Thursday, July 9, 2015

Mixed Media Linky Party List - Updated Aug 15'

I love linky parties.  It's such an easy way to interact with other artists.  I have a few groups I like to join weekly but as I worked on this post I found more sites to link to.  Just in case you don't know what a linky party is here is a quick explanation.  

A linky party is a blog or website that allows you to link your recent artwork to their website.  When people see your work they are able to visit your blog and check you out.  Each blog has different requirements in order to post so please check those out before linking.  Often times there is a theme or you might have to the use certain products in your work.  Its always nice to leave the host a quick thank you comment for hosting and visit fellow artists blogs after linking.

This list is a work in progress.  If you have a group you would like me to add please leave it in the comments section.  I plan on updating this list as I find new linky parties.  Feel free to share this post and join some of the parties below!

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge
Art Journal Journey
Our Creative Corner
Mix It Monthly
Moo Mania
Mixed Media World

Creative Every Day
Inspire Me Monday
Mandarin Orange Monday
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Blog

Try It On Tuesday

What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Paint Party Friday
Art it Friday
Art Journal Every Day
Illustration Friday
Journal 52

Summer of Color
Inktober (October) 

If you host a linky party and need a guest designer team member please let me know!  I am open for collaborations! My specialty is anything mixed media - Contact me @

Friday, July 3, 2015

Gelli Print Share: Overcoming Bad Prints

When I first tried Gelli printing I didn't like it.  Everyone was making look so easy but my prints looked like crap!  I couldn't understand what I was doing wrong so I just figured it wasn't for me.

I put my Gelli plate away for about 6 months and even thought about giving it away.  Crazy right! I'm glad I didn't because I now know what I was doing wrong and love making prints.

I decided to start printing with an idea in mind as opposed to just grabbing random stencils from my stash and hoping it would work out.  I drew and cut out a simple bird shape to work from and started layering colors.

I tried to focus on using less paint on my plate.  Lots of layers add depth and interest to the background.  I played with masking and negative space.  Cutting basic shapes from card stock is an easy way to highlight different parts of a print.

Above all I just needed to play and not judge myself so harshly.  I threw on some music and just messed around.

Have you tried Gelli printing or monoprinting?

Sharing with Art Journal EverydayPaint Party Friday