Saturday 31 March 2018

Water Soluble Crayons, Primary Colours and A Green Bough

Hello Everyone!

It's the final day of Birgit Koopsen's Gelli Print Challenge sadly. It's been such a fun month, trying out different mediums and techniques on my Gelli Plate. Here are the final two prompts.

Day 30 - Water Soluble Crayons - this took a bit of practise, and experimentation, and inspiration from other people. Laying down a stencil, scribbling with Gelatos through, then blending with my fingers, then applying white acrylic and taking a print worked well.

Some ghost prints...

Dry drawing on the plate with Gelatos and using white acrylic to take a print, not such good results. Water is definitely needed to activate the colours better.

Then I spotted Sarah Anderson's idea of applying black paint, laying a stencil on it, taking a print to remove the black design, then using a wet crayon to colour in the stencil spaces. I used Scribble Sticks, and I love the stained glass effect.

And I also spritzed water onto the Gelli Plate, and drew a design with Gelatos, following a tip from Ruth Mescall.

Day 31 - Primary Colours - Not colours I would normally choose, but I loved the effects of the colours overlapping.

And finally, I created a page in my art journal, using one of my Gelli Plate prints. I'm entering it for the last day of Rosie's 'Spring' challenge at Art Journal Journey.

Have a lovely weekend,
I'll see you tomorrow with my Easter makes,

Alison x

Thursday 29 March 2018

Cardboard, Comb and Egg Cartons

Hi Everyone!

Here's a little catch up with my Gelli Prints this week.

Day 27 - Cardboard - corrugations of course, plus the edges are interesting, and cutting a comb for some squiggles

Day 28 - Combs - I used a comb tool, and also cut some others from old store cards

Day 29 - Egg Carton -The bottom makes an interesting pattern

Only two days left, I'll be sad to finish this challenge, but looking forward to using my prints for other projects.

Have a creative day,

Alison x

Monday 26 March 2018

Spring Flowers

Hi Everyone! Hope you all had a lovely weekend.

I've been busy Gelli Printing this morning, and I also created a page in my art journal for Rosie's Spring Challenge at Art Journal Journey.

Onto the Gelli Prints. I'm afraid there are rather a lot! Get yourself a cuppa! 

Day 25 - Handmade Foam Stamps. 

And the prints...

Day 26 - From the Hardware Store (I raided Hubby's drawers!)

I got a rather strange disease from pressing the ball chain in the paint!

Hope your day is as creative as mine! All this before 8.30am, and 2 loads of washing too! Hahaha!

Alison x

Saturday 24 March 2018


Hi Everyone! 

Day 24's Gelli Print prompt was leaves, and I got pretty carried away! I consulted Birgit's YouTube tutorial '3 Ways With Leaves', and here are the results.

I took ghost prints along the way. I really love these!

Then I used a small round Gel Press Plate, acrylic paint and a little leaf to print on some teabags. Appropriate I thought, for the theme. And these will be my teabags for 365 Somethings, Week 13.

I also did some printing on some of the larger leaves themselves.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Alison x

Friday 23 March 2018

Abstract Spring Art Journal Page

Hello Folks! 

I used a Gelli Print to create a page in my art journal today, adding 3 square teabags, stamping with Dina Wakley images, and finishing with some outlines and doodles. I'm entering my page for Rosie's Spring Challenge at Art Journal Journey.

I made some more multiple layer backgrounds with my Gelli Plate, using Birgit Koopsen's One Print Technique on YouTube. I used part of the print on the left for the above journal page.

And here are my Gelli Prints for today's theme of Spray Inks. I followed another of Birgit's YouTube tutorials for this HERE, with Dylusion's Ink Sprays and a Stencil Girl stencil.

Have a great weekend,

Alison x

Thursday 22 March 2018


Hi Everyone! 

I have an art journal page to share today, that I made with some pieces of a gelli print on which I'd used a Stencil Girl Seth Apter stencil. I cut around the word 'Unfinished' and also cut 3 circles. Now there were some layers already on this page that I didn't like, so I just covered them up, and painted around the cut outs, adding outlines and doodles, then finished with a little journaling, 'When is a page ever truly finished?' If you look closely, you can still see the under layers.

And here are my gelli prints for Days 21 and 22 of Birgit Koopsen's challenge.

Day 21 - Ghost Prints (These are the 2nd or even 3rd prints that you take from the plate, that are obviously less bright, but are often much nicer than the first print)

Day 22 - Multiple Layers - multiple printing on the same piece of paper to achieve a layered effect

Hope you are having a fun and creative week too,

Alison x

Tuesday 20 March 2018

TioT - The Call Of Spring

Hello Everyone! Try it on Tuesday have a new mood board and challenge theme 'The Call Of Spring'. Well I wish Spring would hurry up and arrive! Thankfully the last lot of snow melted away this morning. Here's my journal page encouraging Spring to come. I used collage and stencils, and added some marks. I'm also entering this page in Rosie's Spring Challenge at Art Journal Journey.

Also, I'd like to share today's Gelli Plate adventures for Birgit's Day 20 challenge, 'Black & Blue'. I love this combination!

Here's a lovely ghost print I picked up too...

Here's wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

Alison x

Monday 19 March 2018

Birgit Koopsen's Gelliprint Challenge - Days 17, 18 & 19

Hi Everyone. In spite of the snow forecast, we chanced a trip North to see our son in Manchester, and had a lovely weekend with him in his newly rented house in Hulme. We arrived home last night to more snow falling in Kent. It looks very wintry outside today again. Perfect weather for catching up with Birgit's challenge today, and I have some more printing adventures to share with you.

Day 17 - Letters. I used a cheap plastic alphabet stencil for these...

And a Tim Holtz stencil for this...

Day 18 - Numbers. I used a Carabelle Studio stencil for these...

And a PaperArtsy stencil for this one...

Day 19 - Book Pages. I used Stencil Girl stencils on these ones, and got very carried away...

And finally, Birgit demonstrated a technique with Alcohol Inks and Stazon ink in this YouTube video today, so I decided to try it out. I love the results!

My pile of prints is growing fast, I can't wait to use them on some projects.

Happy Monday,

Alison x