Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Gel tastic


After a lovely day messing around in the craft room I have caught up with the inktober monoprinting challenge set by Kim Herringe for those following her course. I've used a mixture of commercial stencils and ones cut myself from paper.

12. Rain

13. Shoes

14. Fish

15. Child

16. Dog

17. Home

18. Letter box

I love the versatility of gel printing. I think the secret is in the paint and the paper. I've invested in more Golden open acrylics, which stay wet long enough to pull a print and a ghost print. I use a 200gsm coated thin card which seems to be flexible enough to pick up a lot of the details but robust enough to not fall apart with multiple paint layers. 

I think the dog going for a walk on the moor is my favourite. Which is yours?

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day xx

Sunday, 18 October 2020

More monoprinting


I'm just posting a quick one today as I have fallen behind with the monoprinting challenge set by Kim Herringe for those following her course and hope to get a few prints done later. 

9. Grass 


I love how these two are a pair, but the combination of print or ghost print creates a totally different feel.



Thank you for all your lovely comments on earlier posts. I have taken your advice and started turning some of the prints into notelets and cards.

Hope you have a lovely week ahead xx


Friday, 9 October 2020

Monoprinting mania

Hello there

It's been a busy week but I have tried to keep up with the challenge Kim Herringe has set those taking her online workshop, to print something every day for a month, with prompts if we want to follow them. 

Here are my efforts this week...I'm starting to get the hang of how the layers work...but still forgot first time round to reverse the stencil with words!

4. Music

5. Float

6. Daisy

7. Beach

8. Bird

Most of the stencils are from Giogiocraft but I made the bird stencil out of paper. I had a new delivery this week so watch this space. 

Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I really appreciate all of your comments and suggestions. Hope you have a lovely week. xxx









Saturday, 3 October 2020



Inktober was started by artist Jake Parker as a challenge to improve his inking skills. Follow the link to find out more. In the spirit of creating for creating's sake Kim Herringe has set those taking her online workshop a gel-printing challenge, to create something every day for a month, with prompts if we want to follow them.

        Image may contain: text that says "Inktober 1. SUMMER 11. SCOOTER 22. CIRCLE 2. MOUNTAIN 12.RAIN 12. 23.MOON 3. ROCKET 13. SHOES 24. BICYCLE 4. MUSIC 14. FISH .MUSIC 5. FLOAT 15. CHILD 26.TREAT 6. DAISY 16. DOG 27 FEATHER 7. BEACH 17. HOME 28.SHOES 8. BIRD 18. LETTERBOX 29.RIVER 9. GRASS 19.BOOK 30.CAT 30. 10. .BEETLE 20. .CAKE 31. PENCIL 21. BANANA *Jake Parker created Inktober in 2009 as challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It grown into worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking part every year."

It's a great excuse to delve around in my mask and stencil collection, as well as use the leaves my mother-in-law has sent from her garden. So far I have used acrylic paints but I do have some acrylic inks tucked away which I might just have to dig out and play with.

1. Summer

2. Mountain

3. Rocket


I love that however much you plan a sequence you can't really predict what's going to happen as the layers combine. I'm slowly learning to accept the outcome whatever, and just enjoy the process.

Thank you for taking the time to visit. Hope you have a lovely week xx

Sunday, 27 September 2020

Paint like Kandinsky


Just a quick one today to share a canvas I did this week with Something Less Boring's Paint Like Kandinsky online workshop. I can't praise how the demonstrator Liddy organises it enough. The steps are really clear. She shares information on the painter's process and also their life. It is also incredible value for money. I'm defintely signing up for more.

Kandinsky appeals to my own style with bold bright colours and strong contrast.

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you have a good week ahead. xxx

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Gorgeous gelli


Hope you've had a lovely weekend. The past week has been a bit chaotic, but after some much needed sleep, I've had another go at gel monoprinting with leaves. My mother-in-law kindly picked and pressed a variety of leaves and posted them. I also treated myself to a few more colours of Golden Open acrylic paint. They definitely make a huge difference and help to get all of the fine details. I've gone for something a bit more autumnal.

I can't recommend Kim Herringe's workshop via her online portal The Studio enough. She takes you through the printing process, the best equipment to use, composition, how to make your own registration board, how to mount work and how to make your own gel plate.

It's quite addictive so now I just have to think of what to do with all the prints. Any suggestions?

Thank you for taking the time to look. Enjoy the rest of your day xxx

Friday, 18 September 2020

Big on botanicals


I'm here today to show you my first steps gel monoprinting with botanicals. I've signed up to Kim Herringe's online gelatin plate monoprinting workshop. There are 30 lessons over 6 modules with very clear videos and PDFs. It's lots of fun.

I am rather limited in the botanicals department, as I have a small balcony with some half dead plants, therefore I shall be out and about this week and I also have my mother-in-law on the case, who has a fabulous garden!

These are the most interesting of my attempts getting to grips with first generation and ghost prints and what's best and where.


Thank you for taking the time to look. Any comments to help improve my technique will be gratefully received.

Have a lovely weekend xxx