Friday, May 31, 2013

more gelli printing

hi from northern ny where it is sunny and 90 degrees (and humid)

well, i can't seem to get past the gelli printing. i need to stop because at the moment it would take me quite some time to use up what i have printed. but, a few days ago i looked at the Gelli Arts blog and they had a new technique posted. it is a transfer from the plate onto packing tape. pretty cool. it took me a little bit to get the hang of it because you are building the whole design on the plate just like you would on paper. what you see is what you get when you lift it to the tape. here are a few pics of my first tries. i am linking these to carolyn dube's gelli print party for may.

these are the first two i did. i used a gold color perfect pearls on these.
on this group a used a variety of perfect pearls. in the center photo, the strip on the left (which you can barely see) i used a blue powder. i don't like this one very much. on the center piece i didn't use any powder. instead i put the tape directly onto a piece of book paper. i like this look but there is not really enough sticky left on the tape. it probably should be attached with some kind of medium. the one on the right has a white powder on it. i really wanted silver but don't have any and i was too engrossed in what i was doing to get up and go get some aluminum foil to try. in the bottom photo the strip on the left has a reddish powder and the one on the right has gold. i want to try some more this weekend remembering that you have to build from the bottom up on the plate.

i also played in paint shop with some of my gelli prints that i have scanned. in this photo i have combined several prints, adjusted the layers and they i played with some effects. i think it kind of looks like it used molding paste.

in this second one i used a different filter and got this starburst effect. i have done a lot more of these and will post some more later.

everyone have a good weekend, mary

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

where i find stuff i forgot about

hi from northern ny where it is sunny (after days of cold rain) and 50 degrees headed up to 74, WOOHOO!

i've been playing around with stacks of paper again. no matter what i do the stacks just seem to rearrange themselves, they don't get smaller, eventually they will, right? yesterday i was pulling materials to make some junk journals and sorting through old papers and came across a couple of collages that i did quite some time ago, and of course had forgotten about. so i pulled them out, scanned and adjusted size and contrast. i will be linking them over to artsyville's glue-it tuesday. proof that i sometimes do make more than just backgrounds, hehehe. one of my things is, what to do with them when they are done. what do you do with yours? do you bind them, frame them use them in journals (these are loose pages), or do as i do and just have them stacked up somewhere? i have pages from 4x6 or smaller up to at least 9x12 or more. let me know what you do and give me some ideas.

 i used spray inks, gesso, acrylic paints, rubons, tape, stickers, wrapping paper and probably more. they were each done on a 9x12 sheet of watercolor paper.

tuesdays are one of my days off so today i plan to work some more on journals and maybe get the gelli plate out. that thing is soooooo addictive (hello, my name is mary and i am addicted to gelli printing) LOL. but i have a couple of new tools so i have to try them out, right? right. so i'm off to play for a while.

have a good day, mary

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

glueing again

hi from northern ny where it is sunny and 58 degrees.

time sure does fly by. can't believe it is tuesday again. so that finds me cutting and gluing again. i recently picked up Randel Plowman's book The Collage Workbook from the library. and since i have already had it a week i decided i needed to get it out and get started. the first exercise is to make five, 5-minute collages. set a timer and go. i collected a pile of materials and got started. it was easier than i thought it would be. i was done with most of them in under the 5 minute time. however, i thought they still lacked something so i added some washi tape and now i like them a lot better.

linking these over to Artsyville for glue it tuesday. go on over and look at all the wonderful collages.

the pieces above are all done on a 4x6 piece of card stock using a variety of gelli papers, vintage papers, clip art, printed papers, etc. the following piece is done on a dryer sheet and is more of a paper fabric. it is about 6x9.
thanks for looking, i hope everyone has "gluey" fingers today.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

glue time

from far northern NY where it is wonderfully sunny and 70 degrees (high up to 81)

well, i am still a bad blogger. so many times i think of things i want to post or wish i had posted and just can't get motivated to do it. but, i have been following along with aimee's Glue It Tuesday over at Artsyville. every week i think i'll get some pictures posted and then tuesday goes by so fast and i don't get around to it. but, this week i've made up my  mind to get it done. so here we go.

i took an insert from a company magazine i get in the mail and gessoed all the pages. started doing some collages in them using gelli prints, magazine pictures, vintage papers, etc. going with a garden/nature theme. they are not very exciting at the moment, i need to do something more to them but not sure what. add some paint, doodles, stamping whatever to add layers to them. i get this far on things and get stuck.

i admit it, i just like doing backgrounds and basic pages.  i have piles of gelli prints, and citra solve pages, and painted pages and such, but i can't really get into journaling. i look at so many wonderful, meaningful pages and feel  like my life is so uninteresting that i freeze up. i've got to get over that. in the mean time i just do simple, lol.

thanks for visiting, maryk