Tag Archives: gelli plate

Mixed Media Sunflowers

Standard

It’s sunflower time in the beautiful fields around my area in northwest Louisiana, and they’re an inspiration to my mixed media work. I’ve just changed out several of my art pieces around the house, as seen in the photos accompanying this post. I’ve painted, stenciled, and stamped the backgrounds and then used gelli-printed papers to make the sunflowers.

This one above is proportionally a little off, but I love the metallic sparkle (which is not very apparent in the photo).

This small one in my guest bath has enough red that it works well with the golds and crimsons decorating the rest of the room.

The one above is my favorite, mainly because I think the background is just right. And when it comes to crapsmanship, “just right” isn’t a common phrase!

Cards in Progress

Standard

The Etsy shop — A La Carde Studio — is off to a good start. BFF and I love our time in the studio creating art to put on the front of our cards. Who wouldn’t welcome a note with a piece of removable art?! Here are a few photos of some cards in progress.

Don’t forget to check out alacardestudio.etsy.com!

Shrinky Dinks & Gelli Plates

Standard

One of my favorite holiday crafts were some gelli plated earrings. They were so easy to do, very inexpensive, and loved by all the recipients. I bought Shrinky Dink materials at Hobby Lobby and then gelli plated over one large sheet using acrylic paints. I then made assorted marks with paint, a cork, and the edge of a credit card. Finally, I cut them into assorted shapes, used a corner punch to round out each corner, and added a hole with a regular-sized hole punch.
I followed the directions on the Shrinky Dink package to bake and shrink each earring. I used a metal one-cup measuring to flatten each one down once it came out of the oven. To finish, I added a jump ring and earring hook to each, and paired the earrings up into matching sets.
Here’s Princess M modeling a rectangular pair. Now I have an incentive to get my ears pierced!

Fall Leaves

Standard

img_5943

Last week, I shared the pumpkin picture I painted for a display in my living room (https://crapsmanship.com/2018/09/23/pumpkin-pic/). I change the picture out every month or so to match the season. I also use this same strategy for a display in my guest bathroom, and this time I decided to use my 5″ x 7″ Gelli Plate to make a picture of fall leaves. Read the rest of this entry

Mixed Media Using an Old Road Map

Standard

Map6

I’m back to blogging after a restorative long weekend with girlfriends in Hot Springs, AR. It’s amazing what good friends, a little wine, a few adventures, and lots of laughter can do! Today’s post shares how friends Martha, Kathy, and I started with old road maps, acrylic paints, and Gelli Plates to create crap art, and how we used creativity and other products to turn our crapsmanship into craftsmanship. Read the rest of this entry

V-Day Cards

Standard

For the last week or so, I’ve been experimenting with a few techniques for making Valentine’s Day cards. ¬†Coincidentally, I’ve had to send out both a get well card and a condolence card, and I’ve used my newly-created cards for those purposes too. Read the rest of this entry