This week I have been creating some art tiles for a swap, so thought I would continue on this path and create some larger ones for my post today using the Under the Sea Fantasy Stamp Set from Mailbox Muse.
I started by cutting out square tiles from a thick piece of chipboard which was the back cover of a watercolor paper pad. My squares are just under 3 inches in size. I used a square nesting die to trace this size and shape (as the card was a little to thick to die cut) and cut them out with my scissors.
Using some paper scraps, I then die cut some squares using this die. These cut slightly smaller than my traced squares so once I glued them onto my tiles using Gel Medium they created a lip/frame around my tiles. Once dry I gave my tiles a light wash of gesso. I then took out my Gelli Plate and a mix of blue and green paints to create my background. I added paint to the plate and simply smeared it around with my fingers. I then printed directly onto my tiles to cover them with color and give an under the sea or watery look.
Once my paint was dry I then cut out from a piece of paper a decorative strip to adhere down one side of my tile and coated the entire tile with Gel Medium.
Next using a dark blue ink I stamped out the images from the Under the Sea Fantasy Set onto a piece of white card and colored the images using my Gelatos and Water Color Pencils. I then cut these images out and stuck them down on my tile. I once again gave my entire tile a coat of Gel Medium.
To finish I took some foil and added this around the edges of my tile to frame them and added some magnetic strips to the back so it could be used on the fridge.
Mailbox Muse Stamps: Under the Sea Fantasy Stamp Set
Gelli Plate 5 x 7
Water Color Pencils.