Another Sunday in the Stamp Room

Nancie Waterman's Artwork

(Pile of Presents – Art Impressions)

Today’s Stamping: Another Sunday in the stamp room. What are you doing today? I’m finishing up the next eArticle, this time on “Stamped Gift Tags & Gift Wrap”. I should have it done and posted by mid-day on Wednesday (11/20/13.) This is one of the quick tags I made for the eArticle. I like it because the colors are bold and fun but non-traditional and it is a quick and very easy tag to make, something you really appreciate when time is running out during the holidays!

Gelatos Video: I also took a little time this morning to watch Lindsay Weirich’s recent Gel Sticks and Gelatos video. You can find it on her Frugal Crafter blog and also on YouTube. In the video, Lindsay uses Faber Castell Gel Sticks and Gelatos in several ways to create a stamped card. If you’ve been wondering whether these sticks of color are for you, check out the video and see how they can be used! My thanks to Lindsay for recommending VSN’s recent “Gelatos, Gel Sticks & Stamps” eArticle in her video!

New Gelli Plate Shape: Finally, if you have been enjoying VSN’s most recent eArticle, “Gelli Plates & Stamps”, and have been inspired to make lots of rectangular monotypes, be sure to check out Gelli Arts’ website. They recently announced yet another gel plate, this time circular. They’ve got a video posted there showing how you can create overlapping circular prints on a large piece of paper to create a really big piece of art. (Because of my current eArticle topic, I can’t help thinking about how this approach might be used to create wrapping paper.) The new circular gel plate is a bit more expensive than the rectangular versions, but if you love making gel plate monotypes, you just might be tempted.

Good wishes,
Nancie, VSN

Sunday Morning in the Craft Room

Gelli Plate Artwork

(Gelli Plate Combed Acrylic Paint Background. Dragonflies: Deadbeat Designs.)

In this blog post: Gelli Plates and following links inside VSN eArticles, a new way to purchase Gelatos individually and OttLites with magnifiers.

Gelli Plates

It is a gorgeous fall day here in Maryland. I got to sleep in a little bit, but am now up drinking my coffee and contemplating the day ahead and wondering whether I’ll find a bit of time to do some more gelli plate artwork. I want to try Gelli Art’s technique of using clear acrylic medium to create backgrounds that will then resist waterbased art mediums. There is a link to this technique inside VSN’s most recent eArticle, “Gelli Plates & Stamps”. (I do hope that you follow the links I include in the various eArticles to find blog posts and videos related to the eArticle’s topic because there is some really good stuff there!) Anyway, when I do find time to try out this particular technique, I’ll post my take on it here. In the meantime, the gelli plate piece above was created with acrylic paints as shown in the eArticle.

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Watercolor: Pencils vs Crayons vs Gel Sticks Part 2

Comparing Mediums Painted

Well, it is raining and quite gloomy here in Maryland this afternoon and so not the best day for working on my pictures for the upcoming eArticle. So I’m taking a break from that to play around with watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons and Gel-Sticks again. In my post yesterday, I compared coloring these three mediums directly on watercolor paper and gesso prepped paper as well as dry blending and water blending them on the same surfaces. Today I compared them using a different application technique: touching a waterbrush to the tip of each medium and then painting the color onto watercolor paper and two types of white cardstock.

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Watercolor: Pencils vs Crayons vs Gel Sticks

Comparing Mediums Dry

One thing that I think stampers deserve credit for is a broad knowledge of a lot of different art mediums. Most of us don’t claim to be experts in most of the mediums we use, but we know at least a little bit about a lot of them! I think this is one of the things that keeps stamping interesting.

This week I am working on the next VSN eArticle, “Watercolor Crayon Techniques For Stampers”. In working on this eArticle, I found some similarities between this art medium and the art medium covered in the current VSN eArticle, “Gelatos, Gel-Sticks & Stamps”. So this morning before getting back to working on the new eArticle, I played around with three similar art mediums: watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons and Gel-Sticks.

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So What Is Gesso Anyway?

Gesso and Test Sheets

This afternoon, I did another experiment using the Strathmore Premium Cover white cardstock I purchased a few weeks ago, this time looking at how prepping it first with gesso changes the way a variety of art mediums behave on it. All of the art mediums I tested are commonly used by stampers: regular colored pencils, watercolor pencils, watercolor markers, archival pigment markers, watercolor crayons, pastel pencils, alcohol ink markers and Gel-Sticks/Gelatos.

My inspiration to play with this traces back to my most recent “Gelatos, Gel-Sticks & Stamps” eArticle. In researching the topic, I learned that you can improve dry blending of Gel-Sticks or Gelatos if you first prep the surface with a light coat of gesso. After I purchased the Strathmore Premium Cover but wasn’t happy with the way it takes colored pencils, I wondered if some gesso might make a difference. So today I gave it a try.

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VSN’s “Gelatos, Gel-Sticks & Stamps” eArticle Posted!

Gelatos, Gel Sticks & Stampss Cover

OK guys! It is time to get out your Gelatos and/or Gel-Sticks and PLAY! VSN’s newest FREE eArticle is now posted on the website: “Gelatos, Gel-Sticks & Stamps”.

Faber-Castell’s Gelatos and Gel Sticks are handy little sticks of pigment that can be used in a wide variety of ways in stamp projects. This eArticle explores these ways in detail so you can get the most out of them. We look at how Gelatos and Gel-Sticks are different, what comes in the package and suitable surfaces. Then we dive into the techniques.

Techniques include Prepping Surfaces and Using Faber-Castell’s Gelatos and/or Gel Sticks for: Coloring on a Stamp & Stamping (5 methods), Coloring in Stamped Images (2 methods) , Making Quick Backgrounds (3 methods), Heat Embossed Resists, Making Watercolor Paint, Making Spray, Coloring Dry Embossing (2 methods), Easy Monoprints, Using a Stencil to Remove Color, Using a Stencil to Blend Color, Mixing with Other Art Mediums (Gesso and Gel Medium), Strategies for Layering with Other Mediums.

65 half-sized pages designed to view comfortably on your computer screen and is also printable! (pdf version. See below right.) Color photos of technique steps. 18 beautiful stamp art examples of the techniques covered.

Read it Today. And if you enjoy it, please tell your stamping friends!

Nancie, VSN

New eArticle To Be Posted Later Today!

Gel Stick & Gelatos Artwork

Good Morning! I am busy doing the final work to get the brand new “Gelatos, Gel-Sticks & Stamps” eArticle posted on VSN’s website. I should have it up by early afternoon. In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a sneak peek at one of the pieces of artwork created for this eArticle. This card was created by Shona Erlenborn.

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