Friday, July 29, 2016

Gel Press® and Envirotex blog hop!

Welcome to the ETI/Gel Press Blog Hop. The designers for both companies have been creating wonderful projects. Please leave a comment on EACH blog. Tell us on the Gel Press blog and on the Resin Crafts blog as to which projects you found most interesting or inspiring. One winner will be picked, at random, Sunday, July 31, 2016, at 10pm CST. The winner will get both Petite sets of Gel Press plates and ETI Jewelry Resin! Hop now through Sunday! Winner must be 18 or over and live in the USA.
 Good Luck!

You could win THIS!!

This is my project

The first thing I did was make some mono-prints using my 12x12" Gel Press® plate with some acrylic paints and stencils.

After I had a variety of prints to choose from I cut them up into ½" by 8" strips and then cut each strip on the diagonal. I followed the directions for making paper beads here. And let me point out, I am not very good at rolling beads, a lot of them turned out wonky, but I still enjoyed doing it.
Next, I rolled each strip of paper up around a toothpick and after they were all dried I stamped on some and inked all the edges. The next part was the tricky part, coating each one with the Eti Envirotex. I had a lot of drips and runs so it was necessary to go back every 30 minutes for touch ups and clean ups but well worth the effort since one thick coat equals 50 coats of varnish and I love how shiny they are and how it brings out the Gel Press® printed papers!

Once the Eti Envirotex resin had cured I removed them from their toothpicks, trimmed off any rough edges and strung them on some elastic cording. I really like how the Gel Press® papers look , now I need to make more jewelry.

OK, since I had some papers left over I decided to make a ring too :) I used the same principles as making the beads, but this time; I sanded the edges to bring out the layers of paper and I collaged the word artist on the top layer. 

***** UPDATE *****
I'm getting some inquiries as to how to make the ring so I am adding this:
I first wrapped a strip of paper around my finger for the size I needed the ring to be. Then I slipped that first layer over a tube and kept adding more strips, about 7 I believe. The width of the ring was determined by the word ARTIST which I found in a magazine. Then I coated it with the resin, waited for it to cure and then sanded the edges. Then applied another coat of resin to finish it off.

Hope that helps :)
I think it looks pretty cool, what do you think?
I can imagine other words on the ring too; 
empowering words like faith, achieve, love, grow, etc.
Can you think of some words to inspire you?

Sandee ( you are here )

Remember to tell us on the Gel Press blog and on the Resin Crafts blog as to which projects you found most interesting or inspiring in order for you to be in the prize drawing! Good - luck!!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Beware of the effect of your words

"Words are a reflection of our thoughts. Positive words come from positive thoughts, negative words from negative thoughts. It is really that simple. Watch the words that come out of your mouth and you will have a good idea of the direction your thoughts are facing, and as a result, your life."

I began with my 5x7" Gel Press® plate making a background that was a little dark, but I used dark colors intentionally.

The reason for the darker colors is that I had a ghost print that I wanted to use with the dried residue paint left on my Petite plate after a first print pull. I added a layer of white paint to it and pressed it down to get a "left over" print which were the butterflies. It needed some doodling to bring them out a little bit which is OK with me cause I love my pens and markers! 

 Trying to capture the sparkle and shimmer that ColourArte Silks add is always a bit tough to do. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Now I know how it feels!

I am so excited! Not only did I receive my first piece of art mail, which is so CUTE but I also got a personal watercolor card designed just for me! My friend painted my little guinea pig Daisy Mae and she just made me smile from ear to ear!! It really does make your heart go pitter patter from the moment you get your mail out of the box and thumb through the bills to see something like this! Snail mail art really does make you feel special!

This is the card I am pulling out of my stash to create an envelope for today. I love that I used my hand made paper to stamp the sun, tree and bird on, it's a wonderful texture. I love making my own handmade paper with my Arnold Grummer Paper Making kits. The stamps are by Susan K. Weckesser and so is the background paper.

Here they are together as a set, hope it makes someone smile like I did today when I got my card from Jean!

Don't forget to send in your snail mail art for the show.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

An afternoon of art without any focus

Planning (also called forethought) is the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve a desired goal.

This past week-end I opened up my journal to just play with no thought or planning, which is a heck of a lot scarier and stressful for me. I'm a planner, a take charge of an idea and run with it kind of person, so having an afternoon without any was diverting to say the least. It took many trips back and forth into the studio to finish it up too...but in the end, I really like it.
Gel Press® Petites set A ( round )
misc. dot stencil
Deco Art acrylic paints, 
decou-page paper and 
Peaceful words stencil
Old Film stencil
So what are you? A planner or a "go by the seat of your pants" artist? Do you prefer challenges and setting goals or to just take it one day at a time?

"A designer is someone who constructs while he thinks,
 someone for whom planning and making go together."
John Maeda

Monday, July 25, 2016

This is the reason why I hoard my art supplies

Using Distress Paints on my Gel Press plate® still remains one of my most fun techniques as of today. I had those distress paints sitting around since he first came out with them in 2013 ( some aren't even opened ) because, really, they didn't do anything for me, and I was first in line to buy every color he had!
... and now....well now I can't get enough of them.
 And this is why I am afraid to throw away any art supplies and hoard them just reinforces my need to keep everything because you never know when you will need it or maybe learn how to use it correctly! 

To make the mask 
1. Stamp or draw your lines for the address
2. Draw your image around the lines using the stamp to guide you
3. then cut it out
scan and copy the stamped image and enlarge it!

Once I make my masks I can keep them forever and store them in the package along with my stamps so they are handy.

 I made this card a couple of weeks ago and you can find the video to using Distress Paints and your Gel Press® plate HERE
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I love making mail art, it's fun to create something that will spread smiles!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Why mail art?

Why not? 
It's fun and relaxing to do and it's can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. There aren't many rules, just make sure the address to the person it is being sent to is easily read and that there is room for a stamp. Basically, that's pretty much it; your imagination can do the rest.

Simon Says: Things With Wings

stamps :

You can find the video I made creating my envelope art over HERE!

Again, working with an existing card from my stash to make the coordinating envelope.

Go ahead and make some mail art and don't forget the open call for the "All about me" mail art show.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Open call to all envelope artists out there

I am so excited to announce that I am going to be sponsoring my first show for all artists, young old, talented and for just those who like to have fun. You only need to afford the price of a stamp to be in this show! 

I also wanted to do some sort of campaign to spread smiles: I think we need to smile more. Our world is filled with so much hatred these days and maybe my little snail mail art is just a drop in the bucket but if we all did something to make this place we live in a little bit better, then think of how much nicer the world would be!

I'm also going to be binding all the mail art after the show the show is over into a book and hoping it too can travel around and let everyone look at it. I think a book about snail mail should be put in the mail, don't you? I think it would be cool to use the same box; to forward it on and let everyone keep adding to the art on the box, just changing the "To and Froms"....would love to know what you think.