Fixing Your Gel Prints

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When getting started with gel printing, it’s easy to create gel prints that we just don’t like! Sometimes with our first gel prints there is too much white space or the second print, also known as the “ghost print”, hasn’t turned out as we had wanted. But do not despair, we can fix these minor problems with a few more layers.

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Here Michelle introduces us to techniques to solve the three major problems when we  get when starting out with gel printings.

Argh! Due to technical difficulties, only the first part of the video is playing – we are working on fixing it!

This video was originally shot on Periscope, so it’s a bit slow to get started!

When you try these techniques to fix your gel prints, remember the that translucency of your paints makes a big difference with your results. This is where the glazing medium is so important – it makes your paints more see through, which is just what we want when fixing our gel prints, so we can see the lovely layers underneath.

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And we’d love to hear from you – what ways and techniques have YOU found to help “fix” your gel prints?

Leave a comment below.

 

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How to Create Mini Altered Houses

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Melanie Statnick has put together the materials list and instructions for these cute mini houses.

Supply List

To create your own village, you will need:
  • Wooden houses
  • wooden pieces including hearts, tags, bingo tiles, fence , rulers.
  • Tissue paper,
  • decoupage,
  • flat brush/glue brush,
  • glossy accents,
  • letter stickers,
  • Walnut Ink Spray
  • a heat gun.

Creating Mini Altered Houses

Instructions

Step 1. Decoupage tissue paper to wood houses. Apply glue directly to wood. The tissue paper will move around and might rip. This is the look we are going for. Grungy, wrinkled look. Dry with heat gun and set aside.

Creating Mini Altered Houses

Step 2. Spray all wood pieces with your Walnut Spray Ink. Dab with paper towel and dray with heat gun. This will the wood an antique look with some grunge.

Creating Mini Altered Houses

Step 3. Using glossy accents glue fence onto front side of your houses and continue with the other wood pieces. You can arrange them how you like.

Creating Mini Altered Houses

Creating Mini Altered Houses

Step 4. After your pieces are glued and dried, you can now add your word art. Last use Glamor Dust, Liquid Pearls, or Stickles to add details.

Creating Mini Altered Houses

Happy Creating!

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I’m a Canadian Mixed Media & Collage Artist out of North Carolina . I create art daily from my private studio and my artwork is fun and whimsy . I teach mixed media and art journaling online  and I hold mixed media workshops around the USA.

 

My artwork can be found in art galleries and shops extensively in NC with international private collections. I have created my personal line of original stamps to purchase and use in your art.  Look in my Etsy shop for my line.

Please visit my website to learn more about me and my work at www.melaniestatnickart.com or become fan on Facebook.

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Starting a Mini Altered Houses?

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Melanie Statnick has put together the materials list and instructions for these cute mini houses.

Supply List

To create your own village, you will need:
  • Wooden houses
  • wooden pieces including hearts, tags, bingo tiles, fence , rulers.
  • Tissue paper,
  • decoupage,
  • flat brush/glue brush,
  • glossy accents,
  • letter stickers,
  • Walnut Ink Spray
  • a heat gun.

How to make a Mini Altered Houses?

Instructions

Step 1. Decoupage tissue paper to wood houses. Apply glue directly to wood. The tissue paper will move around and might rip. This is the look we are going for. Grungy, wrinkled look. Dry with heat gun and set aside.

How to make a Mini Altered Houses?

Step 2. Spray all wood pieces with your Walnut Spray Ink. Dab with paper towel and dray with heat gun. This will the wood an antique look with some grunge.

How to make a Mini Altered Houses?

Step 3. Using glossy accents glue fence onto front side of your houses and continue with the other wood pieces. You can arrange them how you like.

How to make a Mini Altered Houses?

How to make a Mini Altered Houses?

Step 4. After your pieces are glued and dried, you can now add your word art. Last use Glamor Dust, Liquid Pearls, or Stickles to add details.

How to make a Mini Altered Houses?

Happy Creating!

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I’m a Canadian Mixed Media & Collage Artist out of North Carolina . I create art daily from my private studio and my artwork is fun and whimsy . I teach mixed media and art journaling online  and I hold mixed media workshops around the USA.

 

My artwork can be found in art galleries and shops extensively in NC with international private collections. I have created my personal line of original stamps to purchase and use in your art.  Look in my Etsy shop for my line.

Please visit my website to learn more about me and my work at www.melaniestatnickart.com or become fan on Facebook.

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Digital Quote Collage with Martice

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This article was written by Martice Smith II

Digital Quote Collage with Martice

SUPPLY LIST: 

  • Image editing program/software (Photoshop, or a free program like Picmonkey)
  • Monoprints / collage
  • White cardstock
  • Pigma Micron pens, black (05 and brush)
  • pencil + vinyl eraser

Creative Hand-lettering:

 

photo example of Martice demo of creative hand-lettering, using a pencil

Write your favorite quote on white cardstock.

Have fun with this! Write some words bigger than others to put visual emphasis on them.

Made a mistake? No problem! I like using a vinyl eraser to remove mistakes and accidental graphite smears.

(TIP: place a sheet of paper under your palm to prevent smearing. Saves time on cleaning up your final image!) 

Creative hand-lettering, using Pigma Micron pens

Trace over your quote with black Pigma Micron pens.

I traced the entire quote with 05 and a brush pen for a faux-calligraphy look. Add variety to the design of your letterforms. Making the downstrokes thicker will give the letters more visual weight! Finally, erase all pencil lines with a vinyl eraser. 

Now, let’s dive into the digital realm of this tutorial! 

STEP 1// Scan your monoprinted/collage background and your hand-lettered quote. These should be two separate documents.

(TIP: Adjust the settings so that your image is black and white with high contrast.)

STEP 2// Launch Photoshop. Open your monoprinted/collage background. Duplicate the background layer.

Next, create a new layer.

Using the rectangle tool, draw a rectangle large enough to fit the quote.

Fill the rectangle with a light color. (I chose yellow as my fill color.)

Lower the opacity to 48% or play around with the opacity level so that the monoprinted/collage background barely peeks through.

STEP 3// Select the brush tool then choose white for the brush color. Outline the rectangle with white dots.

Rearrange the layers: Click and drag the yellow rectangle on top of this layer of white dots. (Now the dots look as though they’re behind the yellow rectangle. Cool, huh? ;-)

STEP 4// Import your hand-lettered quote into this document. 

Set the blending mode to Multiply. (Cycle through the various blending modes to see which one looks best for you.) Position the quote on top of the yellow rectangle.

(TIP: You’ll want the quote to stand out from the colored rectangle, so that the words aren’t competing against the image behind it. Black letters are best to work with.)

STEP 5// Add a layer mask

The purpose of a layer mask is, simply, a non-destructive way to edit an image. It gives you more control over certain parts of an image so that it only changes specific parts.

Take a look at the final image, below. Notice how you can see through certain parts of the yellow rectangle while other parts or more opaque?

Martice's completed, digital quote collage

To create a mask, just click on the layer with the yellow rectangle, then click the rectangle icon, next to the ‘create a new fill or adjustment layer’ thumbnail, at the bottom of the Layers panel  (See screenshot, below).

Screenshot of 'Add layer mask' icon, at the bottom of Layers Panel in Photoshop

STEP 6// Select the brush tool. Use black for the brush color.

With this approach, you’re removing color where you don’t want it. Or in other words, you’re erasing the yellow.

Switching the brush color to white adds the yellow back in.

(TIP: You can change the opacity, shape and size of the brush strokes by accessing the brush preset menu. Here’s how I remember which color to use: Black conceals, white reveals.)

Troubleshooting Tips: 

  • Did you remove too much color? If so, change the color of your brush to white. Paint in where you want the color to re-appear.
  • Vary the size of your brush to get as detailed as you wish.
  • If you make a mistake, simply alternate between black and white to “conceal or reveal” the color.
  • Try adjusting the Opacity of the brush to reduce the impact of the adjustment in some areas.

STEP 7// Merge layers and crop!

Merge all layers together. For this example, I gave myself one inch borders on the top, left and right sides and 2 1/2 inches on the bottom for visual weight.

STEP 8// Save and name your document

I hope this tutorial encouraged you to try your hand at digital art making! Feel free to ask questions, if you’re unsure about a specific step. I’m always happy to help :)

Happy creating!

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Author bio:

Mixed-Media artist, designer, and instructor Martice Smith II

Martice Smith II is creative director of Martice Smith II – Illustration & Design Studio and online boutique owner. As a published multi-medium artist, Martice shares her passion as an educator and design team member for multiple manufacturers, where her tutorial topics range from merging traditional art with digital techniques, to fashion illustration, to creative hand-lettering and more.

Martice is committed to helping you create + live your most soulful, wildest + colorful dreams…to the maxx! Discover more tutorials on her blog and join her colorful museletter

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