Hi, friends. Before I get into this week's blog post, I want to announce the winner from last week's wonderful OttLite Giveaway.  Angie B. is the lucky winner. To put it another way, it's her lucky day! Angie, please email me your mailing info and OttLite will send the prize directly to you. 

OttLite Prize Winner - Jan 2017


Now, on to it! I'm joining the gals at Mixed Media Monthly for their current challenge. It's called “Put a Stencil On It.”  With a theme like that, how could I not join in? In the first place, I'm a stencil fiend. In the second, one of my favorite artists, StencilGirl herself is their guest this month, and their design team has created lots of inspirational pieces.

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge

Click the image below to head over to their challenge:

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #32 (Put a Stencil on It)

I decided to make a journal page using my gelli plate and stencils.  This gal looks sassy, so I added “Bring on the New Year” as the sentiment.  I imagine her saying it with bravado.

Art Journal with Gelli Plate (Marjie Kemper)

Gelli Plate + Paint + Stencil

First, I applied paint (Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics) onto the gelli plate with a brayer. Of course, you need to move fast while the paint is wet. I made a number of overlapping prints in my journal. 

Gelli plate + paint + stencil = ready for art journal (Marjie Kemper)

After playing around a bit, I found the print I especially liked was one created from the negative design leftover on the plate (below):

Gelli Plate ready to print (Marjie Kemper)

As much as the prints come more easily when the paint is wet, there is a way out if it dries. You can either apply more paint or spritz with water. On the other hand, you can simply clean the plate with a baby wipe and start over.

Layers in Progress

I added many more layers and a lot more stencils, which meant ultimately those circles were covered up. But I know they're there!  Here are a few process pics:

Art Journal Gelli Plate in progress (Marjie Kemper)

Above all, have fun!  After all, it's your journal and that's what matters.

Art Journal with Gelli Plate (Marjie Kemper)

Online Mixed Media Class

If you'd like to see more of what I do in my art journal with paint and ink, then be sure to check out my online class with Craftsy.  It comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee.  It’s called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects.  Here’s a 2-minute preview video:

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  1. Beverly Jordan on February 15, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Congratulations Angie B!! And such beautiful inspiring work!

  2. Karen C on January 27, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Beautiful layering with the gelli plate! I am going to have to take mine out to play with this weekend! Thank you for the inspiration! Thank you so much for playing with us this month at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

  3. Clare Messenger on January 22, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Gelli printing is such fun! You certainly have achieved lots of layers using your stencils. A fabulous, fun project. Thank you for taking part in this months Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. Clare DT

  4. Caroline on January 12, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Awesome journal page! Love the colors you used too.

  5. Debby Podgorski on January 12, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Colors, layers, and stencils! Love what you have done.

  6. Linda Chidster on January 12, 2017 at 12:51 am

    *** CONGRATS *** Angie!!!
    B*E*A*U*T*I*F*U*L Colors!!!

  7. Gigi Black on January 11, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Great job. I love it!

  8. barb macaskill on January 11, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Congratulations to Angie and I love these prints! They ROCK!! TFS!

  9. Anne R on January 11, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    A beautiful page Marjie and a great challenge for you, you always do such beautiful work with stencils! Congratulations to the winner too! Anne x

  10. Julie Tucker on January 11, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Congrats to Angie! I loveeeeeeeee these! GORGEOUS colors!!!!!!!