Monday, May 2, 2016

Friendship

I love my friends and I really love how they become involved with me on my art projects. One of friends' gives me molds and art supplies to help me out with my Creative Paperclay design team because when I joined up with them I had no tools....at all! Thank you Jamie for your lovely gifts of inspiration, these little flower push molds have been such a lifesaver, just like you!

Another one of my friends is always there for me to give me design ideas like using DecoArt Crystal Twinkles for the shell of my snail to help doll her up, because she should sparkle just like Tamiko, someone who is always there for me when I need her.

And I could never be where I am without my other faithful friends who are always there, leaving me comments on the designer blogs which really encourage me and make me smile. Thank you Jean, Anne, Pamela and Tamiko for always being there for me.

Please hop over to the Creative Paperclay blog so you can see my Fairy Garden accessories I made, and I always appreciate anyone who takes the time to leave me a comment.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Gel Press is "blooming" wonderful!

 Gel Press now has their own Youtube channel so if you are looking for inspiration when getting out your plate to create something you will have hours of inspiration to peruse through. And you can start with mine, lol I used my 6x6 plate to create a first pull and a ghost print pull which I used in making my ATC for Grumbacher's Official Fanpage monthly challenge . ( Enter cause they reward you with prizes for participating! How cool is that? )

I think I love my ghost print pulls more than the first pull, how about you?

Check out my video and please give me "thumbs up" if you liked it remember to subscribe to the Gel Press channel!!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Gel Press + DecoArt SoSoft = T-shirt

I have Monarch's on the brain, it happens every spring. I begin to think of helping butterflies and other pollinators in my garden so I made a Monarch inspired T-shirt. It was so easy to print on a T-shirt using my Gel Press  and




I hope your fly on over to the Gel Press blog and see how it came out. It would make a great summer project to do with the kids and adults alike!

Friday, April 22, 2016

something different

I've never played with Neon colors before, I have a friend Tamiko who loves bright spunky colors but I have always been a more subdued conservative colorist...but I really enjoyed playing with these juicy eye-popping combinations of color. I think she is rubbing off on me, lol
Sperm Pollination - $125.00

They are by DecoArt and if you haven't tried Neon, then may I make a suggestion?
Try them, you might like them as much as I do now.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Gel Press Earth Day blog hop

Welcome to the Gel Press Earth Day Blog Hop!  We want to encourage you to reuse and recycle with Gel Press.  Have you thought of making Gel Press Prints on old maps?  What about old Christmas cards or even magazines?  Hop around and see what our designers have come up with for Earth Day.  We will be giving away a prize again for the comments on the Gel Press Blog listing what your favorite project was and why.  We will accept comments from April 20 - April 24.  The winner will be announced April 25th on our FB Page and on Gel Press Junkies FB page!  Good Luck!

I can't wait to see what everyone created!
Here are the links to hop along:
Sandee ( you are here )



Hi everyone! Sandee here today to talk about creating some celestial love for Earth Day with my Gel Press Plates.

This is the finished project.



Supplies
paint
brayer
paper
I began making the "planet prints" after I had played around during the day making some random fun prints and this is what my 8' round plate looked like at the end of the day, and this is what you want to start with, a grungy dried up painted plate!

The first step is to cover the plate with a thick coat of paint.

                   
Cover the plate with a piece of paper and gently press down, not too hard, this print is not what you are going to use. The function of this pull is to remove some of the excess paint.
 It really isn't much to look at but it served it's purpose.


You can now see the 2 layers of paint that's left on the plate better. 
Place a piece of paper over the plate again, but this time press harder!

When you pull off the paper you will get a more dramatic print.


And this is the print after pulling it off the plate. I had played a lot that day with my plate so I made a couple of cool looking planets and I cut them out to use later.

The next step is making a background print for the planet. 
I added some paint on top of my 12x14" Gel Press plate and used my brayer to create swirls. I was going for the glow from the planet kinda look, and then pulled a print from that.

The last step is gluing the planet onto the background and then embellishing it if you want to. I go into a little more detail how I added some details to the mono print to enhance it, and you can also see the other print I made also in this video 



Thanks for looking, and if you’d like more inspiration, you can visit Gel Press on Pinterest or like our Facebook page  Gel Press and our fan group Gel Press Junkies.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Earth Day 2016 - There's no place like home

"Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans." 
Evo Morales
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Thank you for joining our first Gel Press Blog Hop!  We will have a challenge every month!  This gives you the opportunity to play along AND win a Gel Press for yourself!  This month you can win an 8" Round Gel Press Plate!!  

This is my project
Like Dorothy says..."There's no place like home and well, planet Earth IS our home. I know that for the most part we all try and do our best, we recycle, don't litter etc. but, try to add something new as often as you can...plant native plants to your area, take care of the honey bees, compost, recycle junk mail into new paper...there are so many things really if we just look for them!

You might notice that I used "Kansas City" as Dorothys' home although L. Frank Baum never specifically mentioned where Dorothy lived in Kansas. 
Artistic license  :)  ::jazz hands::
lol

Enter by going to all of the blogs.   Leave a comment on the Gel Press Blog telling us your favorite project!  You can comment between now and April 7!  Winner to be announced on Gel Press Junkies on FB and Gel Press product page April 8th!  You will have your 8" Round Gel Press to make a project to play along with our Earth Day designs April 22! Enjoy the projects and good luck!


How many different Gel Plates have you ever used for one project? I managed to use 3 for mine! 
Now, I could do a step out but frankly that would be a whole bunch of pictures to show you so I made a short slideshow for you to enjoy!

Now an interesting bit of trivia ( at least it was for me )
Dorothy's last name is Gale....lol...gotta love the pun, I mean they couldn't name her tornado so Gale is definitely apropos!
Full Definition of gale. 1 a : a strong current of air: (1) : a wind from 32 to 63 miles per hour (about 51 to 102 kilometers per hour)

Thanks for looking, and if you’d like more inspiration, you can visit Gel Press on Pinterest or like our Facebook page  Gel Press and our fan group Gel Press Junkies.


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Art journal flip

I have finally completed my mixed media journal, it has taken me 2½ years to fill up the book, because I also have watercolor journals too. I have a flip slideshow if you want to see all the pages.
my flip video

Now, what have I learned?

One of the worst pages ( I hate it anyway )is the most viewed on Youtube with 823 views is this one....I guess people like to watch angst, lol Maybe I am making them laugh..lol...

And that page is going to be one of the least understood pages because it belongs in a group where I did my first "tunnel" through 8 pages, so you can watch it here if you want to see a short tunnel flip. This suppose to be short flip shows why I didn't talk through the whole book flip, it would take me 10 hours once I get to talking...sheesh.

I have learned that not all mediums should be put in a journal no matter how much wax I applied to it the puffy paint still sticks. You can see where his eyebrows and beard are messed up from the page next to it.

That inks and paint can drip into the binding and ruin other pages that you love. :( I did this Rorschach style page...that I rather liked but the binding separated. After it dried I did add some tape to hold it toger and that worked pretty well.

This is the double spread that it messed up...

I learned to get somewhat creative with fixing the other pages where the binding got ruined because I tore out some pages and learned quickly not to do that, that is was way better to cover than to tear out. But I used paper towels that had "pretty" paint or ink as binding fixes and packing tape transfers worked great.


Now, I need to buy another journal and begin again :)