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https://youtu.be/cA1z7IpV9iE Why did I use black paint for this gel print? Why did I use a gel plate? Is there a reason why I chose to use watercolor crayons? Yes, there was a logical reason why I made the choices I did and I’m sharing it all with you! When I’ve got a new stencil, [...]

https://youtu.be/eMDPPb9t6qc Trash can be so exciting when gel printing! Those mesh produce bags from the grocery store can do something very cool and customizable but they also surprised me by what they didn’t do! At my grocery store it’s fascinating how many different types of mesh bags are available, some have a very tight weave, [...]

Why I’m Not Using My Art Supplies thumbnail

https://youtu.be/Qvd9xqGgnkE Why am I not using some of my art supplies? A big box of stickers has been on the shelf, and unused. Was it was time to donate them? I loved these stickers for their words, for their shapes, for their patterns but I had to face the hard truth that I hadn’t used [...]

A Controversial Art Journaling Decision thumbnail

https://youtu.be/2xk1SBP61X8 It evokes a strong reaction for some, the controversial thing I’m doing in this video. When I started art journaling, I was scared to cover up layers. OOPS, guess I just spoiled where I come down on this controversy now. Along with this “controversial” move, I’ll be using a gel plate for speedy stenciling [...]

https://youtu.be/S3yq5k0dEtQ What’s the secret to getting gel prints full of pattern with colors that pop? Magic? Random Luck? Nope, but it can feel like that when you don’t know the process. Anyone, including you, can make prints like these when you understand how stencils interact with paint and color on a gel plate. After all, [...]

A Hairbrush on a Gel Plate? YES! thumbnail

https://youtu.be/XuQAyWFCB1Q Anything can become a print making tool when you’re using a gel plate, including a hair brush! This idea came to to me courtesy of the hair brush collections I was cleaning out that my kids had built up over the years. This one was sacrificed for the play. Although it really wasn’t. More [...]

The Patience Fairy thumbnail

https://youtu.be/LWUOZwBag_c The Patience Fairy showed up in my play and along with her, plenty of redos and do overs. This all started with gel prints on tissue paper. Yes, tissue paper is thin, but it can handle gel printing! In the video, I share how to create these using my Twisted Gordian Knot stencil from [...]

All Tied Up in Knots – a stencil, a gel plate, and watercolors thumbnail

https://youtu.be/vSuqxlF9phw What does Alexander the Great, an Oracle, and an unsolvable problem have to do with stencils? It inspired my Gordian Knot stencil collection at StencilGirl Products! A Gordian knot is one without a beginning or end that is impossible to unravel. That is, unless you apply a bit of creative thinking to it. The [...]

Using Shower Curtain Rings on a Gel Plate thumbnail

https://youtu.be/PuaVVzHNWlI What’s the play today? Having fun with shower curtain rings. Not a sentence I ever expected to say…but it’s true! After all, just about anything can be fun when you’re gel printing with it! These are hideously cheap, and not in the good way. But that’s fair since they came free with the bargain [...]

What’s the Purpose of Making Art? thumbnail

https://youtu.be/sJmt1sSiAtc A question I’ve been asked repeatedly over the years is, “What do you do with it?” The it being an art journal or a stack of gel prints or ATCs. This question can be taken two ways. It can be meant in the spirit of what’s the next step in the process or it [...]