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Just found out that I’ve been blogging with WordPress for 6 years, they just told me it was my blog birthday :) Do join me for a slice of virtual birthday cake and share your thoughts about this blog. What do you love to read about here, what are your favourite parts or things you’d like to see more of.

Reader wise the blog feels a little neglected compared to the number of people subscribed to the You Tube channel, so if you love this blog do tell others about it. I’ve always blogged for the joy of writing and sharing the links that I’ve found so helpful to save others hours or days of searching for good suppliers and resources. Over the years more subjects have been added and you are likely to see some more articles relating to stationary popping up as I’ve rediscovered my passion for it.

Goals for the next 6 years?

Well I hope to still find interesting things to write about and share with you all the projects I’ve made. I’d really like to get back to making some more videos, when I have some new techniques to share.

As long as you keep visiting, I’ll keep writing. So here’s to the next 6 years, who knows where we will all be by then!

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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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.

Detailed Paint Chart

Detailed Paint Chart

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Making a colour chart is a great way to find out what colours you have and will go together.

 

Links

In lesson 2 you’ll do just that, create a colour chart and keep a note of what brand and number each one has, so when you run out of a colour, you’ll know which one to order or buy from your favourite shop.

Lesson 2: Discovering your colour palette and making a colour chart

See you next Wednesday for lesson 3. As ever hope you are enjoying the journey and do leave me a comment with any questions. If you are enjoying this free series, show your thanks by telling others on the social networks.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

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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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Today I would like to share a free download with you. A calendar page for June 2014.

Free download: Calendar Page June 2014

Free download: Calendar Page June 2014

 

How to Use

  • Click on the image to open the calendar picture to full size.
  • Click on File, then choose landscape option for paper orientation.
  • Click Print

To Change the size of the calendar

  • Click on the image to open the calendar picture to full size.
  • Right Click and choose ‘Save As’ from the list of options.
  • You can print it as, is or open a Word Processing program and insert the image. (Once it is on your machine.) This will give you more control of the final size of the calendar page.

Feel free to tell your friends about this offer and forward them a link to this site. If you missed this month’s calendar page you can find it on the Calendar Downloads page.

Let me know what you think, of these calendar pages. If comments suggest this is popular…it just might become a regular feature.

Best wishes and 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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