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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

We Have a Stencil Winner!




Hey, Peeps. Thanks so much for your lovely comments during the Gelli® Blog Hop! HubbyDoc picked the winner last night, and it was comment #6, which is Alison! Woot, woot! Stay tuned for future giveaways, because I LOVE sharing my stencils!

And, I have a few prints to share with you. Loving me some medallion stencils, which are available in my Etsy shop here.

This print was made with my Dandelion medallion.


Here, I used my Lacy Medallion


Three Wonky Trees, perfect for Christmas.





And again, thanks for looking! Fondly, Tami

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gelli® Blog Hop and Stencil Giveaway!



Hey, Peeps. I'm so excited to be a part of this wonderful Gelli® Print Blog Hop. Thanks to Michelle Reynolds for the thought and execution! You rock!

So, I was trying to think of what I could do that hasn't been done. I actually did a different project- more of a mixed media assemblage- but I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do. So, being the true artist that I am, I abandoned that project half-way through and started something else. NO JUDGING!!!

And, I did have some forethought, so I started out with a lovely, sturdy mixed media paper. This is probably my fave to work with. 


I wanted to play with something different. This is some inexpensive gouache. 


A little dab'll do ya.


Gouache spreads differently on the plate than acrylic. I used a brayer, just as you use with acrylic paint.


As you can see, it leaves a much different, non-uniform look compared to acrylic paint. I kinda like it.


I also painted some yellow circles with gouache. I forgot to take an after pic of the print, but you'll see it later. 


I also spread some red on with a credit card, just to see how it spread differently.


Here, I used my Sticked Hearts stencil.


You can see the yellow circles layered on the grey here.


I put the wet, red stencil on my waste paper and wiped it through the stencil with a baby wipe.


Here's the result. Like many Gelli® prints, the "waste" or "ghost" prints are often the most interesting.


I decided to re-position my heart stencil, and outline with my Stabilo black pencil, just for a different look. 


I tried to smear the pencil (which is water soluble) with my water brush, but I had forgotten that I hadn't prepared my surface with gesso, which would have made the stabilo pencil mark smear better. Oh, well. I just discovered another technique, aka mistake.


Then I switched to acrylic paint for no particular reason.


Here, I used my Iron Gate stencil.


I stamped through the stencil before I printed. This works more effectively with an "open" stencil (aka not detailed), and with a darker paint than I used. I'M NOT PERFECT, PEEPS!


Here's the ghost leftovers on the plate.


And then I moved on to grey and yellow- my two new fave colors.


I printed using my Crowned Stencil.


And here's the print.


And the ghost print.


Next, I used my Faith Stencil. This is one of my faves since there's so much texture going on.


And, the print.


And, you always need to add a few hand-carved stamps. If you want to know more about making these, you can check my blog post here and my Pinterest board here.




Don't forget that for a different look, you can roll your stamps instead of just pressing them.


And then, there's nothing like a little splattering. I like using my fan brush with some watered down paint.


And, here's a print with some splatters.


And, there's nothing like some good ol' fashioned stenciling. Here, I used my Grunge number tag stencil and some blue paint for a little punch...




...and my Scruffy Crosses tag stencil.


Just some doodling with a NeocolorII crayon (water soluble)


And I think I'm ready to move on to the book.
You know these wonderful little coffee cup thingies? Well, they're going to become a cute little book.


I loved this particular one because of the dimpled texture. I tore it apart at the ends (it was conveniently serrated for me already). Then I applied gesso to the front and back of each piece.


I dried the gesso, watered down some paint, and brushed it on each side.




I wiped off some of the paint with a baby wipe, then I traced one side on the backs of my prints.


I cut out the shapes, slightly smaller than the coffee cozy.


Here are some "pages".



I eyeballed where I wanted my rings to be to bind the book.


Then I punched holes and inserted eyelets with my Cropodile. I did this just to the front and back pieces.


To emphasize the texture, I brushed on a little distress paint.


Since the backs of each page were white, I just applied some distress stain. I didn't want to have both sides of each page Gelli® printed because I wanted to leave room for journal entries or writing.


And, here are some of the spreads.




Of course, I had to junk the cover up a little, so I added a flower, some vintage buttons and beads, some pearl accents, and some burlap.






And, a little ribbon and a few more strung out beads.


And here's the final book.


And, just when you thought you've had all the fun you could have, there's more!
Just for visiting my blog, I am giving away THREE of the following 6" stencils from my Etsy shop







All you need to do is leave a comment about what you like about this tutorial or about the Gelli® Plate. 
On Oct. 26 at 8PM (EST), I will yell into the other room, "HONEY! PICK A NUMBER BETWEEN _ AND _, and he will pick the winner. Yups, that's how I roll.

And, if you like my stencil designs, feel free to check out LOTS more in my Etsy shop here.

I hope you enjoyed this picture laden tutorial. Thanks for looking. And, if you haven't checked out all of the other blogs, I have them listed below. Happy printing!


Wednesday 15th Oct Michelle Reynolds http://shellsinthebush.blogspot.com.au/Thursday 16th Oct Joanna Grant http://joannabananadesignoriginals.blogspot.comFriday 17th Oct Jacques Williamos http://theelevatorpress.wordpress.com/Saturday 18th Oct Linda Stokes http://www.lindastokes-textileartist.com/Sunday 19th Oct Phillippa Montier http://pipart71.weebly.comMonday 20th Oct Lauri Crowe http://www.laurijeancrowe.comTuesday 21st Oct Gail Schmidt http://www.shabbycottagestudio.netWednesday 22nd Oct Tami Sturm Howse http://www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com