Valentine’s Cards

I needed to make a Valentine’s card for hubby and so I decided to make a bunch at once. Then I can sell the rest at the store. And they will work for just “love” cards and not just Valentine’s so hopefully they will sell year round.

Making Cards

I didn’t get any photos of the gelatin plate printing process. I was in such a hurry to get the cards done that not many photos got taken. But I made several masks of hearts with the hot glue gun. Then I printed away with a variety of reds, pinks, whites and purples. The metallic paint makes it a little hard to get good photos, sorry.

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So here they all are and hope your Valentine’s Day was sweet!

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Water Lily Stencils

I made another stencil today. This one is of a water lily. I got the design from a photo I took at the Botanical Gardens in NYC. I turned the photo into a black and white rendition and played around a bit with it in Photoshop. Then I used it to design this stencil.

Water Lilly Stencils

I made the stencil in two parts so it would be easier to use two different colors. I had some previously screen printed paper from a session of deconstructed screen printing. So I used that for the background.

Water Lily Stencil in My Sketch Book

And here’s my rendition of a water lily. I liked how it came out on the background as the blue tended to affect the white paint and give it more depth. So I cut it to fit into my sketch book and added it to a page that was already colored in my sketch book. It’s like I planned it 🙂

Trying a Photo Transfer on a Gelli Plate Print

I saw a video about doing photo transfers on to previously printed colored paper from the Gelli plate prints. So I thought I would give it a try. The video showed transferring photos of people’s faces but I decided to try a photo of branches against a winter sky. I did have to fiddle around with the photo to get it more black and white and then I printed it on regular computer paper. I then put matte medium on the photo and on to the printed gelli print. After messing around with getting rid of the extra computer paper with water and rubbing, I finally got it to work. Here’s the card I made.

Gelli Print Card with Photo Transfer

I really like the photo so I think I will try making a few more of these. Hopefully, the process will get better with a little practice. Have a good weekend!

Mono Printing on a Gelatin Plate

Next week our surface design group is meeting and we’re going to be using Gelli plates for printing. I don’t have one and Paula found us a recipe on how to make one of your own. So I thought I would give it a try. It was simple and I already had most of the ingredients, just had to buy four more packets of gelatin.

Gelatin Plate

Here’s the gelatin plate that I made. It is about 8″ x 8″ I decided I really needed to try it out. So I played around with some acrylic paints, stencils and texture plates. There are tons of Youtube videos out there on how to do this and the Gelli Plate company has a really nice set of videos on their blog.

yellow and orange print

Here’s one of the first prints that I made. It only has two layers and definitely needs a few more. I wasn’t sure on how much paint to use. This one I used Golden fluid acrylics and they dried really quickly. Plus I needed to use more paint.

dark and light print

This one was a clean up sort of print. I added a few dots into the middle, let it dry and then added dark purple paint on top. Then you pull the print. It picks up the dried yellow paint on the plate as well as the purple.

Bark Print

This one is two layers with blue over orange-yellow through a stencil that is supposed to represent bark. It looks too much like an animal print to me though. I switched to the high flow Golden acrylics and really liked the way they printed better than the standard acrylics. They don’t dry out as quickly either.

Bark Ghost Print

I love this ghost print after the stencil is pulled off.

Butterfly Ghost Print

And here is another ghost print from a butterfly stencil. I always seem to like the ghost prints better than the first print pulled with the stencil in place.

Scrap Paper

And this is the paper where I cleaned off my brayer. It’s pretty cool too. Have you tried printing from a gelatin plate? It’s pretty fun. I have included the recipe to make your own below that Paula gave us if you’d like to give it a go.

Make Your Own Gelatin Plate Recipe

1 1/2 c. Water
3/4 cup glycerin (Walmart)
3/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% is fine)
7 envelopes gelatin
7 x 7,  or  8 x 8 glass or metal pan without any texture on the bottom
(Walmart or the Dollar Store has good pans)

In a microwaveable bowl, mix cold water and gelatin together with a whisk. Add alcohol and glycerin into bowl, mix. Microwave 3 mins. Remove and stir. Repeat till mixture is hot and clear. The mixture may still have a yellowish color to it. Do not boil. It took Paula 4 round of 3 minutes in her microwave to get mixture clear an hot. It took me one round of 3 minutes. Microwaves are variable so just keep a close eye on it. Pour into pan and let set over night. Try to remove any air bubbles from the surface. The painting surface will be the bottom of the pan which will be very smooth. Make sure to use a glass pan that is smooth inside. When set, use your fingers to pull the gel from the edge of the pan.  Once suction is released, it will come out of pan easily. Do not use a knife.

Christmas on Halloween?

I made a couple of stencils today based on poinsettias. I made two different sizes of the same design.

Hand cut stencil by Ruth Lane

This is the larger size and you can see I still have the cut out pieces too. If you’re careful, you can use these for a negative/positive image. With this type of plastic though it is hard to hold them in place. Perhaps I’ll try a bit of spray adhesive but I don’t really like that stuff because it gets all over the place.

Hand cut stencil by Ruth Lane

Here’s the small design before I cut it out.

Hand cut stencil by Ruth Lane

And the smaller one cut out. I put a bit of duct tape on the edges because there wasn’t a big enough border and I didn’t want to get paint over the edge.

Hand cut stencils by Ruth Lane

I used one of my silk screened pages and stenciled a few poinsettias on the page. I used a portion of the stencil with green to make the leaves. I think this will make a nice Christmas card. I can scan it in, add some text and I’ll have a nice digital card.

Hand cut stencil by Ruth Lane

Here’s a closer view of the bigger flower.

Silk screen by Ruth Lane

And I added a little yellow ink to this screen printed page. It looks a little more gruesome and fitting for Halloween perhaps than the poinsettias. Happy Halloween!