Wednesday, March 26, 2014


 Introduced by the Cubists, the technique of creating a work of art by adhering flat articles such as paper, fabrics, string or other materials to a flat surface such as a canvas whereby a three-dimensional result is achieved.


This is the gelli plate print that I thought I was working on, it's funny how it turned out to be only one of the ones I was actually working on at the time. I just didn't know it. I do plan on coming back to this one....but I got side tracked.....SQUIRREL!!

So, as I was working on the above print, I used my journal to press my handmade stamp onto after each pull to clean it off. I had already messed this page up with some inks sprays ( playing with the new TH Spritz Marker, LOVE it btw ) so this page became a "play page" know what I mean! lol

My hand made stamp was created by using puffy paint on a piece of cardboard to create the raised areas. The size of the stamp is 8 x 12", so it's HUGE! It was inspired by Carolyn Dube a while back and it has become a favorite of mine to play with. 

So I thought I was finished and began the cleaning up process of taking packing tape to remove the dried up paint off of my gelli plate.

I'm about ½ way done here, as you can see it does a pretty good job of removing the paint. Just press the tape down and rub it firmly with your fingers to burnish it onto the plate and then peel up. I learned that little tidbit from the Gelli Arts blog.

before tape

I wasn't very happy with the initial result I was getting on my art journal page, but always knew I could gesso over it or "whatever" later on...

So as I was peeling off the tape, which had a good amount of paint on it, the thought occurred to me to lay it back down over the journal page piece. Just to see how I liked it. I have to admit I fell in love with and it was not something I had set out to do. Funny how that happens, but now I was off on a totally new project.
after tape

The painted packing tape gave it some color but it's still not very defined and it's very slick and shiny which represents a whole new set of challenges...what to do next?

Sooooo....the day before I was discussing Sharpie Oil Based markers vrs their water based markers with Tamiko and she popped up a video which made me go...duh, me! It says that they aren't very good on chalky surfaces but work great on non porous packing tape perhaps? Let's give it a try!

Loving the Oil Based Sharpie on the packing tape and used my regular Sharpie to draw in some black areas. I wanted to keep defining her so I took out my PITT pens to see what the results would be. I didn't worry about them beading up, because that effect made it look just like the gelli print...actually loved and created some shading...but I wanted to make sure it stuck to the tape so I sprayed the page with Helmars Crystal KOTE Varnish and crossed my fingers....and yay it worked! Here is the close up of the lips and under the chin where I did some shading.

Finished it off with a quote and had a heck of time finding a black marker ( Sharpie is dry, need another!! lol ) but in the end I used a Montana Marker and the Sharpie Oil Based marker in white. Stick a fork in me, I'm DONE!

Entering my art journal page in:
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Transparent


Unknown said...

This is so awesome. I love how you were open to so many possibilities from your gelli-plate printing. Your image is glowingly transluscent & really suits the sentiment you have added - cheers, Dianne

Craftychris said...

Wow! This just shows what awesome results playing can bring! Wonderful ! xx

krcmasterpiece said...

Love hearing the process! Just goes to prove-never give up. Keep on creating!!
She turned out great!

Jean said...

Holy cow! You are just amazing! I would love to come and hang out with you and see if some of your talent could rub off on m!

Meggymay said...

Fantastic page Sandee, realy enjoyed reading hoe it evolved.

Carolyn Dube said...

WOW WOW WOW!!! I love not only the finished piece but your process! You explored, you played, you had fun and it shows!! Now I am so inspired to make a big face stamp like that!

marionarmitage said...

Wow I love how it all worked out!!! Now I wonder ???? Can I make a face stamp.. What an instigator you are.. Thanks for all inspiration... said...

Wow this was such a cool process and a amazing page... I love how you allow people to also learn through your mistakes.. So people know not everything is always going to come out as planned and occasionally great things evolve from some things that you never saw coming. Ok.. now I need a picture of this puff paint.. I've tried to buy it.. but I don't know what I'm looking for. Again.. this was beautiful.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Loved reading your process and I love how you used the tape and your stamp is brilliant. Fantastic background and techniques. Loved your process. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Tracy x

Anonymous said...

Wow!!!! I love this and I love that you shared the process with us as well. I still need to make a face stamp and play with it, love what you did here.....I love all your work girl!!


tomeki28 said...

Love how it all turned out

Diane said...

Fabulous colors and technique.

Hugs Diane

Sandy said...

Looks great Sandee love the tape over her what a great idea to love clean the Gelli plate.. Puff paint hmm must put that on my list..
Sandy :)

Carole Z said...

This is amazing Sandee! Thanks for the super tut as well, hugs Carole Z X

Anna-Karin said...

Wow, what a fantastic project!! Love how two different cleaning activities came together to produce this wonderful page. The texture, your stamp, all your finishing touches, are all wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

Unknown said...

Very lovely portrait!

Raine said...

This is fabulous! Thanks for sharing your process. It's through playing and experimenting that we make some of our best art!