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Chasing Away the Blank Page

Let’s chase away the blank page and say goodbye to all the pressure that can accompany that blankness, by gel printing directly in the journal.   Why do I love to start an art journal page this way? Is it because every drop of paint is used?  Is it because there is zero pressure? Is it because it’s exciting to see the colors mingle? Yes to all of them!

Watch Gel Printing, Stamping and Mousse in an Art Journal on YouTube.

If you’re looking for more ways to use your gel plate, to play with the rainbow and never make mud, and to have fun printing then check out the self paced Gel Printing FUNdamentals.

What’s that texture tool I used to make the pattern? It’s textured wallpaper.  What can you do if you don’t have that lying around? Have any of those embossing folders? Those will create a raised pattern on the paper that you can use just the way I did the textured wallpaper.

The gel plate was my “ink pad” for stamping.  And by ink pad, what I mean is a place to put the paint so that not a drop is wasted.  The paint left of the plate after I was done stamping was used to make prints.

The ghost print made me extremely happy but what about the other print?  It didn’t rock my world.  That happens sometimes.  But I’m keeping that print because I know it too will become one I love.  How I build up layers, the decision process for how to transform ho hum prints into something so much more is all a part of Gel Printing FUNdamentals.

Once it is stamped, then it is time to cover up the background with a touch of white.

If you’re wondering how to carve a big stamp, I’ve shared my process in this video.

On top of the white paint is white Mousse. What is Mousse by Marabu? It is like a texture paste with a fine grit to it that dries in a few minutes.  I used white and put it through my Rembrandt’s Words stencil . White on white is tough to see.  But it wasn’t going to be white for very long!

By going over it with an Art Crayon, the Mousse was grabbing the color.  Art Crayons react to water, so using a baby wipe, the color blends and smears and moves easily. It’s so creamy that you can also just use your finger to move it around too.

In the video, you’ll see the “struggle” I went through to cover up this background. It always adds an extra bit of excitement for me when part of me wants to keep something and part of me wants to cover it up.

Of course, nothing is every really fully covered, like here where the background peeks out from around and under the pink.

Here’s where I stopped playing today because of the Art Crayons.  Right now they are creamy but if I give them some time to dry, they will become matte.  That means things like colored pencils will be able to write on them.  Love that it can be creamy to start then matte when dry because it gives me so many options for how to use it!

Now you know one of the ways I deal with the blank page so next time you feel any pressure from a crisp, new page, grab your gel plate and get that color on there!

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!


Paint Pouring Palooza is a one day workshop filled with the rainbow!  Join me for this in-person workshop where you’ll make ten canvases, giving you hands-on experience with multiple pouring techniques.  I’ll walk your through each technique step-by-step so that you will have all the knowledge you need to make canvases that make people say WOW!

Get registered and join the fun!

Zero experience required to do this.  Really.  How do I know that? Because every time I have taught someone how to do acrylic pours, they gasp with excitement when they see their painting develop before their eyes.

What supplies do you need to bring?  All you need to bring is an apron.  Everything else, and I mean everything, is included.  Deco Art Pouring medium, cell making additives (yes, more than 1),  paints, 10 canvases (8×10 size) and more.  Everything you need to make ten canvases in one day. Even lunch is included from Evonda’s Cafe.

What’s the benefit of making 10 in one day? The play and the practice.

When you make only 1, there is extra pressure to make it “good”. That pressure is often what makes it “not good”.  The more canvases you pour, the more comfortable and relaxed you are with the process.  Paint Pouring Palooza guides you get over the hesitation and immerses you in the play.

Having 10 finished means you have gifts ready to give or you can fill a wall in your home.  I’ll be sharing how to do the backing and mounting and hanging of the canvases with you also.

You get to try multiple techniques as you put in to practice the technical information you’re learning.  As you have questions, I’m right there answering them and guiding you through the process. Here are just some of the technical skills you’ll know after our day together

  • how to build a composition of color as your pour
  • cell making techniques
  • tips and tricks to adding paint to the cup to get the results you want
  • how to mix up your own custom pouring recipe
  • how to keep brights bright
  • what makes the glossy shine
  • most of all, having all your questions answered as you’re pouring.

How will you get 10 wet canvases home?  They need to dry before you take them home so you can come back and pick them up later in the week and if you’re from out of town, Glenda, our amazing host, will box them up and ship them to you once they are dry.  You’ll just pay the actual shipping cost.

When? December 1st, 2018 10am-5pm

Where? Pendleton Art Center, in Middletown, Ohio, basically at the top of Cincinnati. To the north for those of you who prefer cardinal directions.

Cost?  $150 includes everything but the apron so no hunting for the “right” supplies, no gathering up of a long list of needed items, all you have to do is show up with an apron ready to have fun.

Join me for some in person play at Paint Pouring Palooza, where you’ll be making 10 canvases.  Yes, 10 in one day! That means you’ll have a stack of gifts ready to give or keep for your own walls. No experience needed to create canvases that take your breath away.



ATC Sized Stencils!

New stencils at StencilGirl!  I say stencils because this is one stencil that includes 9 ATC sized stencils plus 2 masks are included.  It’s my ATC mixup stencil that I created in the format inspired by Mary Beth Shaw. She created the first ATC stencils and what a great idea she had!

How can you use this stencil?  Check out the video to see how use one little stencil to cover a larger area, how to line up patterns seamlessly that don’t line up, how to add more!  If you’ve never cut a stencil before, in the video, I share how I do that plus using tape to widen the edges.

Watch on YouTube.

ATC Mix Up stencil is available at StencilGirl Products.

The 3 women stencil includes the mask of them.  Just use a craft knife or sharp scissors to cut them apart.  At the end of the video, I walk you through that process.

Why is it so handy to have the mask and the stencil? It lets  you see exactly where to stencil. I positioned the stencil on this poured paint tag until I found just the right spot to put the mask.

Drips add a creative touch to your art play and when you add them with a stencil there is no waiting forever for the drips to dry.  Plus you can make them cover whatever space you need.

Here, I stenciled it once, then put the stencil on the last drip.  It isn’t a perfect match, nor does it have to be.  It will look like one big stencil but you know the trick.  It’s just a little one used over and over.

Notice how I slid the stencil down for the second placement so the paint was even drippier on that side.

The Alternating Diamonds stencil is a repeating pattern which means you can just line it up and repeat it as many times as you want.

The stencil also lets you put the color on the blank spaces.  This is a hand drawn stencil so it has a touch of artful wonky to it.  When using the stencil to do the yellow, it won’t match up machine perfect so you get these wonderful bits of plain paper on the edges.

This might be my favorite design on the stencil because of how versatile it is.  You can repeat it just as it is, but you can also alter the pattern.

Notice how as I am lining up the stencil, only 2 of the 3 lines are connecting.  But since the lines are evenly spaced, you can do that and mix up the order.

In the video, you’ll see all the ways that I alter the pattern just by picking and choosing which parts to use. The lines make it a snap to do it and customize what I need to fill the space.

Here’s another poured paint tag that became the background for the Scribble Scratch. This is a pattern that does not repeat.  It won’t line up but that doesn’t stop me from using it like a repeating pattern stencil. How? It’s all in the video for you!

You can find this ATC mix up stencil and more at StencilGirl Products!