Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Leaf printing on fabric

Following the gelli printing I did with leaves on paper, I
have been doing the same on fabric. 
I am pleased with the results.
I just used leaves from the garden. Sage
and lemon balm gave the best prints,  and I have
an endless supply of them.
The fabric I used was some I had printed earlier with 
Procion dyes. The colours which worked best were
greens and blues, with copper and silver. The ones I did
with pinks and purples were quite interesting too.
Now I am thinking how I can make stitched pieces with 
the fabric I have produced. Maybe some  hand embroidery will
look good......

Gelli plate in use for leaf printing

Underside of leaf

Leaf print on fabric

Leaf print on fabric

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Printing with shaving foam

At my mixed media group we have been experimenting with making a
printing plate with shaving foam. It couldn't be simpler! Take a shallow
 plastic tray or box and fill with shaving foam. Surprisingly it creates a firm
surface. Then add in acrylic paints or inks and stir, creating a pattern.
Now take a print of it with paper! It makes great marble effects.
Useful for background pages.It is a simple project for children too. 

Shaving foam ready to print

Paler version, ready to print

Powder paint added into the foam

Marble effect on paper

Subtle marble effect
Print showing the texture of the shaving foam

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Tag Tuesday-Whatever the Weather

This week's theme on Tag Tuesday
"Whatever the weather"
turned out to be  a very accurate
prediction of the weather. The Queen's
90th birthday celebrations, along with
other events such as summer fetes and
village shows have all suffered a little
with our unpredictable weather.
Somehow, we just carry on in spite of it!
For my tag I thought about a Summer fete
with rain.
I used some card stock with several
matching sheets, and collaged some 
pieces on top of the bunting image.
I turned the clouds into rain clouds
and added rain drops.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Tag Tuesday-I Spy with My Little Eye

This week on Tag Tuesday our theme is "I spy with  my little eye"
This was a nice challenge, plenty of scope
to do anything I wanted.
I decided to go for B and Butterflies, using my new
wooden print blocks from Colouricious .
I thought you would like to see a photo of them!
Aren't they lovely?! I am making lots of prints with them!

......Something beginning with B

Here is my tag.
I stamped a background with a Beauty,
added some Butterflies and Buttons.
The words were written with  gel pens.
They didn't turn out as well as I hoped,
I wish I had stamped them now. I popped
into my studio last thing at night, and
decided to finish off my tag! I probably
should have waited till the morning!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Leaf prints

 I decided to try printing with leaves and a gelli plate. The underside
of the leaf works best, and I used 2 different shades
of green with blue and a little yellow.

Gelli plate and leaves for printing

Print with leaves on paper

Print with gelli plate

Print made with leaves carved from foam

Friday, 3 June 2016

Birds and Butterflies crayon rubbings

The first thing I do with print blocks is to take wax crayon rubbings. I find that this helps understand the lights and darks, and to familiarise  myself with the patterns.

Wax crayon

Wax crayon

Inktense pencil