Sunday, August 28, 2016

Artful Paper book by Rogene Manas

I was invited to review the new Artful Paper Clay book by Rogene Manas

which you can find on HERE!

1. Was the book divided in easy to follow sections?
YES! It actually has 4 parts and each one leads you into the next one for more in-depth study.
2. Were the instructions easy to follow?
YES! Great explanations and wonderful step by step guides.
3. Were the pictures helpful?
YES! They were great step out photos guaranteed to make sure you understood everything perfectly!
4. Would I recommend this book to my friends?
YES! I loved the book so much that I created Clay Work Project 1 - "Leafing Out". And here it is.

Now I have worked with Creative Paperclay before and you can find most of my projects HERE so I felt comfortable expanding on the original idea and making a textured base for my leaves, but the book does explain how to imprint onto the clay using stamps. ( I haven't tried the imprinting with stencils however and am looking forward to playing with that technique! ) The book will show you step by step how to do this and even offers you a site to go to download free printable patterns HERE!

I even picked up a few tips and tricks for both cutting the shapes out of the clay and for removing paint from it. I just love learning something new!

I also LOVE this quote from the book concerning color play
"I often compare looking at color to eating chocolate."
Yep, I was hooked at anyone who compares paint with chocolate, can we say soul artists? lol

I did experiment a little with my ColourArte's Primary Elements - Arte Pigments which are powders that you can mix with any medium. Rogene Manas discusses transparent and opaque paints and I wanted to see if I could get similar results using the Arte Pigments.

First set of leaves

The upper left and lower right leaves were to be painted with a transparent paint so I mixed the powders with my Gel medium.

And I was able to achieve a shiny yet translucent paint.

The second set of leaves

Next, the upper right leaf and the lower left leaf were to be more opaque so I mixed the paint with my white gesso and I got a soft matte look.

When you buy the book go HERE to receive a free handmade gift plus patterns and instructions for a fun and free paper clay project that is not in the book plus access to a private how to video demonstrating techniques used in the project!

You can find the blog HERE
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Friday, August 26, 2016

ART 101...Back to basics of Gel Press blog hop

With all the kiddos heading back to school, Gel Press® thought we 

should take you back to the basics! Please visit each blog for an 

idea or technique that you may or may not have seen before!

 Happy Hopping!

Here are the blog links in case you get lost along the way! 
                            Sandee  <----You are here

Basic Technique I am using --->  Distress Stains on the Gel Press® plate

5x7" Gel Press® plate
5½x8" Stratmore journal
Ranger Distress Ink pads and Distress Stain dabbers

Dry stamping
This is a basic
 stamp your ink pad directly onto your Gel Press® plate 
and then use your gel plate as a stamp! 
(by turning it over and using it directly on paper or like I love to do, directly into my art journal)
 I love that when you use your Gel Press® plate upside down like this it allows you to see exactly what your print is going to look like.
And add layers of colors since the colors are water based dyes they are translucent and they layer beautifully over one another mixing and blending into beautiful shades.

I have several other ways to do this simple technique and I made a slideshow depicting them but fair warning, this is ADDICTIVE! Turning your plate over and using it as a stamp and moving inks around is the next best thing next to chocolate.
Watch the slideshow at your own risk, I do not accept responsibility for any compulsive behavior of fun this might elicit.
***You have been warned.***

You might also want to pause at each segment if it's too confusing, let me know and I'll make a video instead :)

Here are the journal pages I made from my backgrounds :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Has your art taught you anything new recently?

I'm more than willing to experiment, although sometimes I have huge regrets but hey, if I learned something then I figure it was a worthwhile investment of my time....and supplies...

And sometimes, my experimenting just causes a whole new set of problems...

If you belong to Gel Press Junkies over on Facebook then you know that I was having some issues with pens not showing up on top of Distress ink backgrounds that I created with my Gel Press® plate. When I set out to sketch my angel I used a ball point pen because I didn't want to ruin any of my other good pens. 
( This was my experimenting with different pens and it was also the start of a brand new problem
So the ball point pens really had the same impact as the Distress inks had...problems covering them up! ( BUT, they did write over the Distress ink, so score!...kinda, lol )You can see the pen marks, and even the paint didn't cover them up, and honestly it was like replacing one problem with another. At least the design of the Distress inks are prettier seeping through the paint than the ball point pen was.

So then I thought I would see if the gelatos would cover the pen marks, which they didn't, but I really do like how well gelatos work over I thought I would see how well paint goes over gelatos. ( At this point I wasn't even worried about the pen marks, lol Playing had taken over ) So I am liking switching between gelatos and paint so much that I now like the darn piece, pen marks and all...but...

I finally resorted to spraying the piece with a varnish ( which just takes time to let it dry, and I admit I am such an impatient artist ) which then let me come back with another round of gelatos and paint to finish her off, and I really like the results. 

So my lesson I learned? 
Keep going. 
Keep adding.
 Have fun!
And varnish!

What lessons have you learned lately?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

To finish or not to finish? That seems to be a very good question!

What to do when you love a page, or at the very least love what you've got so far but then get stuck? It's my mantra journal so I want something up-lifting but all I can think of are silly things like BOO or GUESS WHO? lol So with my mind in that train of thought I just need to leave it alone until the right thing to say comes along.

And yes, I am a tad bit weird cause I also find pleasure and humor in that it's opposite the UNFINISHED Maybe this is what it's suppose to be...Maybe it has finished itself for me?

Are you able to leave something unfinished or do you stick it out until it is complete?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Do you find yourself as an artist going through different phases?

This is my art journal page that I made after watching Faber Castell's live streaming show featuring Tiare Smith Woods. I might have added a few things of my own ( like I have to add details for a face, lol ) I enjoy creating in someone else's style occasionally. It's fun to do things that you might not ordinarily do, keeps you fresh that way. You can find the recording of Tiare's show HERE. (Margarita Mix and an Angel)

I added my whimsical angel on this background that I already had created which is a combination of left over acrylic paint brayered onto the paper and then an alcohol ghost print on top of that.


Do you find yourself as an artist going through different phases? Sometimes it's techniques like typography, gel printing, or maybe alcohol ghost printing? I know personally I have been rolling through several of these techniques lately. Or sometimes it's playing with all those techniques but doing it in an art journal.
I must be going through an art journaling phase right now, I can't seem to get enough of it. You can find the techniques to the bee page on the left HERE.

What phase are you going through?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Achohol ghost printing...what do you think?

I posted the background pages that I was creating by spraying my stencils with rubbing alcohol after dripping alcohol inks through them the other day, and now I am making some art journaling pages from them. I am not one to just collect backgrounds although I must say I find this technique so fascinating that they are hard to cover up, but you can see that I used the one on the left side for my page today. It was a little bare towards the bottom and the "un" from unfinished wasn't showing so I just went with "finished". I kept asking myself (as sometimes we do when we are creating something)..."am I finished"? Since the answer seems to be no I just went with that and wrote never in all the little openings.

Giving it a name

And speaking of unfinished....the right side (above) is looking much better with a few more layers of alcohol ghost prints, for lack of a better term that is what I am calling it.

Yeah, "alcohol ghost prints"...I like it, what do you think?
or drunk
Check out the alcohol ghost prints I made here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Last weekend my friend Tommy Jo and I were out walking around some art galleries, looking and discussing art. When I saw this one I had 2 feelings immediately...
1. It's such angry art, why would someone want to hang this in their home?
2. I could reproduce that in my art journal using my Gel Press®!

So I guess you can say it both repulsed bothered me and intrigued me all at the same time, isn't it wonderful when art does that?

So last night I was looking through all the beautiful backgrounds that I made recently (I made a video but can't share it yet)
and I chose this one to use from my journal.
 I'm not sure why this resonates with me except that "focusing and saying no" seems to be a hot topic right now among many of my friends.

Do you have a hard time saying NO?