Gel printing & a new crafty crush

I had a couple of opportunities to gel print last week and it was, as always, most enjoyable. The prints did not all work out but I have a couple that made me very happy.

Now would be the time to tell you I have a new crafty crush! Not a crafter, a craft company. I have fallen for the beautiful stamps, stencils and papers from Ciao Bella. The stencil I used to create today’s prints is called ‘patchwork’. I bought it because it features eleven different patterns that will be good for adding texture to art journal pages. I had no idea how beautiful it would look when I printed it as a whole! (Both Crop A While and Ecstasy Crafts carry Ciao Bella products; if you shop from Ecstasy make sure you use my link to get there and the discount code heathertecs10 for a 10% discount at checkout.)

I brayered some blues and browns on my gel plate then placed the stencil over the top followed by a piece of paper so I could remove some of the paint. When the first layer was dry I brayered a layer of white over the top and pulled the print. This is only a small section of the stencil but it was the best part of the print. I used adhesive sheets to attach it to the card base then added three Penny Black ‘tall flowers’ die cuts.

I used browns and black for the base of this print then light browns and white for the second layer before pulling the print. (yes I will do a video sometime soon)

The sentiment is from the Darkroom Door ‘long distance’ sentiment stamp.

I have no immediate use for many of the prints but they will go in my collage collection for now because they might come in handy for art journalling.

I taught the first Art Journal Adventure workshop on Saturday and enjoyed it so much. The workshop was held at Crop A While; there are spaces in the Friday workshop this week, March 4, and the Saturday March 12 workshop.


5 Comments on “Gel printing & a new crafty crush”

  1. PaperMorePaper says:

    Confession: gel press printing is a bona fide addiction! If it doesn’t run away, it gets brayered. Just sayin’.
    Your pages are great, Ms Heather. (No surprise there.) Love the browns and black batik-y pulls especially. Don’t be surprised when it gets time to chopping them up….really hard to do!

  2. Connie says:

    Love the dark ones!

  3. nancystiz says:

    Oh WOW! What a gorgeous stencil and your ability to mix colors is fantastic! Both of these are eye catchers! I love the gelli plate and now feel I have to pull mine out. Thank you to for introducing us to another fantastic seller.

  4. Jayne says:

    So looking forward to that promised video. Love your work!

  5. Pat says:

    This is a great stencil to use with your gelli plate Heather and both the colour choices are fabulous and these prints are brilliant and are left to shine with just the pretty toning die cut flowers on the first and then just a simple sentiment on the second. x

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