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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 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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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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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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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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Deze bladzijde uit m'n Art Journal was een bijzonder experiment. De laatste tijd ben ik in de ban van "one liners", d.w.z. tekeningen die zijn opgebouwd uit één lijn. Dit portret heb ik opgezet met een maskeerstift in 1 lijn. Ik ben bij de mond begonnen en via de neus en ogen rechtsonder met het haar geëindigd. De bladzijde is heel kleurrijk geworden. Het gebruik van stempels kon natuurlijk niet achterblijven. "Donderdag" is van een halve gum gemaakt. Verder heb ik een achtergrondstempel gemaakt met allemaal "zoute lapjes". Action verkoopt op het moment XXL gummen in de...

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Het is prachtig weer in Nederland. Dat geeft een vakantiegevoel, dus heb ik even wat minder geblogd. In de vorige "post" had ik beloofd wat voorbeelden uit mijn Stempelboekje te laten zien. In mijn boekje heb ik eerst de omtrek van een gum overgenomen, zodat ik daarbinnen een idee kan uitwerken. Wat ik lastig vind, is dat tekst in spiegelbeeld geschreven moet worden. Het is net of je hersens dan anders moeten werken... Bovenaan deze bladzijde uit m'n Stempelboekje zie je hoe de stempel geworden is. Andere voorbeelden: Hier zie je de uitwerking van een...

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