Thank you for dropping by.
I am in Germany today, gearing up for the lunchtime show tomorrow, so a quick and simple project is required here!
Just because something is simple, doesn’t mean it isn’t appealing. Conversely, just because something it complex, doesn’t guarantee it will be beautiful either!
Thursday’s Blog is always BLUE,
so I rooted round in my stash of background papers and dug out a Gelli Card piece I made ages ago, using
Sometimes we pull prints on a Gelli Plate, and it’s like a partial print; either we waited too long, or we didn’t use enough paint, and half the print stays on the plate!
Now these ghost prints or partial prints are BRILLIANT for us stampers.
I took a set of silhouette trees and Pine Needles Distress Ink.
I stared at the scrappy background, until I could see a lake and a valley. Sometimes this takes a while. Sometimes it’s just not there, or it is – but not for me – and sometimes I have to encourage it, like I have here.
I turn the card, look at it from different angles,
until something surfaces.
So let’s build a scene.
Pine Needles ink is a beautiful colour.
If you stamp on top of acrylic paint with a dye based ink like a Distress pad, the acrylic paint will show through – you will be able to wipe the ink off it.
Look at the four trees here; the ones stamped over paint look like they are behind the paint.
Once I have planted a few trees, I need to add a lake. Can you see my lake here? All I did to create it was lay down a piece of paper and lightly add a little Pine Needle ink in the clearing, (in the white area) with a make-up sponge.
Then I tore a curve in the copy paper and added a shadow in the curve of the acrylic swirl, using the copy paper as a mask.
See what I mean here?
The hardest thing is to know when to stop.
Let’s stop and step back.
Let’s make 2 panels out of the back piece;
it’s way too lovely to throw away.
Next I think I should make a connection between the two pieces.
Another tree and a hint of the lake’s surface.
If I layer it on a dark blue, that will make the blues in the background jump out.
Yes, I like that.
What do you think? Dark Blue?
An ochre would look great, too.
These are one-offs. Originals. Think about that.
Could it be that we are actually creating pieces of ART?
If you haven’t explored the Gelli Plate yet, all I can say is this:
it has changed my life.
My whole approach to art and craft has shifted.
Do yourself a favour though.
Don’t get caught up with products that tell you they can do the same thing as a Gelli Plate.
You will waste your money.
Worse than that, mediocre results will affect your confidence.
And that’s what bugs me. I don’t care where you buy a Gelli Plate; I DO care if you get conned into thinking you can work the same magic with other mats.
But I must dash, said the Mexican….
Wish me luck here in the Fatherland!