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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Birds on Gelliprint

Art, Birds, gelliplate, leaves, Mono printing, nature, nature, Printing, Textures, watercolour

Another bird Gelli to add to the collection with textures produced from leaves, scrunched up paper and layering of watercolours

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The difference with this bird study and the others is that this time, I didn’t mask out the bird shapes first, but became inspired by the shapes I saw in the print when I pulled it off the plate.
You can see from this image (of a cat brooch I made and set against the background print) that there appears to be a bird shape appearing.

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Similarly, where the hummingbird is, there was also an outline (but I didn’t have a photo of that stage to show!).

Turtle Gelli

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This was a little experiment which seems to have worked out well and it’s another print inspired by the aquarium we visited over the weekend.

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Hope you’re all looking forward to Friday when I showcase my free giveaway on this blog as part of the October Gelli Blog Hop 🙂

Introducing the October Gelli Print Blog Hop

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Good morning everyone! Today starts with the introduction of a blog hop for everything Gelli! See below for details on the blogs taking part and hop over and have a look at what these lovely creative people are up to with their Gelli plates. As you can see from the list, it will be my turn on Friday, so be sure to drop by and hopefully be inspired – there will be a free giveaway to enter too :-). In the meantime, enjoy Michelle’s entry today and Joanna Grant’s tomorrow … There truly is some amazing/astonishing/artastic work out there!
Wednesday 15th Oct Michelle Reynolds http://shellsinthebush.blogspot.com.au/
Thursday 16th Oct Joanna Grant http://joannabananadesignoriginals.blogspot.com
Friday 17th Oct Jacques Williamos https://theelevatorpress.wordpress.com/
Saturday 18th Oct Linda Stokes http://www.lindastokes-textileartist.com/
Sunday 19th Oct Phillippa Montier http://pipart71.weebly.com
Monday 20th Oct Lauri Crowe http://www.laurijeancrowe.com
Tuesday 21st Oct Gail Schmidt http://www.shabbycottagestudio.net
Wednesday 22nd Oct Tami Sturm Howes Www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

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Leaves for autumn

Mono printing, nature, press, Printing, life, Textures, Uncategorized

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Despite the downpours this morning, I managed to collect several different shaped leaves to creat different effects on the print.

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I particularly like this one, which has texture to it now the paint’s dried

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I’m going to experiment with metal textures tomorrow, so please come back soon and check out the results 🙂

A gelliprinted magpie

Birds, Mono printing, nature, nature, Printing, Textures

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Currently working on a series of prints for a book. Here is one of them – a magpie which I first quickly sketched in charcoal

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Then I draw a simpler shape of the magpie to mask out the paint from the gelli, ready for me to draw in the detail as shown above.

Lino cut bike on a gelliprint background

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This lino cut was made to raise funds for Air Ambulance. There is a large group of bikers who meet once a month and it’s their final meet of the season tomorrow. One of my limited edition prints from the lino will be sold off for the charity. Last time I auctioned one of my dot drawings of a motorcycle and it was bought by a motorcycle store.

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Once the sketched outline was drawn onto the lino, I chose one of the smallest cutting tools and used this until the design was how I wanted it, then I removed some of the excess lino around the bike using a larger cutter.

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After using a plain black block printing ink, I played around with different backgrounds, including leaves from the garden onto the gelliplate.

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Plaster print

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While out and about in Shropshire, I came across a shop selling plaster goodies which had been set and pulled from a number of moulds. Unfortunately one broke on the journey home – a kingfisher, which my daughter was going to paint.
My OH repaired the broken plaster bird, so hoping my daughter will still paint it later.
The rose survived and I wondered how it would work on the gelliplate.

I mixed using the plaster rose with leather scraps from a shoe and leaves from my garden. Pleased with the results 🙂20140920-134015-49215312.jpg

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DIY rubber stamp

Birds, Mono printing, nature, Photography, Printing, Textures, Uncategorized

Ok, so you want to make a rubber stamp, maybe for a logo or a letter head that you can use over and over again…where do you start?

1- buy a large rubber or look in your own stationery drawer
I bought this one in a superstore where I usually get my groceries

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2 – decide on a simple image such as this seagull I drew from a photograph I took yesterday in Dartmouth. Sketch it out on the surface with a permanent pen (you may need to draw it in pencil first … I didn’t – see below why this may be a good idea!)

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3 – once you are happy with the design you can then go over the outlines in pen. Remember everything you cut away will not get any ink on it so if you want texture leave areas uncut.

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As you can see from the above, I’ve added the initial ‘J’. If you do decide to put any lettering on your stamp make sure you do it in reverse or it will print backwards like mine did! Ha ha ha! Ooops!

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4 – you may or may not need to cut more away from the rubber, depending on how the initial print comes out. Also, depending on the shape and style of the eraser, you may have to ‘roll’ the rubber while still retaining its print position on the paper. My eraser is rounded at the edges, so to make sure my gull image came out fully, I had to roll it from side to side while applying pressure.

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5 – finally add any special touches to your print. This one was the rubber stamp applied to a gelliplate monoprint of leaves. I also added pieces cut from another monoprint where I used a small pepper and some shells pressed into the ink. Finally, I applied a little white on the bird to bring out the features (note the difference between this bird against a blue/green leaf background and the gull on a pale background, where I didn’t apply any white)

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Preparing my next lino cut …

Animals, Lino, Mono printing, nature, Printing, Textures, Uncategorized

This sketch outline is of a friend’s cat – a ginger and white long-haired puddy cat that is so pretty I just wanted to capture it forever in print.

On this occasion I’m using soft white lino. I prefer it (although it’s more expensive) as it doesn’t crumble so easily and is more flexible to manipulate.

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Returning to gelliplate printing … I thought I’d show you all a couple of prints I made today which took several layers of inking from the plate to build up the print. Managed to get my twelve-year-old to have a go after I’d finished too.

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This leopard was created using a masking template of ripping up textured paper that I had previously used for another print. Some of the dotty texture transferred from the paper to the gelliplate and back to the paper again. I then added a fine outline using a brown fine liner pen just to give the cat a bit of an outline.

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This is a print from the textured paper which was applied to the plate after it had been inked up, then removed. The impression left in the gelliplate then transferred over to the paper.