Wednesday’s Blog is something new, so a perfect day to introduce not only a new Stencil to you, but also a neat way for using up all the Gelli Plate papers we have been creating!
If you are into the Gelli Plate as I am, you will have a prize stash of paper prints, which are way too lovely to throw away, but what to do with them? Paper collage backgrounds.
This is the first time I have made a paper collage with torn pieces, and there are several things I will do differently next time, but that’ll do this time!
All I used was
Gelli Plate 8″ x 10″
Gelli Plate 6″ x 6″
Birdhouse Claritystamp Set
Some old Gelli prints I had lying around
Black Archival ink pad
Sepia Archival ink pad
Stonewashed Adirondack ink pad
Espresso Adirondack ink pad
A5 Girl on a Swing Stencil. (Part of a Duet-Set)
Two things well worth noting here:
Firstly, the size of the stencil.
A5 on the outside, to fit all our A5 card perfectly.
5″x 7″ on the inside, so that you can emboss with a frame, trim back and still layer up to make an A5 card.
Secondly, the Duet element.
There are 2 independent stencils in each Duet-Set. They work together, sometimes like a negative and positive, sometimes like a foreground and background. Sometimes a bit of both.
This little girl on the swing is so so lovely to use, if I had time I would love love to just make another picture with her, but I have to crack on here.
So let’s get back to the Gelli Paper collage.
Here were some remnants I had kicking around
and a piece made with our 9″ x 11″ Brick wall stencil.
Perfect as the base piece.
So I stamped the Birdhouse in Sepia Archival
Then tore a few pieces and strips off the other Gelli Papers I had.
And believe you me, I could open a Gelli Paper shop!!
Now here’s where I could have done it better, but you learn as you go. When you do it, tear the papers from the top, so that you end up with white torn edges.
See? The top piece has got the white edging,
but the bottom pieces haven’t. Next time….
Now paste them into place. I used spray mount.
But just look at all the fab patterns when you look more closely!
What a simple way to get gritty texture and contrast!
Next we want to add the little girl on the swing.
Tape the stencil into position.
Use a Black Archival ink pad + make-up sponge to fill the stencil.
We want a solid black silhouette.
I went in too black above the trunk, so changed to Espresso and that lightened the mood immediately! Next time, I will start with the dye-based ink earlier!
Next, remove the stencil. It cleans up fine with thinners.
Cut your artwork back until you like it. No!
We are NOT making ATC’s here! Stop it!
I had to cut back the black in the sky. Didn’t like that…
Add a little Stonewashed Adirondack with a make-up sponge over the background. It will stain where there is no acrylic. So if the ripped papers had a white edge, that would stain brilliantly now. Next time….
Mount on black card
Paste one of the off cut strips down the side.
See the blue line near the bottom of the strip?
That’s a white torn edge stained with Stonewashed.
Note to self…
Mount the artwork on a white 8″ x 8″ card.
Really arty. Like it a lot.
We have got several of these A5 Duet Sets in the Pipeline, so keep checking in on our website
Our lovely Ani, who is going to have her baby any week now, has been designing some fantastic things! I just caught a glimpse of some others in the WIP (Work in Progress) file. WOW.
She is so arty! We will just keep loading them onto the website as soon as Ani hands them over and we can go into production!
So why don’t we have a Special Introductory Offer
For one week, until next Wednesday.
I have been thinking that the Wednesday Blog might be ideal for a Weekly Special Offer or Sale – just because it’s when I bring something new to the table.
In fact, since you need a big 8″ x 10″ Gelli Plate
for this project, let’s knock a fiver off the Big one for a week, too.
Why not, say I!