"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gelli Printing

The new Gelli Plate is very popular in the art community right now. What is it? Artists have been mono printing forever with gelatin plates that they make by hand. Yes, they are made with gelatin (the uncolored, unflavored kind, not Jello!). In a nutshell, paint or ink is spread over the plate and then designs are added by using all kinds of texture tools and stencils. Then paper is placed over the plate and rubbed to "pull" a print. Unfortunately, the gelatin melts after awhile and needs to be refrigerated. It also only lasts a short while and another has to be made.

The Gelli Plate is revolutionary. It is made from a unique plastic that simulates gelatin but does not have to be refrigerated and does not disintegrate with time. With care, it lasts forever. So now, it takes just minutes to set up your materials and start pulling prints.  A word of warning - it's highly addictive!

I bought mine sometime before Christmas but have only had time to play with it a few times since then. Since I had a "free" weekend, I decided to pull it out and do a marathon printing session. What fun it was! Paints and colors everywhere. Papers in different stages of drying littering the tables, floor and any possible horizontal surface! Did I say it was addictive? It's also a fast way to use up a ream of paper! I printed on book pages, copy paper, card stock, deli paper and even the white backs of old, thin scrapbook papers.  Here is the result of my fun playtime (for reference, this is a 6-foot table).

Love, love, love it!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April Card Keepers Workshop at LBH

I'll be teaching the April Card Keepers Specialty Workshop at LBH on April 29 (10am-1pm or 6-9pm).  You will be create three fun cards for the men in your life while learning some unique, fun folding techniques.   These cards are so versatile - they can be used for birthdays, Father's Day, graduation/congratulations, thinking of you or just because! Best of all, they fit in a regular A2 envelope for easy mailing.

Here are some closer views:
Folded button-down shirt card


collapsed for mailing

Secret compartment card


And again

If interested in coming to the class, contact the Little Blue House at 817-431-7930 to reserve a seat. The cost of class is $25. More information and supply list on the LBH blog here.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter Carrots

It's been over a week since I last posted!  I've been in the "throes" of designing for the LBH and when that happens, everything else goes by the wayside. However I am finished for the time being and have a few days off with no LBH designing, teaching or prepping on the schedule. So I've been catching up on some personal things.

Easter is coming soon and I needed to get the grand boys' baskets in the mail. Since the boys are just getting into Playdoh, I cooked up some (which I used to make for my own kids years ago) and colored it orange. If you make it yourself, you know it's nontoxic in case they try to eat it.  I placed it into two disposable pastry bags, closed them tightly and wrapped a piece of green card stock around the top which I cut with shredding scissors.  They looked pretty cute inside the baskets along with a little bunny and some other goodies, but I forgot to take pictures before sending them off.

There are probably DIY Playdoh recipes online, but this is the "ancient" one I used.

Mix together in a saucepan: 1 c. flour, 1/2 c. salt, 1 c. water, 1 tsp. cream of tartar, 1 Tbsp. cooking oil and food coloring if desired. (The recipe calls for clove scent, but I've never used it.)
Cook over low heat stirring constantly until it thickens and pulls together away from the sides of the pan.
Remove from pan and knead until smooth.
Store in airtight container.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

More March RCADs

And here are the others.
leftovers from St. Pat's cards

palette knife painting on embossed manilla folder

new Maggie Holmes embossing folder with Distress Ink

tissue wrap, spray ink, gesso and stencil, Inktense blocks to color stars

very old self-adhesive fabric sample and little banner

circles extreme doodling, watercolors, black and white pens

guess who was 2 today! modeling paste for frosting

scrap paper

new TH stencil, Distress Inks applied with new mini blending tool

embossed with images from T. Collins catalog

scrap paper and collage image

leftover sprayed paper with stamped and detailed copper

You can see in the last photo that I have made monthly dividers for the Rolodex using large paint samples from the home improvement store.  Now on to April!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March RCADs

 I'm still working on the RCADs (art journaling Rolodex Card-a-Day) and managed to do 24 cards for  the 31 days of March. I did two on several days to make up for some days I was out of town and never got to it on some days. But it feels good to create something every day, even if it is small. I think you have to keep those creative muscles working!

So here are the first twelve cards, with a few notes where applicable. (I will share the remaining 12 in a day or two.)

security envelope with very old colored pencil sketch on tissue paper

gelli plate scrap, gelatos, Wink of Stella brush on scallops


stenciled book text, gel medium resist with black  paint

gesso and alcohol inks, dry emboss, heat emboss, very old stickers

emboss, gesso, diluted distress paint, sand, add doodled flowers made with paint chips

painted and stamped background with collage sheet image

paper towel and magazine letters

brown paper crinkled and painted with Art Anthology Sorbet paint

paper and painted scraps and doodled houses

circle background stamp with punched circles from old shaving cream background, old sticker and magazine letters

bits and pieces from old card from a friend

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mixed Media Mania - Altered Egg Carton

Join me next Tuesday (April 8, 10 am-1pm or 6pm-9pm) at the LBH for our spring Mixed Media Mania class.  Mixed Media doesn't always have to be dark, grungy and "steampunky" - this month we will do it up in shabby chic just in time for spring and Easter.

We will alter a little egg carton with paints, inks, glitter, papers, lace etc for a sweet little addition to your Easter home decor.  There's even a bit of hand-sewing - I promise it's easy enough for anyone to do!

Drop by the LBH or call (817-431-7930) to reserve your seat. Hope to see you then!

Friday, March 28, 2014

My new stencil

Remember that huge flyswatter I posted about a few days ago?  I tested it today and look at how awesome it is - a fantastic 7" square grid!

This is the reverse print when you flip the wet stencil and print on paper. I can't decide which I like better.  A great two-way stencil for $1!

And, by the way, I gave one to Carl and he LOVED it!