I finally did it – I made a video

I taught a class in March or April of last year on the Gelli Plate and what we could do with the prints  I came up with this fabulous concept of the Traveling Throw Away Collage Journal.  There was some chatter the next day in the store and someone who did not come to the class asked me too do a video.  Easy enough to promise but difficult to do when you have no idea how to edit videos!!!

Finally I have figured it out:

 

It really is a great concept.  Think about using up your scraps to make your book.  If you don’t have a long reach stapler you can use a 3 hole pamphlet stitch to bind it instead.

I would love to know if you try it

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Experimenting with my Gelli Plate

Tried Gelli Plate Printing with  my new Creative Expressions watercolor pallet on black cardstock.  Punched circles and added to my art journal page.

The shimmer on the back paper is unreal!!!

 

Cruise to Alaska Anyone?

I last taught on a Cruise to Alaska in 2015 and am excited to be teaching again this August.  Alaska is such a beautiful place and of course so very different from Florida, lol

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I will be teaching Art Journaling, Mixed Media and a Scrapbook Class. I only teach the classes while we are at sea so that we don’t miss any of the Alaska beauty

Here are all the details:

Day Date Port Arrival Departure
FRI 8/23/19 Seattle, Washington – Embarkation   4:00 PM
SAT 8/24/19 Crafting Day at Sea    
SUN 8/25/19 Alaska Inside Passage (Morning) / Juneau, Alaska 12:00 PM 9:00 PM
MON 8/26/19 Skagway, Alaska 7:00 AM 8:30 PM
TUE 8/27/19 Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
WED 8/28/19 Crafting Day at Sea
THUR 8/29/19 Victoria, British Columbia 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
FRI 8/30/19 Seattle, Washington – Disembarkation 6:00 AM  

and if you want information about prices or to sign up you can click here:


Cruise to Alaska

 

Hope you can join us

Week 3 – Gelli Plate

I love using my Gelli Plate to make anything and everything.  I ave made pencil cases, bags, wall art, books and this weeks project was a shaped book.

Storage solution for cut collage pieces

I have so many collage papers and images and when I have some free time I cut images out.  I altered a small accordian file from the office suppy store to file my bits and pieces in.

 

I used my Gelli Plate along with stencils and Acrylic Paint on copy paper to make the backgrounds.   I glued the background papers to the accordian file usng gel medium and then added a couple of layers of gel medium on top to protect it.

I glued on an image and some letter stickers and this makes a great file to keep small bits!

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Here is a photo of the file opened.  There are 13 tabs inside labeled.

Labels such as body parts, ocean life, heads, household, hats, etc make finding images a breeze

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Here you can see some of my cut out images waiting to be filed

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Before I get called out by those that know me, lol – I have hundreds of collage papers and bits and pieces.  These are stored in plastic totes of which there are many!!  This small file just holds all the cut out pieces.

Urban Grafitti the File Folder Edition

I love to make books and when I make a painty or repurposed journal I call it my Urban Graffiti series

 

This book was made out of a file folder using tons of paint, gesso,  ink  and of course my gelli plate

One of the inside pockets filled with tags

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I cut openings in the cover so that the images could peek through

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You can see some of the tags peeking through the openings

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This was a fun journal / book to make

Fun Paint Palettes

In the store we use cups and saucers, the cups are for our brushes and the saucers we use as paint palettes.  Repurposing something and making it pretty.

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Just a gratuitous Gelli Plate photo.  Can’t help myself.  Tonight I used powder as a resist technique in between the layers of paint.  Great Texture!!

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Cruising to Alaska

This years art cruise was to Alaska.  What can I say, WOW.  Alaska is stunning, from the wildlife to the scenery.  It just blew me away.

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I taught 4 classes on this cruise.  The Gelli Plate printing class was a lot of fun and useful too,  We made a portfolio to showcase all the brochures tickets and photos from the Cruise.  In the Mixed Media Class we made a wall art piece that had three interactive tins to hold treasures.

 

Just some of the stunning places I visited in Alaska

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Some of the students in a group photo

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Gelli Printed Bag

I decided to make a bag to hold either my ipad or my mini art journal and pencil case and I came up with this.

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I aded Ranger fabric medium to the paints before I used them to print.  The whole bag has been printed with soft blues and greens, with the heart being done with a bright red and orange color combination.

Michelle McCosh Gelli Printing

You can see the layers of prints that were done in this close up view.  The dribbles were done with Dina Wakley’s paints watered down and added to a needle top bottle which can give you precise application when writing but I just needed to be able to dribble on the one side.  The word was done with a stencil girl stencil.

 

Art Journal Page

this is the class project for Adventures in Art Journaling for September.

I used ColorWash fabric spray by Ranger along with gesso for the background and pieces of Gelli prints and collage papers for my little village.

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I have been reading recent facebook posts by Ken Oliver, who is talking about and showing images of the small town he recently moved to.  Ken is making me want to try living in a small village so I think this is where the inspiration for this page came from.

You can take this class with me on Thursday September 18th or Saturday September 20th.

edited to add:  The class on September 20th is sold out