Next stage of project


After scoring the square shape inside each circle, you can fold the sections back and glue the base to a glorious background of colour …


Then start decorating with fun gel pens and fine liners πŸ™‚




Next stage of new project

After cutting out 32 circles from the Gelliprints I glued two different prints together to end up with 16 double-sides circles.


I then drew out a 3cm square from card and scored around the edge on each circle (so there’s a square in the centre)


Then, using a 3×2 Gelliplate, I decorated my journal page, finding textures and inspiration from a fizzy drink lid, bubble wrap and an empty chocolate box



Watch this space for the next stage of the project … πŸ™‚


I haven’t done collaging for years. Literally. When I consider how this final piece has been created it amazes me how many layers and media it contains: I can remember the bubble wrap, the potato I carved up for a stamp, the rusty nails I found out in the shed and the product I bought to tie my hair up in a bun before it was long enough to put up! The collage incorporates Sharpie pens, Tippex, acrylic paints, watercolour, kids’s bottled paint and of course the use of the Gelli plate.
It took rather a long time to put together and consider the position of the circles, but overall, it was a fun experience πŸ™‚


Hare today …

It’s been a busy day buying paint pot number three for my son’s bedroom. As you may remember, the first 5 litres of pancake mix coloured paint ended up in the footwell of my car and took more than three hours to clear up. The second pot we purchased was doubly wrapped by DH in plastic (witnessed by myself and my daughter). We bought this time andgrey. It went on as if I were painting a chalk board and I can only imagine my son’s comments. I hated it. Not only was the colour too dark, it was also too matt. Can you get too matt? I tried the grey. It went on like pancake mix … Too thin. I moved out from my son’s room and looked at the landing and stairs. Hmmm. Could work as undercoat! That’s where the grey went. He did tell me he didn’t want grey walls anyway. Nor blue actually (but he is getting one blue wall behind his desk).
So today, we headed over to yet another DIY store and found rectangular paint tubs which stack neatly together. We opted for a blue called … Sky and a cream. Better. Thicker. Silk. One wall is now painted, the rest will have to wait until the morning.

Hare today … I did a quick ten minute sketch in biro of a hare in my journal then had a go at the autumn journal prompt.


Today’s word prompt was ‘GUM’. There are loads of connotations for that. I considered taking a photo of the pavements in town littered with chewed gum marks. I could have considered the gummed edge of envelopes as I prepare the envelope book tutorial. I could even have tried to write around the subject of gum trees. Instead, I thought about our family favourite movie, The Night at the Museum. The late Robin Williams was an amazing actor and we were saddened when he passes away not that long ago. I also saw in the news this week that his daughter had just had a tattoo done – a tiny humming bird along the edge of her thumb. So, I’m not sure whether it was those things that drew me back to the movie when I saw the word
GUM this morning or because we’ve watched it so many times. Anyway, the stone statue who asks for gum from the security guard when everything comes to life at night provided me with the inspiration to create a print. Here is my result for gum:


Cork celebration

We were so chuffed at reading our daughter’s school achievements yesterday that I bought her her own bottle of bubbly. There’s a special celebration Schloer which was wrapped in gold and was corked. She opened the bottle and it made a loud pop noise as the cork came out! She giggled and handed me the cork for my printing!

The cork pressed into the gelli then onto paper

The paint applied to the gelli with cork impressions

A bit of both!


The cork was great as it’s shaped well to grip and creates fun textures – I now have some backing papers ready for embellishing πŸ™‚
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There’s a chance to win an original gelliprint of a lion or turtle plus a mystery prize! Good luck πŸ™‚

Envelope book

This evening I had a go at making an envelope book using standard envelopes which interlock (you stick the tab at the top of one envelope inside another and build up your pages). Over the weekend I’ll show you more explicitly what I mean – as I need to practise. The first time I did it I used PVA glue and the envelopes stuck together where they shouldn’t and the smaller version also had issues with glue. I’ll share with you the link to where I saw how to do it originally when I share my attempt at it. As it’s late, I’m just going to show you the prints I did this evening in the book, including a go at printing on felt using the gelli and some silver lino paint.

The white felt reacted quite well with the process – it picked up the impressions I made with a lid (for the circles) and the layers of silver and red. I only used a small piece of felt to try out the material, but was pleased with the results.

The book used eight small envelopes, so a double page spread is about A5 in size.

Then I returned to my drying leaves and did a couple of postcard prints ready for a postcard swap – these just need some embellishing before I post them off πŸ™‚

As you can see, my leaf collection is becoming multicoloured and rather fragile!



This evening I returned to paper folding aka Teabag folding. This creation required three used envelopes, which I chopped up and then I daubed ink onto a remnant leather flower from an old pair of sandles. A swirl of staples echoed the text on the inside of one of the envelopes. Tomorrow, I’m going to apply some more texture and colour to finish the card off before posting it πŸ™‚



Recycling to print

A while ago, my daughter took apart the backing to one of her pieces of work. Three square pieces of wood were ripped apart, pulling the dried glue from the backing. The wood now has interesting glue swirls covered in a mesh-type texture.

I decided to save them from the bin as I was sure they’d inspire me to do something one day. Today was the day!
I inked up my gelliplate with lines of red, blue and yellow then pressed the wood into the plate. A piece of paper over the top of the plate produced this. I was pleased with the randomness of recyling. πŸ™‚

It puts a whole new meaning on the saying, ‘One man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure’!

Day 3 of a Be Creative Month

I’ve started the gentle prompts given by Myfanwy Hart from the Be Creative facebook page and her blog. Using Myfanwy spans the prompts steadily over a weekend, but this month she is providing daily prompts. Considering I work full time, this is much more fitting with the time I have in the evening, given that I also have a commute into the city which gets chocoblock during school rush hour!

On day 3 we have been given a photograph, which you can view here

Before you ask what happened to my response to prompt one and two, number one was to create circles using the base of a cup which had been dipped into some kind of liquid onto paper. We will return to this prompt (I am sure) later this month. Maybe tomorrow?

For prompt two, I did write an acrostic type poem, but I won’t be putting it on here today.
There are many ideas of how I could use the photograph provided by Myfanwy – write a haiku; sketch, stitch or even take a small section and make an asymmetric design. I decided to base my creative exploration around a painting I saw during an Art History lesson. We were shown a white square painted on white square painted on white paper. Brush strokes were just visible to show the shape. So, what did I do with the photograph? Two things.
1 – I tore strips of textured paper and layered it into sort of collage

2 – I then uploaded my creation, making use of the shadows created by the torn paper, into an Ipad App called Doodle Buddy. For some peculiar reason it rotated the image, so I turned it again (which is why the tool box can be seen upside down!)


I have no idea what the prompt will be for tomorrow, but do head over to Myfanwy’s blog. Perhaps you might like to have a go πŸ™‚