Global Postmarks et al

The new Darkroom Door global postmarks set features on today’s cards, and if you look closely you can see I chose several Australian postmarks but there are different shapes and sizes from all over the world. It is a very cool set and once again these cards have made me want to create an art journal page.

I’ve had my gel press out after quite a break and I’m hooked again. In any one session I always end up with some duds and some winners but the more I print, the more I like what I;m printing. One of the lessons I learnt in my latest session was the beauty of restricting my paint colours. You would think I would know that by now considering how often I restrict myself to a limited palette when watercolouring.

The prints I turned into today’s cards were made with a turquoise, dark blue, gold, beige and purple palette. The first card was just beige, gold, turquoise and a bit of dark blue left on the gel press from the previous print. To create patterns in the print I used Darkroom Door stencils and stamps.

I won’t go into my gel printing process because there are videos aplenty that will show you. I brayered acrylic paints onto the press and used the new ‘brick wall’ stencil along with the diamonds and starry night stencils. I also pressed the mesh background stamp and the wavy line postmark stamp into the paint before pulling a print.

After pulling the prints I used black archival and black versafine clair inks to stamp the flowers, sentiments and dragonfly. I stamped several of the global postmark stamps in mermaid lagoon archival ink and tiny numbers from the new ‘number medley’ set lightly in black.

The flowers on the square card are from DD ‘tall flowers’ and are stamped in nocturne versafine clair then embossed in clear powder. The black stamping on the larger card is black soot archival ink. I tried popping up the sentiments from the ‘warm wishes’ set but it didn’t look right, the beauty of a monoprint is that it looks like it has depth and texture even though it is a single layer.

Supplies


4 Comments on “Global Postmarks et al”

  1. nancystiz says:

    I have been terrible at commenting but followed your blog for years. This is exceptional, Heather. You are a master of all techniques from coloring to mixed media. This piece just spoke to me! Thanks for sharing your talent and thank you too for always listing your supplies!

  2. Pat says:

    I really love both your gelli backgrounds Heather, but I think the first is my favourite, and the flowers, postmarks and numbers on both are so pretty and love all the colours. I must get my gelli plate out again for a play. x

  3. Karen Jackson says:

    What attractive cards you have made using your gel press, Heather. I prefer the colours you have used in the first one. I hope you get the time to create your journal page.

  4. Lagene says:

    AWESOME gel print creations! I recently got one and played a bit, but really need to get used to it.


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