Posts Tagged ‘gelliprints’

Join Me In The Studio: Gelli Plate Play Time

Good morning & Happy Friday! I get quite a few questions on Instagram about the Gelli Plate so I thought I’d invite you guys into my studio for a little play time.

If you’re just getting to know your own gelli plate or still wondering what it’s all about, this video will give you an introduction into the wonderful world of monoprinting and show you the various things that you can create from your gelli prints.

I hope you enjoy the video. If it inspires you to give gelli printing a try, I’d love to see! Please tag me @ArtandWhimsy

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

New Art Journal Page: A Thing Called Life…

… sometimes it’s messy as fuck.

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But most of the time it isn’t. We are imperfect, we make mistakes, sometimes we are less than our best selves. Apologize when you’re wrong, do better the next time, be a good human, grow from those days that are just plain messy and remember to cut yourself some slack. We don’t have to have it all figured out.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

xo,

Belen

Birds of a Feather

Hi all! Just a quick post today, to share my latest Pocket Letter with you. This was a special one because I had the opportunity to swap it with a new friend, Kathy Chang, in person.

2015-07-12 14.46.13I LOVE mixed media style Pocket letters, so I used a gelli print as the base. The fun swirly design was achieved using a Joggles stencil. I added some stamping with Dina Wakley and Dylusions stamps, and got to play around with my new Feathers stamp set by Hot Off The Press.

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Thanks for looking.

Wishing you a wonderful day! xoxo

 

Happy Mail Art Envelopes

Who doesn’t LOVE happy mail, right? Well I’ve been having fun making a few of these Art Envelopes to offer in my Etsy Shop. They’re made from prints of my original artwork and are perfect for happy mail, letters, and greeting cards.

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Front

Add a label and you’re ready to make someone’s day just a little bit brighter!

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Back

Thanks for looking!

Making Art Sticker Tags!

I love creating tags, each one is its own mini canvas. I like to use them to adorned packages and gifts and they’re the perfect size to slip into an envelope and send off to a friend.

If you have a die cutting machine and appropriate die, or even a Silhouette, tag making is a great way to use up some of those gelli prints! If you have neither, no problem, scissors or an X-Acto knife and a ruler will do the trick.

Here, I used my Big Shot, Tim Holtz Tag Dies and my new Rectangle Art Stickers to create a tag to include in happy mail.

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Already having a gelli print base to work with made this really fast to create. A few doodles, scraps of book paper, some ink, ribbon, and an art sticker and it’s done.

These art stickers are available in my Etsy shop, HERE.

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Thanks for looking!

Finding Balance

Good morning my lovelies!

I received a couple of messages from people asking me to show how I use the packing tape transfers that I blogged about in yesterday’s post, so I created a quick journal page before bed to give you an example of just one way to use them.

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For this page I applied a base of gloriously vibrant Dylusions Paints using a round blending tool by Ranger and made some misc marks with texture stamps by Darkroom Door and Staz-on ink.

For the focal point I used one of my new Donna Downey stencils, called Find Balance, and sponged on some Dina Wakley acrylic in “Night” though it.

A few more marks, doodles, and splatters and I was ready to incorporate a piece of packing tape transfer to finish it all off.

Using scissors I “wavy cut” a strip of transfer in half and applied it with gel medium. As you can see, I’ve used is as an accent, but you certainly can bring them front and center and use them as I’ve of your main design elements.

This is just one way to use the transfers. You can incorporate them into your art journal spreads, like I did here, add them to your greeting cards, mixed media projects and various other crafts. However you use them, have fun!

Wishing you a colorful weekend!

 

Gelli Plate Packing Tape Transfers – Demo Video

Hello & happy Thursday! I hope you’ve had a good week and been able to carve out some time for arting.

Guess what?!  I have a video to share with you today! This packing tape transfer demo video has been a long time coming, but after a few fruitless attempts it’s finally done and I’m so excited to share it with you!

You can find several different transfer videos and techniques available online. Gelli Arts, in particular, has a really good one that inspired me to give it a try myself.

So, without further ado…

2015-03-30 07.25.56These are the packing tape transfers that I’m going to show you how to make.

You’ll need just a few supplies:

  • Gelli plate
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brayer
  • Misc mark making tools
  • Clear packing tape

Optional:

  • Book paper
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Extra Fine glitter
  • Gold or silver leaf

Once you have your supplies together, you’re ready to make your own.

I hope you enjoy my video… thank you for watching!

Art and Whimsy Published in heART Journal Magazine!

Happy Monday to my lovely followers! I have exciting news to share today. I was just published in heART Journal Magazine!

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To celebrate, heART Journal Magazine has a given me a free issue bonus code to share with you.

Get your free issue of heART Journal Magazine today!
Simply download the app on iTunes https://bit.ly/heARTMag or Google Play http://bit.ly/Heartjournal
Then on your device follow these directions using subscriber code : art4heART (case sensitive)
• Install the App on your device
• Launch the Magazine App
• On the Home Page, Tap on the Yellow subscribe button
• Tap on the Current Subscribers button
• Enter this: art4heART (case sensitive)

or go to our cart for a pdf version choose Issue12 (March) and use coupon code art4heART in the check out process.

You will now be able to access your free issue. Remember, the code is case sensitive. For help with the coupon code, email heartjournalmag@gmail.com This code is good until March 31st.

If you’re already a subscriber, I hope you enjoyed the article.

Thanks for looking and I wish you a wonderful week.

Ready, Set, List!

With the start of March’s round of #30Lists just a few days away, I decided it was time to get my base together.

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This year I decided to go with a book that I made and bound myself with my Cinch Binding Tool.

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To create the base for my cover I used some gelli prints that I had previously pulled onto deli paper. I really like the translucent quality you get with deli paper.

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For the inside of my book I decided to use tags and I pulled easy, fast prints off the gelli plate with them. My goal was to keep the base really basic so that I have the room that I need to list. I can always add more details and layers as I go along each day, this was just so that I’m not staring at a blank tag each morning.

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Next I bound my book with the Cinch, flipping the tags the opposite way halfway through the book, so that the book would lay flat when closed.

2015-02-23 06.19.28To give you an idea how I might add additional artistic elements to my tags on any given day, I added a few circles and some stamping on the tags for days 1 & 2. My goal is to keep it all really easy and simple.

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2015-02-22 12.45.25I hope you’re as excited to begin listing as I am! If you still aren’t sure or if you just haven’t registered, you can do so HERE. This really is a fun, fast and easy way to do something creative every day, in just a few short minutes. Hope you’ll join me!

As always, thanks for reading and I wish you a beautiful week.

 

 

Documented Life 2015 – Week 7

This week’s challenge was “Cover Up Good Stuff”. The challenge was designed to encourage us to build layers freely and not be afraid to cover up something we like in order to make way for something we might love even more.

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This past Sunday I had a little gelli plate fun with a new color palat that I stumbled upon. As often happens when pulling prints, I quickly built up a pile of that I loved and set them aside for later use. I hadn’t really planned to cover them up, per say, but I decided to trust the process and just go with the challenge.

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I selected one of my favorite prints that had been pulled onto deli paper, adhered it to my journal page with some gel medium and went to town building up layer after yummy layer.

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I used another print, also pulled onto deli paper, circle shapes that I punched out of yet another print, gesso, a stencil, paint, circle stamps from the Journal Impressions set by Paperbag Studios, markers, pens and of course my Stabilo Marks All pencil.

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I also used a print that I had previously pulled onto card stock, using the Art Deco Leaves template by Crafters Workshop. I cut out a row of the leaves and used a little more gel medium to glue it down. To make it pop a bit, I used my Stabilo and a waterbrush to fill in the negative space.

2015-02-18 16.30.04I’ve been doing a lot of introspection lately, peeling back the various layers that make up who I am and examining each one. It hasn’t been an easy process, but a necessary one. Doing so has helped me realize a few things about myself and the world around me, but more importantly, it has helped me realize that you know what, I Like who I am and while there’s always room for improvement, I AM enough.

Thank you for looking. I wish you week full of love, laughter and art.

 

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