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

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.

Michelle McCosh Gelli Printing

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.

Michelle McCosh Art Journal

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

 

 

 

Working in a mini Art Journal

I have this little Canson Mix Media Journal and I usually use it to brayer left over paint or wipe my used paintbrush in it.  I started working in it recently completing some of the pages.

Inktense Pencils over Tim Holtz tissue Tape with a Gelli Print paper

Michelle McCosh Art Journal

a close up of the Gelli Print

Michelle McCosh Art Journal

this is also an Inktense Pencil background

Michelle McCosh Art Journal

I used stamps from Dina Wakley, 7 Gypsies and Dylusions.  There is a little Gelli Print added to the top of the left page and the bottom of the right page.

Here is a close up

Michelle McCosh Art JournalI stamped the legs onto a Gelli Print

This is a brayer clean up page.

Michelle McCosh Art Journal

the die cut of the umbrella man was made from a Gelli Print

I think I may be addicted to the mini journal. . . . more pages to come!

 

 

How to make Gelli Eggs

Here is a photo tutorial for my Gelli Eggs

The supplies I used are:

  • Ranger Adirondack Paint – Sunset Orange, Watermelon, Sunshine Yellow,
  • Inky Roller,
  • Palette Knife,
  • Non stick craft sheet,
  • Heat it tool,
  • Archival Ink in Jet Black,
  • All the Gals stamp set by Dina Wakley,
  • Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley Stencils: Let it Snow and Dotted Flowers,
  • Gelli Arts Printing Plate
  • and of course you will need some eggs that have been blown.

 

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First, brayer the three colors of paint on a portion of the Gelli plate.

 

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Place stencil down and rub off some of the paint through the stencil onto paper.  (the paper can be used as part of another project)

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Remove stencil and roll egg over the wet paint.  Dry with Heat it tool and re roll as many times to cover egg.

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Use the palette knife to brayer Sunshine Yellow across the gelli plate.  Add  the snowflake stencil on top.

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This time instead of removing the paint using paper, roll the egg over the opening in the stencil to add a different pattern.

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Dry egg using Heat tool.

 

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Apply archival ink to the stamp.  Roll the egg over the word.  Dry

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Here are the three eggs I made using this color palette.  Dina Wakley’s word stamps are the perfect size for this project and I love the empowering words.

 

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Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you try this yourself I would love to see what you make.

 

 

Eggs and Gelli!

I know the saying that it is Peanut Butter and Jelly that go together but I think parrot eggs and Gelli plates go together as well.

My little girl Mango lays eggs every so often under the coffee table.  (they are infertile eggs) I can’t bear to throw them away. (I also keep all her molted feathers)  I guess it is the same thing with keeping your children’s teeth.

This is Mango . . . . and yes you are right she is breathtaking, she is actually the most beautiful bird in the world.

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Anyway I blow out the eggs and keep them.  I am always asked what I am going to do with the eggs and I never thought about it till recently when I dragged out my gelli plate, some adirondack paint and the eggs. The stamps are by Dina Wakley.

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then I did some with different colors

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I love how these turned out.  So I definitely think Eggs and Gelli go together!

Gelli Plate Packing Tape

So I make a lot of Gelli Plate Packing tape.  I just love this as a way to clean my plate when I have finished a gelli printing session.  (who am I kidding, I don’t actually clean my plate, lol.  I really like to just make the tape).  So during a class I was teaching on Mono Printing I had the idea to see if I could stamp on the gelli plate with ink rather than paint and see if I could lift it off with the packing tape.  Well I tried it and it worked.

Here are two pieces that have done using this process.  Sorry for the glare it is not easy to get a photo of the shiny tape.

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and a close up of the skeleton.

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If you are interested in the process you can find the original gelli plate packing tape transfer video here: Gelli Arts Youtube

I uploaded a new video to You Tube and it shows this technique.

You can watch the process here

 

Supplies used are Adirondack Paint, Gelli Arts Printing Plate, Ranger Archival Ink, Tim Holtz stamps

Do something you have never done

A couple of weeks ago I started working on this page in my Moleskine journal

I colored the background with NeoColor II crayons over white gesso and stamped the girl stamps onto dictionary paper and old maps.  One of the dresses is from a Gelli Print.  The border is also from some Gelli Prints that I had previously done on Deli Paper.  About a week later I added some rub ons.  That is one of the fun things about working in multiple journals, you can always go back and add a little more to each page while you are waiting for another page to dry.

Dina Wakley NeoColor Crayonshere are some of the close up detail shots

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Supplies Used: Neocolor II Crayons, Dina Wakley’s Stamps set – Scribbly women & Textures, Dina Wakleys Stencil – Affirmations, Black & White Gesso, Rub Ons – Tim Holtz