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The reason for this post is that I want to wish everybody a Merry Christmas! I also want to thank everybody for visiting my blog. I really appreciate the comments and wished I had more time to respond to them. So here is a BIG THANK YOU! This Art Journal page started with a cardboard stamp. It is not hot glue but some sort of white sealant. I used a bit of soap to flatten it and than inked up the gelli plate with two colours of blue paint. I thought it was too dark. I painted white paint on a piece of bubble wrap and made white dots on the blue paint. The gelli print was not...

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I promised to show you the altered art journal page. The original page you can find here. After cutting the figure I decided to glue it on a white page. On the back of the cut out page I glued a thick plastic sheet for stability. It is all a matter of taste what you like best. Below you see both pages next to each other. You do the picking! Thanks for stopping

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A quick post today, because I am in the middle of preparing for Sinterklaas (a Dutch holiday). The above picture is a bit darker than the actual journal page, because of artificial lighting. The text says that if you are in the middle of designing and you have no clue, just keep on going! The picture below shows a bit of the beginning. The blue lines, circles and dots are masking fluid. For colouring I used Neocolor II crayons. This is not the final look of the page by the way. I have cut out the figure and glued a thick plastic sheet to the back. On the next page in my...

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This week I spent an afternoon making stamps. I love carving stamps. Inspiration came from a die cutting set I gave to my mother. The set is by Marianne Design and I only used the clear stamp "Christmas Village" at the top of the page. (Click above image to enlarge)  I thought the die cut houses were too small (they are fine for making cards), so I carved a bigger one. I also carved a snowman and two trees, so I could make a little winter landscape. The last picture I want to show you is on coloured paper with black ink. I added silver lines and more white with a paint marker,...

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The above picture is of the first gelli print I took. The "angel" is a little stencil made of white cardstock. I must admit both this print and the ghost print were a bit of a struggle. To the first print I only added black lines to the angel. See close-up below.   The second print was not very clear, so I added a lot of doodling. Maybe I went a little overboard.... Left picture is of the complete Art Journal page. The title "Try to Connect" is personal. I am an introverted person and often find it difficult to communicate with people. But I am trying! Hope...

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Past week I have been busy making invitations. I started printing the background with my Gelli Plate. I used a "glue" stamp and two colours of paint. For the word "Uitnodiging" (= invitation) and the portrait I used eraser stamps (see below). I really think it is so much fun to make your own stamps... The invitation is for a celebration of my birthday. In December I'll turn 50! If you look closely at the stamp you'll see lots of question marks and 50 in the eyes. I am puzzled. I mean suddenly this number is there! A large part of my life is over and what do I want with the rest of...

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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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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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