Call for Jane Christensen! You won a print from my free Gelli giveaway!

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Hopefully you will see this post Jane. You may have missed the announcement that your name was selected (I decided to choose two lucky winners as I had entries both on this blog and through Facebook). I’d love to hear from you – or of any bloggers know Jane and could get the message out to her, I’d be really grateful. Thank you 🙂

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And the winner of the blog hop free giveaway is …

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Because of the amount of entries and me feeling generous, there are two lucky people winning prizes today! My daughter pulled one name out this morning and I pulled a second one out this afternoon. So well done to

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And well done to

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Well done to both of you and thank you to everyone who entered! There will be another free giveaway in December ready for Christmas – something extra special and printed of course! So, watch this space as you may win the next prize giveaway 🙂

Emily Slater (who entered through the Squarebird Facebook page – please send my your address so I can post you your prize and Jane Christensen – who entered via the blog – please send me your address details so I can post you a lion gelli print. Yay!!!

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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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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Cutlery printing

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My son’s now settling in at uni. While he gets used to the new area, meets new people and feels the buzz and thrill of his course, I decided to create a little moving in card for him based on a family joke about cutlery (including the renaming of the hard drive in his computer, the documents folders and some other files to cutlery, washing machine and spoons!).

I hope he likes these enough to pin them to his notice board 🙂

This is one of the prints. I’ll share pictures of the others when he receives them, so he gets a surprise!

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First ever gelliprint portrait

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Ok, when I learned all about the printing trade in my early teens, a gelliplate didn’t exist. We used glass panes, perspex, polystyrene, wood and metal, foam and cardboard plus the traditional carved up potato! So, I’m delighted to share this experience with you of my first ever gelliprint portrait 🙂
I prepared the gelliplate with a brayer and watercolours. Can anyone guess what object I used to provide a textured feature of the face?

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Another bit of creativity today was making up a flat-pack paper storage unit for my print studio. The room isn’t large enough for a plan chest, but I do need somewhere to store my prints and paper or card flat. This was perfect

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Card cut intaglio print no.2

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I cut a template printing plate using picture mounting board, gradually peeling off the top coloured layer to reveal the white beneath.

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Then I used a roller and watercolour as a printing medium, applied a thin layer and allowed some of the paint to catch the white (can produce a textured effect).

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A note to newcomers to printing … Remember that whatever picture you want to end up with will be the mirror image of the printing plate. Have fun 🙂