Some of you may know that my word for this year is CREATE and I have intentionally been working on bringing this word into my life. I started working as a teacher this year, my business is doing well and my mind and body are being taken care of. With that being said something that I have always wondered about but have always been afraid to go near is mixed media.
I purchased my first set of Gelatos last year but hardly used them and didn’t really try to learn to much about them. Then I bought another set of Gelatos this year but still didn’t really use them to much. And then something happened I got over my fear of mixed media and decided to go ahead and take the plunge and when I say take the plunge I really mean take the plunge.
I now have a Gelli printing plate, which is awesome by the way, I have some acrylic paint, I have letterpress supplies, I have molding paste (which is so cool) and I have more Gelatos. Before I knew it all I could think about was how to put all this stuff together. I even bought myself an art journal book just for playing and don’t let me forget the awesome screen printing stuff as well.
So now I find myself with all these awesome crafty things and I am wondering how does all this stuff work and low and behold Craftsy has a class for me and an amazing class by an amazing woman, Wilna Furstenberg. I have been following Wilna for a long time and I don’t know where I have been that I did not know about this course. This is one of those courses that I literally could not stop watching and somehow managed to finish it in a few days with my busy schedule.
Now that I have finished the course I have decided to recreate one of the layouts that Wilna made during the course. The main technique in this lesson was using Gelatos and molding paste. I have learned a ton by creating this layout. First things first, Gelatos are a ton of fun and I definitely want the big pack of Gelatos that you can purchase because I didn’t have enough colors to really get the look I wanted. I started with putting my Gelatos on to the paper.
The next step was to add some water to these colors, which of course scares the snot out of me but I went ahead and grabbed my paint brush and some water and low and behold I created a masterpiece or at least a masterpiece to me.
Next up was the stencil that Wilna provides with the course, that can be cut out with your Cameo or Cricut Explore. The stencil is great and I should have followed her exact instructions to create the stencil, instead I thought I was smart by cutting the stencil out with transparency and sticking it down onto my paper with washi tape. All I can say is don’t follow in my footsteps.
This idea wasn’t horrible but it definiely wasn’t great what happened was that my stencil was a little flimsy and it kept moving away from the paper so I din’t get a clear imprint with my molding paste but I continued on with the process because I started this layout, knowing that it was going to be a learning process for me as well as the layout is for me to document more about my word for the year.
I love this stencil and I love the molding paste and I love the gelatos, this is a technique that I want to try again and again and again, you get the point. Here are a few close up shots of the molding paste so that you can see what I mean about my stencil moving and my imprint not being as clean as I had hoped it would be.
Next up was a photo and some butterfiles and journaling of course. I literally just took the most recent selfie in my phone which is not the best selfie in the world and went with it. Then I cut out the butterflies that are also included with the course with some old paper that has been in my stash forever. I inked the patterned paper butterflies with some pink ink around the edges and then bussted out my scor-tape to get them all stuck down to my layout. I even brought out some old photo corners in case I decide to change my crappy selfie out at some point. A little journaling and I am calling this layout done and a new technique learned.
Here is the final product. I din’t manage to get all of the butterflies that I cut on it but I am happy with the final result. I am even more happy with the new techniques that I have learned with the molding paste and the Gelatos. I think this saying would be perfect for a layout for each of my children so that would just be more fun for me!
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