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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day February 2018 Craftalong on: February 19, 2018 02:02:38 PM
aw darn i was so busy all month i didn't even get to craft!There are still a few days left,hopefully work won't be too exhausting!!!
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Ami Cat Transformation on: February 19, 2018 01:41:06 PM
That's amazing!

how long did it take to make? I never thought of just jumbo sizing a pattern, i would think it would work up almost as quick as a small version! Gotta try this myself!!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along on: February 12, 2018 12:26:34 PM
clm - those look awesome!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day February 2018 Craftalong on: February 01, 2018 02:07:10 PM
OH, I'll join!! my list will be here!

1. Designed new stencils for gelli printing.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along on: January 30, 2018 09:50:38 AM
more suggestions:

i rarely use more than three colors in a print. Try using the lightest color first, and darkest color last.

I don't like a lot of white in my prints so I usually do my first print by putting color all over the plate, add some texture by putting down a stencil and lifting it off before i print. that way the whole print is the same color, but the stencil had kind of left a bit of a ghost in the paint. SO it's not just a solid color it has some interest to it.

Sometimes I put the stencil on the plate first before adding paint, then i take the stencil off before printing. This works well for crisp prints. Sometimes i put paint on first before the stencil. Keep the stencil on when printing, and then take the stencil off, the paint under the stencil is usually still wet and makes a great inverse design to use on another paper.

also i'm not and expert by any means, this is just stuff I learned from lots of trial and error.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along on: January 30, 2018 09:08:21 AM
Photo hosting is still not working here so I can't show you yet. I used bottles of inexpensive acrylic paint, not the cheapest but average.
Craftylittlemonkey - sorry I hadn't had a chance to reply with helpful info until now.

Number one thing Is don't give up yet, practice and don't expect to get great prints right away.

I gotta go switch to my computer and I'll see what else I can share. Brb

as for muddy colors i have a few suggestions:
1. make sure you get all the previous paint off the plate before you add new paint. Do this by having an extra paper nearby to put on the plate to clean off any paint that has been left behind. (this is called a ghost print by most gelli printers, once you get the hang of it, this ghost print can be used to make cool layers on another print.) Also, not sure how this works with homemade plates, but wipe it off with a baby wipe or hand sanitizer. (if you don't want to spend a bunch of money you can get both at a dollar tree).
2. Roll off the brayer on a scrap piece of paper and get all that paint off too. (these 'prints' can turn into cool designs too, i have a cheap dollar store notebook filled with roll offs) I also use a baby wipe or wet towel to make sure all paint is off. Make sure the brayer and plate is dry before adding new paint. Try just using colors in the same family first to figure out layering, like try three different purples in different shades.

I used regular craft paint when I first started and once I got the hang of it i bought artist acrylics. But the craft acrylics still worked great, the biggest problem I had with them is that they dry quickly, so either add a little extra paint* so it stays wet longer or get some slow-dri fluid retarder to make the working time longer. You don't need much so the bottle will last a long time. *too much paint can also suck though, so maybe try will a little paint and add a bit until you find a good middle. It really is a lot of trial and error, but once you get it, it'll be great. some Craft paint can also be a bit thin/transparent, so maybe test the paint on a scrap paper to see what it's like before using it in a print.

I wouldn't worry too much about wobbly edges, it add a bit of uniqueness to the prints and if you use your prints for other thing you'll most likely trim down the prints to fit whatever your doing and those edges just don't matter anymore.

Paper, i've never used deli paper So i don't have any suggestions when using it. but I usually just use the value pack cardstock paper from the craft store or scrapbook paper. It does curl quite a bit, but it works well enough I'm ok will dealing with that. Maybe try it on some printer paper to practice. I feel like the paper is more absorbent so the paint sticks better. I don't think I've ever seem deli paper in person but in videos it always looked kind of shiny, maybe that's why it isn't sticking well?

White pen recomendations: Gellyroll Gel Pen 08 Medium Point (you can just get one of these at a michaels for less than $3), or get a paint pen. I don't like the the sharpie ones, Sakura Pen-Touch or pebedo deco marker work great.

questions for you.....
What type of stencils/mask (or things for texture/design/whatever) are you using?
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! on: January 30, 2018 08:58:03 AM
I've been trying very hard not to buy an new supplies until I save enough to get a new car but I've been aching to make more resin peices. Luckily to distract myself from that I decided to organize some of my supplies and found an unopened package of resin!! Wooo! So I made some more resin peices last night.


Dom wanted to try some of the alcohol ink, so we did this one together. He did the pink/yellow side and I did the purple/blue side.


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8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along on: January 27, 2018 12:50:56 PM
I finally tried my homemade gelli plate and I don't know if it's the not-quite-perfect texture of the thing or the low quality of paint I'm using but the prints I made just did not turn out very nicely. Muddy, wobbly edges, paint that stuck and did not stick to the wrong things, ugh. I used deli paper so maybe once it's all dry I can go back over it with stamps etc to salvage the bits that were at least a little interesting. Not sure this is a craft for me though. I am sad  Cry.
Don't give up yet! Can we see pictures, maybe I could help! What paints did you use?

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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! on: January 20, 2018 06:49:35 PM
Those resin pieces are so cool! Did you let the resin set at all before inking? I'd like to try some to use up some jewelry settings. Smiley
I put the resin in the fresh poured resin while it's still fluid and not hardened.

I have no plans for the resin pieces, just really wanted to try it out!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! on: January 18, 2018 04:23:19 PM
Here's the resin peices! Not great lighting but you get the idea! Really pretty in person!


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