Easy Gelli Printed Journal

Before I attended the Artiscape Artists Retreat last month, I made several mini gelli printed journals to trade with other artists at the retreat and thought that I would share the process with you.

First, create the pages of your journal by making lots of prints on your gelatin plate.  Be sure to make prints on both sides of the paper or if you print on one side, you can glue two pieces with wrong sides together.  I used just regular office copy paper.


Choose your cover papers (I used 98lb. Mixed Media Paper) and cut to the size of your journal.  Also cut your printed papers but cut them slightly smaller than your journal cover.  Also choose a one sided gelatin print or patterned paper for the inside covers of your journal and cut the same size as the journal cover.


Decorate your outside covers.  I chose to use watercolors and stamps to decorate my covers.  I then embellished them further and added stitching with my sewing machine.


Next, I folded the covers, printed pages and inside covers in half and used a bone folder to crease them really well.  Then I laid the papers down in this order: Cover (face down), Inside cover paper (face up), then the printed pages one on top of the other.


Once I had them placed together so that that inside papers were not hanging over the edges of the cover and inside cover pages, I placed them on the sewing machine and stitched all of the papers together down the middle.  Glue down the inside cover papers to the inside of the covers and there you have it.  Easy gelli printed journals.


I hope you give this fun project a try.  Do you have any fun projects that you love to do with your gelatin prints?  I would love to hear about it!

Artiscape 2016

Another year at Artiscape has come and gone but it has left me with wonderful memories and an arsenal of new art techniques with new mediums.  My friend Tonya and I stayed at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, Ohio Thursday until Sunday, April 22-24, 2016, where Artiscape, an artist’s gathering, took place.

Our first class on Thursday was called “Rusted” with the talented Shari Replogle.  She showed us an awesome technique to make your artwork appear rusted and incorporated it into this encaustic assemblage workshop.  This was the first time that I had ever worked with encaustics and I enjoyed it.  Just be warned…it is an expensive medium to get in to.

Here I am with Shari and my pieces I created in class.  One of the pieces is not quite finished but the bird feather piece is complete.  I love how it turned out.  My husband found this Blue Jay feather in the woods behind our house.


You can find Shari’s “Wax on Wednesdays” videos on YouTube HERE and her blog HERE.

On Friday, Tonya and I took a different approach to wax as a medium and worked under the instruction of the wonderful Serena Barton to create artwork with cold wax medium in her class “Paper, Oil and Wax.”  Very different from the hot wax in encaustic and so much fun!

In this photo with Serena, I’m holding a collaborative piece that she and I worked on together.  Basically I didn’t like where it was going and she helped me work it out 😉


And here are all of the pieces that I created in class.


You can find Serena on YouTube or more about her and her wonderful books, merchandise and artwork on her website.

Friday evening was the Preview of the Marketplace where many vendors were set up selling merchandise.  There were also artist demos by Mary Beth Shaw (aka: Stencil Girl), Carolyn Dube, Trish McKinney, Melissa Becker, Sally Lynn MacDonald from Gel Press and Jan Lill Worms.  I streamed live during the event on Periscope, which unfortunately is only available for twenty-four hours.  I was so busy worrying about the Periscope broadcast that I forgot to take photos, so I apologize.

Saturday’s class was “A Jumble of Journals” with the creative and enthusiastic Lovely Linda Crofton.  We made SIX…yes SIX journals in only four hours!  Linda provided us with a TON of awesome goodies and six great journals made from various materials and bound various ways.

Lovely Linda’s website can be found HERE.

Saturday night was dinner and entertainment.  This year the theme was Masquerade in Venice.

Lisa Ohmer, the owner of European Papers and creator of Artiscape, announces the entertainment for the evening, which was Hashtag Comedy, an improvisational comedy group from the Shadowbox Live.  It was quite funny!

Sunday’s workshop was “Souvenir of Venice Journal” with Jan Lill Worms.  I really enjoyed the more traditional bookbinding techniques in this class and learning the Dos Equis stitch that we used for the spine.  Jan is an amazing bookbinder and instructor.

You can find Jan Lill Worms’ website HERE.

Before we left Sunday, we enjoyed snacks and tea at the Madhatters Tea Party.


And look at this wonderful headpiece.


We shopped the Art Fair then headed home.  It was a great weekend and I was sad to see it end, but after four days together, I think we were ready for a break 😉


Hope you enjoyed my glimpse into Artiscape weekend.  Do you have any retreats that you like to attend?  I’d love to hear about them!