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Art journal page using a Gelli Plate print, Catalyst tool, and Backporch Artessa stamps

A Gelli Plate is just like having your own private paper store. Using old scrapbook papers and dictionary pages with the Gelli Plate I unintentionally created a coordinating set of papers!  These papers sparked my art journal page for Artsy Fartsy.

Why did I have my Gelli Plate out?  Because it is time for another Artsy Fartsy challenge with Maria McGuire!  I get so excited for Artsy Fartsy, not only because I am arting but the excitement I feel when I know the posts will go live and I can click over and see what she’s created.  Love how we each follow the same guidelines but in our own ways.  Be sure to stop over and see what she made using the same 3 things.  The 3 things for this challenge were a Gelli Plate, any of the Catalyst tools, and any stamp by The Backporch Artessa.

Here are some of the prints I made.  There are layers of stamps from The Backporch Artessa, Kari McKnight Holbrook.  Her huge 8 1/2 x 11″ stamps are sturdy polymer that work well on the Gelli Plate, on polymer clay, with ink pads – anything I’ve tried them on they have worked.  You can check out my post and video here on using stamps with a Gelli Plate.  The dark blue layer of circles was created with Catalyst tools.  In the quick video I show you how I used it.

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Gelli Plate print with Backporch Artessa stamps


The faces on the top right of this one called to me so I decided to start here for an art journal page.





Art journal page using a Gelli Plate print, Catalyst tool, and Backporch Artessa stamps


The face was too subtle for my mood today so I ripped out a bolder woman.  The dark blue behind her – well that was from the paper I used to clean my brayer.





Art journal page using a Gelli Plate print, Catalyst tool, and Backporch Artessa stamps


She felt very royal to me but she isn’t the type of royalty that wears a crown so I put the understated crowns near her.




Art journal page using a Gelli Plate print, Catalyst tool, and Backporch Artessa stamps


While printing the papers I used a top layer of silver Amsterdam paint and a stamp.  It left a very subtle shimmer that added to the mystery of her.



A white Stabilo Pencil (which writes easily on just about any surface) on the blue summed up what I felt about this woman. “Just because you can’t see my crown doesn’t mean I’m not royalty.”

Art journal page using a Gelli Plate print, Catalyst tool, and Backporch Artessa stamps Stencil Test Drive

Be sure to stop back on Thursday because it is time for another Stencil Test Drive with Jessica Sporn!  Test driving her random squares stencil will be Diana Trout, Seth Apter, Kristin Dudish, Corrine Gillman, and Jessica of course!


Linking up with Inspire Me Monday, Creative Every Day, Make It Monday, and Art Journal Journey.

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  • ~*~ Patty January 20, 2013, 8:25 pm

    Hello from Art Journal Journey
    Your gelli print pages are wonderful…my favorite colors…VERY inspiring!

  • Michelle January 20, 2013, 9:28 pm


    Wow, I am absolutely loving this technique! The results are amazing.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

  • Maria McGuire January 20, 2013, 10:04 pm

    I love that we both did swirls with the Catalyst tool! I also loved that you explained them and I didn’t 🙂 I love the colors in your piece–the face is perfect!

  • Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours January 20, 2013, 10:05 pm

    She’s lovely Carolyn! I really like this piece…the sentiment and the rich layers. Oh the layers you create with that gelli plate…. xx

  • Mary C. Nasser January 20, 2013, 10:14 pm

    So very inspiring, Carolyn!
    You never cease to amaze me! 🙂

  • Faye January 20, 2013, 10:27 pm

    Hello Your project is Fantastic. Visited from MIM. Faye

  • Birgit January 20, 2013, 10:41 pm

    This is a brilliant collage of different monoprint pieces. 3 crowns to you.
    Thank you for all the very inspiring videos.

  • Stamping Shanni January 20, 2013, 11:07 pm

    Carolyn this is such a work of art. I love the different processes and the cool way that you used the tools, especially the brayering aspect. Came via MIM.
    Stamping Shanni

  • froebelsternchen January 21, 2013, 2:16 am

    and I love this BLUE GREEN DREAM!

  • Nordljus January 21, 2013, 4:17 am

    That sounds fun! Love the prints, and your journal page is gorgeous.

  • Corrine January 21, 2013, 9:54 am

    Love these colors….and the printing with your gelli madness, always something new to see with you my friend….xox

  • Rene January 21, 2013, 10:09 am

    Wow! This is amazing and so beautiful! Thank you so much for joining us at Make it Monday this week! Don’t forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at our second prize! Good luck and I hope to see you back soon!
    Rene ;D

  • Judy Shea January 21, 2013, 11:59 am

    You are Gellinspirational, girl. There is no end. I love the rubber tools.. I have one but now that I’ve seen this…………..

  • Marja January 21, 2013, 12:28 pm

    What a great results with your plate . Really fantastic Carolyn.
    lovely greet

  • Jenny Lee January 21, 2013, 12:42 pm

    So pretty. My favorite colors! Ahhh… the beloved Gelli plate.

  • cat @ sea.sky.stone. January 21, 2013, 1:00 pm

    Your awesome gelli plate creations and the thought of having a private paper store of MY own have convinced me. I soooooo need to get one, and soon!

  • Pauline Leger January 21, 2013, 1:53 pm

    Carolyn, your colors are always so beautiful and calming… i can tell you’re having so much fun here. I’ll bet you’re a hoot in person. 😉 Beautiful pages and i laughed at the crown comment. Damn straight you’re a queen, girl! xox

  • Kathy Gledsdale January 21, 2013, 2:16 pm

    This is so pretty!

  • aga January 21, 2013, 2:25 pm

    Dear Carolyn this is absolutely magic and inspiring. I love it. Have a lovely week.

  • sharon January 21, 2013, 3:05 pm

    Awesome page love those blues and green

  • Valerie-Jael January 21, 2013, 3:08 pm

    Great colours and i love those stamps! Hugs, Valerie

  • Kay Wallace January 21, 2013, 4:30 pm

    Absolutely LOVE this woman, Carolyn! The subtlety means she could be you or me or Eleanor Roosevelt! She just has so much character and lends that character to your journal page eloquently! One of my favorites!

  • Bev January 21, 2013, 10:18 pm

    I’ve been loving the gelli plate as well.
    Love all the effects you achieved – gorgeous artpiece as well.
    Thanks for sharing all the how to’s .

  • Bunny January 22, 2013, 4:06 pm

    Amazing card. Looks like you put your heart in it. I saw it on MIM.

  • Anita Houston January 23, 2013, 2:38 am

    A perfect title and so true! I still haven’t broken the seal yet…soon!

  • lorraine January 23, 2013, 6:49 am

    like the colours and effect on this

  • Piarom January 23, 2013, 1:22 pm

    Hello from AJJ, your blue princess is so beautiful!!! love the green and the silver goes along….thank you for another wonderful treat for the gelly plate…♥

  • Marjie Kemper January 25, 2013, 10:07 am

    Such gorgeous pages! I can see why you love that repeating pattern… its fabulous. Thanks for the tip that we can remove those tools from the handles.

  • karin January 25, 2013, 3:17 pm

    gorgeous gelli plate pages!