To start, I used Marabu Art Sprays (now 50% off at Joggles). I sprayed color, sprayed with a little water and spread it with a palette knife. Check out how those scratches from the palette knife looks in juxtaposition to the watercolor flow…just so cool!
Next, I added some Gesso over top.
Now, time to grab those stencils & create the beginnings of a magical world.
Add in some messy black pen marks.
Using some semi transparent acrylic, some art spray used with a paintbrush & some craft acrylic, I created the rainbow.
Stamp on this sweetie.
Give her a crown & some wings, paint & color her using craft acrylics & Marabu Fine Liners. Add in some stencil flowers, some whimsical scallops, words & black outlines & voila!
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So one of the questions I get asked a lot when showing how to make prints from a Gelli Plate is, “What do you do with all the prints?” Well, there are tons of possibilities (which I will try to share many of them in future blogs) but today I’m going to show you my favorite way to use gelli prints….
Create an Art Journal!!!
Creating an Art Journal from your gelli Prints means you automatically have beautiful backgrounds started on each page! Which means, you also have some built in inspiration for each page!
Once I created this art journal from the prints I made on my Instagram Live, I decided she needed a cute cover. Enter the digital stamp from Oddball Art Shop! I chose the Art Journal girl stamp that you can find here . (Don’t forget to use “DTALEXA10” for 10% off when you purchase)
Throw in a stamped art quote & some art marks & you’ve got a super cute and quick cover!
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Last night I was exhausted (2 toddlers will do that to ya!) and I really *wanted* to get some art time in, but I also wanted to do absolutely nothing. So I turned on the coffee & did absolutely nothing while it brewed & then got myself a cuppa joe & headed to the studio. Sometimes, you just need to get your butt in gear & trust that once you sit down at the desk, you’ll just find that creative zone, the quiet bliss of creating.
So, I pulled out my art journal and got to it. No direction, no plan, just grabbing what was speaking to me & go.
In the end I chose the word dream to go with this butterfly monoprint pulled from my Gel Press because I kept thinking of the phrase, ‘Dreams don’t work unless you do’ as I was creating, because it was working through those moments of ‘this isn’t what I was wanting’ and working out what colors were speaking to me (this analogous color scheme is one I don’t often use), just working through that creative process. And when I added the butterfly, I thought, ‘Wings don’t work unless you do’….and it just felt as though it was all meant to be about the hustle, about trusting your wings, about pursuing your dreams, always… even if 2 toddlers exhausted you that day!
Check out my process:
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