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.

Jewelry from a die

I took a Seth Apter Spellbinders die and cut  few layers from cardstock which I glued together to make it nice and sturdy.  Covered the whole thing in layers of embossing enamel.  I glue on some old findings and added a leather string.  Now I have a funky new pendant to wear.

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a quick project

This is a quick and easy project to do but, oh so cute

First I diecut a strip of tickets from cardstock and then I stamped all over them with mini stamps and words using Jet Black Archival Ink

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I added some color using distress inks and an ink blending tool

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I inked th eedges of the ticket strips with JJet Black Archival and the tore a strip of muslin just slightly bigger than my ticket strip.  I glued the tickets down to the muslin strip

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Next I dyed a mini wooden spool with Vintage Photo Distress Stain and added a stamped bobbin image to the top.  I glued the first part of the strip to the bobbin and then rolled everything up.  I secured it with a decorative pin.

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Small but cute project that took about 3 minutes to make.

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Fall Canvas

Although we really don’t have fall in Florida, I really do love the season.

I made this mixed media canvas which can be used to decorate your house or even your Thanksgiving table.


Thankful canvas

Adding some Perfect Pearls mist to the wheat adds just a little elegant shimmer.

Here is a close up of the texture paste mixed with Wendy Vecchi’s Archival Ink refills.

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If you would like step by step directions on how to make this please visit the Ranger Ink blog.

 

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.

 

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!

I have a tag featured on the Ranger Blog

So excited to announce I have a tag on the Ranger Blog today

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I love the metal piece on the bottom of the light bulb.  It was something I found in the parking lot.  The wire at the top of the tag came from a broken light fixture and of course the computer chip came from a very old machine I threw away but, not before I salvaged all the interesting bits.

If you are interested in seeing more here is a link to the tutorial:

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