Hello everyone and welcome to my Wednesday blog for Imagine Design Create.
This week I have made a mini art journal using Gelli print papers I have made with Imagine Design Create stencils and masks and Distress oxide inks.
To be completely honest I didn’t know when I pulled my stencils and gelli plate out where I was going with this project, all I knew was I just wanted to have fun playing around with my chosen mediums and see where it took me. As it turns out I ended up creating this little art journal and a few cards that used up the leftover prints from the art journal.
The technique I used is very simple, I chose 3-4 colours of Oxides to use with each stencil/mask set, starting with the lightest colour each time working up to the darkest, I applied the ink directly to my gelli plate and smoothed over with my brayer for a uniformed coverage. I then took my stencil/masks and laid them over the top of the plate then place my paper on top and rubbed the back to pick up the ink. After I removed the paper and stencil/masks I then pulled a second ‘ghost print’ with another piece of paper.
I carried on with this process making sure to move the stencil/masks to different places on the plate each time except for the star frames print. With this one I also used the Star Mix stamp set to remove some extra colour once I had applied the stencil/mask to my gelli plate by stamping on the plate with a clean stamp and the stamping off the excess. This created some lovely texture to this print which is why it ended up becoming the cover.
After I had finished I had a lovely set of prints which I cut down to the same size (roughly half a A4 sheet cut on the long side).I had 7 pieces that I then folded in half before gluing one backside of a page to the next page, making sure to line them up and then leaving something heavy on top till the glue dries.
I cut the cover to the same depth but left the length longer so when I glued this to my completed pages I could leave a little extra for the spine and cover ‘flap’. The book tie was made from some coordination ribbon from my stash and I made the little bead dangle from small tear drop beads that I have sown together using the RAW bead weaving stitch.
I hope you have enjoyed todays blog. Stay tuned for next week’s blog when I will share the cards I have made from the ‘Left overs’ from this project.