Journal52 – Kindness

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I’m delighted to be participating in the YouTube wide art and craft collaboration bringing you a feast of arts and crafts inspired videos from July 17th to 20th. The collaboration is with over 100 arts & crafts YouTube content creators over 4 days. All you have to do to take part is pop the #lovesummerart tag into your YouTube search bar to pull up a list of all the great videos and tutorials from all over the globe.

My offering is a summer inspired art journal page inspired by Journal52.com’s Week 27 prompt which is “Kindness”. Created using Gelli® prints and acrylic paints. As usual my process video is below. Hope you enjoy watching.

 Have a creative day!

Mike

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Adventures in Gelli® Printing – Part 3B

The final half of my latest exploration into Gelli® Printing with a real Gelli® Plate from Gelli® Arts. I’ve included some images of the actual prints, they’re not necessarily complete as I’ll probably add to them with more play at a later date, but you can see some of the basic effects I’ve created with very little practice.

I will carry on playing and making more vids using the plate and hopefully I can create something a little more complicated and more arty than just straight pulls with texture…watch this space.

I have attached large files of the prints for you to use if you wish, please feel free to copy the images to your own computers to play with and use as you see fit!

Have a creative day!

Mike

Adventures in Gelli® Printing Part 3A

I was sent a real Gell® Plate by one of my YouTube subscribers as a gift, which was very nice. The person who sent it asked to remain anonymous, so I’ll respect their privacy. I have already sent them a private thank you, but I’d like to say a very big public “Thank You” too!

So on to the plate! It differs quite a bit from the home made versions that I have used in the past, it’s thicker, has quite a lot of cushioning and give, very different from the hard surface of a glass cutting mat or silicon baking sheet that I’ve used in the past.

I had to film my exploration in two halves due to the time I spent experimenting..so you can watch my first steps with the new plate below…

Part 3B will follow in a few days.

Have a creative day!
Mike

Art Journal Page – Rainy Day Fairy

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So I finally got around to playing with the photoshopped fairy image that I created last week. This page uses another of the faux Gelli prints I created using my silicone baking mat and some elements downloaded from royalty free sources on the wonderweb.

I now know that the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists are about as useful as Dylusions sprays for permanence! That’s another thing to pop under the hat for next time! I can’t see myself using them again. I’ll probably pour them down the sink and re-use the spritzer bottles for something else!

By the time you read this I’ll be on a week’s break. I’m taking my parents, puppy and partner down to Cornwall for a week. We’ve hired a converted barn with plenty of running space for the puppy! He’ll need it! I need it! I’m really looking forward to very long walks on the beach and Cornish cream teas!

So without any further rambling from me, here’s the video. Don’t forget if you enjoy the process and want to see more, subscribe to my blog if you haven’t already or subscribe to my YouTube channel!

Enjoy and have a creative day

Mike

Adventures in Gelli printing – Part 2

Further to my previous post (click here) on creating a home made Gelli plate and the mess I got myself into.  I’ve been looking around for other things that could work just as well as a Gelli plate.

I’ve tested the glass cutting mat or worktop saver, we know that works, but what about others….are there others out there we just haven’t discovered….yet?

Yes there are, as I’ve just found out! Today I’ve tested out a baking mat made from silicone.

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The mat measures 14″ x 10 3/4″ in size. So is ideal for A4 or 8″ x 10″ pages. I bought a yellow one and a blue one.

I set aside my Sunday morning and had a thorough (play) test with the baking mat and my acrylic paints.

As I haven’t bought a real Gelli plate (yet!), I can’t compare how the two work either similarly or differently. All I can say for sure is that I’m pretty happy with the results I got from the silicone mat. Here are a few of the pages I’ve created this morning so you can judge for yourself.

So once again, I’m sharing my creative process on video. My hope is that you find something in it of use.

Alternatively, you can watch the video above of the testing process. To view larger versions of the prints, just give them a click!

I can’t really call them Gelli prints as they weren’t done on a Gelli plate, so for the purpose of this blog post they’re now called Sili prints. It works for me!

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What do you think, have you got a Gelli plate? Do these prints muster up to yours. Do I need to buy a Gelli plate or have I found two viable alternatives? let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Remember if you like the video, please give it a”thumbs up” and “subscribe” to my YouTube channel.

Have a creative day!

Mike