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Today a geli plate creation featuring manila card, DH sorted his office and was throwing out old folders, lots of real estate to play with using my geli plate. Love the look especially with found items pressed into the plate. This was about my third print with the plate and I’m so pleased with the result.

Geli plate print onto Manilla card mixed media JOY

Geli plate print onto Manilla card mixed media JOY

It took a while for me to get one but I am totally in love with my Gelli plate and what can be achieved with it. I’m going to experiment with other mediums and layers on projects before they go to the Gelli plate and see what results that gives. The textured fabric gave the wonder texture to the white areas and foam packaging and scrunched up paper also gave brilliant results. As long as its NOT sharp its worth trying on the plate. I’ve also just got my first paint mover so looking forward to trying that with it too.

What are your fave things to use to make patterns on your geli plate?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Gelli Arts; Gel Printing Plate

6x6" Gelli Plate by Gelli Arts

6×6″ Gelli Plate by Gelli Arts

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Gelli Arts
  • Item number:
  • RRP at time of writing: £20 for 6 x 6″ plate

Reason For Buying

I had been on the fence about this product since I first saw it. I loved the art being made with it, I just had some concerns so I waited to see how people got on with it. Then the temptation got too much and I HAD to have one.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Versatile, each piece of art is unique so you don’t get board.
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to store
  • Doesn’t smell
  • The 6×6 is an affordable price to try it out.
  • Available in a range of sizes to suit your pocket or your project.
  • As of 2014 also available in a round plate

Cons

  • A downside is that I would like the larger plates to give options of making book covers, but they get expensive in the larger sizes.

Not a real con, just a warning that it is addictive and you will want to collect vast numbers of stencils

Build Quality

Excellent, neither greasy nor slippery, it’s a joy to use and the fact it has resealable packaging to store it in, is superb. Treat it nicely as per instruction on the packing and its said to last years. At the time of writing they have been manufactured for two years and they have had no reports yet of failures. (I asked this question directly of the makers).

The makers have an excellent video tutorial on how to use/clean the product and were very helpful when I contacted them for advice.

Value for Money

For the versatility, and ease of use excellent.

Would I buy it Again?

Totally. I would replace my 6 x 6″ plate if it expired, and would love a larger plate for using with larger prints to turn into book covers.

Summing up

As I suspected this plate is like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. If you love mixed media art and have seen the prints created using these plates, then you are likely to love this plate. My advice is get a 6 x 6″ one if you work A6, or ATC sort of sizes or just to try out the concept to see if you like it. If you are still on the fence, how about taking a class in your local craft shop, so you can get some hands on experience to see if you like it.

One thing though, if the class plate has a smell, it is likely to be from their paints, not the plate! Certainly in the UK the plates are sometimes bundled with Daler Rowney’s System 3 Acrylic paint. I found System 3 smell overpowering to the extent it gave me a headache. It was also the reason I didn’t re-home a used plate from Ebay.

I took a leap of faith because I loved the art being made with these plates and I wasn’t disappointed, LOVE my Gelli plate and wouldn’t be without it now. Just try it, it’s so much fun!

Links

To find out more product details, and size options, please visit the Gelli Arts website below.

Gelli Arts Website

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

If you were wondering what my concerns were, prior to purchasing, I’ll be writing a separate post relating to that.

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I’ve been experimenting with some new colours to my acrylic paint collection. Distress effect meets shabby chic and one to play more with.

Mixed media distressed background Pinks & blues

Mixed media distressed background Pinks & blues

Paints used: Winsor & Newton Galeria acrylic paint.

Usually I go for earth tones, so this is a whole new world of colour for me. I’m SO not a pink girl but I’ve now invested in a big tube to play more with this colour scheme.  Also loving the pale blue, this too will be one to play with. For the piece above I mixed the colours with Zinc white so they are quite opaque, the colours I bought are now premixed and I’ve also got a tube of mixing white.

Mixing white did something pretty interesting over other layers in another piece, so lots to experiment with.

Thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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Lots of us want to get into mixed media but don’t know where to start. I hope with this series; to help you find the tools, materials and techniques to get you started on your mixed media journey. This workshop is offered for free because I know how its often a class vs materials kind of deal for a lot of us right now.

Tools for Adventures in Acrylics; Online Workshops

Tools for Adventures in Acrylics; Online Workshops

Links

Lesson one of this free mixed media workshop can be found below

Lesson 1: Tool Care

You can spend quite a while collecting your favourite tools and the last thing you want to do is let them go to waste because you let paint dry on them. Acrylic paint will harden and ruin brushes/pallets and pallet knives, so check out this tutorial to help your tools last longer.

Do check back next Wednesday for the next lesson. If you find tips that help, do post on the social media sites, and tell others about this course. Leave me a comment if you have any questions and I’ll try to help you all I can.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for May 2014

Jennie Boxall: The Artistic Stamper

The Artistic Stamper

Jennie Boxall The Artistic Stamper

I discovered her work thanks to UK Stampers forum, but for those of you who haven’t yet found The Artistic Stamper aka Jennie Boxall, here is a little more about her and her work.

Who you are:

Jennie B: I am Jennie Boxall; Formerly a jeweller, now a rubber stamp manufacturer, and altered artist.

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

Jennie B: Kent, UK England.

What you do:

Jennie B: Mainly I spend my days running a rubberstamp business, doing the paperwork, answering emails, and making stamps, but on the odd occasion that is my time, I create artwork for myself and for teaching on workshops.

Jennie Boxall's Book Cover

Jennie Boxall’s Book Cover

What got you started in your creative journey?

Jennie B: I have always done some kind of craft since I was little girl, so if it can be altered into something else, I will do it: paper, fabric, wool, metal, wood.

What inspires you:

Jennie B: The things around me inspire me, but I do collect lots of “stuff” from paper to boxes to mother of pearl counters, oh and I love bowls!! so my inspiration comes from those things around me, as well as magazines and books, and of course all those wonderfully creative artists in the paper world!

Jennie Boxall's 3 Canvases

Jennie Boxall’s 3 Canvases

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Jennie B: Travel to all those places I have never been to! with my sketchbook and camera, of course!

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Jennie B: I love the fact that I get to see such wonderful work created, especially in my workshops. Everyday is different, and I have never been bored in the 21 years I have been in the business.

Links

To find out more about Jennie and her work, please visit her blog and website, details below.

Thanks to Jenny for being our Featured Artist of the Month for May 2014.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Here we go with another Stash Dive Challenge, our toys tools of choice for May are; Paint, Gelli Plate, Stencils, acrylic paint, pens & pencils. Go forage, hunt out your favourite materials and lets get messy. Plus free online workshop series.

Mixed Media May; Stash Dive

Mixed Media May; Stash Dive

This month I challenged myself to try new colours for my palette, baby pink, lemon and Pale umber, Powder blue and also orange! Pastels are so off topic for me so it was time to give them a try. I’ll share my results with you later on. How about trying a new medium, there are so many interesting options out there, add some dimension to your projects with texture paste, layer things up with some gel medium which is not just a glue but can be mixed with paint for a glaze or as a resist to certain areas of your work too.

I hope you will join me for this challenge and try some different colours in your palettes too, would love to see what you come up with.

Links

Adventures in Acrylics Online Workshop

Need some inspiration, check out my mixed media workshop series I posted a couple of years ago.

Lets make something in May, if your mojo has been flagging lately, grab an old paperback and get messy with the paints on the pages, its a great way to kick start your imagination. Rip tear and punch out the results for some great motifs and backgrounds for your mixed media projects.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Bookmarks for Filofaxes

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Today I’d like to share a picture of some bookmarks I created to quickly get to the pages of interest in my Filofax.

Page/Chapter markers for your filo fax. Hand drawn design

Page/Chapter markers for your filo fax. Hand drawn design.

Items used

  • Zig Art & Graphic Markers.
  • 160 GSM cardstock
  • Faber-Castell Pit Artist Pens

When you are designing bookmarks, it is important to be aware of how permanent or not your ink is. Lovely though they are, these Zig Art & Graphic markers are water based and will reactivate if they come in contact with moisture. For that reason I’ve only used them in the lower sections of the bookmark, not the areas you would ‘grab’ so the ink doesn’t spoil on your hands or book. TBH they are fine for this Filofax as the pages they are in contact with are replaceable but if you are making these for reading style books then make sure you use an ink that will not reactivate.

Pitt Artist Pens are waterproof once dry so they are perfect for this project and for using on the tabs, where they will get most use and handling.

Let me know in the comments if you would like to see a tutorial for making your own markers for your Filofax and I’ll get one written up for you.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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