Print Art

Last week I showed you some fun I’ve been having with the Gelli Plate and a new class was announced!

Sadly I didn’t win the lotto and my day job has been keeping me extra busy which hasn’t allowed me to get much play time in.

One of the things I love about the Gelli Plate is I can sit down when I have an hour and create lots of fun prints to use in my journal or other ways when I have more time to spend in my craft space. Win, win if you ask me!

So far all my experiments have been with acrylic paint, so this week I wanted to try some different mediums I had in my stash.

First I tried my Distress Crayons, since they’re water reactive I thought they might work…they didn’t, I don’t recommend trying that!  BUT I had a thought earlier that maybe if I scribble them on my mat add water and use a brush they may work.  Hmmm I’ll have to try that and report back.

Next I tried my Distress Markers, these worked much better, but that experiment needs some more attempts.

I actually had an idea in mind for my project this week, I don’t always I just go with the flow, and neither of those attempts were working for me.

Next I pulled out my Distress Ink pads, I knew these would work better as Lori & I used the Distress Oxide Ink pads at the store.

I used Fossilized Amber & Peacock Feathers applying the ink directly onto the Gelli Plate, then spraying with water.  The first image shows the original print, and the second print used up the ink left behind.


I love the gorgeous water colour backgrounds these created!!!  These will be used at some point, just have to decide how and when.

Now that I knew the Distress Inks would work so well I decided I wanted a more neutral background for my project.

My next attempt I used Pumic Stone & Hickory Smoke for the background.  I then created a couple of ’stencils’ out of paper hand drawing some shapes and lines to crate an image over the background.


The first image I used acrylic paint with my paper stencils, I was happy to see the stencils worked, but I wasn’t loving the heavy contrast between the shapes & the background.

In the second image I used Peacock Feathers & Black Soot Distress Ink with my stencils, this gave a much softer look.

I still hadn’t quite created the image I wanted for my wall, so third times a charm right?!

The background for my final print I used the left over ink from the two prints above, one layer was too light, but the two layers turned out great!


I created a new stencil for this one making the rectangles a little different, and once again used acrylic paint in a lighter colour than I used in the first print.

Sometimes things I try don’t work out and happy accidents happen.  For the flowers I tried to create a stencil by cutting them out and using the negative piece.  Well that didn’t work well (I think my paper was too thick), and I ended up with the black ’smear’ at the top.  I actually liked that black smear so I added another lighter smear of black to the bottom.  To finish it off I re-cut the flowers from black cardstock and glued them on.


I placed my art print in a black frame and had hubby hang it on the very blank wall at the upstairs landing.  Surprisingly this wall space has been empty for the 15ish years I’ve lived in this house.  I guess it was time to add something it!

I love the texture the second print creates when using the Distress Inks, I’ll be using this technique again for sure!

For those of you attending the class on Saturday, December 8th I will see you there!  Sadly I can’t make it out for the weekday class, you know work, kids, not winning the lotto just keeps getting in the way of my fun!

If you’ve made it this far I have a special treat for you!  I don’t know how many times you have asked for videos….well I thought I’d give it a try!  Thought I’m not sure what happened with the music that it changes, but I hope you enjoy!

Gelli Plate Video 1

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This post was written by Lisa on November 25, 2018

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Finding the Glitter

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

First things first, I hope you all enjoyed Norine’s packaging as much as I did. Sooo much inspiration! Today I have something quite different though, and rather abstract. This week my crafting became intense art therapy. I picked up a bunch of mixed media supplies from Love is in the Details and couldn’t wait to get started. I began creating some texture on a canvas with texture paste and Tim Holtz’ “hickory smoke” distress ink.


Unfortunately I didn’t take any step by step photos, but will make sure to do that for Sunday! I didn’t plan too much for this piece, but rather let my hand swirl the texture paste and distress ink in a soul soothing way. This last week we had a death in my husband’s extended family (and the extended family is very close) so the news hit hard. Death never asks when the time is right and we got to feel how immensely people’s lives get disrupted, especially around Christmas (sending love to all of you who have and are experiencing this!). Sitting down, mixing, swirling product, and  sprinkling glitter and mica flakes has been extremely therapeutic.


I ended up adding more black after we heard the news of our cousins death (the family had lost their 16 year old son, less than two years earlier, and now their second, and last son passed away at 15), but still added more glitter and flakes. I don’t have the entire ‘interpretation’ of the final piece, but came to the conclusion that perhaps this is what our hearts may look like, opened up.


The black may be fear, confusion, anger or even despair. But amongst the black, if we look hard enough, we will find glimmers of hope—glitter and pearly mica flakes. We’ve spend a lot of time with family the last several days and to see this family grow closer and closer, cousins are more like siblings, the words ‘in-law’ don’t exist, and instead, everyone becomes like immediate family. If you knew this family, you would understand how brilliant those sparkles shine in the midst of utter despair. This family is far from perfect…families are torn apart, children pass before parents, all the ugly stuff you can imagine, and yet they always pull together. On our way home from the Christmas gathering yesterday, I mentioned how insanely close this family is, and the response I got was that we are this close because of everything we have been through together (most of which has happened in less than two years).


The darker the ink splotches, the brighter the glitter.

To all those who have suffered a loss this Christmas, my heart goes out to you. I hope that in this dark and utterly confusing season, that you may find even the slightest glimmer of hope. May peace and love fill all of your homes!

Thanks for letting me share a more personal side of a project. I’ll make sure to have photos of the products I used and more step by step photos next time.

Lots of love,


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This post was written by Natalja on December 27, 2017

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