endless a few YouTube videos about mixed media and crafting recently, one video really stood out. It addressed the issue of using up gelli print papers, particularly ones you don’t care for. As it so happens, I had just made a batch of prints using a piece of glass instead of a gelli plate.
The video that inspired me is by YouTuber katetheskate22 and can be found here:
She cut the finished papers into ATC sized cards to give out as a type of business card. Because I have my brick and mortar shop, an Etsy shop and do shows there is no way I can make enough to use as business cards. I really wanted to make some so I came up with another use for them.
In a nutshell, here is katetheskate22’s process:
I started with a “gelli” printed paper.
I punched two sizes of circles from various papers and glued them randomly on the paper. Then I painted the circles with a few colors of paint.
I painted petals, dots, swirls and a few outlines around the circles using a couple bright colors.
Next I used darker paints, Sharpie markers, Faber-Castell big brush pitt pens and a white gel pen to do some more outlining and adding smaller details.
Because my flowers were not really close to each other, I filled the gaps by using a script stamp and black Staz-On ink.
Lastly, I cut them into ATC sized cards (2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″), backed them with white card stock, signed them and then rounded the corners. Instead of putting my business information on the back I stamped them with special Scripture verses that I can give to people who may need a pick-me-up. They can even be used as book marks or tags. Like katetheskate22 did, I made sure I left room to write a personal message if I want.
I love the way these came out and the process was pure art play. You do not have to be an artist to make some cute cards that are bound to add a special little touch to someone’s day. I can’t wait to hand these out and then make more!
As you may know from reading some of my latest blogs, I am getting ready to do the Vintage Home Market Show in Richmond. I have been very busy making jewelry, aprons and home decor items for this show as well as planning which antiques to bring. All I can say is that I have not had a lot of time to “play art”. I have managed to snatch a few minutes here and there to make a couple of pieces. Three of these are in one of my art journals and the other was made on 3 magazine pages that were glued together and then covered with gesso. So without further ado, and because I’m still working on last-minute details for the show, here is a quick look at my most current mixed media pieces. Enjoy!
Sometimes life hands you hard things. They may be caused by illness, financial problems, loss of a loved one, trouble at work or major disappointments. This past week I experienced a major disappointment. And it was hard. Here is my first smash journal page from this summer. It explains it all.
I was totally gutted. But after a couple of days I began to accept it. And as I sat in my studio/office I realized that I feel better when I really look at all the pretty things I have surrounded myself with. So tonight I decided to just give you a quick post with some random pictures of the prettiness I’m surrounded by.
So there you have it. A small sample of the eye candy I get to look at every day. But the biggest thing I had to lift my spirits was this assurance:
And we know that ALL things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Royal Caribbean Lines and our travel agent were able to re-book us on the Grandeur of The Seas with the same itinerary, just later in the summer. The best part is we have been up-graded to large ocean view cabins at no extra cost. God is so good!!!