Along with a frosty chill, love is in the air! I'm all about the nontraditional when it comes to holidays and Valentine's is no different.
As I worked, I kept thinking of a new detail or embellishment to add.
Rub-ons, doodling, stamping, and sewing! I found that what was old definitely felt new again. Let me show you what I did!
Step 1: Slap a generous coat of gesso down to prep the surface to take paint. I use a gesso that is a bit grainy because I like the added effect it gives the surface.
Step 2: Dab paint onto your Gelli Plate. Be sure to use colors that are complementary and spread them using a brayer. I worked in layers, building and adding color as I felt. It's a rather intuitive process and you must throw accuracy and perfection out the window!
Step 3: Use a white pen and make marks all over your postcards. Any kind of marks will do.
Step 4: I made very fine splatter marks using a fan brush and ColoriQue ink. I like using black because of the contrast.
Step 5: I added more details to the background with stamps. This time, I looked waaaaay back in the ol' stamp archives and used stamps (mixed with some brand new ones from Sandra Evertson) and ink I haven't touched in quite some time.
Step 6: Chalk the edges and add more details. I used some rub-ons from my stash and I could not resist this assortment of digital images from Retro Cafe Art Gallery. I love mixing modern with other period items and my postcards are no exception.
Step 7: Once you've glued down your image, it's time to run these babies through the sewing machine. Again, throw precision out the window!
Step 8: Add your sentiment. I used Script Word cut-outs for mine. I painted them black then added details with my trusty white Signo pen.
It felt great to get the Gelli Plate out and just do what called to me. These colors are even my go-to colors! Imagine that!
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Chipboard Postcards Style 1
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Chipboard Art Script Word Cut-Outs Set 2
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Chipboard Art Script Word Cut-Outs Set 4
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Heart Journal Cards ATC Size Collage Sheet
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Cupids ATC Size Collage Sheet
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Vintage Valentine ATC Size Collage Sheet
Sandra Evertson Four Portals Art Stamps
Gelli Arts Gelli Plate (8x10)
Liquitex Acrylic Paint
Chalk Ink Edger
Signo Uniball Pen White
StazOn Ink Pad Midnight Blue