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Can you use an ear of corn for gel printing? Why not! Anything I am willing to get paint on if fair game when it comes to printing!
Just brush on the paint and roll it on the plate! Using something natural, like a dried ear of corn, creates an organic pattern on the gel plate. Plus it’s fun to roll that pattern!
I’m a city girl, so the only time I see dried ears of corn is around Thanksgiving but a friend who is more in the know about farm things said you can get ears of dried corn at farmer feed type stores, some pet stores, and from Amazon.
You can use a little or a lot paint. You can roll it on the plate once or multiple times. My favorite print below was lots of paint and rolling the ear of corn on there multiple times.
Here’s a close up of the detail in the print. My friend, Cat Kerr, was right! Black paper is fantastic for gel printing!
If you’re getting started gel printing and wondering how make a print or looking for ideas to start a print, then check out my free video and pdf, 600 Gel Printing Ideas for Beginners. Yes, it really has 600 ideas in it!
Here are the supplies used. Some of these links may be affiliate links which means I may get a small percentage and it doesn’t cost you anything extra! And you get a really good feeling knowing that you are helping keep the free tutorials coming!
When you use a stencil you have options. You can use the entire stencil or just part of it. In the video, you’ll see how I take the Wrought Iron stencils I created for StencilGirl and build up layers using just pieces and parts of the designs. Having this option means you can get more out of all of your stencils!
How did today’s page begin? Whenever I have excess paint at the end of a play session, I use it up on a nearby art journal page. Then, at some point I come along and add more layers to it, like in today’s video.
3 things to keep an eye on if you want crisp stenciling
The paint. Thicker, heavy body paints are less likely to run under the stencil.
The amount of paint. If there’s a lot of paint, it’s more likely to run under the stencil. Less paint on the sponge makes it easier to get crisp lines.
How you’re pouncing. Going in an up and down motion or side to side? Doing it gently or pushing down with force? Gently pouncing in an up and down motion makes it easier to get crisp lines. Going side to side or pushing down with more force is more likely to give you the looser, more imperfect look.
Art journal pages are not like milk. They don’t have an expiration date and they won’t go “bad”. This page will wait patiently for me to come back to it. It might be in a week or a month, and I’ll add another layer when it calls to me. By working in layers, I’m able to squeeze play in around my must do things, all that adulthood responsibility stuff.
Do I love the whole image or the pieces and parts more? Hard to say because they are used so differently. I love the full image, it works as a wonderful focal image. I also love the touches of pattern, like the circles below. They’re ideal when I want to add a little touch of pattern here and there. Or in a lot of places, like on this art journal page.
What I love the most is the versatility of having the option to use it all at once or just pick out specific elements to use. Stencils give you lots of options and if you’re ready to understand stencils more fully and get the most out of them then check out my online workshop, The Joy of Stenciling.
Here are the supplies used. Some of these links may be affiliate links which means I may get a small percentage and it doesn’t cost you anything extra! Plus you get a really good feeling knowing that you are helping keep the free tutorials coming!
This is a quick and easy way to create the layered look of stacked speech bubbles. The trick is the first layer, and after that, it’s just filling in the space! The stencil I’m using is Speech Bubbles that I designed for StencilGirl Products, and yup, you get the masks (the cutout areas of the speech bubbles) with that set too!
Colors are added randomly and not randomly. The first colors are randomly placed, then as I add more, I’m consciously making sure that a color isn’t next to itself.
The plan for this colorful conversation was to have the words inside the speech bubbles, but plans change. Why? Because there was a different message or meaning that revealed itself during the play. In the video, I share why I chose to put the words in the white space.
This is just one way to use a stencil, there are a gaboodle of other ways you can use them. If you’re looking to go in depth on stencils, check out The Joy of Stenciling.
Here are the supplies used. Some of these links may be affiliate links which means I get a small percentage and it doesn’t cost you anything extra! And you get a really good feeling knowing that you are helping keep the free tutorials coming!
*****The yellow watercolor that I used has been discontinued- it was QoR hansa yellow medium. The bright purple that I used is one of the colors in the set of neon paints listed below. All other colors are individually listed below.*****
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