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