Wednesday 11 May 2016

2016 #9 Travel Journal {by Anneke de Clerck}

 2016 Topic 9: Mono Printing
Hi everyone Anneke here.
Tonight I'd like to share with you a post about gelli plate printing. I love little books that have colored inside papers. Gelli plate printing is a great way to quickly create/print a stock of beautiful pages for all kinds of books, journals... 
I worked with my A4 size gel printing plate, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics and a few stencils to make a travel journal. I'm planning to take this book with me on my trip to France later this year. I'll fill it to the brim with notes, printed Instagram pics, tickets and other memorabilia..
Let me walk you through the steps.

I started by folding 3 sections from PaperArtsy Smoothy 240grs cardstock. I've cut the A4 sheets in half (lenghtwise), folded each strip in two (to A6 size), then nested the pages into each other 3 by 3. 

Next I folded a cover from a strip of firm paper. I've made 2 folds to create the spine. The width of the spine depends on the thickness of the sections and of what you want to do with the book. As I want to put some pics and memorabilia inside I provided some extra space.

For the printing I used 2 circle stencils and a chevron stencil. I also die cut a few circles out of firm paper to use as masks. I worked with the following paints: Snowflake, Sherbet, Candy Floss, Pixie Dust, Sugar Plum, Caribbean Sea, Mermaid, Zesty Zing and Bougainvillea. I prefer to work with a limited series of colors and stencils, this helps me to create/print coordinating pages.

Showing all the printing steps here would lead me to far. I'll highlight one favorite technique. For this technique I start by applying 4 colors of paint to the plate using my brayer. I put a  stencil on top and press that stencil into the paint by putting a paper scrap on top and rolling over it with my brayer.

On the picture bellow you can see the effect on the plate, ready for printing!

That's the way I did the prints.

These are the finished pages.
I added prints to the front and backside.

On this page I did some masking with the large die cut circles. I created the vertical lines by pressing corrugated cardboard into the paint.

Each page is the result of lots of printing, lots of layers...

After printing I added extra accents using stencils. Here I used the PaperArtsy PS023 stencil.

Here I worked with the PaperArtsy PS008 stencil and Bougainvillea.

 I created the pink flower with the PaperArtsy PS009 stencil and Pixie Dust.

Here I used the PaperArtsy PS008 stencil again in combination with Limelight.

Again the PS009 stencil and Limelight.

I colored the cover the same way as I did the pages. After printing I did some stamping with stamps from the Hot Picks 1503EZ plate. 

Hot Picks 1503EZ 
For the background stamping I used LimelightCaribbean SeaMermaid and Candy Floss paint. I did the black stamping with Archival Ink Jet Black.

 I sewed each section to the cover separately with a 3 hole pamphlet stitch binding.

 I used a needle with a blunt tip and waxed cord.

And of course I will further decorate the pages during my holidays.

At the beginning of my printing session I had some trouble to achieve color coordinating pages. To fix that problem I just had to apply a few more layers to the pages I didn't like. Luckily gelli plate printing is all about adding layers. The more layers the better the result 

In my opinion Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics work well on the gelli plate. As the paint dries quickly I could continue printing and never had to wait in between layers. 
As you can see I used a soft color palette in order to be still able to write/draw on the pages.
I hope you'll take part in the challenge this time, gelli plate printing is so much fun!
Happy creating!



What a fantastic travel journal, so nice to have something special and unique to take with ou on your holiday. The smoothy card is perfect and with the addition of paint it makes a really nice weighty journal that can stand up to a little wear and tear as you travel. ~Darcy

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.

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Helen said...

this is a stunning book and will make a great travel journal - enjoy your trip!!

Claire said...

This is so lovely - the colours are gorgeous! X

craftimamma said...

Lovely travel journal Annexe. Beautiful fresh colours.

Lesley Xx

craftimamma said...

Lovely travel journal Annexe. Beautiful fresh colours.

Lesley Xx

JoFY said...

Love love love this book!!

Kirsten said...

Gorgeous travel journal! The layers of colour & stencilling look look amazing.

Rika said...

This is lovely Anneke!

Unknown said...

That is gorgeous-I love the spine!

Julie Lee said...

What a beautiful little book! I love the colours on the pages and the patterns! What a joy to fill it with memories! x

Unknown said...

Absolutely fantastic work Anneke, I love it! Such a lovely journal! xx

Artmadnana said...

Gorgeous. I love all the pages. And I really love that Hot Picks set!! Why haven't I got that set? Doh

Seth said...

Love it. What great backgrounds on the pages.

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a brilliant journal!!!

Lucy x

massofhair said...

Fabulous journal, loving the sewn spine, adds a lot of interest. Gr8 tip about pale colours:-) xxx

Etsuko said...

What a lovely book!! Great effects of the Gelli printing and pretty colours. xx

craftytrog said...

Really beautiful Anneke! xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Such a great size for a journal and wonderful printing on each page! Great step by step too!

Godelieve said...

So beautiful! Love seeing the step by step pictures.

Cocofolies said...

What a wonderful album, so clever and beautifully made!!!
Thanks for the great tutorial and all the pics. Coco xx

laury55 said...

fantastic album!!! love the soft colors and the mono printing

Lauren Hatwell said...

Wow! This is absolutely gorgeous Anneke. Mex

Unknown said...

What a lovely little journal. Great project! :)

maria's knutselplezier said...

Fantastic, I really love your book Anneke, I love the colours and the gelly plate prints, it's really amazing!!!

Have fun!!

PaperArtsy said...

Wow Anneke, this is fabulous! You are such a master of gelli printing!!! And I live the colour palette!!