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Welcome! This is the place where I share my artsy and crafty projects. I am an evolving artist these days ... finding myself enjoying less of the cards and mini albums that I have made for years, and turning to art journaling and more artistic endeavors. I have always enjoyed some craft or other, and some of my earliest memories of my mother helping me make paper dolls and other crafts. I am now in my 60's and finding myself more passionately enjoying creating beautiful things and learning new skills and techniques and products.

While you are here I hope you will find inspiration and ideas for making your own projects, however any images or projects you find here are my personal property and should not be used for your own monetary gain, or for contests or challenges. Thank You!


Art Journaling Fun!

Today I had some fun playing with paints and 'stuff' and made an art journal page using one of my recent favorite prints using the Gelli Plate.  I just kind of let myself go and not worry about it being 'perfect', and I love how it came out!  Here goes .................

There's a real glare ... that could have something to do with all the gold metalic paint I used, but you get the idea!  At the very top I wrote 'Art lets me be ...' and then below it I wrote 'free to be me' in larger script, then I didn't like the black marker that I used so I added assorted colors of artists pastels to outline the letters.  At that pointed I added an orange glaze to the whole thing and I love how it turned out!  After the glaze dried, of course it needed some bling so I added some platinum Stickles to the outlined words as well.


I dripped black paint on the Gelli Plate in the printing process, and I love how that turned out, as well as the layers that came through from earlier layers.  To 'embellish' the page I added some washi tape, but it still needed more.  That's when I pulled out a few things that I had been using as stencils in the Gelli printing process.  One was a paper doily that had so many layers of paint on it that it was stiff and heavy.  The top coat of paint was a 'topaz' metallic, and I loved it so much I cut out three circles from the doily, glued them on and added a gem to the center.  Then I kind of shaped them to show the dimension.

I love how these turned out!  The other product I had been using as a stencil for gelli printing was a strip of drywall tape.  It is full of holes (see above) and is self adhesive to help it hold a shape on joints and corners.  It had some great colors, so I used bits and pieces and layered them to get that feel of texture.

The glue and sealer was still wet on the picture above, but I love how it turned out once dry.  That tape really adds lots of texture!  I love how this piece turned out ... not because it is a perfect example of an art journal page, but because of how much fun I had just letting go and let the creative process make it's own way to a finished product.  I know that through doing this, my techniques and such will get better, and I am happy with where I am for right now. 

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today!  I am sharing this on Carolyn Dube's June Colorful Gelli Print Party, so be sure you go visit her too!  Blessings,



Karen said...

Love the drippage! Glad you were free , sometimes that is where the best art comes from!

Carolyn Dube said...

I love that you let go and played! Turned out magically playful! Thrilled you shared this with the party!