I am getting better at scheduling playtime into my life.
As always, I have lots more started bits than finished, but here is a finished painting which I did on a small wooden block (actually a stamp handle).
She looks very serious, I need to practise mouths and get my figures to smile and laugh more. The dictionary paper is glued onto the block with Ranger’s new Glue ‘n’ Seal (matte) and I publicly proclaim that I am officially in LERVE with this product. So much so that I’ve just ordered the larger size container of it because I neeeeeed more.
I’ve been using it a lot and it just doesn’t leave brush marks, but dries to an invisible finish. I’ve used it with plain tissue, Tim Holtz printed tissue, dictionary paper, dressmaking patterns and napkins and it is just fantastic for all these lightweight things. For heavier paper or card, I would probably still use Gel medium as the heavier the item is, the more adhesion it needs. However, sometimes gel can tear the delicate stuff – particularly napkins or dressmaking pattern tissue and so far this has worked a treat on all of those.
It also dries quickly and you can stick your paper down, then go straight over the top with the sealing coat. I hadn’t intended writing a love letter to Glue’n'Seal, but there you go. If you like collage, you need to try it. Oh yeah, there’s a brush built into the lid so you can use it without having to get out a brush and go fetch a jar of water. Well, that is until you get near the bottom when there’s still lots of glue left, but the built in brush doesn’t quite reach it. It’s also a bit plastic-y so I prefer to use my own softer brush for the delicate stuff like napkins.
Talking of collage, I also prepared a background for something else that I am working on.
Can you guess what it’s made from? Again it’s covered in dictionary paper (from an illustrated dictionary) which has been painted with acrylic paints, then stencilled with a variety of Crafter’s Workshop templates. I stencilled some red hearts then used interference blue and bright gold for the top layers of stencilling which use the Cubist stencil and the Circle grid stencil.
And finally, remember this canvas?
Well I’ve done a bit more work and it’s currently progressed to this:
More Crafter’s Workshop templates – this time Spring Fling and Pointy Circles. I just can’t get enough of these, I am really enjoying working with these templates as you can probably tell. The hydrangea in the corner is a napkin, glued down with …. yep, you guessed it, Glue ‘n’ Seal!
You know what, I’m feeling generous today and I’ve just decided on the spur of the moment to send a pot of this wonder stuff to one lucky blog reader. All you need to do is leave me a comment and tell me if you have tried Glue ‘n’ Seal yet and if you haven’t, why you think you could give a free pot a good home.
I’ll pick a winner on Monday and as long as we have some left in stock, I’ll send it straight out. (We have a delivery due in any day now so even if we sell out over the weekend, we should have it back in pretty quickly).