In The Craft Room 15th February 2014 – All Things Clarity – Gelli intro

Its Saturday afternoon again (so soon?) and we are again attempting to improve our stamping and brayering skills the “Clarity Way”

Sorry I am a bit late posting this weeks activities, I seem to have got side tracked some what. I really don’t know how Barbara Gray manages to post on a daily basis. For those of you who don’t know Barbara Gray is the person behind The Clarity Stamp Company,  which she runs on a very hands on basis, and her daily blog is brilliant, fun and full of hints, tips and new ideas, well worth a read.

Ok, this week then, for the first half hour I had them working on their clever corners and pattern building again. This time I gave them a sentiment to build the pattern around.


Still a work in progress, but getting there. Though they would probably get there a lot quicker if there was a little less chatter and more concentration maybe? I think it was the weekend special offer on ink pads at Clarity Stamps that was mainly to blame, and of which we have taken advantage of big style. Well it was too good an offer to miss with 30% off ALL ink pads.

Next on the afternoons agenda was brayering. After introducing them the brayer and splodge mat last week I wanted to follow it on with another project. I had seen a lovely little step by step project on Barbara’s blog  which I just knew they would love to have a go at:-

Barbara Gray's Blog. One Day at a Time.: A little Star gazer.Step by step tutorial

And here are our efforts, Lisa’s, Margery’s, Mine and Diane’s

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Not bad for our first attempts, maybe a bit more practice required and more attention to detail, though I did rush them a bit as I had a lot more I wanted them to have a go at this afternoon. Now that they have their own brayers and splodge mats they can practice more at home too.

Time for a cuppa and I had also made Chocolate fruit and nut cupcakes, the recipe is on my recipe page if you would like to try and as this one is my own recipe any feedback would be appreciated.

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Right Gelli plate time.

This week I just wanted to keep it simple and also try and incorporate the birdhouse stamp set that we used last week as they all liked it so much (so much so that Diane and Jackie have now both bought it for themselves, I just knew they would)

I showed them how, after selecting 2 or 3 colours of either Distress or Adirondack inks, to pick some ink up on the brayer straight from the ink pad and brayer it straight onto the Gelli plate from one side blending it out to the middle. You think that there is hardly any ink on the plate but just wait. Clean off the first colour by brayering onto copy paper, see how much ink there is, pick up the second colour and brayer onto the Gelli plate from the other side again blending it into the middle and the first colour. ( If using 3 colours start in the middle of the plate with the first colour then add and blend the other 2 colours from each side). now take some stamps ie the hollyhocks and branch stamps from the birdhouse set and using the the same inks stamp straight onto the plate.(These images will be slightly blurry but this is the effect that we want.) When happy with it take your print

This is  Lisa’s print which came out really well, the background has blended beautifully and she has also used the grasses stamp


Now you can over stamp in black Archival ink


You can play for hours with this technique, and the results are lovely and delicate.

Next week we are back on the Gelli plate, this time with acrylic paints and stencils too.

Have a good week and thank you for reading


1 Comment

  1. Lisa

    What alot of crafty fun we had, absolutely loved it, to top it off Barbara Gray herself commented on my fb page 🙂

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