Circle Flowers journal pagePosted: March 25, 2022 Filed under: abstract flowers, alphabet medley, Art Journal, checkered, Classes, Darkroom Door, gel press, Hand drawn, mesh, Stencils | Tags: Art Journal, Classes, Darkroom Door stamps, Darkroom Door stencils, gel press, gel printing, Mixed Media, Penny Black creative dies 8 Comments
Last week I spent several happy hours gel printing. One of the prints I completed has ended all over this art journal spread. If you are a gel printer you know you can sometimes pull a couple of prints of the same design. The first one is full of colour and pattern and the second is often called a ghost print as it displays outlines and left over bits of paint.
For this journal page I used both the bold blue and green print and the ghost print. The ghost print can be seen on the top left and bottom right corners and is peeping out in a couple of other places. The first print which was very geometrical has been turned into circle flowers. It also had traces of a new stencil called ‘pods’. You will see more of it here on the blog because it is fabulous!
Also in the background you might see some black ink stamping (DD mesh and alphabet medley) and the texture of paste through the DD ‘checkered stencil. The text you see is a fabric tape with dictionary definitions of happiness; it is the first 49 & Market product I have bought and it is going to be handy!
There is plenty of white gesso over the background to pull it together and mute some of the bold elements.
The flowers are all cut with Penny Black ‘abstract flowers’ dies which basically cut slightly wonky circles so I could have cut them myself but why bother when the machine will do it. The print was on rice paper so I could cut a few layers at once. After drawing an edge on each circle with a silver paint pen I stuck a small circle on a larger one, then sewed a cross in the centre with silver thread. There are stems in the set of dies but I doodled mine with a black marker. The blue splatters and pops of pink are from inktense pencils which are coming in handy for art journalling.
I know that was a lot of photos and chit chat but that is the way with some art journal pages especially the collage ones which involve different papers, paints, stencils, and mediums. I probably haven’t mentioned everything I used but if you are still here now I’m sure you’ve heard enough!
If you are in Ottawa and feel like doing a little art journalling of your own, there are still spaces left in my next Art Journal Adventure workshop where we will be creating a watercolour green and leafy spread similar to what you see below. All the details are on the Crop A While website.
Would you consider using the Penny Black nestled die set in a spring setting?
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Hi Renee, I will take a look at the die set and see what I can come up with. Thanks for the suggestion.
The gelli plate backgrounds used here are fabulous on this journal plate Heather and using white gesso makes them more cohesive, and I love the extra texture and doodled leaves you have added, and the fun die cut flowers cut from some brighter pieces of gelli print. The second page with the summery colours with the leaves and flowers is gorgeous too and I hope your workshop is very successful. x
You changed your style: now I don’t recognize it as yours anymore ! Joking, it is beautiful!
Thanks Ellie. I am surprising myself some days and loving the results!(mostly)
LOVE this! What a brilliant way to use your gelli prints. I have a box full and never think to die cut them. Love the colors! This one really caught my eye!
Love, love this layout!
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