Monday 22 June 2015

2015 #12 Sketchbook {by Anneke De Clerck}

2015 Topic 12: Stencils

Hi everyone Anneke here, joining you this evening with a post about stencils. I do love stencils! I have a huge stencil collection - all kinds of brands - and I use them a lot in my work. I can't imagine a creative life without stencils anymore :)   
This evening I want to walk you through a gelli print technique. I used acrylic paints in combination with stencils and stamps to "print" a cover for a simple sketchbook. 



I bought a cheap A5 sketchbook in a local store. I removed the cover by taking out the staples. 

For the new cover I used an A4 sheet of Smoothy 340 grs Heavy Card Stock. This sheet has exact the same size as the black cover.

I made prints with a small gel printing plate (3 x 5") from Gelli Arts ® in combination with stencils and stamps from the JOFY 36 set.

I attached the small gel printing plate to an acrylic block and used it as a stamp. First I made a simple print, no stencils involved yet. I brayered turquoise paint on the plate and stamped. Next I pushed the Dot Fade Layering Stencil by Tim Holtz into the leftover paint on the plate and made a print.

Here I pushed the JOFY 008 stencil into the lime paint before printing.

At the top you see the first print, I made a second print on top of the turquoise rectangle.

Here I stamped with the big flower from the JOFY 36 set into orange paint before printing.

As you can see there was enough paint on the gel printing plate to make a second and a third print.

Here I brayered light blue and orange paint on the plate and stamped on it before printing.

I continued printing...tried not to overlap the rectangles to much.

I put a stencil directly on the paper and stamped with pink paint through the stencil.

There was 'no room' for a second print here but as you can see there was still a lot of paint left on the gel printing plate. I always have some paper scraps by hand on which I can print leftover paint. 

I added the word 'bloom' while sponging through the JOFY 008 stencil with a cosmetic sponge and turquoise paint. The gel printing plate works as a palette too :)

I added white, turquoise and pink dots with the Tim Holtz Layering stencil 'Dot Fade'.

I sponged flowers with white heavy body acrylic paint and the JOFY 009 stencil. I made dots with fuchsia paint and the 'Mini Circle Grid' stencil by The Crafter's Workshop.

To finish it off I added some stamping with Archival Ink 'Jet Black'.

Lot's of layers, that's what I like :)

I added accents to the stamped circles with a white Sharpie.

I attached the inside pages to the cover with some cord instead of staples. 

I love the small gel printing plate by Gelli Arts ® , it is super easy to work with. It is perfectly possible to print with Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics. I did it before, see this post. As the chalk paint dries quickly I would recommend you to mix it with some glaze to increase the printing time. I hope you'll dig up your stencils and join in with the challenge. 
Thanks for watching!

Have fun!


The Gelli Print technique has worked brilliantly, great layering effect and use of bright colours, finished off perfectly by the use of bold white shapes. Thanks Anneke for sharing your creativity. 
We would love you to join in with challenge #12: Stencils If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over the fortnight, then please join in and link up your creativity HERE

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Stencils link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, July 12th winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Helen said...

What a fabulous cover for your notebook! I can't imagine crafty life without stencils either!

JoFY said...

oh my goodness! I LOVE what Anneke has created here & the way she's used the stencils. very inspiring.

Steven said...

Lovely vivid colours and bold shapes cleverly layered. Love this.

Craftyfield said...

Fresco paints, Gelli plate and stencils... perfect combination!

craftimamma said...

I to am a stencil lover and this lovely project of Anneke's has shown me another way to use them. Wonderful inspiration and so bright and cheerful too. Just what we need on a wet and dreary 'summer' evening!

Lesley Xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Anneke, I love your bold use of colour and pattern. What a fabulous project. Lx

Etsuko said...

Awesome notebook cover! Beautiful colours comb, great works of Gelli plate and stencils. xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

I love this anneke! It really makes me want to get the gelli plate!

Lucy x

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SCarol said...

Gorgeous! Love the layers.

Julie Lee said...

Great little cover with fabulous, vibrant use of colour. Now you've tempted me to get a gelli plate like this one. xxx

Carol said...

Great colours and layers - fab cover x

Marci said...

Beautiful color and stenciling and stamping!

Annie60 said...

Love to try this as love Jofy stamps and stencils , love your journal book cover ,,,. Xx