Surface Pattern Help- my friends to the rescue!

July 28, 2012 in Digital Related Posts by Ursula Smith

Sorry for posting so late, but I was deep into pattern making this week. I signed up for a class (actually 3 classes) call That Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design taught by Rachel Taylor. You can find links to them on Creative Clearinghouse, along with lots of other classes. Here is the module I just finished- . I say finished sort of tongue in cheek because there is so much to this class, that I really need to spend some time reading through the material, and doing the exercises and listening to the audio files, and well, as usual I didn’t have the time to do it properly. However, I read through enough of the class, that I decided I wanted to try my hand at patterns- and truth be told, I had already done some before the class. I did learn a new way of making patterns in PhotoShop during one of the lessons, so I was thinking of trying to enter the contests that Rachel was proposing at the end of the module.

But, with just a few days to pull it together I seriously had my doubts that I could do it. So what did I do? I scheduled a get together with my friends to stamp, and paint and have some fun. Yeah, like that was gonna help me get my project finished &#59;)

But wait, it really did! While we were playing around, my friends started looking through my stash of stencils, and prints from the Gelli Arts Printing Plate, and the bits of scraps that I had made and tossed in piles. And slowly a pattern emerged (ok- sorry for the awful pun). I already had lots of patterns!! Between the stamps and the stencils that I designed, I had quite a few patterns to start with that were tucked away on my computer! So, after they left I was so jazzed that I got straight to work, and I think I may actually make the deadline! Even if I don’t get in, I have a pile of new patterns to work with for making digital background pages!

I love my friends &#59;)


Here is one of the stencils that we were using with the Gelli Arts Printing Plate. See how cool it looks after several sessions!



Here is the same pattern with a different color scheme…


Rubber Stamping with Paint

July 19, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts by Ursula Smith

I tried to explain this in words to some of my Fly Tribe friends and failed miserably, so hopefully this video will help :)

I just use cheap felt to make my own ink pad, and any acrylic paint I feel like using that day. The only stamps that really don’t work as well are the lightly etched ones- the stamps that are basically flat with lots of little dots to make the image, like a half tone print.

Ooopsie in the video- the paint is by Ranger, the line is called Adirondack. It was late at nite when I was filming- sorry!!

This same technique can be used with a bleach pen to do Bleach stamping. You can see this in the blog post, Rubber Stamping with Bleach on Cardstock.


Mellow Yellow Artist Trading Card Swap

July 13, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

I am not generally a yellow person. I can’t wear it at all, so I would say it is probably my least favorite color. However, June’s Artist Trading Card swap had a theme of mellow yello. Who could resist yellow after receiving these cards in the mail!!

My cards we a combination of drawing, scanning, re-sizing, print and then coloring to finish on the girl side. The reverse side (which I actually ended up liking better!), started with a mono- print using Gelli-Arts, then I scanned, played with the color and saturation a bit, printed and trasnferred onto glitter paper.

The cards I recevied were so nice- they are all so sun-shiny and happy that it instantly made me smile. Many thanks go to my talented swap friends-

Thanks so much ladies for my happy cards!!