Making Cards

I previously wrote about my ‘unsuccessful’ prints.   What made them ‘unsuccessful’ was partly because the print didn’t come out well on the paper for framing and partly because they were blah.  So, I fixed them up and made them less blah.  In fact, some of them turned out really well.  Unfortunately they were still ‘unsuccessful’ because the print on the edges was messy or it didn’t register perfectly.  I still hung onto them as I thought I could still sell them as collage paper.  That never happened.  I mentioned that I went to a craft show in London and bought some card stock.  In fact, I have 150 blank cards, 6×6 inches.  These are the perfect size for my ‘unsuccessful’ prints as I made them on the 6×6 inch gelli-plate.  Yesterday I spent the afternoon cutting down my prints and made them into cards.  Guess what?!  They make great cards!

Downloads2This came about because I needed a nice card for a birthday.  My husband thinks I should pack them up and sell them in my Etsy Shop.  I am not sure about that as I haven’t been too successful selling anything on there.  But I am toying with the idea for Christmas Cards as I purchased  some stencils that I was wanting to make cards with. (That’s another blog post altogether.)

Once I had finished the cards above, I went through a bunch of what I thought were successful prints, but to me just seemed blah now, so I reworked some of those too and made them into cards.  I don’t think they are something I would want to sell, but I am getting a huge stash of cards that I would be happy to send out to family and friends.  Another good thing about that is that they are original and one of a kind, never to be repeated – and that my friends is the beauty of making monotypes.  So, instead of felting another sleepy animal, I spent the afternoon making cards, playing with paint and a glue stick.  Not a bad way to spend the afternoon!

 

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Easy Peasy Christmas Cards

I know, we didn’t even have Thanksgiving yet!  The stores are filled with Christmas items and there are sales going on everywhere.  There is a big retail panic going on.  Christmas is no longer a ‘thing’ for me.  I don’t need anything, except a new kitchen sink and that will be my Christmas present, really.  Sometime in December I will haul down the 3 foot pink tree, already decorated and laden with baubles, from the loft.  That will be my tribute to Christmas.  Although I grew up with Christmas being a big celebration and I loved it as much as any child, I am not a religious person and no longer feel that I need to get into the Christmas spirit, whatever that may be.

However, I do like to send out cards.  I made some cards last year and only have a few left over.  Luckily I found some more blank card stock.  The problem with my card stock is that when you stick something onto it, the card is very difficult to get into the envelope. That’s what happens when you buy cheap card stock.  To get around this, I used the gelli-plate.  It is easy to make tree stencils and they fit the size of my card.  I used both the positive and negative parts of the stencil.  Here is a sample:

xmas cardsAs you can see, they are all different.  I used some gelatos to fill in some bits where the paint didn’t stick and I got a nice grunge effect on some of the cards.  I didn’t wipe my gel plate.  I used student grade paint which is great to use on the gel plate and as most likely these may end up ultimately in the recycling bin.  I also had some Christmas washi tape purchased at Lidl that I used to embellish some of the cards.  These didn’t take long to make and I had a bit of fun too!

Printing Backgrounds with Acrylic Ink

I have finished working at the school and am now working with the hospital team again. No rest for the wicked.  I thought I might have a few days off for half-term, but no.  I did have a lean few months before Christmas, so the life of a temp is to work when you can and is why I can take a few weeks off in the summer in the off-season.  I managed to find time over the weekend to make a few pretty things, even though I didn’t know what to do with myself.  Here is something I may actually put in an art journal.

I got out my 6×6 inch gel plate and the stamp platform.  I received a new stencil in the post, hearts.  This isn’t usually my thing, but it was cheap and I thought I might find a use for it.  I have a lot of Acrylic Artist’s Ink and thought I would try it on the gel plate to see what would happen.  I started with yellow.  The ink beads up on the plate and you get a lot of white spots.  I tried the cyan and the same thing happened.  However, because the ink is translucent, there was optical blending on the print and I still managed to get white spots.  See above left.  The effect is like putting salt on damp watercolor.  Registering the print with the stamp platform is so easy now and I don’t have to worry about the pulls not lining up.  As the ink is translucent an wet, there is virtually no paint left on the plate to worry about and wipe off.  I added process magenta onto the plate and placed the heart stencil on and pulled the print on the left.  The stencil is smaller than the gel plate which gave me a nice border.  I pulled the stencil off the plate and managed to pull a ghost print on the right.  The ink does funny things on the gel plate, but I like it.

I pulled some more prints onto drawing paper using yellow, blue, and a green.  I really like this watery effect and thought I would use these as backgrounds to collagraphs.  I have something fishy in mind.  I also found some cartridge paper I had pre-cut and made some more as I was in a zone and wanted a better quality of paper for the collagraphs.

It is amazing how each one came out differently.  I decided I had enough of using green, blue and yellow and wanted to use the primary colors to see how that would work.

The prints turned out differently depending on what color I put down first.  As these colors are translucent, they should optically blend on the paper.  If you were to mix these colors together, you would get brown.  However, that didn’t happen here and I got some lovely clean mixes.

I had a couple of prints that didn’t turn out so great.  One was a pick up print.  I got my trusty seagull stencil and placed it on my print and used indigo blue on the gel plate.  I may still get out some colored pencils or paint to tidy them up a bit, but I learned a while ago that if a print doesn’t come out well or if it is too busy, then only keep part of it with a stencil.  I like these better now.

Not only do I have some nice backgrounds to print on, I also have a library of backgrounds that I can print off in the future for any collage work I may want to do.  Win-win.  Thanks for stopping by!