Friday, 18 May 2018

Artist Trading Coins: A Gel Print Background


I can't seem to get enough of these Artist Trading Coins, thanks to Joanne at Craftyhodges having introduced this latest mini method of creating art.  Once again the backgrounds have been created using alcohol ink through a stencil on a gelli plate (see HERE for original inspiration).  I made a pair this time as you can see.

This time I cut out my 2.5" circles using the George & Basic Shapes cartridge and my large Cricut machine.  I laid the petite tangle stencil from Claritystamp over my circle gel press petite plate and added various shades of aquas and pinks onto the plate, brayering out the ink.  Once dry the stencil was removed.
I added a thin layer of Buff Titanium paint with the brayer and attempted to pull a print; not very successfully first time.
Having been a little more generous with the paint,  the second attempt was far more successful.
Ocean Reef Artistry ink was brushed over both coins.

For the darker background, I stamped the Swing stamp (NDC Back Issue 130 from Claritystamp) in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Distressed Black embossing enamel (Stampendous).
I then added some of the Teeny Weenie foliage which comes with the bird outline set (also Claritystamp) but this time embossing in Shabby Hunter embossing enamel.
NDC Back Issue 92 - Row of Trees - was added to the lighter background in Shabby Hunter embossing enamel.
Both coins were edged in Black Soot Distress Oxide, then Forest Moss was added below the tree line of the second coin.  The birds in flight stamp (same set as the foliage) was added in black embossing.  Finally a suitable word from the Small Talk sticker set by Tim holtz finished this coin.
A suitable 'Small Talk' sticker completed the other coin too.

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