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Random Gelli® Prints I’ve Made

I haven’t been creating any Gelli® prints lately, as I’ve embarked on a Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing and now my time’s taken up with reading all I can on the subject, or doing my online Assessments. Next Monday, hopefully til the end of my course, I start my Work Placement with a vet clinic about 15 miles away from home. Wednesdays and Fridays then, will be when I go to the Dogs’ Refuge to sit with my fine, furry, four-legged friends.

Anyway, I was going through my vaults of Gelli® art print images, and felt it’s time to once again share them with you, dear friends.

Feel free to download, copy, paste, collage, print etc etc if you like. Tell your friends, too! Enjoy!

(The use of the name Gelli® is by kind request and permission from Gelli Arts®).

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FREEBIES! Gelli® Print images

I must admit I haven’t been practising my Gelli® printing lately, having been drawn in a different direction by my latest mixed media photography art projects. If only there were more hours in the day, if only I could split myself in 2 or even 3, one to do Gelli® printing, one to work on my photographic art, and one to run around town doing other things.

No, housework is NOT one of those other things.

Also, you may have noticed that every time I mention the word Gelli® I now use the ® sign after it. This is with the permission of Gelli Arts®, with whom I have no affiliation. It’s so folks don’t get confused and think I work for Gelli Arts®, or am endorsing their product.

What I Have been doing, these past month, is using photos of my Gelli® prints in conjunction with other photos and clipart on my mobile device, to create images for ongoing projects.

So right now, I have over 200 close up photos of my monoprints. Of which you’re welcome to do whatever you like with the following:

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Have a great weekend, folks!

Juicy Journals with Word Bands

I snagged myself a set of 12 Ranger Tim Holtz Word Bands on eBay recently. They cost me around AUD$20 in total, and that’s invlcluding postage. When the word bands arrived in the post, I knew they would be perfect for my next Juicy Journal project. (For the unitiated, my Juicy Journals are Gelli Plate printed and inked pages torn into segments and bundled together into booklets, to be either enjoyed as they are, as artist books, or they can be scribbled/doodled/painted/collaged on as you like. Both sides of the paper are printed. No 2 pages are ever the same i.e they are monoprints).

This is what the Tim Holtz Word Bands look like:
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They’ve words of inspiration etched on them, like “possibility begins with imagination”, “dream as if you’ll live forever”, “life is about creating yourself” etc. There’s a handy loop on each end of the 2-inch tags, perfect for securing and binding to my Juicy Journals.

I used a modified Ledger binding for this project. I’ve written about that project previously here. This time, I didn’t tie the loose ends together, as that would’ve created a tented look where the threads joined, and would’ve partially obscured the word tags and detracted from the overall look. Instead, I simply tied up each loose end with a double shoelace knot.

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I used 8 A3-sized art papers, Gelliprinted on both sides using children’s texture mats and various other stamps made from household items. Out of the 8 A3 sized sheets of 190gsm weight paper I was able to make 4 Juicy Journals.

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Sweet, aren’t they? I’m considering putting up some of my Juicy Journals for sale on my Etsy store. Currently, all I have on offer there are Lenormand divination cards that I designed myself. Do visit my Etsy store! :-)

Handmade : Ledger

Here’s my attempt at ledger binding some Juicy Journals. I wanted to try out a different type of binding, and also a different size and shape of journal. I’d used a texture mat (read placemat) that looked like snakeskin, so the idea came to me to create a journal that was longer than it was high.

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Here are the strips of Gelli printed paper that I’ve torn to size. They’re printed on both sides of the paper.

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Make 2 holes through all the layers of your stack of papers. Take an 8 inch piece of twine (I used hemp) and, starting from the end edge on the left as in the photo above, thread the twine into the hole and out the top edge. Then continue over the edge and thread back into the same hole. Your twine should end up on the left edge, underneath the stack. Tie both ends of twine together.

Turn the paper stack over and repeat the step above for the other hole.
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Your stack will look like the photo above.

Now, simply tie the loose ends of the twine together. You may want to use an bead, for added interest. I didn’t have any beads, but I did have some Ranger Tim Holtz thingys (I never know what to call them), so I used them instead.

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It reminds me of an old Chinese coin. That, and the snakeskin effect Gelli prints and the shimmery ink effect I used, add to the Oriental effect of this project.

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Here are the completed ledger-bound Juicy Journals. They can be “read” the conventional way, from left to right or horizontally.
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Or, they can be hung up on a wall vertically, to be enjoyed as wall hangings.

Some more Mashups

Just some digital mash-ups of my Gelli plate monoprints, that I created using just 3 Apps, namely Photo Blender, PicsArt and Photo Editor. I love the riot of bright colours.

I might put these up on Kess InHouse Design’s website. I’ve been rather neglectful about updating my artist portal on Kess InHouse Designs. It’s high time I posted up more designs to be licensed, and why not these? I think they would translate very well to duvet covers, cushions, wall art, rugs etc.

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3 Juicy Journals from 2 Sheets of Paper

Ok, make that 2 BIG sheets of paper. 58 x 42 cm each, to be exact. Or 22.5 x 16.5 inches, if you’re Imperial.

For this project, I wanted to create some square Juicy Journals. I decided to lop off 8 x 17 cm from the two 58 x 42 cm sheets of paper that I’d already Gelli printed on both sides. This meant I could then divide the sheets up into strips of 50 x 25 cm. When folded in half, this would give me a booklet 25 x 25 cm square.

From the 2 large sheets, I was able to get 16 strips of 50 x 25 cm, and the leftovers were enough to make another Juicy Journal, not quite a square one though.

image The 8 pieces that I further divided into 2, to get the 16 strips.

image The 16 strips that will be folded in half to create square signatures of 8 pages each. I’m going to bind 2 signatures together, to get 16 pages per Juicy Journal.

image Each signature consists of 4 strips of 50 x 25 cm, folded in half to create 8 pages.

imageI’m using a pamphlet stitch, so I’ll need 3 holes in each booklet.

Basically, this technique is a really simple one, and is an optical illusion. You simply put two 8-page signatures together and sew them using a pamphlet stitch, and then fold the pages back into their respective signatures. The stitches will be hidden within the pages. I could take this a step further and create a hard cover, but I like to show off my Gelli printing, so I’ll leave them naked, so to speak.

imageHere’s how I sewed the Juicy Journal. Stand the 2 signatures you want to join together like in the photo. Open them up and align their holes. Bind all 8 layers together using a pamphlet stitch.

imageSewing the pamphlet stitch.

imageTying the knot to secure all 8 layers together.

imageFold the 2 signatures back to their respective starting points. This technique produces a booklet with a very neat finish at the spine. The stitches are hidden inside the pages.

imageFrom my 2 big sheets of Gelli printed paper, I managed to create 2 square Juicy Journals and 1 not-so-square one (from the leftover paper). That’s the one on the right, with the pamphlet stitch’s final knot showing on the outside.

imageI like the square format and think I might create some more of these. They require a bit more thought in measuring and tearing to size, but the results are very encouraging.

I also like the technique of sewing 2 signatures together, with the stitches hidden on the inside of the booklet. Might make more the same, too.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! :-)

The Fruits Of My Labour

Well then, April got off on a rocky footing. But I never let a thing such as being bullied by Facebook (see my 2 previous posts) stop me from continuing my daily blog. So here I am, bouncing back like the Easter Bunny. Only sweeter :-).

Now I hear folks asking how my hacked (literally) Gelli Plates are working out. If you’re still in the dark about what this is about, well I performed major surgery on my 8×10 inch Gelli plate the other day, and you can read about that here.

So, to recap, here’s my new Gelli set-up:
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Now to test out the circular Gelli plates, as inspired by a new YouTube video by the inventors of the Gelli plate, Gelli Arts.

Here are my first 3 efforts:

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Very pleased how they’ve turned out, cheerfully childish as they are. Now, hopefully with more practice I’ll improve on technique and composition and someday make something that can be called “Art”.

A Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Thingy

I believe in full immersion, when it comes to learning something. So, when I say I’m into something, you can bet anything that I’ll be researching all aspects the subject using any available means possible – books, videos, DVDs, online resources, etc. And if by happy chance it’s an Arts & Craft thing, I’ll be getting my hands well and truly dirty trying things out.

I might not get any good at it. I might flub it completely. Or, it might even turn out not as I anticipated. Or, I might get to a point where I simply can’t afford to do it anymore. But at least I know I gave it a good wallop while I could.

My current obsession is Gelli Plate Monoprinting. Essentially, you use a wibbly wobbly flat piece of gelatin, and you lay acrylic paint on it, then you lay shapes or texture plates over to make marks on the paint, then you remove those and place a clean sheet of paper over the gelatin plate to make an imprint. After that, you simply clean the gelatin plate, bray in a different colour paint and lay over more shape masks, remove masks, press your sheet of paper over, et voila! you’ve just done a double layer monoprint. Just rinse and repeat until you’re happy.

Here’s the video that inspired me to invest in a Gelli Plate:

Monoprinting Layers — Step-by-Step: http://youtu.be/8KgkK07fztY

GelliArts are the people who invented the Gelli Plate. You can read more about them and watch more video tutorials, by checking out the GelliArts site here.

And here are just some examples of Gelli prints that I’ve fallen for on Pinterest…just to whet your appetites. (Also check out my Pinterest board “Gelli Plate Monoprinting” for more curated examples).

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If I can be a 1/100th as good as these fine artists above, I’ll be a happy bunny!

So, I hear you asking – where is the Timey Wimey element in all this? It’s in the waiting that has to be done, between layers of printing. I’m not certain exactly how long one has to wait before another layer can be added, but I’m sure that you could speed things up by using a hair dryer. And if you’re like me and don’t own a hair dryer, well then having a packet of biscuits and a mug of hot tea at hand for those “in-between” times can’t hurt, right? ;)

P/S: My Gelli plate arrived today, yay!! :-)

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