Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Challenge 203 and Gelli Plate Fun With Stencils

Challenge:  Athitzi by Eleanor Holt

This was a fun challenge (here) as I found Athitzi very much like cross-hatching but had never seen it done quite this way.  The shading adds so much!!!  Never crossed my mind to do shading on cross-hatching, I'm sorry to say. 

Actually, now that I look at the tile, I can see a lot of other shading I could have added... I think I was so excited to add the shading to Athitzi, I forgot about some of the other tangles :)

Gelli Plate Fun - new stencils

By now you know I love my Gelli plate :)... I have created a few stencils specifically to use with it, and couldn't wait to try them.  Some were created from Tyvek, others from transparencies.  Some were cut with scissors, others with a stencil burning tool.

I'm experimenting printing on different surfaces as well.  From card stock, to tags, labels, rice paper, tissue paper, fabric, deli paper, and paper tape.  It's all fun :)

So here are some of the ones I printed recently:

Printed on deli paper.Top 2 leaves were cut with scissors from a transparency;
bottom 2 were also cut with scissors from Tyvek.

Printed on tissue paper (recycled wrapping tissue).
Stencil and mask cut with scissors from Tyvek (recycled envelope). 

Printed on tissue paper (recycled wrapping tissue).
All leaves and masks cut from Tyvek.  The one on the top left with the open designs was cut with a stencil tool; it isn't as smooth and even as the ones cut with scissors.

Printed on card stock.  Same leaves as above :)
Printed on card stock.
Flowers cut from transparency with stencil burning tool.

Printed on card stock.  
Leaves cut from transparency with stencil burning tool.

Printed on card stock.
I drew a tree with white glue on foam board a couple of years ago;
it didn't turn out as raised as I wanted (pretty flat, actually).
I was shocked it actually shows in the print!  Nice surprise!
Printed on deli paper.
This is Priscila's window design (with some flowers peaking through);
 stencil cut from transparency with stencil burning tool.

Printed on deli paper.  Same design as above.

Printed on card stock.
The distressed brick wall was cut with stencil burning tool from Tyvek.
Same with leaves on the left (texture type of mask).

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Challenge #202 and ATC Swap

Challenge #202

The Diva's Challenge (here) this week was to use only Chebucto and Copada.  This was really challenging and both of these tangles are more border tangles than tangles to fill areas with.  So, I went with a Bijou again (2x2") and am not thrilled with it, but it will have to do :)

ATC Swap

I'm finished with my ATCs for the swap.  As I was running out of time and ended up throwing away a couple that didn't cooperate :), I grabbed some I had done before and some half-way done and finished them.  I hope you enjoy them.
Pen and Ink

Acrylics, colored pencil, pen and ink

Book page, H2O's, pen and ink

Watercolors, Pen and Ink

Acrylics, Colored Pencil, Pen and Ink

Watercolors, Pen and Ink, Colored Pencil

Watercolors, Pen and Ink, Sakura pens

Gesso, Watercolors, Gel Pen, and Pen and Ink

H2O's, Pen and Ink

Watercolors, Sakura pens, Pen and Ink

Acrylics, Graphik Line Painter (white), Sakura Pens

Acrylics, Graphik Line Painter (white), Pen and Ink

Metal and acrylics

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Diva's Challenge #201, Gelli Printing, and ATCs

Diva's Challenge #201 Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day 2015

The Diva's little boy has Moebius Syndrome and the challenge this week is to use the Moebius Syndrome Foundation logo to help raise awareness for this disorder.  You can learn about the syndrome and the challenge in Diva's site here.

My submission for this week is a bit late and a bit tiny :)... it is a Bijou.

Gelli Printing

Last week I had a couple of hours with the Gelli Plate and as usual, had lots of fun.  I wanted to try out the new masks and stencils I had cut, and I did, but also ended up using some of the old leaf masks I had created before from Tyvek.

I had a bit of trouble with the paint drying on the gelli plate before I was done taking prints.  I think next time I will have to mix some glaze with it since I'm not ready to spend money on Open Acrylics yet.  Anyway, I still had fun, as you can see :)


It's been a really long time since I've created a 2.5" x 3.5" card, but even longer one to trade.  Well, I decided to create some and enter a swap, since there is really no pressure on how many you have to send in.  You can trade up to 15, but if you send less, you will receive as many as you sent in.  Cool!

So, I've been thinking of some of the things I've done in the past that I enjoyed, and some of the things I would like to try.  The great thing about this small size is that you can try so many different techniques and if you don't like it, it isn't usually a big investment of time.

Here are 3 I have finished.  I have 2 others in progress, and ideas for a few more (including using some gelli prints :).  We'll see how it goes.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Challenge # 200!!!! Carving, Stamping, and Journaling

Diva's Challenge # 200

Wow!!  It takes a lot of time and effort to create and think about an interesting and creative challenge!  But 200!!!  I'm really impressed, and I'm sure it has not been easy with 2 little ones!  I have only joined in the fun a few months ago, but I can always go back if I want to, right? :)

OK... so, this special challenge # 200 (here) was to use your go-to tangle all the way to the edges of the paper - no border - and have the number 200 somewhere.

I grabbed a couple of number stamps I have carved a long time ago and never used and went at it without a string.  It turned out very blah... if I get the time and energy this week, I will try another one.

Carving, Stenciling, and Journaling

I really enjoyed the carving inspired by the Portuguese Ironwork window, so I played with it a bit.  You can see the original post and the carved stamp here.  I wanted to see if the same stamp could be used to create different patterns, maybe a border?

And then used it on one of my art journals.  Painted around it in black to see if it would look like stained glass, and added some more details with H2Os and Sakura pens.  I also added some of the things I didn't want to forget about the stamp in white.  I may end up doing more on the black, but it will stay like this for now.

I can really see how useful stencils are especially for Art Journaling and Gelli Printing - 2 things I would like to do a bit more of - and, like anything else, I would rather use my own designs.  I finally decided to try making one myself, so I grabbed a transparency, a stencil tool, and went at it.  

Well, I can say the lines are not even close to perfect, like the ones you buy, but... they are unique and I made them.  What I hear is that with a bit of use, they will lose some of those little blobs of melted plastic.  Even if they don't, it's ok, the image is good enough for me for now :).  The first one is the window, but I haven't made the border yet - still thinking how I want to do it.  The second was completely random... just kept cutting our shapes until it was done.  I'm not sure about it, but it will be fun to test it out different ways on the Gelli Plate.
Priscila's Window - Bottom is the stencil, and top is the image it creates
Abstract - Random Shapes - Top is the stencil, bottom is the image it creates
I hope you enjoyed these.  Feel free to comment.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Diva's Challenge #199 and Hand Carved "Window"

Diva's Challenge #199 - Hitched

Wow!  It's been quite a while, with selling and buying a home, moving, and Christmas...  things got a bit out of control :)

Now I'm back, and happy to be creating Zentangle Inspired Art again :), although a bit out of practice.  

The challenge this week HERE was to use the Tangle Hitched - created by Heidi Sue.

This was what I came up with:

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has come up with and posted in the Diva's blog.  I'm always inspired by the different way people create such wonderful and unique pieces using the same tangle.  I've decided not to look at any of the entries until I have done and posted mine; like a treat after finishing my post :)

Hand Carved "Window"

I have a niece in Portugal who loves to take pictures and has a very unique perspective and way to capture beautiful things that most people don't even notice.  I always enjoy her pictures, but when she posted one of a window with ironwork I knew I had to carve a stamp to capture it.

Here is the window; I just found it on the web - this picture was not taken by my niece, HERE is where I got it from.

So, I drew it and then carved it on a soft block.  Then I got to stamping it and then playing with the print.  You will notice it is not exactly like the window, but similar.

I'm having a really good time with this stamp.  I've tried it as a border, and to make different patterns, but of course, I think it looks wonderful in the round.

I have also stamped it on a painted page of one of my art journals and painted the rest of the page black; it makes it look almost like a stained glass window.  When I'm done with it, I'll post.  This will be all for today :)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Update and Junk Mail Journal


The last few months have been hectic:

  • Took on further responsibilities at work and so it has been pretty crazy!  Hopefully it will settle down in a couple of weeks :)
  • Sold our condo, bought and moved to a new house.  It will take a while longer to get it in shape and organized, but at least I have most of my art stuff now :)
  • Finally went to the doctor and found out why I have been feeling so crappy for so long - need iron!  OK!!  That explains it!  So I should be feeling a bit better in a month and back to normal in 9 to 12 months.  Back to normal is good :)
I hope to start back on the Diva Weekly Challenge soon, and posting more regularly.

Junk Mail Journal

New video of my art journal made with junk mail and other recycled papers (including used tea bags for the covers).  I wrote about it in this post here, but it took me this long to finally create the video :).  I can finally play with it now that the video is done :).
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with all those small pieces in the pockets, but I certainly have a lot of them!  I do love to play with hand-carved block prints, using different materials and techniques.

I hope you enjoy it.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Gelli Plate Printing

A couple of months ago I got a 6 x 6 Gelli plate and have started playing with it.  I absolutely love it!!  I need a few hours each time I use it as I keep thinking "what if..." and I cannot stop until I've tried at least some of these what ifs :).  Because of this, I have only had maybe 4 or 5 play sessions with my gelli plate, but boy oh boy!  have I had a lot of fun!!

Here are some pictures taken with my phone of the "mess" I made during these play sessions.  

I started to think about creating an art journal with some of these prints, and also do some collages to start with.  I also want to see what else I can do with these (during the last session I tried it on fabric as well).

Here are two quick collages I've done on Tyvek - this will allow me to do some sewing later on if I want.  This was just the first step, I will now play with these prints and eventually turn them into a finished piece of some kind (don't know what yet).

Last week I started playing with a couple of the not-so-good prints, to see what I could come up with.  I had a lot of fun with them :)

And so, inspired by all the fun I had with these 2 prints and 3 awesome books I got from my nieces for Christmas (about book art) I finished my gelli print art journal yesterday.  You can take a look at it here:

I feel this is just the beginning :)