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The Pressing keeps on going!

This month has been fabulous! THANK YOU GEL PRESS GelPress makes everyone an artist and is so very addicting!   I am fortunate to have friends with all levels of art experience and skills.   We did a get together with our Gel Presses and played for hours.  I want to share some of the prints that were made by people who never monoprinted before! (and truth be told, maybe are OCD and clean freaks).  I knew ahead of time they might either fall in love or run away!  Well, you be the judge...               Sandy created this masterpiece from a discarded black and white print of a woman.  She used a leaf mask (which I thought looked like seaweed) and placed a minimal amount of paint with a lot of water sprayed on the plate before pulling a print.   It looks ethereal to me.  Maybe she's a mermaid under the sea. ~~~~~~~~~~~ On a truly different approach, Ingrid used bold colors with cheesecloth to create a background.  She then added The Crafters Workshop  F

Revisiting Gel Press pojects!

The Altered Pages Design Team had a great time sharing their Gel Press projects with you... here are links to a few of them from the month!     Robin - Gel Press Spring ATCs     Danie May - Rolling with Gel Press         Lyneen - Stamping with Gel Press     Stephanie - Gel Press on Denim!     Trish - Gel Press Canvas         June - Spring Hues   Trisha - Circles        

Mix and Match Pieces

For today's project I used my Gel Press plate to create multiple coordinating pieces.  My first thought when I chose to use a plastic gear to create texture on my plate was to create something industrial.  But I chose three different green paints and the end result looks almost like camouflage to me!  So I may use them to create a Memorial Day decoration instead. I have added Gel Press plate backgrounds to a chipboard block, an ATC, an envelope and two sheets of card stock.  The patterns look very different depending on how much paint is on the plate.   First, the pieces.  Cover the Gel Press plate liberally with paint.  I used a brayer, but you could use an old credit card, a palette knife or even your fingers...anything without sharp edges. You will notice that most of the sides of the block have white space.  These cubes are hollow so it wasn't always possible to get enough pressure to completely cover the side.  Don't worry!  We can work with that.  

Filling the Void - Gel Press Play

I am often inspired by nature and my play this week turned to playing with punched out shapes, hearts, butterflies and flowers and using them for masks on my Gel Press Plate .    I am filling a void as we head towards winter here in Australia.   I miss seeing all the flowers in bloom and lots of butterflies fluttering in the garden.  So I thought I would bring these things to life with paint today with a little love thrown in too. I usually begin with a base layer of paint for these kind of prints.  For my heart play it was pink. From this initial layer I take a full print and ghost print adding any left over paint on the brayer to the plate for my ghost prints.  My second layer is a complimentary or contrasting color applied to the plate and to which I then stick down my punched shapes to take a print.  The mask created by the punched shapes leaves a void and allows the earlier layers to show through.  My second layer choice for my heart play today was Orange.  You can