Woodburning stain and bottle caps. Just Another Day in Paradise

My mom and dad retired to the Texas Hill Country after being raised here and being gone from it for most of their married life. The first picture is the saying she wanted for me to wood burn and include bottle caps she had been collecting to go on an outdoor wall. And below see the Texas flag I blogged about before. After she hung it up on her garden wall it was just too bright so i gave it an antiquing treatment. Better. And the last is Mini and Pub, her dogs. I didnt make them but i found them on a shopping expedition in fredericksburg. Grabbed them right up. 


Gelli plate prints

 This printing medium using gelatin, I have learned, was called a hectograph, invented in Russia in 1869.  20 to 80 copies could be made using inks. Here I am using acrylic paint and get a few pulls from each paint application. The last pull is known as a ghost pull because the image is not still visible in the gelatin plate yet still prints a light image. Here are some examples of my first attempt at gelli printing.   

I couldn’t resist using the now painted leaves and flowers in the final design. 


The gelli plate is made out of gelatin and glycerin from a recipe I found on Pinterest. I would give the recipe here but mine needs some tweaking as my gelatin plates don’t seem to be holding up as well as they should. I also ordered some manufactured by gelli arts to compare. 

These leaves are from my rose bush. 

3d study

I would love to do a sidewalk chalk event in 3d. But right now am honing my 3d skills. And will need to get in sidewalk chalk shape. So if anyone asks I’m on the sidewalk chalk diet and exercise program. Our town had its first chalk festival. I want to be in the position of entering the next one.