Monday, March 31, 2014

Jelly Printing.

Mono-printing using a Gelli-plate is very popular just now, but the gelli-plate is fairly pricey. I didn't want to shell out on something I wasn't sure if I would get along with, so I decided to make a home-made version to play with to see what all the fuss is about. I have to say mono-printing is a lot FUN!!!

I thought I would share my recipe for making  your own jelly plate, as everything I found on-line referred to American products. So here's a version using UK products.

You need:

1 box of these:
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10 bottles of glycerine- 65p from Tesco (that's the cheapest I found)- But since I wrote this post it has been pointed out to me that I could have bought glycerine much cheaper from a chemist.

3 boxes (9 satchets) of powder gelatine (not leaf gelatine) £1.09 each
1. Eat all your Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Then line the plastic container with cling film. This will make it easier to remove your jelly plate when it sets.  OK-you don't HAVE to use a Ferrero Rocher box, but honestly, it's the perfect size and shape, and importantly it has a well fitting lid which will help to keep your plate clean between uses.
2. The recipe uses equal amounts of water and glycerine. So that's 380 ml of glycerine. Dissolve your 9 sachets of gelatine powder in 380 mls of hot water.
3. When your gelatine has dissolved stir in your 10 bottles of glycerine.
4. Allow the mixture to cool a little before pouring it into your mould.
5. Allow to set and cure for 24 hours before use.
6. Use the cling film to help you to remove the set jelly from the mould. 

I used a kitchen knife to cut 1 cm from the top and side of my my jelly plate to make it easier to put it back into the  mould between uses. I also keep the cling film lining to make it easier to remove it each time I want to use it. 

This is what my jellyplate looks like:

When I have finished using it, I just wipe it clean, and put it back into the Ferrero Rocher box with the lid on.  I store it in my craft area-no refrigeration is required providing it's not in a hot environment. Mine is now about 8 weeks old and shows no sign of deterioration. I believe the glycerine acts as a preservative.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Lifebook Week 5 -

Week #5 at Lifebook was a class called Sugar Sugar taught by Marieke Blokland. Marieke draws people with very exaggerated features. It wasn't a style that appealed to me, but I though I'd give it a go. I ended up surprising myself by how much I enjoyed the class. It was quite liberating to create these fantasy faecs, and not try to make things look realistic. -Lots of fun!!
This was my completed page:
Week 5

And here is my first attempt. I thought she looked a bit mean to be a Sugar lady!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

LifeBook 2014 Week #4

Week 4 at Lifebook 2014 was a collage class by Kelly Hoernig, the idea being to find personal imagery and use it to create a collage with personal meaning. This is what I came up with:Week 4 Kelly's class

Thursday, March 20, 2014

LifeBook Week #3

Week #3 on LifeBook was a series of creativity exercises from Carla Sonheim.
My favourite exercise was to create some fantasy flowers from paper scraps and off cuts.
These are a couple I made:
Week 3 Carla's fantasy flowers

Week 3 Carla's fantasy flowers

Friday, March 14, 2014

March Challenge at Merly Impressions

Hi all,
Once again this month there is a £25 voucher to spend at Merly Impressions up for grab. 
Here's the details about the challenge this month:
This month we have a theme challenge for you – we are challenging you to create a scrapbook layout featuring :
“Food” or “My Favourite Food”
Your layout can tell any food related story you wish – growing it, buying it, preparing it, cooking it or eating it – we don’t mind as long as it’s a prominent part of the layout. The final date for entries is the 2nd of April 2014.
When you have made your layout, link it up to the Merly blog here:
Here's my take on the theme:
 I've used the NOW BOARDING collection from Kaisercrafts for this layout. This collection is travel themed and so my layout is about our taste for olives, especially when we see the fabulous arrays in European markets. If you have holiday photos to scrap, why not take a look at the Now Boarding papers-they are perfect for travel pages.
I'm looking forward to see the march entries, and reading all about everyone's favourite foods!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lifebook 2014 week #2

Week 2 at Lifebook 2014 was a quick and fun lesson by Micki Wilde.
This is my version:
Week 2: Affirmation

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lifebook 2014

I have enrolled in an online Art course called Lifebook 2014. It's been going for 10 weeks now, and it is a great course. I think it's incredible value for money at £70 for a weekly lesson for a year, and very talented teachers from all over the world.

Every Monday a new lesson is posted. There is a video where the teacher demonstrates their technique and style, and you get to hear them talk about their process, their favourite materials and their creative decision making. And there is also a PDF available for downloading. Some of the lessons haven't really been me-but I have enjoyed trying them all, and regardless of the style, each of them has taught me new techniques-or got me experimenting with new materials-and that can only be a good thing, right?

So over the next few days I will post what I have done so far, starting with Tamara Laporte's week 1 lesson:

Warm Up Exercise:

Art work:
This uses mainly acrylic paints and  caran d'ache crayons-and my favourite PaperArtsy script stamps

Sunday, March 09, 2014

PaperArtsy #3

Hi everyone,
This is my last February project for PaperArtsy. I have been working on 3 more projects for the last week in March, and it's almost time for them to go live, and I haven't even finished blogging the February projects yet.

I've also been working on some layouts for Merly Impressions, and keeping up with Artbook 2014 as well. I'll show some of these over the next few days.

Meantime, to find out how to make faux washi tape like that on my layout, head on over to the PaperArtsy blog.