Category Archives: gelatos

Happy Anniversary-the Sequel

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Happy Anniversary-the Sequel

So- this is the card I gave my ex for our 3rd and last anniversary. It is what it is- I used a manila folder as the base and glued some wrinkled tissue paper on it with mod podge for my substrate. From there- just basically a lot of acrylic paint and some gelatos and whatnot.

Not much of a tutorial, I know-but i wanted to share it with you in case you see something here that you might want to try on your next art project.

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I did the lettering with black india ink and a paintbrush.

Thanks for playing!

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More Assorted Pages

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All of these pages are done in my Dyan Reavely art journal( which is awesome!).

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Assorted Journal Pages

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So today I find myself with quite a backlog of work that hasn’t been blogged, so instead of doing a post for every piece, I figured I would just post some pics on two or three posts instead. I hope you enjoy them!

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Stencil Embossing

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While working in my Dylusions Art Journal, I had an epiphany. At least it was for me. I mean, there’s a better than average chance that someone way better than me has already thought of this, but I was really psyched when I thought of it. So, what’ s this earth shattering idea? Embossing with a stencil! So easy. Just lay your stencil down( in this case I usedJulie Fei-Fan Balzer’s  heart stencils and a broken diamond stencil). I used a Versamark pad, but you could use an embossing pen as well to color it in. I  then applied white and satin pearl embossing powders and voila!

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Then I decided to do a resist with the big heart ,so I applied some gelatos and gave it a wipe with a baby wipe. On the second page I tried distress inks but I didn’t care for it, so I settled on ink sprays (October Afternoon) dried it then gave it a wipe. When I was done with that, I did some close sprays to get a drip effect. I don’t know how done I am with these pages, but I really wanted to share my idea with you while it was still plainly visible on the pages.

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I hope you have learned something new. Now go play with your stencils and let me know if you have some creative ways to use them!

You’re Not the Boss of Me!…Art journal page

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After too many years spent with certain people who try to force me into their idea of who or what I should be (so I can fulfill their needs and desires)- I am struggling to figure out who I am and who I’m supposed to be (sounds like a Gavin DeGraw song)-I haven’t gotten there yet, but this page expresses my very strong opinion that no one (on earth) has the right to define my reality!

To do this background I first started with a layer of Josonjas acrylic in Napthol Red Light-then I stamped a harlequin pattern and embossed with clear embossing powder-covered that with a layer of Josonjas in Rose Pink- after that dried an rubbed over the images with a baby wipe-then emphasized some of the diamonds with Jacquard permanent resist pain in Russet- I then added some gold rub ons, brushes of gesso,bright pink paint, gold metallic gelatos and acrylic paint, with some of the Russet added along the edges followed by some distressing with a brown ink pad. When in doubt, just keep laying on color! If you want it more blendable, use your fingers- it’s so much fun! OOps! I don’t want to forget- I also used a circle stencil here and there with my bright pink paint and also used the ghosted image (turn over the stencil and then use it as a stamp) Whew ! That sounds like a lot-but it’s totally doable.

Some more rub ons, stamped ladies I cut out and adhered to both pages-bird on a wire tape and stamped and written lettering. I ended up gluing the inclusion flaps together.

A view of the other side.

Absorbent Grounds and Watercolors Experiment

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So, I have this expensive jar of Golden Absorbent Grounds because a certain well known artist and blogger in my area (I’ll give you a hint: her initials are DD 🙂 recommends them for preparing your substrate for watercolors (if you aren’t using watercolor paper). I bought them and kind of haphazardly used them one time, but wasn’t impressed with it at all,so I just set it aside and forgot about it. Well, after considering how much money I spent on it, I hated to just let it go to waste-so I figured I would do a controlled experiment to see if I liked it better.

Results: I have mixed feelings. The watercolors did mix and move better with the AG, but you could see the brush marks behind the paint which I didn’t like at all-I would say you definitely need it to make gelatos move-but it’s optional with watercolor crayons. I didn’t try it with liquid or tube watercolors-maybe you can try that and share your results with me.

Here are the results of my experiments:

Feeling “oogie”

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So, even tho it’s only been a few days since I posted something, I feel like that doesn’t count since it wasn’t a “real” post, just a PSA.

I am trying to break out of a bout of the “oogies” as Kathy Bates character in Misery, describes when she just lays around the house in her bathrobe and curlers, eating – I don’t know, whatever it is she eats (small children,motor oil, ??) Everything is fine as long as you leave her alone.

Well, even tho I’m not on the verge of committing violence against anyone (probably)- just leave me alone with my motor oil! I wanted to share my last journal page with you which is in direct contradiction to my mood right now-. Now, I just want you all to know, I do not draw, as these flowers will attest-but I figured, what the heck? That’s just what those random splotches of ink needed to fill up the awkward middle parts, so that’s what happened (just let it happen).

So, blah, blah, blah, yammer, yammer, yammer-on with the show and all that!

A couple of hints: The flowers are colored with Gelatos and the doilies are gone over with Distress Inks.I also started the flowers with Dr. Martins ink in blue.