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Cardmaking using gel prints and an alphabet stencil tutorial by Carolyn Dube

The Streets of San Francisco were a big part of the inspiration for this alphabet stencil and these cards.  Many moons ago, when watching reruns of the tv show starring Michael Douglas and Karl Malden, there was a kidnapping and the ransom note was individually cut up letters from the newspaper.

The stereotypical ransom note from the the 70’s and 80’s that apparently had a big influence on me because ever since then I have loved wonky and uneven letters.

Watch Gel printing a ransom note inspired card  on YouTube.

The pages started out by gel printing a rainbow of background papers with a Gel Press plate and several pattern stencils from StencilGirl.  If you’re new to gel printing, there’s a getting started guide here.

Cardmaking using gel prints and an alphabet stencil tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Those colorful papers were the base that I stenciled the Ransom Alphabet with black paint.  As long as the supplies were out, making multiples was easy so ample words were ready to be made.  Any letters not used this time will go into the stash and be ready next time I need letters.

Cardmaking using gel prints and an alphabet stencil tutorial by Carolyn Dube

There is ample space between each letter so cutting them out is a breeze.  The pile of mixed up colors and patterns was the goal so I had a variety of letters to build words.

Cardmaking using gel prints and an alphabet stencil tutorial by Carolyn DubeThe nerdy mom in me couldn’t resist making the ROFL (rolling on floor laughing) card just to make my children cringe. They don’t always appreciate it when I act “hip” and “cool”.

I’m off to grab some of the gel prints I’ve made on other days to make more ransom letters and more words!

Cardmaking using gel prints and an alphabet stencil tutorial by Carolyn Dube

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Using a gel plate to make a grid inspired by Matisse's cut outs tutorial by Carolyn Dube

OOPS! The plan was to build the grid with 3 colors by having each color in each row and no color touching itself.  I thought it was a solid plan.

It wasn’t, since after row #2, I was backed into a corner.  Okay, that sounds a bit dramatic but for a fleeting second that is how it felt until I said O.O.P.S. (Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly). When I finsihed the grid with the Cutouts Inspired by Matisse stencil, I realized that this grid was far better than the one I planned.

Using a square Gel Press Plate to build the grid had a side benefit.  Often, when gel printing, the clean up pages become wonderful all on their own.  In the video, you’ll see a brownish blah page become layered with color just from cleaning off the brayer along with tips for how to stencil crisp images.

Watch Making an art journal page with a gel plate and a Matisse inspired stencil on YouTube.

New to gel printing?  I’ve got a step by step guide for making your first print.

Apparently, geometry was not my strength in school.  The proof (yes, pun intended for those who also dreaded writing those in geometry) is that I turned the gel plate square in the video so that it would fit better…um…squares are the same length on each side.

Using a gel plate to make a grid inspired by Matisse's cut outs tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Getting a crisp stencil image is easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Use small amounts of paint or a thick paint, like a heavy bodied paint. If using a thinner paint, just blot the sponge off on scrap paper before stenciling.
  2. Pounce the cosmetic sponge in an up and down motion and not side to side because that is more likely to force the paint underneath it.
  3. Use light pressure when stenciling.  Pushing down with lots of pressure does make it go faster, but it is more likely to make paint squish under the stencil.

Using a gel plate to make a grid inspired by Matisse's cut outs tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Here’s the clean up page created by just cleaning the brayer over and over on a page that had some yucky brown on it. Now I have an interesting background ready to go for another play session.

Using a gel plate to make a grid inspired by Matisse's cut outs tutorial by Carolyn Dube

 

Here are the supplies I 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!


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Leftover scraps become stenciled and watercolored mixed media wall art tutorial by Carolyn Dube

This play came from that thing I wasn’t paying attention to, the scrap paper from cutting out hearts.  I liked the hearts I cut out, but I loved this paper so much so that this is what I used first!  The muse is rather tricky some days.

Watch Leftover Scraps Become Mixed Media Art on YouTube.

This was supposed to be the leftovers, but in reality, it became the focus.  Seeing this made me forget what I had actually planned to do with the hearts and I decided to make something for the wall instead.

Leftover scraps become stenciled and watercolored mixed media wall art tutorial by Carolyn Dube

All that white space was not going to last long with me.  Watercolors filled in the hearts and I didn’t even wait for the white paint to fully dry.

Leftover scraps become stenciled and watercolored mixed media wall art tutorial by Carolyn Dube

In the video you can laugh along as I authoritatively say that the stenciled word must fit in the heart….um…doesn’t have to but that is what I wanted at that moment.  The words all came from my Fridge Poetry stencil.

Leftover scraps become stenciled and watercolored mixed media wall art tutorial by Carolyn Dube

So glad the muse had me ditch my original plan for the hearts and make this instead!

Leftover scraps become stenciled and watercolored mixed media wall art tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Here are the supplies I 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!


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