Sunday, 4 October 2020

Hand made journals and alcohol inks :-)

I just LOVE playing with alcohol inks on a gel printing plate. It's sooo messy but you get some lovely results, and often surprising unexpected results too. I used Birgit's *new* vintage wall paper Art Printing plates from Carabelle Studio to make these wonderful patterns.

I then made a little hand bound journal and used up all of my lovely new patterns along with a bit of ledger paper. I disress stained all of my inner pages first just because I like the look :-) 

On the front of the cover I added one of Azoline's lovely new stamps - Suspended Circles. I coloured the flowers and cut them out - fiddly but worth it!

And while I was playing I just couldn't resist adding a page to my junk journal, because it was lying around on my desk just asking for another page ;-) 

This is another of Azoline's fab new doodle stamps - Sunflowers -  for Carabelle Studio. I used a background from my gel printing adventure, and also stamped the flowers onto another print and then just cut them out. 


Sunday, 27 September 2020

OOOh new stamps!

I just LOVE it when I get to play with my **new**stamps, Yayyyy! More often than not, these designs start as little doodles in my daily bullet journal, or even on the scrap paper than I usually paint on on my desk!

Boho Dreams

Here you can see how I have built a dreamcatcher with the face and single feather, and added it to my junk journal:

But sometimes it's great to just stamp and colour, so here is a dreamcatcher decorating the next page in my bullet journal:

Sometimes I just want a quick background for an art journal page so I raid my stash of Gel prints. I made this one using my **new** Flowers and Leaves Art Printing for Carabelle Studio. It's not a fantastic print, but it doesn't have to be ... there is always something good and colourful and useable in EVERY print :-)

Flowers and Leaves Art Printing

And then I added Funky Duck! I love that he seems to be shouting  - it's great for adding a quote on a page. I added our new Covid Mantra - 'Hands - Face - Space' (although now I think I prefer the Great British Bake-Off version - 'Stay Alert, Protect Cake - Save Loaves' LOL!)

Funky Duck

And here I created a Mix and Match, or Frankenstamp or whatever you want to call it - the face from Boho Dreams on Funky Duck. I think it works rather well :-) 

(Did you notice I snuck a colour wheel on the Duck's tummy?!)

Links to retailers of Carabelle Studio can be found on the **Carabelle page on my blog here**

Mandala Medley Art Printing

Florals and Feathers Art Printing


Monday, 14 September 2020

More new releases from Carabelle!

Art Printing - Flowers and Leaves
Art Printing Coasters - Mandala Medley 
Little Skittle
designed by me! for Carabelle Studio

I actually had time for a good ol' inky play today with my *new* designs for Carabelle Studio. 

Seems like everything has been affected by the Covic pandemic and the subsequent restrictions, and impacts on businesses. Supplies can be held up which has a knock-on effect and so on, and so on ....

But today was a fun day for me and I've got very inky fingers to prove it ;-)

I wanted to play about with one of my new Art Printing plates - Flowers and Leaves - to create some background papers. I LOVE the grunge effect of this one, created by using positive and negative prints from the texture plates, and then picking up with a neutral colour:

I also managed to pull an extra pick-up print and I LOVE this one! 

These two prints became backgrounds for pages in my much-loved junk journal. I used my new Mandala Medley coasters with alcohol ink (see my previous blog post for details of this). The Mandalas are designed from the centre out, so they are great to position your main focal image on:

And in this second page I cut one of the coaster prints in half and placed them on opposite sides. They make a great shape to journal round.

The new designs are available from Carabelle directly, but should be with retailers very soon ....


Sunday, 13 September 2020

**NEW** Art Printing Coasters

Mandala Medley - Art Printing Coasters for Carabelle Studio

Face from Build-a-Baboushka - Carabelle Studio

Flower from Crayoned Elements - Carabelle Studio 

It's new products time! Yay! I LOVE it when the new products I designed (usually some months before) finally arrive on my doorstep - it's always amazing to see how your little pen drawings magically turn into rubber. 

These are a new concept by Carabelle Studio - Art Printing plates the shape and size of a coaster, which will be available in a set of 6. As soon as this idea was put to me I just thought 'mandala' because, you know, circles .....! And I love circles - they are so easy to use. Nothing fights with a circle. Great for layering.

I decided to try this virgin rubber out with some alcohol ink, because you can get a very clear print which shows all the detail of the design. A while ago I made a video for Gel Press which explains this technique in detail so if you need a bit more explanation of the technique have a look *here*

I used an old mop up gel print to mount my coaster shapes on to create some cards ... but I'm also thinking journal pages so watch this space....

Step 1
Brayer a thin layer of alcohol ink on a gel plate, and press the coaster firmly onto it while wet to remove the pattern of the design. Allow to dry. Here you can see the design left behind on my gel plate. 
(BTW, you can use any size gel plate for this).

Step 2
Brayer a very thin layer of neutral acrylic paint over the top of the alcohol ink design, and press a sheet of the card down firmly while the paint is still wet, to lift the design.

This should remove the paint AND the alcohol ink revealing the design:

Step 3
Cut around the edge of the circle design and edge with a little Distress Ink to neaten things up. Layer over a square of patterned card (I used an off-cut of an older gel print), and place on a card blank.

Step 4
Add a little more detail to the circular print. A white Posca paint pen is excellent for touching up bits of the design which may have been missed. Stickles and Liquid Pearls also highlight areas of the design:

Step 5
Stitching is always optional but I love it! And stitching around and around in a circle really highlights the original shape of the print.

And here's a few more progress photos ...

If you stitch directly onto the card blank, don't forget to add a paper insert to tidy up the inside :-) 

There are lots of fab new designs at Carabelle Studio, and more to be released in the next few days :-) 

Currently available from the Carabelle website but soon to be arriving at retailers I have tried to add a list of retailers on the Carabelle tab at the top of my blog so please do check there.