Sunday, January 24, 2016

Gel printing with newsprint

We had a major (for us anyway) snowstorm...I guesstimated 14 inches here, that was done by standing in the snow and then coming back inside to measure how tall my UGH boots are, where the snow came over my boots and how much I probably compressed the snow...very scientific process. Would have been easier had I bought out my ruler with me but this seemed to be ...more me... since I don't measure anything anyway...lol

And what's the best thing to do on a snowy day? Make art of course!
 I am playing today with
 Carolyn Dube's Use Something that would be thrown away January challenge.
For a mixed media artist and anyone that practices recycling means it's not hard to find something to use. I chose newsprint because 1. it's a recyclable item and 2. I've never used it with my Gel plate. 

I also made a stamp to use ( I love making Gel plate stamps and stencils, don't you?
This one I created by drawing a flower on some corrugated cardboard and then carved away some of the areas with my exacto knife. I also lifted up that first layer in some areas to show the corrugation pattern and used my Silent Setter to punch some holes through the middle of the flower.

I figured I should get 2 entries since I also used Cardboard which would have been thrown away....what do you think Carolyn? lol

I knew going into this project that the newspaper was very thin and might stick but was happily surprised that it didn't tear on me. I did pull it off slowly and gently so keep that in mind if you decide to try it. Personally, I loved how it looked with the text peeping through the painted layer.

Awesome, right? Here is a close up of the square print that I made.

I took this sheet and used it to cover the back to my journal, you can see the front of my journal here in this post. I think the black go well together.

One tip, let the paper dry thoroughly before using your exacto knife to cut around the eyelet so your paper doesn't tear.

And my favorite view of my journal...lol 

6 comments:

Debs Smith said...

I may well have to try this out it looks fab!

hilde said...

Nice job....must give it a try

Jean said...

Love this! Haven't tried newsprint yet with my gelli!

Amanda Rhodes said...

Love, love, love! It looks fun!

diana garcia said...

This is so amazing love this!

Plush Possum Studio said...

Cardboard?
check
Exacto?
check
paint?
check
Thanks for the inspirational idea!