Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Bauble Mail Art: Tutorial

Recently, I posted some images on my Facebook page and on my Instagram account, of some Christmas bauble mail art that I was working on. A few people had requested that I do a tutorial on how I made them, so I am going to tell you, more or less, how they were done. I'm sorry I don't have indepth photos of each stage, as most of the cards had been made by the time tutorial requests came in, but I'll do my best to explain how the process went.

I've been collecting my daughters school snack boxes and recycling them to use in journal covers, stencil making, anything really. So here, I chose to design a small bauble stencil. I think the circumference of the bauble is about the size of a regular sized coffee mug. 

Once they were all cut out, I covered each one with pages from old books. I have a homemade book press that I use a lot, so I popped all my cards into the press to help flatten them while the glue dried. I don't know about you, but I find a lot of my stuff gets a slight curve in it when I glue. After the glue had dried, I got my Silks Acrylic Glazes out. They have such a gorgeous shimmer to them, so I thought they would be perfect for the cards. When I use these paints, I tend to give the pot a good shake and just use the paint that's left in the lid and use some cheap make up sponges to wipe the paint onto each card. It goes on smoothly and blends fabulously when you add the other colours over the top.

Silks take very little time to dry. I then grabbed my pot of Lumieres True Gold paint and using some punchinella, dabbed some little gold circles onto each card. Lumieres also dries quite quickly, so I was able to move onto splashing a little white paint over the cards. Once dried, I then began my doodles. First with black pigment pen and then going over the top with a white gel pen. I found some Christmas wordstrips from Darkroom Door that I had forgotten I had and used those on each card. Using my gold Posca pen, I then did little scribbles around the words and on the edges of the cards. I finally finished off each card with a little gold ribbon so that they may be hung on the Christmas tree!

And that is pretty much how they were done! I'm currently in the process of decorating the envelopes for them to go into, as they are probably too small to venture out into the big wide world of postage on their own. So I'll include a few little Christmas bits of ephemera and what have you in the envelopes as well. I really hope the recipients are happy with them!

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Long Awaited Gelli Print Post!

YES! Finally! I have procrastinated long enough and it is time to do the Gelli print blog post I have been promising for too long. I wanted to have this massive pile of wonderful prints for you to see and all the amazing things I had done with them. Truth is, I have been working on all sorts of various projects and I haven't done anything exciting with the small amount of prints that I have done. That doesn't mean I don't have awesome plans for them though! All the ideas get added to my Big Book of Ideas. Have I showed you my Big Book of Ideas yet? I can't remember...

Anyway, here are some photos of the prints I have done so far. I have just taken photos of the best bits of each print.

 I don't have many stencils. The bubble looking one I just bought recently and the leaves are just some wooden scrapbooking embellishments I found at the $2 store. The blue/green print has a little bit of Silks paint added to it, so it has a lovely shimmer to it.

These two are quite simply different coloured paints that haven't been brayered or mixed thoroughly.

I found a pack of cardboard letters at the $2 store and decided to make some words on the plate.

This was a clean up sheet. I'm not sure how the big white circle was created, but it looks kinda cool, I think.

My little stack of Gelli Prints so far.

Some index cards. I decided to have a go at using torn paper masks to section the colours.

At first, I found the Gelli Plate a little frustrating. I didn't know what to do, or how to layer colour so they complimented each other, or didn't turn to mud. I don't have a huge selection of paint colours or stencils, so I was a bit limited as to what colours I could use and what patterns I could create. After my first attempt using the plate I was quite happy with the results I had though. The second time I used it, I got a little more creative and used torn paper, bits of string, punchinella, and whatever else I could find lying around in my work room. The third time was when my 9 year old daughter wanted to have a go at it. She made some great little prints! To finish up that exercise, I just had a go at mixing basic colour on the plate and pulling prints from that without using stencils. 

So far, I've covered my Chocolate Box Journal (see post HERE), covered another cereal box journal that I'm (slowly) working on and plan to decorate some of the prints with doodles, maybe some collage and washi tape, or use them in some mail art. Who knows, the possibilities are endless!

Thank you for being so patient in waiting for this post! I hope it was worth the wait and I will be doing some more gelli prints very soon and getting creative with the prints I've already done. 

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