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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along on: January 08, 2017 06:10:42 AM
There was one technique that they used, on the gelli blog site, using texture medium on printed paper - so scrapbook paper would work.  They used gel medium instead of paint to put a pattern onto the scrapbook paper, over a stencil.  Soft gel would probably brayer best.  So either brayer the medium onto gelli, lay a stencil on top as a resist, then smooth the paper over, or layer a stencil down, brayer medium on, lift stencil, then lay paper (and then you can do an opposite image with the medium on the stencil too).  Let that dry, then used a stain or ink to colour out the exposed paper.  Buff the areas where the gel medium is, and that is where the pattern will be.  

I made up this tag yesterday - using some of the Dina Wakley stamps I mentioned, and also the one of myself I made for the Craftster Trading Cards... I found the Lucky lager cap and it made me start thinking of luck, Friday the 13th, and the Fates.



 
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32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along on: January 08, 2017 05:04:58 AM
I tried cheap paints for the gelli - as in the dollar store paints - that was disappointing.  It lacked the viscosity to give a good layer of paint - the brayer tended to just pick it up and move it around, rather than lay a nice, even layer of paint.  Student grade and craft grade would probably be the cheapest I would go - and you can always find sales at the art supply stores.  With the art college near where I work, I think the art stores around usually have a really good sale around May and in September, and one store has a great tent sale a couple of times a year - so I have picked up stuff at great prices. 

I have also been pretty  happy with the store brands from the local Toronto art stores.  I have also had them last a long time.

What I want is to get some of the smaller size gellis - like the little shaped ones, to stamp with.  Maybe I may get the cheaper one at Michaels (50% coupon week this week!) and cut it.

How does the tyvek cut with an exacto blade?  I have to admit, I have gone stencil crazy - I have quite a collection now.  But I will also say that I look for stencils on clearance or when there is a discount code, so many I have bought for a dollar or two.
33  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Christmas Ornament Swap 2016 - Send out Dec. 3. on: January 07, 2017 12:31:19 PM
Well, one package seems lost in transit, so an angel has been arranged for the last package, then I can close out this swap.
Oh no! Was it mine? I can make another!

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No worries, I think all yours were received Smiley
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along on: January 07, 2017 09:59:39 AM
... and it is building wrap or somesuch too - so if you have contractors/renovators as friends or family - get them to give you scraps of stuff for crafting too... Jim literally has a bucket outside full of rusting stuff for me, and he is where I can get some nice wood scraps for stamp blocks, etc.  I reuse a lot of packaging too - especially thin cardboard, rather than buying chipboard.
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along on: January 07, 2017 09:36:32 AM
I'm also a fan of the Canson Mix Media paper. It's very good quality for the price and readily available. You can wet it, work it and abuse it, and it doesn't disintegrate like so many others. Yes, a page will curl if you wet it, but it will flatten very well again if you put a weight on it as it dries. It's not easy to find another paper for art journals that is thick enough to work (no bleed-through, takes collage and paint, etc.) but is thin enough to make a practical journal out of. Most watercolour paper, for example, is too thick to fold properly and makes a very bulky book. I've just made myself a new journal for this year from Mix Media paper, and with 184 pages it's only a little over an inch thick.

Wulf

Actually, I quite like it too - I think that was what I used when I made those mini canvas journals last Summer/Fall, sewing the pages in.  I do love the water colour paper too (Canson XL - very affordable - but cold pressed and textured) - but you are right, they are quite thick, so I save them for the fronts of cards, or surface decoration.

Another craftster, sorry, can't remember who now, did make a journal with mixed pages to accommodate different types of media, and I thought that was quite smart too.

I like the face stamps they featured and some of her washi tape patterns.  Looking at her site, they are quite pricey.  I am expecting that Michaels will price up also.  If her stuff shows up here, I will save them for coupon days or when it is buy one get one free deals or somesuch.  

I have picked up a lot of Dina Wakley stamps and stencils on sale too - quite like her aesthetic as well, as well as Tim Holtz - lots of their stuff at Michaels and online too.

As for the Friday the 13th challenge - I may have some ideas - I found a wee bit of trash on my walk with Troy yesterday that started the hamster in my head running on it's little wheel.
36  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Christmas Ornament Swap 2016 - Send out Dec. 3. on: January 07, 2017 09:32:30 AM
Well, one package seems lost in transit, so an angel has been arranged for the last package, then I can close out this swap.

37  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Altered Tea Tin Swap (SIGNUP 1/1/17-1/15/17 ; MAIL BY 2/20/17). on: January 06, 2017 01:50:06 PM
Well, whatever you can do to an altoid tin, you can to a tea tin too!  Minus the hinges usually though...
38  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Rise of the Cougars Geezer Swap, Round 7 SIGNUPS 1/1/17-1/13/17, SENDOUTS 4/1/17 on: January 06, 2017 01:40:18 PM
Put a little extra something special in my Geritol please... I need a little pick me up to get me going...
39  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Star Wars Vintage Bed Sheet Bag - Swoon Blanche on: January 06, 2017 01:38:33 PM
...  Awesome....

... and I am 80% certain I have those sheets somewhere in the bedroom now - they were Jim's from when he was a kid, and I am certain his mom sent them with him when we moved to this house together.
40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along on: January 06, 2017 01:36:16 PM
I love the gelli prints on fabric too - then they can be used in cool sewn projects.
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