Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Gelli Plate 12x12 One Sheet Wonder

Thanks for hopping over to see more of Club Scrap's Hydrangreas collection at work. I've been on a Gelli Arts kick lately, and couldn't resist playing with my 8" round printing plate and the huge masking stencil included in the Lite kit.

I followed the steps shown in the latest Gelli Arts video about a technique called Faux Chine Colle. I find that learning new techniques takes practice, but I was pretty happy with the results of my first attempt. Then I used the collage print as a "one sheet wonder" to create a layout and cards.

Here's how you can do it, too . . .

1. Select some text weight collage papers such as pages from an old atlas, dictionary, maps, phone book, etc. You could even use the text weight collage prints we include in the Club Stamp kit every month!

2. Tear the sheets to an appropriate size to fit onto a 12x12 White Plain (80# Cover Weight) base paper.

3. Cover the back of each collage piece thoroughly with CS Bookbinding Glue. Leave no area unglued! TIP: Protect your work surface with an old magazine while you glue the paper; turn to a fresh page for each piece. Burnish the pieces onto the paper with a bone folder.

4. Locate your stencils, 8" plate, brayer, and acrylic paints while the collage piece dries.

5. Squeeze a few pea-sized dabs of paint onto the plate and roll with a brayer until smooth.

6. Place the Hydrangeas stencil onto the plate and cover with a piece of light weight paper. Burnish the paper onto the plate and "pull" the print. Do not remove the stencil.

7. With the stencil in place, brayer a different color onto the plate. (In this case, yellow. And I'm sorry . . . I got a little carried away and forgot to take a photo of this step.) Remove the stencil and press the collage sheet onto the plate to pull the print. Cool part: The paint that was protected by the stencil will contrast with the second layer of paint application around it.

8. Repeat steps five through seven a few more times.

9. Incorporating those nifty stencils from the Geometrics collection is very effective. Do you have them yet? They are back in stock!

10. Keep going until you feel like stopping. Hind site being 20/20, I would have prepared about ten more 12x12 collage sheets before I got started with the paint.

11. After the paint is dry, trim the sheet at 11, 8 and 4". Cut each 4x12 horizontally at 10.5 and 5.25".

12. Use the trimmed elements to create four 4.25x5.5" cards and a 12x12 layout.

It's such a cool artistic effect with the contrasting paint colors and text behind it.
Each panel was matted with black and attached to a Hydrangeas Yellow card base.
Stamp directly onto the panels with India Black ink. 

Hop along now to see what Hetty has been up to at Craft Chaos! If you'd like to go to the top of the hop, stop in at Club Scrap Creates.