Monday, 2 May 2016

2016 #9 Down By The Sea {by Helen Chilton}

 2016 Topic 9: Mono Printing

Hi everyone Helen here.

Tonight I'd like to share with you this evening with a post using the Gelli Plate and The Cat's Meow Ocean stamps .

Now I have to be honest and say that although I have a Gelli, (it was one of those must have buys!) I hardly ever use it, although I have seen other people producing lovely backgrounds with it. For my project I'm going to use it with inks and look at how you can use it to take out colour and create mirror images of your stamps.

Brayer on your first ink colour - here I've used Distress inkpad Salty Ocean:

Add some Chipped Sapphire ink at the top and blend together:

Here I've taken the frame I'm going to use and pressed it down into the ink so I can see where to stamp:

Next, press a clean stamp down onto the inked area - you're going to take colour out:

You can just see the outline of the seagull:

Add more stamping - extra logs and shells - and take a print. It gives a ghost like effect. (Sorry my camera died here and I forgot to take a separate pic!):

Next use your Gelli to produce a reverse image of the seagull. Just ink up with Distress Hickory Smoke, stamp , lay card on top and pull off image:

To finish the frame: crumple up and tear the background a bit and insert in frame. Give the frame a loose wash with Chalk Fresco paint and dab with one of the baby wipes you used to clean the Gelli to get some blue tones in there. Stamp 'Ocean ' in Hickory Smoke and outline with a black watercolour pencil. Use inkpads and watercolour pencils to colour in the extra images (all stamped in Hickory Smoke), cut out and layer up.

The best thing I liked about this project was being able to get a reverse image of my seagull that looks as though it's been directly stamped. The ghosting in the background was okay, but I did find that the Gelli does have a bit of a mind of its own and picks up every little blob or mark that comes out in the print whether you like it or not - hence why I crumpled it all up a bit to make it look 'worn'. Not sure if that's because the ink is reacting with the surface of the Gelli Plate. I didn't have any of the Drying Retarder for the Frescos, but if you did, you could try this technique with paint instead.

So, have a go and see what you come up with.

Thanks Helen for kicking off our new topic with this lovely 3d project. I like how the reverse stamping worked on the seagulls, as well as how you have managed to create so much dimension using the pencils on the other focal images. ~Gillian

We would love to see how you interpret this Mono Printing topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #9: Mono Printing, on this page HERE.

All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas,  particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 

All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Mono Printing link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, May 15th 2016. The winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

2016 Topic #9 Mono Printing {Challenge}

 2016 Topic 9: Mono Printing

Vickie Porter
Hi everyone, Darcy here we are with the start of another topic, this time we are mono printing. This is the technical term for creating 'one off' prints, and there are many ways to do this. The name 'mono' means single, and in this case it means a single print can be made at a time. Each successive print needs more paint or ink applied to the block or plate, this changes each print ever so slightly, meaning no two are identical. With some techniques the changes are deliberate and more pronounced with the addition or removal of elements between prints.

Prints can include paint, ink, collage,stencilling, mark making and additions such as leaves, string and other found objects. All these contribute to very unique prints. Once the plate is ready a layer of paper or fabric is added and pressure applied and the ink or paint is transferred. Altering the colour, type of paint and pressure will all achieve different results. 

This type of printing is spontaneous and unpredictable and although messy can be a lot of fun, with the variations being endless. 

Before we start, let's see who won the Topic 8: White Space Challenge...

Well what a 'clean and minimal' couple of weeks we have had!  Some really beautiful pieces that make the most of space with just pops of colour. Well done everyone that conquered the fear of 'white' and produced great compositions and balance. 

The winner of White Space  is: Laury with this great bookmark from Laury55

Email Darcy to claim your prize.

Joan Bess 
Ok let's get into this topic and see how many techniques we can find. As you might have guessed printing is not new, artists such as Rembrandt, Degas, Gauguin, Picasso and Matisse are but a few that used mono printing. They experimented with paint and ink, how each layer was applied, with swiping and moving the paint/ink around with brushes, sponges and sticks, just like we do today. They also added accents by hand after the print was made.

One of the older techniques (and there are many) that you will have heard about and perhaps tried is Lino printing, where sheets of lino are gouged with metal blades to create a design. This is then inked with a brayer and the print is made. Layers can be achieved by then cutting more lino away, adding a different colour ink or paint and replacing the original print to be pulled again.
Small pieces of lino and hand held blades are fairly cheap and easy to find in most art shops, they are an excellent way to get started with printing.

Here is Picasso working on a lino cut from 1959

This is a gorgeous multi layer lino print from Angie Lewin She has a book of her prints, drawings and collage available. I can recommend it as a beautiful 'coffee table' book, full of stunning imagery though it does not contain any technique how to's.

Another multi layered lino cut here, this time from Jill Kerr. 

Another older technique still used today is screenprinting, originally called silkscreen printing as silk was used before the invention of synthetic mesh. Evidence of this goes back to China in 960 AD and did not arrive in the West until the 18th century. A blocking template or stencil is used to cover the mesh in the chosen design. Then a blade or squeegee is used to pull paint or ink across the mesh. The medium seeps through the mesh onto the chosen substrate, with only the blanked out areas left clear.

Andy Warhol made screen printing popular in the 1960's, here he is working on one of his iconic images.

Many layers can be added,each a different colour, take a look at this screen print.. this has 21 colours.

Louis Masai
Next we have Collagraphy; this involves gluing items to a stable background such as strong card or wood. One dried, pigments can be applied with a brush or brayer and then a print can be taken. Collagraphs are often done with found objects such as leaves, string, bubble wrap, fibres, card shapes etc the resulting prints can be really interesting.

This stunning hedgerow print by Lynn Bailey has 8 layers, each time items were added or removed to achieve this composition.

and another one from Lynn Bailey. How gorgeous is this print, can you imagine it over book text?

Here is a super simple one done just with paper clips.

There is a great pdf HERE, showing the basics of how to make  a collagraph plate.  

Now for probably the most strange form of printing, while I have known about this for several years I have never tried it and honestly I don't plan to. The technique is Gyotaku and is an ancient Japanese method of printing from fish! Yes you read that correctly, ink is applied to a real fish and then a print is taken. Just the thought of handling the fish is enough to put me off, but even I have to admit the printed results are stunning. If you fancy learning more then have a read of THIS page. 

Jean Kigel
So, onto the forms of printing that most of us are familiar with.. and using plates that are more accessible. after all not everyone has a full fish just hanging around!

The most popular way of printing at the moment is Gelli Printing. This is a flexible plate that looks like Gelatin but is made from mineral oil and a polymer material. Provided you care for your plate it will last a long time, can be used over and over and is easy to clean. All plus points. 

Lucy Brydon
The Gelli plate is available in quite a few sizes now and recently mini plates in various shapes have been launched. If you have a plate and have not yet tried it then now is your chance. The best place to start is the Gelli Arts Website. There you will find lots of hints and tips and they also have a youtube channel that is packed with great videos. 

Gelli prints are useful as a base for so many pieces of art. On this one Dina Wakely has drawn a face over her print. 

Here you can see the round plates have been used onto fabric creating a fabulous piece that has been turned into a cushion. 

Joan Bess
Lots of items can be used on the Gelli plate to create patterns and textures: stencils, found objects, catalyst wedge tools, brushes, foam shapes and stamps. Many can be homemade, just be careful to never use anything with a sharp edge that could damage your plate. 

Marie Allen made these great texture plates from thin foam, these would add brilliant patterning to a gelli printing session. 

Once your prints have been pulled and dried, what can you make? Well how about a papier mache bowl . 

Joan Bess

Or create a bright and cheery card like this from Becky. Simple circles cut from Gelli prints turn into really eyecatching lollipop flowers. 

Great prints are all about the layers, working out from back to front in which order everything should go. Andy Skinner shows just how effective this can be, with a bit of careful planning. 

How about Circles on Stripes. Here Joan has cut prints into strips and then added more prints that have been cut into circles. So striking, it looks like a solar system!

There are so many things that are crying out to be gelli printed, such as SHOES  or how about a CASE. { I think i might love that case a lot}

Once your basic print is ready you can add so many other personal touches, such as stamping, sketching, even embossing. These cards by Godelieve Tijskens have gold embossing added, it adds a further dimension and makes them very special.

You could get all whimsical like Diane did with this cat, follow the link in her name to a complete tutorial. Such a fun piece, check out her steps. 

One of our favourite Gelli artists is the lovely Barbara Gray, her youtube channel is full of fabulous videos. It was hard to pick just one, but this one is so effective. A very simple technique, ideal if you are just getting started. 

I think you will agree there are some great pieces of art out there. But what if you don't have a Gelli plate? well fear not you can still make prints. If you fancy a bit of alchemy you can create your own Gelli plate, Pam Thorburn has a recipe HERE. 

For a cheap alternative try printing from a  Plastic Bag, Alisa Burke shows you how HERE. you could also use a plastic stationery folder in the same way. 

Try asking in your local DIY shop, see if they will cut a couple of pieces of acrylic or perspex for you. You can do mono printing on one piece, but if you use both pieces together you can try Dendritic printing. The name dendritic means 'having a branch form like a tree' You may have seen me demo this technique at a show. You apply paint to one plate and then lay the 2nd plate on top, press a little and then pull apart. The result is amazing, lots of little fern like branches all over the paint. This creates fabulous prints. 

If you have 2 of the large PaperArtsy flexi blocks you can do this technique using those. 

Finally I will leave you with one of my favourite videos of the past few years. Laura Kemshall has such a calm and lovely voice and she explains this fabric printing technique so well that you are bound to want to try it. 

So, are you all fired up and ready to get printing? I hope these examples have worked their magic on you. Whether you unpack your Gelli plate,( or indeed have a go at making your own) or if you print from a plastic bag, or if you are really brave and find a fish to print.. I hope you have a great fortnight. 

Don't forget to follow Darcy's and Leandra's pinterest board if this topic pushes your buttons, you will see plenty more examples to whet your appetite there! 

I am really looking forward to seeing what you create over the next 2 weeks!


Topic 9: Mono Printing PaperArtsy Blog Challenge
We'd love you to share your ideas and link up your creative response to our current blog topic. Take a minute to read the challenge guidelines below.

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Mono Printing link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, May 15th 2016, winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

1. The challenge is a for you to show how you are inspired by the current blog topic.

Your entry should contain:
- a mention of which post inspired you and why, and 
- a link in your blog post to that original post on the PA blog.

The whole concept of this challenge is 'play along with us'. You are encouraged to put your own twist on ideas you see on our blog, do your own thing - whatever grabs you!

2. The link you put on our linky page must lead directly to the specific post on your blog where you have explored the technique/ idea mentioned in point 1 above. Don't link to the home page of your blog.

3. We prefer your challenge blog post is created exclusive to our challenge, but if our topic fits perfectly with another challenge, then you may link to both if appropriate.

4. You are most welcome to use stamps/ products/ substrates you have to hand from a variety of companies, we do not expect you to exclusively use PA products - it's lovely when you do though!

6. You can enter as many times as you like. We don't want to restrict your creativity! 
NB. Link closes at 17:00 Sunday May 15th 2016 (London Time)

7. The winner of the random draw will receive a £50 credit voucher to be redeemed on the PaperArtsy Website. The credit voucher includes VAT and postage. We request that one of your purchases is an A5 rubber stamp. You can add any other items to your basket, but the final total should not exceed £50.

8. Each fortnight on Sunday, the winner will be announced at 19:00 (London time). In the same post, the link for the next fortnight will be posted. 

9. It's your responsibility to claim your prize coupon from Darcy. 

Good Luck! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Saturday, 30 April 2016

2016 #8 Sizzling Summer Cards {by Wanda Hentges}

 2016 Topic 8: White Space

Hi everyone!!!!  Wanda Hentges here.
I'm thrilled to be back on the PaperArtsy blog and tonight I'd like to share with you a post for the  white space theme.
White space is hard for me.  I did a couple cards last year where I was trying to leave white space and then went right back to my normal which is to cover the background completely with whatever technique I'm using that day and then build upon it.  When I saw white space as a theme this year and today was using Ellen Vargo stamps, which I love, I just had to give it a whirl again.  I've made a set of cards for today and I hope you enjoy them!!!

Step One:  To easily (that would be easy for me to add some color and not continue to fill up the whole background) put color in my background I began by putting drops of paint on my craftsheet.  I used Zesty Zing, Banana, and Bougainvillea.  I put a few drops of each color leaving space between each drop, sprayed each drop with water and used my finger to blend the water and paint of each drop.  I made sure this area of color on my craft sheet would just color the center of a piece of cardstock leaving lots of white around it.

Step Two:  I then laid a whole sheet of Heavy Smoothy Cardstock into the color pressing well but not twisting it around, lifted the paper and this is what I had.  I very lightly blotted in the areas with lots of liquid....

... and then dried the paper.  This is the piece dried.

I sprayed more water over the color left on my craft sheet, took another piece of paper and dipped again.  This time I left all the liquid and just set it aside to dry.  This will get used on a future project.

Step Three:  I took the original paper and cut it into 4 pieces to give me the beginning of 4 cards with plenty of white space.

I really like the EEV10 set of stamps that has 3 flowers and 3 quotes on it and chose this set to finish my cards.  I also added to the background using stamps from EEV06 and EEV07.

Step Four:  I stamped background images from EEV06 and 07 over the colored areas of the cards using Distress Ink Picket Fence. The flowers and words were stamped on Heavy Smoothy Cardstock using Archival Ink Jet Black and then cut out.  Color was added to all the flowers with Distress Ink. 

 The edges of the background panels were distressed and then layered to a folded white card created from Heavy Smoothy Cardstock.  I love the weight of the cards and how they feel in my hands when they are made from the heavy cardstock.  All the words were cut apart and the pieces edged with ink. For all of the flowers, after attaching them to the card, I trimmed the stem even with the bottom of the folded card.

For this card I used a waterbrush along with Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed to color the flower.  The stem was colored using the Mowed Lawn Distress Marker.  The words were edged with Distress Ink Picked Raspberry.  I popped up the flower and words with foam mounting tape. 

Here I've used Picked Raspberry with a waterbrush and then the Shaded Lilac Marker to color the petals.  The center was done with Brushed Corduroy and Rusty Hinge using the waterbrush.  The Mowed Lawn Marker was used for the stem.  The words are edges with Archival Ink Jet Black.  The flower and words were glued to the card and I left the ends of the flower petals loose so they could lift from the card. 

This time for the flower I used an Ink Blending Tool to add the colors, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade, and then used a White Gel Pen to give it highlights.  The words are edged with Archival Ink Jet Black.  I put foam mounting tape just under the flower head and glued the stem and words directly onto the background 

Those three cards used all 3 flowers and all 3 quotes from the stamp sheet but I still had another background to use.  I decided that instead of making a card to match I would really change it up (giving you all another idea) but still use the same stamps.  I stamped my chosen flower twice, directly onto the background with black ink and embossed them with clear powder.  I then used a Black Copic Marker to color them in.  I used words from 2 of the quote stamps to create the saying on the card both stamping the words and edging the pieces with Archival Ink Jet Black. 

I really had fun making these cards and love how they turned out.  If you are nervous about white space or have trouble stopping yourself and leaving white space, then try this out because it makes it a lot easier.  It's also a great idea if you need a lot of cards and have limited time.  

Thanks Wanda, I would say you have mastered the white space challenge perfectly. I love the pressed, splodged transferred paint in the background, it is always unpredictable but effective. The added background stamping is a great bridge to the focal images. Fabulous colour pallette, so striking. ~Darcy 

We would love to see how you interpret this White Space topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #8: White Space, on this page HERE.
All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas,  particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 
All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The White Space link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, May 1st 2016. The winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

Friday, 29 April 2016

2016 #8 Good For Your Soul {by Debs Wainwright}

 2016 Topic 8: White Space

Hi everyone Debs here. Tonight I'd like to share with you a journal page I've created with some white space. I chose this topic because I love the effects you can create, and it is such a challenge for me. I love colour so much and always want to fill my page with lots of it, so often struggle to keep it minimal. There are so many ways to create white space in your art, but not wanting to influenced by others I just went with my intuition, and created in the middle leaving the sides free.

Step One: I have been so eager to get a set of Infusions Dye Stains, as I love the colours and flexibility of powders. So when I did, I couldn't resist using them in this project. In my journal I sprinkled Violet Storms and then using a pearlised spray activated the powder. I got so excited seeing the different colours; the powders have a brown base and the longer you leave them wet, the more the brown shows, giving a gorgeous vintage effect. I didn't want vintage so dried it quickly.

Step Two: I wanted to add a little more interest to my background so used a script stamp and Archival Ink in Sky Blue and added the words where in areas that would peep out from the focal point. I stamped my feature using Hot Picks 1507, and Archival Ink in Black. I heat set the ink as I didn't want it to move.

Hot Picks 1507

Step 3: at this stage I was itching to have more on my page but manage to restrain myself and settled for adding a little Vibez Spritz and let it run down the page. I do love drips!

Step 4: I wanted to bring my feature alive and so using Fresco Acrylic Paint in Southern Skies, I painted the flower, and for the butterflies I used a mix of China, and Glass Blue. The China being Opaque I lost the detail of the butterflies and so with a black pen I created these patterns, which were intend to knock the blue back a bit as I didn't want it too bright. I stamped my Sentiment from the same stamp plate Hot Pics1507 with Archival Ink in Black.

In this close up you can see how the Pearl Spray has caught the pigments of the Infusions Dye Stains making them shimmer, which is hard to see when looking at the page flat.

Well for someone who usually covers the page, herself, and anything near by, I don't think I did bad to keep some white space. And if I can do it anyone can. I hope this has inspired you to have a go, pick the area you want to stay white and create around it. Simple...
Well not simple, but not as hard as it looks. 
You can see more of my work on the following links, I also teach a monthly workshop at Birds In The Barn.

Well done Debs for hanging onto that white space, really not always an easy thing to do, especially with pigments and sprays. Lovely combinations of colours with the Infusions and paints. ~Darcy
We would love to see how you interpret this White Space topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #8: White Space, on this page HERE.
All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas,  particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 
All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The White Space link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, May 1st 2016. The winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

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