Monday, October 17, 2016

Let's Have a Little Fun! - Gel Press & ColourArte

Yesterday, I shared a layout that had a pretty neat little tag on it. Today, I want to show you the technique I used.

First, let;s gather our supplies: 
  • Gel Press
  • Paint, (I am using Vivid Ultra-Metallics by ColourArte)
  • Stamp
  • Various Papers
  • A brayer, (mine is a little camera shy!) 

Close Up of the Gel Press: 

The next step, dot up your gel press:

Now, using the brayer, roll the color out on the Gel Press... oh! it looks so pretty! 

Using the stamp, you will stamp on to the Gel Press. When you lift the stamp, you will be lifting color off the press. Have paper to stamp on to ready. This gives you a very cool multi color stamped image and allows you to not waist any paint! 

Now lay your paper, face down, on the Gel Press and rub down with your fingers.

...and wa-la! 

You will be able to get several images from each painting of the Gel Press. The first one bright and the ones after a little less each time. Here are some of my go at its...

Happy Creating! 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

You Met Me Here

Good Morning Loves. I hope you have had a wonderful weekend so far and have managed to squeeze a little creative time in there too! Today, I am getting lost in my studio! I have been finding myself in there more and more or on my patio with my sketch book. This is what makes me happy. Creating. Drawing. Painting. Losing myself in my art while music is playing.  

I have talked a little here and there about the journey I have been on the past couple of years. As I sit here with my cup of coffee and write to you all, I smile. I am happy. My smile is genuine and I finally feel like me again... a bit different, but back to my basics and stripped of all the things that weighed me down. 

As scrapbookers we document our lives: birthdays, holidays, special events. We need not forget to capture the day to day and moments in our personal journey, good & bad. 

The next couple days I will be sharing layouts I created capturing a very special morning. At the beginning of August I went to visit my family in North Carolina. One morning I woke up very early to get to the beach in time to see the sun rise over the ocean. I walked on to the beach, it was breathtakingly beautiful, but when I turned around there was a full rainbow over the city. I spent hours there taking it all in, taking pictures, journaling, and sketching. God met me there that morning to show me, His child, that He is there and has it under control. To let go and let Him. He met me there and covered me in His comfort and grace. 

I started with a black piece of cardstock and ColourArte Vivid Ultra-Metallics. 

A little ripping and tearing and some paper from Heidi Swapp's Sugar Chic line... 

The strip of vintage newsprint is from a bag that I received from a little boutique I went to while there.

The title is a mix match of letters from my letter box... They were not very pretty put together at first, but ColourArte Vivid Ultra-Metallics stepped in and saved the day! 

Once I started piecing the layout together I ended up covering up the music note paper. I added a little bit of mesh for texture, a ribbon that I colored with left over medium from my mat, and a little heavy gesso & painted arrows. The letters "You Met Me Here" were white resist lettering stickers. I used Twinkling H20's to color them and to paint the lines around them. 

The tag... the tag was a lot of fun to make. I used The Gel Press and Vivid Ultra-Metallics. I made several to use throughout the layouts I am doing on this special morning. 

Tutorial coming tomorrow! 

Every time I look at these photos I am reminded that I am truly blessed. 
To me that is what my scrapbooks are meant for... to remind me how blessed I am... family, friends, holidays, events, laughter and love;  my journey through life.

Sending you a wonderfully, blessed day.