass with an embossed design.

My second piece was a different wall hanging where we made a design laying pieces of coloured glass over a long plain piece. The idea (in my head) was not to have everything in line - I like the more random edges. I tried to depict sunset over a beach.

My last piece was a candle holder - the idea was to make something that 'drooped' (I can't remember the correct name for it!). The design is fired flat at first and then it is fired a second time over a form and it then takes that shape. I used pieces of copper (the hearts), foil and wire to make the design.

I really loved doing this and it is definitely something I'd like to do more of ..... one day!

So it is now the end of Blogtober - thanks for taking a look at my posts. Hopefully having been kick-started into resuming my blog I will now keep it up.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Blogtober 2016 and a little bit of articulation

I've been a bit lax posting this week; life happened!

Today I am going all the way back to 2014 when I did an ATC for my swap group where the theme was 'articulated dolls'. My mind being what it is (!) I came up with the following:

I felt the need to add a little bit of velvet ribbon for a skirt ...... !!

Along the same lines and for the same group, but many months later, I made 9 of these ATCs for a swap with a Halloween theme:

It doesn't really show but the little poison bottles stand proud of the background. They were cut out, glazed and thread wound around them whilst we were on holiday in The Canary Islands - hubby thought there were better things we could be doing (mainly including a glass and some wine!).

Also, someone needs to remind me that I do NOT enjoy making articulated dolls, especially 9 of the little things - my fingers were very sore by the time I'd finished.

One more day to go so if you haven't been and visited the blogs of those taking part in the Blogtober challenge then click on the link on the side bar - take a peek and enjoy :)

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Blogtober - my 9th post

This ATC was made for an ATC swap group I'm in, the theme was 1960's. I thought that some people might go for pshychodelic or LSD etc so I decided to just go with the Beatles.

Both backgrounds are made with spray inks, some plain and some glimmery. The submarine is a a royalty free image from the internet

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Blogtober - another post and more gelli printing ......

I can see now that the reason I gave up on posting to my blog in 2012 is because Gelli Plates hadn't been invented! It would seem that most of my time is spent pouring gallons of paint on my plates and pulling zillions of prints. Of course there are times when I get side-tracked with Brushos and similar products and yes, I have a humongous box of those as well, but they do all come out and get used as backgrounds ........ eventually!

Today I am sharing a tag I made for a swap using the packing tape transfer technique. Paint and inks etc are layered up on the gelli plate and what you see in front of you is what you get as your end result. Once you are happy with the way the design looks you leave it to dry and then use wide clear packing tape to pull the print and immediately place it down on paper/book pages/music score etc. (There are several YouTube tutorials on doing this technique). You do need to leave some clear patches in the design so that the sticky on the tape can actually stick to the paper. I have tried using gel medium to glue it down but it wasn't as successful as leaving the clear spaces.

As you can see, I used the paint left on the plate after pulling the print to make up another similar sheet (paper, not clear tape) which I used for the back of the tag. I also made a little pocket for a mini tag to sit in.

Close up of front of tag

I made this tag with 1.5" wide tape but a lady in the group this was made for has suggested using a roll of clear book covering. I have now purchased a roll so next time will be able to pull a print off the whole plate rather than having to do it in sections and try, not extremely successfully, to piece it together!

As usual, don't forget to click on the Blogtober button to see what everyone else has been up to lately.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Aztec Metallic paints on the gelli plate ......

Just a quick post today as I've been asked to show how the Colourcraft Aztec Metallic paints mentioned in my 'new stash' post last week beaded up on the gelli plate and the results of pulling a print with them.

I've used the bronze paint here:

Brayered on to the gelli plate:

Print pulled on white card:

Print pulled on black card (I'm liking this one!):

I'll definitely use them on occasions on the gelli plate, possibly as a middle layer - who knows! Things are very random in my craft room!

Monday, 17 October 2016

Blogtober Post 8 - The best way to spend a Saturday ......

We have a farm shop/craft shop a few miles away called Pickwell Farm and a few times a year they have guest professional artists in holding workshops. On Saturday I was lucky enough to go to the one run by Mark Gould of DecoArt - a great down to earth guy and great teacher. 

When we first sat down we had a pile of MDF pieces which we had to glue together to make a 12 x 12 box and lid - that was a joke and I can tell you, the air inside my head was very blue and occasionally some of it would escape and a naughty word would come out! I wasn't the only one having trouble with it which made me feel a bit better!

Eventually the box was made and we slathered it with moulding paste. Once dry we painted, painted more, grunged up, stencilled etc and the end result is below. I can't tell you how much product we used - we got through gallons of the stuff! I hadn't quite finished mine at the end of the workshop so completed it at home, adding, as an extra, some crackle paste to the topper which I let dry overnight then rubbed a little Antiquing Cream over - after all you can't have too much crackle, can you?

I must say, I arrived home with extremely painty hands and with numerous splatters over my face and neck which hubby thought was very funny :)

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