Category Archives: Gelli Prints

Spring made me do it…

with the earth turning green again and things bursting into bloom adding bright green to these pages of my monoprinted red rosin book seemed to happen before I knew it…

Magpie's Nest Red Rosin art journal pages What we think... (2)

two fabric pieces that I had handy worked nicely for these pages…

Magpie's Nest Red Rosin art journal pages What we think... (1)

the piece on the left was some fabric fusion paper that I had made on a base of cotton muslin… the piece on the right was done with TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) using one of my collage postcards on very sheer fabric…

Magpie's Nest Red Rosin art journal pages What we think... (3)

if you are interested in knowing more about red rosin paper you can see the beginning of my gelli print book here...

Magpie's Nest Red Rosin art journal pages What we think...

joining with Art Journal Journey’s “Favorite quotes/Poems” theme this month (I have so many favorite quotes!)

Happiness …

this month Art Journal Journey’s challenge theme is “collage” which is something near and dear to my heart…

collage bits

I have enjoyed collage since I was a young school girl…

Happiness art journal pages (4)

my red rosin mono printed pages have been patiently waiting for more attention…

collage bits (1)

so with a bit of this and that close at hand I got busy…

Happiness art journal pages (1)the word Happiness had been mistakenly printed on top of a swan image but I had it tucked away in a box of images and it worked nicely here…

Happiness art journal pages (2)

another image printed on cotton layered on top of some torn German lace curtain…

Happiness art journal pages

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” -Aristotle

lost and found …

for T Stands for Tuesday today I am sharing a little story that began back in November 2011 when I treated myself to a Gelli Plate on a visit to a favorite stamp and art store

Magpie's Nest Gelli Plate

before I got a chance to open it the holidays were upon us and early in 2012 we replaced old carpeting with new which meant alot of upheaval and shifting of things…

Magpie's Nest Garden Squirrel

the last thing I remembered was putting that brand spanking new gelli plate flat in a container for safe keeping…

Magpie's Nest Mr Cardinal

on and off for all that time I entertained myself with homemade gelli plate printing on paper and fabric hoping that the ‘real’ one would turn up…

Omi's Wooden Hummel Frame

 just a few days shy of three years to my delight there it was buried under “stuff” (I came to the realization that the loss of my mother in Feb 2011 affected me in more ways than I knew)

Magpie's Nest Kitchen Shelfie

it feels good to be digging through things here lately trying to lighten my load…

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in the same bin as the gelli plate there was a wide brayer and an assortment of manila tags for printing…

Magpie's Nest Cuppa Joe

all of this sorting has kept me more unplugged than usual with so much still to go through AND I of course need to open that gelli plate package soon and play … 

“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.” -A.A. Milne 1882-1956

 

AJJ * Direction of my He♥rt …

still having fun with the Art Journal Journey Circles theme this month and this is my fifth offering for the challenge (at last count there were over 130 entries!!!)...

back cover Before

I am making journal covers and taking a little different approach to my art journaling with plans to work on individual pages that can eventually be bound together…above is a “before” of the back cover to give you an idea of what the piece I am sharing today looked like to start with…

paper embellishments

I added some additional scraps of paper that were handy on my art table…

some supplies used

paint and gesso…stamping inks and a few rubons along with a cutout paper he♥rt that was waiting to be discovered…

rubons and details

next I will do the back cover that I showed you at the top of this post and start some journal pages…

Direction of my Heart journal cover

“If you love someone, put their name in a circle; because hearts can be broken, but circles never end.” ~Anonymous

Art Journal Journey: Moments of Happiness

when I think of moments of happiness I think of making marks which is a term that is getting lots of use lately…

monoprinted bits in waiting

there are so many ways of making marks from the words we speak to what we physically create and manifest around us…

earlier art journal pages

I have enjoyed making things since I was a young girl thankful for the influence of industrious and talented parents…

front and back pages of monoprint journal

for this month’s Art Journal Journey (AJJ) challenge I picked up my handmade gelli print journal which has been a bit of a challenge for me not really wanting to cover up my monoprint pages

monoprint pages hard to cover up

using my homemade gelli plate on the smooth 140# hot press paper certainly made me happy…

art journal pages in progress

it always feels like a special gift when unplanned things reveal themselves in my work

something that makes you happy

for example … the letter “H” above that I randomly tore out of a vintage German/English dictionary and glued in place a while before I picked out the quote for my pages fit perfectly without planning…

Finished Art Journal Pages

being connected to so many talented and kind artists here in blogland brings me endless moments of happiness and joy ~♥~ thank you all …

 “Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, or even joyous.”  -Paul Hawken

playing with packaging…

do you ever look at empty food containers and think they look too nice to throw away…

the cardboard makes a nice substrate for lots of things like ATCs…postcards and more…

boxes waiting to be turned into book covers

our local group of mixed media artists looks at lots of things that way and at our recent meeting we turned assorted boxes into books by adding all kinds of different papers as signatures (some of my gelli prints came in handy)…

altered chocolate truffle box book

 this yummy truffle box had nice little holes that I liked for added interest on my book cover…

altered shortbread box book

I punched a hole in the front of my shortbread book cover and like the look of some of my Citra Solv paper peeking through…I still need to stitch in the signatures on that one…

Indian food box to be completed

the Indian food package book cover above still needs some beads to jazz up the waxed linen threads…

Spring 2014 Crocus

♥ many thanks to special and talented friends both near and far for sharing and always being such an inspiration ♥ 

Happy Fall to all of my friends in the Southern Hemisphere…

silence is golden…

here is my second spread to join in Art Journal Journey’s (AJJ) January challenge of Silence/Stille

patty-szymkowicz-monoprint-journal-before-pages

last summer I shared some pages in this hand sewn monoprinted journal that I made here…

Gelli print pages and paper Before

and decided to glue some torn monoprinted papers I made on top of my already printed pages adding a bit of washi tape …

Silence is Golden suppliesI know! I definitely did not pick the word “Simplicity” as my one little word this year 😉 …

cups and saucers closeupthank you SO MUCH dear Estivalia for making it possible for me to install the widget you created for my sidebar ♥ ♥ ♥

rubber stamped edges

I dipped into an envelope of collage snippets that the sweet and talented LaWendula of Paper Swap shared with me some time ago (click above and visit her and you too can join in the around the world swap fun!)…

ready for some doodling

the last step for my pages was to add some random marks using two of my favorite black pens that work really well over paint and more…

finished SILENCE journal page leftI really like the subtle layer the doodling adds..

finished  SILENCE journal page right

You may have noticed the variety of color tones between my photos…

Doodle Details on gelli print pagesthis time of year I seem to chase the Light to find the best spots that aren’t freezing cold and windy to take photos (our back porch is usually my go to best lighting location and it is COLD out there!)…

“True silence is the rest of the mind … it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.”   ~William Penn

can you feel the twinkle…

patty-szymkowicz-gelli-monoprint-cards

back in January I shared some fun I had monoprinting cards along with a bit about making laminated Queen Anne’s Lace ornaments from pressed blooms…

queen-annes-lace-fresh-collage

since I only ended up sending a small number of handmade cards last year I thought I would give it another whirl and got busy at a recent gathering of local artists (nice having a large place to spread out in our meeting room and play with my ever shrinking homemade gelli plate)…

Twinkle Monoprint T (2)

my supersize 16 oz (500 mlmug is part of a set which also includes:  Naughty, Nice and Sparkle

Twinkle Monoprint T

one tea bag makes a generous double cup to enjoy…

Twinkle Monoprint T (1)

I am joining the group over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T today and you are of course most welcome to join us OXO

dino book under cover…

back in July I shared how I peeled the pages of a children’s board book with you here

Board Book before and after

 I worked in my book using paint, monoprinting, inks and stamping in no certain order not giving much thought to where I would begin or end…

Dino Book Pages

here is what the finished pages ended up saying going from front to back of the book…

sisters of the moon (3)

we are all connected (4)

stronger than you know (5)

all hand made (1)

build your house with Love (2)

the numbers after each line show the order in which I worked on the pages and interestingly enough the words flow pretty well both ways…

(if you are interested in details and more photos each of the underlined titles above are clickable…I really like having all of the links in one place for my own reference)

YES glue netting and burned velvet

after some thought I decided on a burned velvet cover for my book which makes it really lovely to the touch…

Golden Flimmerstern

adding a favorite golden flimmer deco, some hand dyed netting and a metal Art Noveau piece I have had around for a long time…

Burned Velvet Book Cover

thank you for visiting and I appreciate everyone’s kind words so very much…Dinosaur book after

you make sharing fun ♥

and speaking of sharing…

my talented and sweet friend Susan of Rosie Inspirations opened an Etsy shop and if you haven’t already had a chance to visit you can pop over and see the lovely selection of beautiful handmade creations she has to offer here

Red Rosin Paper Book Pages…

my friend Michelle showed me a wonderful and inspiring book she made using Red Rosin Paper as the substrate…

Red Rosin Paper

the paper comes in a large roll very reasonably priced at most  hardware stores as it has various uses in construction…

Red Rosin Paper (1)

I coated my torn pages with white gesso which gives the paper a rich and lovely canvas feel (no photo of that stage because I was covered in gesso and driven to coat and dry both sides of the rosin paper)

Red Rosin  Monoprint pagesmonoprinting on both sides of the gessoed Red Rosin Paper using my homemade gelatin plate (thanks again to Elizabeth for the tip about reboiling it every 5-6 weeks to keep it from getting moldy or slimey)…

Melting gelatinit has been working like a charm in a dedicated pot that I have only used for that purpose on and off for over a year now…

4 inch and 6 inch gelatin rounds

while I was at it I could not help but get VERY excited about the inspiring video Gelli Arts recently shared here (today is the last day to enter their wonderful and generous giveaway!) using their new ROUND Gelli plate (Fabulous !!!) so I thought I would try making a couple of rounds (4 and 6 inch)…

Monoprints from round gelli plate

even with all of the wonderful inspiration out there I seem to always fall back into my favorite way of monoprinting that doesn’t require much thought for me at all (I printed on both sides of some recycled printer paper while playing with my homemade round gelatin plates)

six inch gelatin for monoprintingbefore I knew it more than a couple of hours had passed and while I created nothing like on the Gelli Arts video I was very happy (as it happened I used pretty much the same paint colors that I had used days before for my gessoed red rosin pages)

new smaller gelli plate

my book pages were done on a rectangular shaped gelatin plate made in the tin foil pan above which over time has now shrunk to a smaller 5.5 x 9.5 inch size (back when my homemade gelatin plate was new it filled two of the smaller plastic containers like the one above or one metal cake pan)

Fern the elephant (1)

here are my first collaged pages in my new book…

Fern the elephant (2)

which I will stitch together after the pages are filled…

Fern the elephant

I used snippets of things that were close at hand including some “map” washi paper, book text, torn pieces of monoprint paper and the elephant which was cut from a magazine…

Before Elephant pages

 I started at the back of my book on the pages above and am happy with the transformation already taking place even though I have no specific theme picked out

♥ just creating with what comes ♥

we are all connected…

Gelli Printed Boardbook pages

my pages began by printing directly onto peeled board book pages using my homemade gelli plate (it worked well since the book opened nice and flat)…

we are all connected (3)

feeling inspired by the Art Journal Journey (AJJ) “She-Artchallenge and a Project Runway Alexander Pope design my pages emerged…

we are all connected supplies (1)

I used a few rubber stamps for interest…

we are all connected (1)

some super sized bumblebee wings seemed like a good addition too…

we are all connected supplies

along with a few white rubons here and there

we are all connected

it is fun to see my dinosaur book coming together…

sisters of the moon…

this month’s theme over at Art Journal Journey is “She-Art

art of the feminine is something I really connect with and enjoy…

the words “sisters of the moon” are from a North Carolina beer label that caught Mr Magpie’s attention while we were at the beach (he thought I would like to have the Mother Earth bottle caps too)…

I have not been able to get this lovely video off my mind…

Gelli Print background

so I got busy in my dinosaur children’s board book adding some of my gelli print pages creating an instant background…Sisters of the moon (1)

some of my favorite girls in black always seem to surface this time of year too…

Sisters of the moon

it feels good to be creating again after being away from my art room for a couple of weeks…

Sisters of the moon (2)

be sure and visit Art Journal Journey to see lots of creativity…

last month there were more than 70 offerings for the “Less is More” theme…

remember to play everyday…

Remember to Play Everydayusing one of the index cards I created a while ago along with my most recent gelatin monoprinting on Fabriano 140 lb hot press paper that I had stitched to use as a journal (I came across a couple of twelve page  7.5 x 11 inch BLANK journals I had stitched together in a great Misty Mawn 2012 online class that had been waiting for attention)…

Patty Szymkowicz Monoprint journal BEFORE pages

there was just one problem with the monoprinting that worked better than I imagined directly onto the stitched journal pages…

I liked them so much I really didn’t want to cover them up…

Square Stencil

however I was eager to participate again in Art Journal Journey’s August SQUARE challenge so I got busy and carved a couple of square stamps (thanks to Dawn for inspiring me to use some of the big school erasers that are plentiful this time of year)…

my hand carved stamps

using my square stencil to add a few painted squares and to outline the squares with a bit of stamping on top (the pink rubber above is called Speedy Carve by Speedball)…

Remember to Play Everyday (1)

so here are what the BEFORE pages looked like…

PLAY every day before

and the AFTER using my new Sharpie Fine Pen shown in the photos above which was great for adding some finishing doodle touches to my journal pages…

PLAY every day afterstill a few more days left in August for you too to join in the Art Journal Journey challenge or at least stop by to enjoy the wonderful creations from around the globe…