Addicted to Gelli


I am finding Gelli Plate printing to be quite addictive.  I love to print onto thin papers like newsprint, tissue, dictionary paper, parchment and the brown kraft paper that Amazon often stuff their parcels with. I love experimenting with mark making – not all of it turns out great, but when it’s ripped up and used in conjunction with paints and pens, it takes on a different life.

gelli print03 Having a stack of this thin stuff is just great for collage which I like to include in my journals.

gelli print02 This journal page is a mix of gelli printed papers and paint.


The thinner papers are great for paper piecing.

gelli print01 The paper above ended up becoming the tag below.


This tag features the print shown above and some dictionary paper for the skin.  The stamp is from the Julie Nutting range (Ruffle Dress) and I drew the face in using a Sakura Pigma Micron pen. I even used the plainer border of the print for the top and ruffle to give contrast and to show off the print part of the dress better.  (I added an extra ruffle along the way too in case  you were wondering.)  The tag itself is also a gelli print which has been overstamped with Fancy Flourishes and Abstract Fragments.  I added a touch of shading under her feet with a pencil.

So do you have a Gelli Plate yet?  If you have one, but haven’t got round to trying it out yet, take a look at Monday Mojo Magic issue 19 for a basic introduction.   Last week Debbie showed me how she uses the gelli plate with inks rather than paints and that’s opened up a whole new avenue of possibilities.

If you have been bitten by the Gelli bug, I’d love to know if you’re as addicted as I am!


Moments of playtime


This is my studio table this morning:


Today’s to do list  includes doing some merchandising of the new stencils that have just arrived from The Crafter’s Workshop.  I love the word merchandising – it sounds very businesslike and grown up, but for me, it is a chance to play.

I started with a wonderful mask from Julie Fei Fan Balzer called Graceful Flower and I used a couple of the new Archival inkpads from Wendy Vecchi’s new signature range of colours, Red Geranium and Orange Blossom.  I swirled the colour on with a large stencil brush and I’ll use this as a background, probably with some simple stamping over the top.


I then tried out the Navaho stencil over a piece of card sprayed with Dylusions.  I patted a versamark pad through the stencil then embossed with gold powder.


The next one, Three Quarter Face,  was a challenge, but fun.  I stencilled the face very lightly with grey ink then used the lines as guidelines for painting in the face.  This is a great way of practising colouring and shading faces.  You can play with having your light source come from different directions, change the skin tone and hair colour and even ignore the ponytail and create your own hair.  I think I’ll be using this one in my journal just to practise colouring and shading.  I found the ear a real challenge because whenever I do my own drawings, I always have hair covering the ears!


All these photos are taken at the table so you can see my working ‘scratch pad’ underneath.  I have a craft mat on the table then a piece of A3 size card which I use to test colours and stamps, check my words are straight when stamping and today I’ve used it to test paint colours or to brush off the excess if I had too much on the brush.

One sheet of card can be my scratch pad for weeks, or I may go through a few in one day depending what I’m doing and how important it is for the back of my work to stay clean.  Sometimes the scratch pad itself gets cut up and re-used as they can end up pretty colourful.

Finally I used the other half of the red sprayed paper and sprayed Calypso Teal and Lime over the Climbing Vine stencil.  I lifted the stencil carefully off and placed watercolour paper over it to get a print.


Not bad for squeezing an hour of play, er I mean merchandising time into the start of my day.



Oriental Crane Sunrise

Oriental Crane

I have a craft room!!  It’s mainly white (the walls are a very pale aqua) and it has been well and truly purged.  The hallway is full of boxes and I’m only allowing things in that I really love or I  know I will use.  There’s so much stuff going out that I think we’re going to have to open the doors and have a warehouse sale at some point.

I have a slightly bigger table than I used to have and I’m slowly getting a working arrangement set up that suits me.  It’s got a south facing window which is actually proving a slight problem as the low winter sun (when we see it) slants through the window into my eyes and there are not many places to put the table to avoid it.  I’ll have to drop the blind when it’s very sunny, but I have some good task lighting, so even in the evenings I have plenty of light to work by.

I’ll do a full studio tour when I’m finished – still a fair bit of unpacking and sorting out to do, but I did manage to make a card at the weekend.

Oriental Crane

Not my normal colour palette at all, but I love it.  This has been created with PanPastels, mainly using tints to create a soft dreamy colour scheme.  I rubbed various tints around the background then used a circle mask to add some ink (Saffron and Venetian Orange Archival).  The stenciling (Tile Texture) was done with ink and I didn’t realise until Lesley pointed it out that it gives an illusion of oriental vertical script.  I stamped the blossoms with Versafine and lightly dabbed on PanPastel in shades of lilac and pink.

I stamped the lanterns from Lily Pad with Versafine Smokey Grey and the crane (Oriental Crane) was stamped in black.  I added a hint of colour to the lanterns and crane with Coloursoft pencils, then added a tiny bit of VersaMagic ink around the edge of the card.  It’s mounted onto a lilac embossed card (ancient stash recently re-discovered) and onto gold pearl card.

I’m really pleased with the way it has turned out and I can’t tell you how enjoyable it was to craft in a clean, tidy, WARM, space …. bliss!


Embellished Stencil card


I have just had an article published in Crafts Beautiful which features stencilling, so I thought I’d show you this card.

I guess this would qualify as a Less is More card?  It uses the Crafter’s Workshop Cherry Blossom stencil (12×12)which I have then embellished by drawing flower centres with a Pigma Micron pen.  I used Memento dye inks for the stencilling – Pistachio and a mixture of Morroco and Love Letter.  I used a lovely stencil brush which has a rounded top rather than the traditional flat top and I use a swirling motion rather than a pouncing or stippling action. It’s easier on the hand and gives a lovely soft, even colour.

The sentiment is from Pretty Poppies, stamped with Love Letter, and I trimmed it to a rectangle then used my Zutter wide corner rounder on it.  I’m going to have to get some more of that red satin ribbon in – it’s perfect for Christmas and I seem to have run out of it!