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.
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:
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.
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.
After playing around a bit, I found the print I especially liked was one created from the negative design leftover on the plate (below):
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:
Above all, have fun! After all, it's your journal and that's what matters.
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: