Rub On Transfer Resist Technique

Over on Tim Holtz’s blog he shared an idea for using his rub ons to create a resist effect. As usual I didn’t have any of his new rub ones but naturally I wanted to try the technique so I improvised and used the rub ons I did have.

I created the effect on tags, first I rubbed on various bits across the tags, then I overstamped with black ink, then finally added colour using spray inks. Once all the layers are in place you gently rub over the transfers to remove the final colour layer which of course reveals the rub on resist!

Here’s my tags created with this technique





Rubber Finger Groomer Paint Tool

On Monday after my usual routine blood tests at the hospital we went to the large pet store in town to pick up some cat food and doggy chews for our fur babies, whilst pacing the aisles of the store I noticed this nifty little rubber finger groomer for using with small animals:



When you flip it over, this is what it looks like on the reverse side:


IMG_3343I’m always on the look out  for things I can use in my art so I decided to get one to experiment with and see what I could do with it, at the very least I figured I could use it to make multiple stamped dots on my handmade backgrounds.

Here are the results of my experimental dabblings:

First up I did some basic stamping with it, on the left I used an inkpad, and on the right I used acrylic paint:


The next thing I tried doing with it was creating scratchy puddles, to do this I first splodged the paint on the page like so:


Then using the tool I scratched the paint outwards to create a scratchy puddle:


I really liked the effect of this so decided to use it on one of my Dina Wakley stencil girl shapes below:



Once I’d scratched the stencil design onto the page I flipped the plastic stencil mask over to create a scratchy stamped mirror image as you can see below:


The picture below is just random scratching of the tool with paint to create marks on the page:


In all I really like this new paint tool I’ve found and can see me using it more often in my backgrounds and journal pages. If you would like to pick one up yourself you can get them from Pets At Home and possibly other pet stores too.

Since I’ve taken these pictures I have now cut off the key chain part and removed it from the tool as it was getting in my way when I was painting with it.

Gel Prints Handmade Greetings Cards

Its been a long time since I made any sort of greetings card so I decided to make all the gel prints I created the other day into art cards because I didn’t want to add anything else to the prints as I liked them just as they are.

I used black card blanks to mount the prints onto to create a nice contrast and on each card I added a dymo label word to finish them up. You can see them all below:
















And no blog post would be complete without the obigatory close up shot:



Faux Gel Plate Printing Technique

I’ve had my eye on the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plates for a while, I’ve seen some lovely backgrounds created with them and lots of inspirational videos but I really didn’t want to spend £20-£30 on something that:

a) I might not like and b) I might use it once then never again!

I know I could’ve easily made a temporary gelatine one to test first to see if I liked them, but to be honest to me it seemed like too much hard work and I’d rather stick pins in my eyes so I never bothered.

Instead I started looking on ebay to see if I could come up with something similar to work with at a fraction of the price and I think I found it!


Its a lot smaller than a gel printing plate at 5.8 x 3.5 inches and I have no idea how it compares with the real gel printing plate because I’ve never seen one to try, it only cost 99p including postage so I bought one to experiment with to see if it would work.

Its made of a very soft sticky rubbery like plastic and you know what? It really works! And I really think  the smaller size is perfect for printing postcard or even artist trading cards!

This is the side of the mat what is supposed to be used for ‘grabbing’ your mobile phone etc on, but I wasn’t interested in this side, I wanted to know what it was like on the BACK….


And LOOK at the back! Its perfectly smooth! And perfect for printing from!

So away I went, using various acrylic paints, 2 brayers (one for spreading paint on the plate and one for rollering over the back of the card to transfer the paint evenly) and a couple of stencils to do a ‘test run’ to see if my idea for a Faux Gel Printing Plate Technique works or not, it was like old times where I used to experiment with techniques for the CC Newsletter I did way back when……..

And you know what!? It did! It really worked!

And better yet I had the time of my life making prints and playing with paint layers as you can see from all the pictures below:

Stencil placed over Faux Gel Plate & Acrylic Paint squirted on prior to brayering the paints across the plate:


Faux Gel Plate with paint brayered through the stencil to reveal the pattern:


Faux Gel Print taken off the fake gel printing plate below:


Experimenting with placing die cuts on the faux gel plate to create shaped areas with no print on them:


The results of my faux gel printing experiments:





Obligatory Close Ups Of Faux Gel Printing Backgrounds:





I had so much fun this afternoon playing with acrylics to make these backgrounds!

I hope you too will enjoy making prints using your Faux Gel Printing Plates too! Don’t forget to share links of any creations you make in the comments section below 🙂

Instant Art Journal Wash Backgrounds

I wanted to share with you a quick and easy tutorial for getting a smooth watercolour or rainbow wash effect on both sides of your journal pages.

  • Step One: Apply a colour medium only on ONE side of your journal page; for this I used inktense blocks scribbled on one side of the page; but you can also use Neocolour watercolour pastels or any spray inks.

  • Step Two: Spray the blank side of the spread generously with water.
  • Step Three: Close the pages and gently rub the backs of them, then open up to reveal and instant multicoloured rainbow background like the picture below: