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Do you love to create backgrounds with mixed media then fall in love with them and just ‘save them’? Scan them into your computer and you can do so much more with them. This is a great way to be able to use them time and again. This was a really bright vivid photo layered over with one of my grungie acrylic backgrounds I showed you earlier in the week. Love the effect, what do you think?

Mixed media digi art. Floral photo meets acrylic painting

Mixed media digi art. Floral photo meets acrylic painting

Scan your favourite art projects into your computer

A while ago I was watching a tutorial on You Tube about someone making marbled paper, he said he scanned the results into his computer then could print them when ever he wanted too. Brilliant idea! I have played with acrylics and made some lovely backgrounds in the last few weeks and loved them so much they were going into the save box. Now I’ve scanned them into the computer at 1200 dpi, so I have the option of using them for digital art, or printed for papers for all kinds of things.

The images will be great for layering over other photos for grunging them up, perhaps making my own digikits to use with Serif software. Either way, its a great to design the backgrounds I love and be able to get more than one use from them. Its also great for card making/papercrafting or for using with all kinds of mixed media projects.

What if I paint something ugly?

We all do it, a background is going so well then you splosh on a new colour and hate what you get. You could try layering over it with papers or more paint OR just put the result in a box and ignore it for a bit. Your tastes change over time and if you come back to the piece another day, you often don’t remember the original plan and look at it with new eyes.

Take your favourite backgrounds and turn them into digital files for so much fun.

If you have a printer that has a scanner ontop, give this a go, you can bring your scans into Serif or Photoshop or similar and change the opacity of layers as well as adding all kinds of elements. Its a lot of fun and easy to do, I’m going to hunt through my box of favourite backgrounds and get scanning.

Hope you give it a try too, best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

 

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This week, try using Interference colours to make your basic pallet go even further. I’ll show you what they look like and what they can do for you.

Interference Colours; So many possibilites

Interference Colours; So many possibilites

Links

To find out more about interference colours, check out the link below.

Lesson 4. Introducing Interference colours

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Do you see beautiful art created by a Gelli plate but still wonder if its for you? I love mine but it took a while before I bought one, so I’m sharing the things that I thought might be issues, that turned out not to be. If you have questions about the Gelli, leave me a comment and I’ll try and help answer them.

6x6" Gelli Plate by Gelli Arts

6×6″ Gelli Plate by Gelli Arts

  1. Does it smell? No. This was a big one for me as I am very sensitive to scented things and I was worried that this would smell of chemicals or have some other kind of smell. The Gelli plate has virtually no smell, if you really get your nose down to it and really sniff hard, you can just and I mean barely detect a slight sweet smell, a little like caramel sugar, but its not strong. You have to almost have your nose in contact with the plate to get it.
  2. Is it greasy/slimey? No. I was expecting a silicone coating or a greasy film that would leave residue on my hands and brayer, but it does neither. It feels a bit like a well polished table, slick but no residue that makes your hands or tools feel strange.
  3. Is it easy to clean? SO easy! Spray water on any paint on the surface and use a damp cloth or rag to wipe it away. If you find stubborn dried paint, apply wet paint over it and you will find it will peel off with your next print.
  4. Is it hard to store? Nope, just make sure you put the plastic film back on both sides of the plate and it stores in the packaging it came in.
  5. What do you put it on? It says to be careful what surface you use it on, so what do you put it on? 1-4 were answered by Gelli themselves on their various videos but this was a killer for me for ages. Then I saw a You Tube video (soz don’t know who) and she put hers on a glass cutting mat (UNUSED please) I had a Slice cutting mat that had never been used and it worked a treat! I could move the plate as needed but the grippy feet on the mat kept it in place. Perfect. The reason for the concern is that the surface of the plate is very sensitive, if you leave it in contact with print or texture it will take on that texture so spoiling the plate. Because of the natural oils in the plate, if you leave the plate on an absorbent surface it could leave a stain on that surface (I’m guessing, kind of like Blue tac did on your posters left up for years ;) )
  6. How long will it last? I contacted the company and at the time of writing they have been making these plates for two years, so its still a young product but they have had no reports of plate failures yet. Follow the care information on the packaging to ensure you don’t use anything on the plate that is known to damage it and you should be fine.

Well those were the deal breaker questions I wanted answered before I took the plunge, how about you? Have I answered your concerns or do you still have questions? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think of Gelli plates, do you love the, or are you still on the fence?

Links

If you missed it last week, here is my Product Review for the Gelli Plate.

Bear in mind I’m just a user of the product and not sponsored by the company. If you want to see what the makers are saying about this product, check out their websites below.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In lesson three of our mixed media workshop, I’ll show you how to paint pieces like these?

Coptic stitched handmade book, with dark wood effect covers

Coptic stitched handmade book, with dark wood effect covers

Links

Lesson 3: How to create a dark wood paint effect.

Dark Wood paint effect for Adventures in Acrylics

Dark Wood paint effect for Adventures in Acrylics

 

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will join me next Wednesday for Lesson 4. Tweet if you like this and do tell others where to find this series.

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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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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