Jelly frenzy

I am always one  reluctant to jump on the bandwagon, so much so that by the time I have decided that I might actually like to jump on it, the bandwagon has been and gone!
So when everyone started raving about gelli plates and gelatine printing, I was somewhat adamant I would not get sucked into that, no thank you. But then, I saw some pretty amazing prints with lots and lots of layers. And I am somewhat obsessed with layers.
So I decided I would give the whole thing a whirl.
Mixed water with agar agar, poured and ten minutes later, tada! Here was a lovely squidgy jelly plate for me to experiment with.
I loved it! I loved it so much I spent an entire week end doing print after print. And then another week end, and another.

Let’s just say, I’m hooked…

I won’t inflict every single of my prints on you. I made far too many for that (and I will be making more in the near future…insert manic laugh here). Here is just a quick selection of some of them. Now all I have to do is find a suitable project for them.


Gelatine prints, a set on Flickr.


Faux glass pendant

I have been a busy bee lately, trying to fit as much art as I can in my life.  Last night, I came upon this absolute gem of a tutorial, courtesy of the equally gorgeous Tammy Tutterow:

I was instantly smitten and itching to try making some of my own.  Tonight, I took the opportunity of littleman having no homework to fish out my shrink plastic, round up a few stamps, my utee and set to play.

I made these two little pendants.  The one on the left is made up of a transparent piece of shrink plastic stamped with writing, and a shrink plastic butterfly coloured with alcohol inks.  The one on the right is made of three butterfly stamped on a clear background and coloured with colour pencils.

shrink plastic

Time to play with Utee then.  I must confess that I don’t own a melting pot. I have never seen the need to make such an expense.  I may rethink my position in the future.  For tonight, a little non-stick pan was good enough.  I hooked my pendants to the little chain that normally holds together my tea infuser and dipped my shrink plastic pieces in the hot utee several times, one at a time until it was completely coated.

And boy, am I in love with the result!  The pendants look coated in a thick layer of melted glass, the imperfections of the utee dripping just adding to the overall look.  They are shiny, glassy, glossy and just amazing looking, and all of this literally in the blink of an eye!
shrink plastic

shrink plastic

And since I hadn’t quite settled on a definite idea for a mothers’ day present, this was the perfect opportunity.  A little jump ring, a ball chain necklace and voilà!  I’m all set to give my mother her present tomorrow.

skrink plastic

And this is a tutorial I am going to revisit again and again.  The possibilities are endless…as endless as my supplies of shrink plastic and utee in any case.

Keep on running….

Last summer, just before going to England, I made a huge decision.  I decided to take up jogging.  I used to be fairly sporty when I was at uni but then life got in the way.  Jogging is the least fussy of all sports so I figured out I could do this.  Armed with the Couch potato to 5k program, I ran around a field full of sheep every other day.  I even managed to keep on jogging when we got back home.  Until I made it to a 30 minutes straight run.  And then I did my ankle in on a sneaky root.  And then Hubby did his cross ligaments in during an over-enthusiastic martial art session.  And we stopped running.

One of my goals for our week in England was to take up running again.  And I am happy to report I did.  It sucked every minute of the first run and made me wish I hadn’t quit back in October.  Then I remembered to keep my nose up and look around me.  This view beats the concrete around my place any time.  And the second run was a little easier.  Am looking forward to my next run.  Who’d have thunk?



I won’t bore you with the details about where I’ve been for the past few months.  Let’s just say I was busy dealing with a few curved balls and leave it at that.

Latest curved ball to date is a needed radical change to my diet.  Something that isn’t sitting well with me.  Yesterday, as I was sitting down in my in-laws’ kitchen, munching on gluten-free bread, dairy-free cheese and meatless chicken ham, I was feeling pretty irritated and depressed by the whole “free from” thing…and then, I stumbled upon this snack in a supermarket’s aisle.


The snack was pretty tasty (and no, I’m not unfortunately making any money from saying this) and the box made me laugh.  And then suddenly, the “free from” thing felt a lot better.  Am I happy about my new diet? Nope.  Do I still feel it’s the end of the world? Not on your nelly!

#InstaCamp 3 water

About 2 years ago, I came across this amazing blog  Not only is Karen truly inspirational but she also takes fabulous photos.  This June, she came up with this cool idea: Instacamp.  She can tell it better than I can so head over there and read up.

This week’s prompt is water.  It so happens that on Wednesday, we were subjected to several downpours, a couple of which I experienced first hand, so when we visited my mother, I decided to go hunting in her garden for some cool water pictures.  I got a couple of shots that seemed decent enough before the heavens decided to open again.


I had a fun time taking these pictures.  And I’m definitely waiting for next week’s prompt with my finger on the camera button.

Heart Journal 5

This month, over on the Heart Journal blog, we were challenged to use textured tin foil.  I had never worked with tinfoil and was really looking forward to working with it.  The first hurdle I had to overcome was the embossing.  I unfortunately don’t own any embossing machine so I winged it.  I traced and cut some grungeboard shapes into thin cardboard and glued them to my heart.  I then glued the scrunched up foil on top of it and carefully traced around my shapes with a cotton bud to make sure the foil adhered to the shapes properly.  I wanted to go for an antiqued metal look so I gessoed and applied black acrylic to my heart.  The result was way below my expectations so I gessoed again and went for another colour.  A couple of layers of colours, some sanding and oil pastels later, I glued a little picture framed in foil and some words.  I loved working with tinfoil even if I didn’t manage to achieve the look I wanted.  I might buy thicker tin foil next time and give it another go…

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Ce mois ci, sur le blog du Heart Journal, l’imposition était d’utiliser de l’aluminium de cuisine texturé.  Je n’avais jamais utilisé d’aluminium et l’expérience me tentait bien.  Le premier souci que j’ai rencontré, c’est l’embossage.  Je n’ai malheureusement pas de machine à embosser alors j’ai improvisé.  J’ai tracé et découpé des formes en grungeboard sur du carton fin et je les ai collées sur mon coeur.  J’ai collé l’aluminium froissé par dessus et j’ai bien appuyé autour des formes avec un coton-tige pour bien coller l’alu aux formes.  Je voulais faire un coeur en métal vieilli alors j’ai appliqué du gesso et de l’acrylique noire.  Le résultat était bien décevant alors j’ai remis une couche de gesso et j’ai choisi une autre couleur.  Quelques couches de peinture, un peu de ponçage et des pastels gras plus tard, j’ai collé une petite image encadrée par de l’alu également et quelques mots.  J’ai beaucoup aimé travailler avec l’alu même si je n’ai pas réussi à obtenir l’aspect que je voulais.  Je vais voir si je peux trouver de l’alu plus épais et retenter…