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As promised this post is about another way to use my gelli prints and other papers. In this post I talked about making a template to use your gelli prints behind. Now I'd like to talk about the Arc System by Staples. I came across this idea here. Gelli Arts made a really nice post about using your gelli prints in a planner system (= Arc System). I was looking for a journal to write my website notes in. These notes are about ideas for new techniques, new art supplies or new recipes. I bought an Arc journal, discs and the special punch. This Arc System proved to be ideal! The first...

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Sorry it took me a while to make a new post. I know there's people out there in blog land who post every day. I think for them it is like brushing their teeth. It must be in their system... I admire that, but for me making art is part of my system. I really have to make time to take pictures and make posts. I also must admit that my energy level has been quite low the past few months due to joint pain. It gives me sleepless nights and concentration problems. What helps me relax is making art. So back to making art. In October I did manage to give an Art Journal Workshop. The...

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Keeping an Art Journal is a great way to play. Among other things, you can register your daily life, but I also like to try new techniques from time to time. Trying new things is always a bit of a gamble. On the left side page I made a stencil out of parchment like paper. This was not a good idea. After using paint the stencil curled up and I had to throw it away. The page ended up like some kind of abstract art! It will have to grow on me! On the right picture you see the stamp of the Scottish Highlander I have used quite a lot lately. I have been making monoprints for the...

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I can work in about four or five different sized Art Journals, so why starting a new one, you might ask? The reason is that my very first Art Journal was like a diary and I miss that. Nowadays I use my Art Journals to try new techniques and there's nothing wrong with that (as a matter of fact I still love it), but I miss documenting my daily life. I am not only returning to documenting my daily life but also taking another approach on backgrounds. Normally I work at one page at the time. Now I printed six background pages with the gelli plate. Below is the first page. I used...

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I have taken a long summer holiday break. Not so much from making art but from blogging. I have a couple of pages to show you. I'll do that in different posts. I made this first Art Journal page when it was very warm in The Netherlands. My art studio is the hottest place to be, both literally and figuratively! The technique I used, was letting different layers of paint dry on the Gelli Plate. I used a sheet of adhesive plastic to pull the print. For this Art Journal page I carved a stamp. It is called the "Open Eye" stamp. I also made a separate stamp for the background colour...

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Funny thing is, at last I got my BIG Gelli Plate and now I love printing in my new SMALL Art Journal.... I even printed in sections, but I love the look. I used bubble wrap, a squares stamp and a litle funny tool that makes kind of circles (see below). The faces are hand carved stamps. The left one looks like this: The pages are not finished yet. They need words, I think. Thanks for stopping

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It has been a few weeks since my last post... I HAVE been making art though! Both birthday and Christmas presents were art supplies, so I had to put them to the test... Still testing by the way... First of all I have been playing with my BIG Gelli Plate (= a birthday present from my husband). Now I can print complete backgrounds in my Art Journals! In this case I used a Doodle stencil, which gave the lovely dots all around the page. The white lines in the girls hair are removed masking fluid lines. I used a magazine add to draw/paint the girl. I need some sort of reference, but I never...

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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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A quick post today, because we are in the middle of a large garden overhaul. We are removing old fences, which involves a lot of digging..... We also have to move some plants. So hard work! I already told you a bit about my birthday workshop. That I am in the middle of try-outs. The purpose of the workshop is making collage material. Afterwards I will make a large collage, using parts of the paintings/drawings made by family and friends. See below one of the try-outs. This is just an impression of how a collage could look like. In fact it will look completely different because...

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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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