This month Altered Pages is partnering with Gel Press to bring you projects featuring mono prints. Today I've made several backgrounds perfect for the Spring or Easter season.
I started by getting out my spare microwave tray that I use for messy projects. I keep it for my gel plate so that I can use a good amount of paint without worry.
I chose acrylic paint colors in bright pastels and placed drops at random on the Gel Press plate then used my brayer to lightly blend them together. Be gentle so that all of the paints don't blend together.
After they were blended, I placed a blank ATC face down on the paint and pressed lightly. In between prints, clean off your brayer on scrap paper. You can make more than one print off of each design or wipe it off and start all over. I did both here. Wiping both the plate and brayer will allow you to keep your colors brighter because there is less color blending.
In the end, I have 8 different but coordinating ATC backgrounds. The two on the bottom in the center were the prints where I didn't clean off the plate in between prints. You can see they are a little darker.
I chose two butterfly images for my Spring ATCs. In order to mimic flight, I like to use two types of adhesive. I use a double sided tape on the body and foam dimensional squares on the wings. The different sized sayings were simply glued in place and a black gel pen was used to draw the lines.
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