Saturday, 29 November 2014

Faux Chine Colle and a few other things.

Faux Chine Colle? I hadn't heard of this before I read the Joan Bess book 'Gelli Plate Printing'...which I can highly recommend. Briefly it's a collage of fragile papers on to heavier paper before printing on them, there's a link here to the Gelli Arts You Tube video which demonstrates it beautifully.

I only prepared one piece of card just to try it out and decided I'd make a card for my stash . I'd recently bought a few golden acrylics in primary colors that were translucent as I wanted to try layering colours with the gelli plate.

I tried to use the colours that are used in the video I've linked but I added a bit to much yellow to the blue and although I loved the collage effect, I didn't like the mix of colours especially the reminded me of my science lab coat from school!!!... no I had to change it.

I've started by using some darker green colouring pencils just around the edges of where the colours meet and some verdigris embossing powder.

Next some gilding flakes on the yellow areas, looking better but still not quite right so more shading using red and purple.

Great technique, will be trying that again. I've realised that Gelli prints can be perfect as there are, may just need some additions or be a great starting point for a background. So thats Faux Chine Colle but I thought I'd also just share a few other cards and things I've been playing around with.

Carrying on with Gelli plate printing and translucents, I had a further play around mixing from the primary colours and pulled off the following prints.

 Love this first one for the colours and the fibre imprint 

Below is a new joggles stencil, the result reminding me of fireworks.

Lastly this was with silk glaze, difficult to see but the whole print shimmers. 

Just need to make some cards with them now.......speaking of which I have another card to share with you. 

 The first one and this are for 2 upcoming male birthdays. I don't tend to make complicated cards, often going for CAS, certainly for the males in my family. The background is an alcohol ink one and the map stamp is PaperArtsy. The bird and text is Stampers Annon the bird which I've UTEE'd, I've also added some alcohol ink to the compass coin.

Last on the card front, I finally got around to finishing off the cards from this post here and decided I would split it into 2, I think I prefer them like this.

And finally if you've stayed with me I've just a couple of pics from 2 workshops I've attended in the last few months at the Artist Trading post. The first is a pic from the Kasia one where we made a scrapbook page...this was a bit out of my comfort zone, partly because I like to think about what and where I'm putting things but this was don't think just do, which was actually quite liberating in the end and I picked up lots of tips

The photo is my mum when she was about 10.

This last photo is from Sue Carringtons  Lynne Perella 'beer mat' workshop. If you ever get a chance to do one with Sue, you won't be disappointed, you'll learn loads about techniques and there really enjoyable. Love how this turned out.

 Anyway I'll sign off now for November....I'm off for my early Christmas present of Finnabairs workshops at ATP, I'm just a bit excited!!

Thanks as always for stopping by, hope you enjoyed a slightly different post.


  1. Wow,you have been busy Ruth!! Love all of it,stunning creations. I'm getting that book for Christmas but will check out that link in the should frame some of those prints,seriously.

    Have a great time at your workshop

    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  2. So many wonderful projects, I'm dawn to your scrapbook page, I love designs like that. It's good to go into the 'zone' and go with what feels right at the time. Hope you continue to do more, I'd love to see what you come up with xx

  3. Such lush gorgeousness (not a word) Ruth, each item is stunning. Your cards are wonderful and your GP prints are amazing.

    Thanks for sharing, enjoyed your post and my visit today. Enjoy your workshop:-) xxx

  4. What a fantastic post of so many different art pieces created Ruth.
    I love it all, and admire your gelli prints and the way you worked further with them..I need to dig my plate out of the box !! Also your two workshop pieces are gorgeous !! Have fun with Finnabairs ,too.
    Dorthe ox

  5. As Dorthe has already said - what a fantastic post Ruth! I love your Gelli plate makes, they are all beautiful and your workshop pieces are amazing.

    You will not be disappointed with Finn's class - she is incredible (did mine last year at ATP). Anne x

  6. Fabulous pieces of amazing art, all the cards look awesome. Hope you had a lovely day at the workshop.

  7. What a great blogpost Ruth...great prints and lovely results with them!
    Alie :-)

  8. Wow Ruth! I don't know where to start - this certainly is a lovely read! Love the Gelliplate pages! Your scrapbook page is beautiful - I really love those colours. Hugs, Chrisx

  9. Wowzer... like Chris, I'm a bit stymied, so many amazing, beautiful things to admire in this fabulous post! The Gelli prints are great - especially the one you started with. I love the effect of the translucent paints over the book text and the added pen work, verdigris and gilding flakes take it into the stratosphere - just glorious!!

    Great cards, and two beautiful projects from the workshops. You'll absolutely love Finnabair - can't wait to see what you create there!!
    Alison xx

  10. So much to see this time! Love the workshop projects and your fabulous cards. Will try to take a look at the video when time allows as your results are super. Jenny x

  11. Well this post passed me by, I can't imagine how I missed it! Love your Gelli prints, so many fabulous results! Will have to give the faux chine college technique a go..mmmm now there's an idea for a forthcoming project ;-) Sue C x

  12. Your art is with every day more everything and I am a bit jealous, because we do not have such a workshops in Slovenia....Finn was in Slovenia in October, but I was on a business trip :(


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