Monday, February 16, 2015

I'm Goin' In!

So, this is the 1st time I've broke out my Gelli Plate and done this on my own. 

I watched video after video on YouTube and decided it didn't look that hard as long as I kept the paint flinging to a minimum. To be safe, I covered the entire room in newspaper (really). LOL

One of the videos said when you start out, take a ton of cheap paper and and all of the inexpensive paint you have on hand. I started with the premium laser paper just in case there were any prints I actually wanted to use. For good measure, I added a bunch of manila tags, some envelopes, some deli paper, leftover black paper bits, a little bit of postcard stock, a handful of stencils and my paint shirt.

Once I started, I couldn't stop! So many colors! So many layers! So much texture!

I learned more than a few things so far:

1. Think in layers (even if some are stamps and doodles after the fact)
2. Don't use too much OR too little paint 
3. Have multiple brayers going, one for paint and one for dry rolling your paper  (and use the speedball pop-out for the paint brayer)
4. Tags and deli paper are great for the corners/edges and bits of paint left over
5. Use cheap paper and cheap paint to learn (tip via you tube) 
6. When you're new at this, expect your blotting and brayer cleaning sheet to be one of the best the best "prints"
7. I don't have any purple paint. What's up with that? I had to mix my own. 

Final Tally:
36 sheets, 30 tags, 9 envelopes, 16 postcards, 6 deli papers, 8 black cardstock.

 Looks like it's time to do some stamping and doodling.

Monday, December 1, 2014


The first post on a blog sets the tone.
(this is lots of room to read between the lines)

Watch for better content in the near future!