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1  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: April 16, 2018 07:20:50 PM
Here is one of the gel prints done with alcohol inks.

I squirt 2 colors first, brayer it to cover gel plate, then lay a stencil on top, and add a few more colors in spots. Let that dry - about 10 - 20 minutes, depending on how much ink you use and where you live.

Remove stencil and let dry some more - make sure there are no puddles that aren't dry. When it is all dry, roll a layer of acrylic paint and pull the print.

Here is a detail shot:

I have another design drying - will post pics if it looks good.
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2  Re: Prayer Flag twinkle - Round 8 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: April 04, 2018 10:14:58 PM
Yay! I finally finished my flag. And boo! It's crooked. Oh well...story of my life!

I'm trying to not buy stuff and just make stuff....don't look at that envelope of new stamps. They were, umm, a present, yeah a present. For not buying stuff..... Wink
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3  Re: Prayer Flag Swap - Round 8 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: March 31, 2018 03:58:13 PM
I received my second flag from Rosie1981:

It has two of my themes - she persisted and peace. Love the birds - are those hot glue embellishments?

Thanks, Rose!

I am working on my flag, hope to finish tonight.
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4  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: March 28, 2018 09:37:36 PM
I have been gelli printing up a storm - nothing earth-shattering, just playing. I tried to follow/accomplish the Birgit Koopsen 31 Days of Gelli Printing but I have a difficult time keeping up. I try to finish 3 - 6 prompts but it gets overwhelming.

I am tonight using alcohol inks on the gel plate and it's fun but there is a lot of drying time. I will post a few photos tomorrow night if the results are interesting. You squirt the ink or inks on (several colors if you like) and then add texture - stencils, bubble wrap, foam or rubber stamps and let that layer dry. Apply a THIN coat of paint to lift off - it's a subtle effect.

I've also noticed that if you lift paint off your plate with a glossy magazine page, you often get a reverse image of the magazine page. If you let that layer dry and add another layer of paint - you get a transfer image!

This page was an index of artists and galleries - not so exciting but I was thrilled that it happened unexpectedly.

I am trying with fashion-y pages but it's tricky getting the right amount of paint correct.

There several YouTube tutorials - search Shannon Green, Gelli Arts and Joggles if you want/need more info on these techniques.
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5  Re: Prayer Flag Swap - Round 8 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: March 28, 2018 06:48:56 PM
I received from Abbeeroad - She persisted

Love the hand-painted fabric, the crazy quilt look and the sentiment.
Here is a close up of the details.

Thanks so much Abbie! I might hang it on the door of my apartment!
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6  Re: MDS- February 2018 SCIENCE GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: March 11, 2018 07:42:09 PM
I received the most awesome dotee from newbie dotee-maker loves2experiment.
I listed the Big Bang Theory and Amy Farrah Fowler as favorites and look what I got!

One of the smoking monkeys from Dr. Fowler's addiction study.

There's no hanging loop, but the tail is wired so I can hang it wherever!

And I was looking for my favorite Amy Farrah Fowler quotes - "I'm giving him lung cancer, the least I can do is let him hang out and watch cable." AFF

Sheldon - "Are you worried about second hand smoke?"

AFF - "No, the real danger is him biting my face off while I sleep."

There is a Facebook page dedicated to the monkey - https://www.facebook.com/Amy-Farrah-Fowlers-smoking-monkey-221153114568365/

Thanks so much!

P.S. I received a gorilla and a monkey - maybe next month I should ask for Mickey Dolenz?  Grin
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7  MDS- February 2018 SCIENCE GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: March 04, 2018 09:31:25 PM


Smmarrt 03/12/18 >> cmarion3
cmarion3 03/05/18 >> PerfectlyBohemian
PerfectlyBohemian 03/07/18 >> LadybugsandBumblebees
LBABB 03/10/18 >> loves2experiment
loves2experiment 03/07/18 >> Smmarrt

RED - Sent
LIME GREEN - Received
PURPLE - Feedback posted
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8  Re: MDS Swap - January 2018 - Fauna - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: February 21, 2018 03:01:50 PM
Here is the dotee made by Sarasmile for me. I requested 'jungle animals' as one of my themes.
Look at this sweet gorilla:

Thanks so much Sara!

P.S. Great minds think alike? - we both made fairly traditional felt dotees!
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9  Re: Mixed Media Valentine Swap Gallery: Part Deux (SENDOUTS EXTENDED TO MON. FEB. 6) in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: February 17, 2018 12:10:41 PM
I received this rocking' red heart from alwaysinmyroom.
It is made from stash items and little bits from other Craftsterers - I love that!

The front is fabric made with lots of scraps and red thread and fabric stabilizer and I'll tell you when I opened the tissue paper it was wrapped in - only one tiny piece had escaped! The button is from rackycoo, the loop from batgirl and the tassel from craftylittlemonkey.

The back is handprinted canvas  - just what I like to do also.

Thank you so much, Linda. Now to find the perfect place to hang it so I can see it daily!

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10  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: February 13, 2018 05:54:16 PM
I agree with all the tips posted.

I use craft paints and artist or student acrylics interchangeably - I find that the type of paper I use can affect the outcomes but sometimes it is the paint. I often stencil on top of blah gelli prints - and yes to black, white and metallics to add zing.

This video has changed the way I make prints - it helps use the entire surface of whatever size paper you are using:


So instead of printing a whole page, I print a quarter or a half. Then I can work on several papers at once. If there is a yucky part, I just cover or stencil over it or something. I print a few solid colors first, then a layer with stencils and then foam stamps or other mark making tools (bubble wrap, texture plates, etc.)

I'll get some pics up when I get home tonight.

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