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Time for lots of colour! (Click above image to enlarge) At our primary schools children often make an autumn table. They go to the forest and collect leaves, acorns etc. Although I am not a child anymore (well maybe sometimes!) I still like to collect things from nature. On holiday I often like them better than shop bought souvenirs. In my garden I have got three special trees. I love to collect the chestnuts, sweet chestnuts and walnuts. I don't know if it is because of the hot summer, but the harvest has been great. For this page I used masking fluid to divide the page and make a...

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Today a quick post. I promised to show you more gelli prints with the cobweb stamp. The above picture is one of them (click to enlarge). It is part of the journal spread below. I love the ghost close-up. I hope you do too. Thanks for stopping by! Anja

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I looked at a beautiful structure on my Gelli Plate, but the paint was too dry to pull a print. Making a transfer often solves this problem. In this case, not totally. The sticky side of the print looked best. I decided to frame it, rather then glueing it in my Art Journal. In front of a window it looks a bit like stained glass (see picture below). I think it would be fabulous as fabric for a lampshade. But that's another story! Inspiration came from YouTube. Films showing you how to make stamps with hot glue. In my case "cold" glue! I used Velpon (=Dutch) and dried it with my...

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Last week I spent a few afternoons gelli printing. In total I pulled 12 prints. So officially I can call it a Halloween theme! For this page I used a linocut I made for another Art Journal page (see here). The owl linocut is much darker with paint now, because I've used it a lot. Back then it looked like this: In The Netherlands Halloween is not as big as in the USA. The region we live in (Noord-Holland) does celebrate something similar. It's called "St. Maarten" (=11 November). Usually children make their own lantern. As soon as it gets dark, they walk the streets. At every...

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It all started in a floral shop. I saw Halloween items with a 50% discount! My eyes were drawn to a package with little white ghosts in it. The package said "Gelly Fun" (I don't know why Gelly is ending on "y", see photo). In my book "Gelli Fun" is playing with the Gelli Plate. So that's what I did with them! I have used these ghosts directly on the Plate, made masks using them and also made a stamp. Actually I made several Halloween stamps. See below. The first print ended up like this. A good basis for the Art Journal page next to it. I had a little Oops (I...

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As promised here's the other spread. (You can find the first journal spread here) I made the tree out of music paper. For the leaves I used scrapbook paper and a leave punch. Can you see the hole? I know the three leaves look a bit strange, but somehow I had to make a connection..... On the right page I used a white Sharpie to make a cobweb. The little spider is made of foam rubber. I had to do a bit of repair in him, because I cut one of his legs off! I'll bet you can't see which leg? Have a nice weekend and thanks for stopping

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At the beginning of the month I made a post called "From Summer into Autumn", see here. I like using "look through" holes, but forgot they have consequences on 3 other pages as well. So now I had to create three pages with odd shapes! On above picture (click on it to enlarge) the girl looks kind of sad (probably because Summer is over!), but that's because one eye is a cut out shape from the next page. Below is a close-up. One eyelash has leaves in it, because it has to connect to another page I will post later. The text next to her neck is part of a Dutch song about the end...

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I've put black gesso on various pages in my art journals. I am not always certain what to do with them, but in this case it was very clear to me. A while ago I made a few  tin foil embellishments. The first one I made was a bird, you can find the page  here. Tin foil embellishments are very shiny, so they really stand out on a black page. A sheep, tree and moon call for a landscape! After puting everything together I thought it looked like a fairy tale, so that's the reason for the title. Here are a few close-ups: I hope you enjoyed the page. The reason I am not posting...

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In August I linked up to Carolyn Dube's Gelli Print Party for the first time. Thanks for your nice comment, Carolyn! For the August gelli print I only used a mask of a bird of prey. But I also made a tree stencil and mask out of a plastic folder. (see below) I like to make compositions and tell a story. I thought I'd share this gelli print in September's Gelli Print Party. If your click on the above image you can see on the left page the cormorants happily sitting in a tree. On the right page the bird of prey is approaching. The advantage of an empty mask is that you can use...

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I like the seasons we have in The Netherlands. I love observing the changes in nature. All seasons have their own qualities. At this moment we are going from Summer into Autumn. In the middle of the page I cut a circle half open and wrote on the next (black gessoed) page "Van Zomer", which means "From Summer".  On the back of the circle I wrote "Naar Herfst", meaning "Into Autumn". This is a close-up photo: I must admit this page was a bit of a struggle. The blue sky was all around the tree and there was green between the roots. The colors were not working for me, so I cut a big...

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