Repurposing supplies

I love scrapbooking. It might not be ‘trendy’ anymore, but I enjoy recording our lives, documenting what I know of old photos, and generally playing with paper, scissors & glue. I was a tutor for a national scrapbooking company so had access to all the newest supplies; one of my favourites was Basic Grey

I was tidying up some supplies today and found my stash of old letters. Some of the self-adhesive ones aren’t any more. and I had quite a lot of Basic Grey heavy paper letters left. All the useful letters like a, e & s are long gone, and I’m left with a pile of g, x and q! 

I was going to throw them out but suddenly realised I could repurpose them. Out with my 16×20 Gelli plate and some Gold Open acrylics. I put down one colour, then used the letters as masks and pulled a print – the yellow one shows what this looks like. I removed the letters, put down a fresh colour, more letters and overprinted; I did three layers on each.

The page that looks a bit like old leather is where I pulled the leftover paint off the plate each time. I’m not sure what I will do with these yet, but like the look, and have tucked the paint covered letters away to use another day. 

Doing the arty basics

My sister gave me a lovely set of Golden Open Acrylics – the traditional colours – for my birthday. I love them, and already had the modern set, plus Payne’s Grey, Permanent Dark Violet and Nickel Azo Gold. What I’d never done is a colour chart with them to see what they create. This morning I was awake early so decided to get out my art journal and have a play. It’s always surprising the colours you can make from even very basic mixes, and is a good visual reference to look back at.

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Gelli print cards

I keep a stack of cards ready for sending out, and my stock had got a bit low. Yesterday I made some gelli prints just for the fun of it, mainly using Golden Open Acrylics and a variety of stencils. Today I decided to turn them into 10 fairly all-purpose greeting cards. I used my latest stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp for some of them – love it.

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