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July 5, 2013

Bloggers Challenge - Create your own Background (Tutorial Included)

Happy Bloggers Challenge Friday! Thanks to those who played along with last weeks Wedding/Anniversary Challenge!  This weeks Challenge theme is to create your own background, I'm looking foward to seeing how you use this weeks challenge theme.

I love to use my Gelli Arts Plate and Stencils to create my own backgrounds.  Today, I've put together a mini tutorial on how I created the background for my project using the Gelli Arts Plate, Acrylic Paints, stamps from Prima and Artistic Outpost and Stencils from Just a Trace.

Stamps - Prima, Artistic Outpost (not shown)
Card Stock - Mixed Media Paper, Guava and Black not shown
Ink - Black, Ranger Gathered Twigs Distess Ink - not shown
Other - Gelli Arts Plate, Brayer, White, Orange, Yellow, Pink Paint, Just a Trace Ornament Pattern Stencil (Tiny), Dangle Pattern Stencil (Tiny), Pinwheel One Pattern Stencil (Small), Prima, My Minds Eye Pattern Paper (not shown), Gel Medim (not shown), Gesso

Randomly drop Acrylic Paint onto Gelli Arts Plate

Brayer over paint, rotate Gelli Plate, brayer again to get nice even layer of paint

Place stencil over Gelli Plate (stencil used Just a Trace Pinwheel One Pattern Small)

Place Mixed Media paper over stencil and press down with fingers

Lift Mixed Media Paper - here is pull number 1

I wanted to created a few additional backgrounds with the Gelli Plate - here is the plate after the first pull

I simply placed another piece of Mixed Media Paper over the Gelli plate and was able to pull this image

Still wanting to see what kind of backgrounds I could pull

I added White paint to what was left on the Gelli Plate from pull 2

Brayer White paint, remember to brayer in both directions

This is pull 3 from the plate

I liked the outcome of the third print for the stamps I wanted to use, so I continued to brayer paint onto the Gelli Arts Plate and pull color onto the print until I was happy with the outcome

Next I added my stamped images from Artistic Outpost to the background, stamping in Black ink

The Doll stamp was stamped on Prima paper in Black ink, cut out and paper pieced using My Minds Eye pattern paper.  To add color, I used STAEDTLER Ergo Soft Colored Pencils, and sponged the edges with Ranger Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. 

 I sponged Guava ink through the Ornament Stencil to add a pattern to the background
 I continued to move the stencil down the side of the background to create my pattern.  This stencil has alignment hatches to help you align your image, not to mention the small size stencils are just perfect for accenting your Mixed Media projects!
Lastly, I applied some Gesso to the Dangle Stencil to complete my project

Additional Challenges entered - A Mixed Media Color Challenge, Simon Says Stamp and Show Anything Goes

If you'd like to play along with this weeks Bloggers Challenge, please link back to this post on your blog and mention you created your card for the Bloggers Challenge Create your own Background Challenge. Please add your link using the Link Tool below, your link should be a direct link to your Bloggers Challenge Post, use your name as the Title. Please do not link to cards that were created prior to the challenge date. Entries not linking properly, or backlinked will be removed. If you have the captcha enabled on your blog, please consider turning it off, as it makes it so much easier to leave comments.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!
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Suzanne C said...

Beautiful! Love the tutorial! It was fun to see you show the steps to your awesome background. Love your fancy nails too!

Words and Pictures said...

A really delicious background - and great to see the steps that led to it - wonderful, Lisa!
Alison x

Candy C said...

Lisa...this is so cute! I love those Prima stamps. I love your gelli plate background, too. Such pretty colors. I love the little dress on your Prima girl and the black outlining. She just pops off of the card. The random stamping and stenciling and the sentiment all look great, too. Thanks for sharing your always beautiful art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

So beautiful Lisa! Love your background...you do them well! The soft colors are just wonderful as well, especially with the ballerina image. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

Lili said...

Wow! Beautiful project. Thanks for sharing:)

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Love this! Thanks for the tut too. Great look with the stamps and the stencils.....and so pretty in the pastel colors you used. I was so taken by the print/project...I had to go back and look at the nails!

Unknown said...

Wow! This is so beautiful! I just came over from the gelli art on Facebook to tell you how much I love your piece of work!

xx Monica

Sue Lelli said...

Lisa, this page is so BEAUTIFUL and I just LOVE your Gelli tutorial! LOVE all of the patterns and textures you created! THX for playing with us at a Mixed Media Color Challenge!

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful project Lisa! I love your sweet girl and stunning background! Thanks for sharing your creative process and thanks for joining along with A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

Mimi said...

Thank you for a great challenge and congrats to the DT for their awesome inspiration. Hugs Mimi xx

Julia Aston said...

Love this Lisa! what a great background you created - thanks for sharing how to! love your doll stamp as well - I just ordered one and now see a good way to use her!

LindaS said...

Beautiful background and cute doll. TFS a great how2.

stampingbowd said...

I saw this on pinterest today and thought it was so cute then when I went over to the mixed media challenge I saw it again and here I am!! This is fabulous! I love the stenciled elements down the side! Beautiful color! Just gorgeous!

Suzanne C said...

Fabulous! Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

Terry said...

Love this Lisa and what a great tutorial! Backgrounds are such fun!

Keti's Projects said...

Beautiful, no no...it's gorgeous background. Thanks for sharing tutorial too. I'll give it a tryfor sure.

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