Still time to enter free giveaway!

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Just a quick reminder that there’s still time to enter my free giveaway as part of the October Gelli Blog hop. Please comment whether you would like to win the turtle or lion original gelli print that I’ve showcased this week. There is also a mystery prize for the winner, picked at random after Friday’s closing date. Thank you everyone who has entered so far.

Also don’t forget to check out the other participants of the blog hop as there are some more freebies! Why not enter them all?

Meanwhile, here is an ATC (Artist Trading Card) I made and sent off recently to Australia as part of Be Creative Swap. I made it using a plaster rose and an attempt at quilling a rose bud. The brief set by Myfanwy Hart was to incorporate a tag in some way as part of the ATC.

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Here is what I received in exchange 🙂

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Buttons, hooks and a gelli :-)

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I wanted to create some background papers for a handstitched notebook and liked how these buttons and curtain hooks appeared in the paint, giving a soft almost pastel result. When I started using the gelli plate I used darker acrylic colours, but now prefer the effects of watercolours as the plate stays damper for longer and doesn’t rip fragments of paper away in the process. Now the weather is cooler, I shouldn’t find paint drying out too quickly being an issue!

So, while the paint gelli monoprints are drying, I thought you might like to see a selection of this evenings prints.

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The lighter result is achieved by not applying any further paint and taking a second or even third print from it. If you keep going you can clean the plate by using this process.

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A garden gnome lino cut

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This week I made a comment to a fellow bigger that a garden gnome would lose his beard if he witnessed my gardening skills.  He’d be horrified!  As my blogger pal thought this was funny, she inspired me to consider making a lino cut.   I have a friend who paints gnomes and sell them and one of my favourite movies is the animation: Gnomeo and Juliet.  So, I decided to make a miniature lino cut of a gnome as a) my friend might be able to use the stamps on the bags she puts her commissions in (the painted gnomes) and b) I wanted to challenge myself on working on a 1.5 inch disc of lino.  This gnome is small.  

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This is the pencil outline of my gnome.

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This is the gnome cut out using a cutter with the number 1 on it (so my most narrow one for fine designs)

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Here is the stamp inked up and ready to print.  I wonder how it’s going to turn out?

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Well, here are seven imprints from my mini lino cut.  They look like the seven dwarves, don’t you think?   Rather charming at only 1.5 inches across 🙂