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Hi everyone, it's Gwen here today to share a fun little mini art journal that you can make with your stencils and the new Gelli Arts® Printing Plates- it works especially well with the new 4" and 6" round plates!
To start, I made the inside pages; this is a sixteen page journal, and all of the pages are made from a single sheet of 18"x24" paper. You could do the same technique with different sizes of paper and it would just change the size of your final journal (this is also why I did the inside first - so I knew what size to make the covers!) I painted both sides of the paper - here you can see what they looked like:
Next, I pulled out all of my round Gelli® plates (I added my 8" to the 4" and 6" plates for this one) and started printing the backgrounds. I stuck with mainly warm on warm and cool on cool as I went through it.
On this side, here are the stencils I used:
Doodle It Dahlia by Maria McGuire
Merry Go Round by Terri Stegmiller
Fade Circle 6 by Michelle Ward
Namaste by Jessica Sporn
Quatrefoil 6 by Michelle Ward
River Rocks 6 by Mary Beth Shaw
Spider Flower by Terri Stegmiller
Elephant Parade by Nathalie Kalbach
A Rose by Any Other Name by Andrea Matus DeMeng
You can use as few or as many stencil designs as you'd like - I just kept grabbing them! I think it would be fun to use the same stencil with the three different sized Gelli® plates - you would get a different look with each size. These pages looked like a bit of a hot mess, but I knew that once they were cut down and incorporated into a book, it would look completely different.
Once my backgrounds were done and dried, I tore them into pages (I fold the paper and use a bone folder to crease, and then use the bone folder to tear the pages, but you could tear against a ruler, use an x-acto knife, scissors, or whatever works for you!) I first folded the page in half horizontally and tore so that I had two 18x12" pieces. Then I folded each of those in half so that I had four 9x12" pieces. Those are the 4 leaves of the book - I folded each of those in half to get ready to nest and then bind.
Next, I decided to make a cover. If you wanted to, you could skip this and just bind the pages. You could also make multiples of this little mini book and then bind them together as signatures in a larger book (I'm sure I'll do that at some point!)
For the cover, I just took one of the chipboard mailers I get from StencilGirl with my stencils in them and cut off the front piece and folded it in half. Voila! A quick and easy cover. (Just a quick tip... I save all of the chipboard mailers I get - they make great book covers! You can double them up to make them extra sturdy.) I stuck with my warm / cool approach and did what I decided would be the outside of the cover in warm colors. I gesso'd and painted the background and then Gelli® printed on top using more stencils.
Spider Flower by Terri Stegmiller
Crop Circles by Mary Beth Shaw
Urban Insiders Circle by Seth Apter
Since it was the outside, I added some dimensional paints to jazz it up a bit.
I did the inside in cool colors since the front and back pages of the text block were warm and I wanted to continue the contrast.
Spider Flower by Terri Stegmiller, but I kind of liked it! Then I added:
Doodle It Layered Circles and Squares by Maria McGuire
Doodle It Tornado Flowers by Maria McGuire
Quatrefoil Set by Michelle Ward
On this part, I did a little experimenting. Years ago, there was a trend in stamping called palette stamping. I'd been wondering if I could use a twist that with a gelli plate. And you know what? It kind of worked! I brayered paint all over my gelli plate, then I took a rubber stamp and stamped into the plate to remove paint (with palette stamping you could also ink your stamp and use it to add a color on top of your "palette.") I stamped off the paint in another journal, then printed with the plate through a stencil - hopefully you can see below how it worked - I liked the texture it added!
With that, my book was done! I poked 4 holes through the pages and spine (about 2" apart) and then just bound it up with some waxed linen thread and it was ready to go! Here you can see all of the inside pages:
Until next time!