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Glass Pebble Art

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Glass pebbles with Gelli Print images.
Flat glass pebbles make enhance images and make great magnets. This quick project can be completed in just a few minutes.
You will need:

Flat glass pebbles from the dollar store
Images on card stock. I used Gelli prints
Word stamps or individual letters and a stamp pad
Ranger Glossy Accents glue

Position the pebbles onto the image and cut out with scissors.

 Stamp words onto the cutout images with a permanent stamp pad.

Put a couple of drops of Glossy Accents on the flat side and apply the image face down. Press gently until the glue starts to ooze out of the sides but not dripping. Cover the entire surface of the image in glue. Let the pebbles dry completely and attach magnets if desired.



Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 September 2014 17:50 )

Shrink Art Inspirations

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Several years ago, I did a Shrink Art project on the DIY networks Jewelry Making Show with Jackie Guerra and I just found this image of one of the watches I made for the show. I love working with Shrinky Dinks and have been working with them since my kids were little. This watch was made out of six shrink art charms that I painted with acrylic paints. I think I am going to make some more very soon!

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 January 2013 00:18 )

How to Make a Monotype Print

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I promised Arnold Grummer several years ago I would explain how I used his wonderful paper press to make a monotype print. A monotype is a one of a kind, a unique piece of artwork. It is the simplest form of printmaking, requiring only pigments, a surface to apply them, paper and some form of press. In this project I used Chinese and Japanese watercolors to paint on the plate and a paper press to make the print. Here is a step by step explanation of how I did it:


8 x 10 Lexan polycarbonate or plexiglas (purchased at Home Depot)
220 grit sandpaper
Watercolor paper 140 lb Hot press
Yasutomo's Chinese (CP12) and Japanese watercolors (WC220)
watercolor brushes
dark gray watercolor pencil
Arnold Grummer's Standard Paper Press

Step 1. Prepare the painting/printing plate by sanding the polycarbonate sheet on one side only in a circular motion until it looks frosted. Be sure to roughen all the areas of the plate as this will make the paint adhere to the surface. Be sure not to get any oils from your fingers on the plate because the pigments won't adhere well. Wash the surface with dish washing liquid and let dry.

Step 2. Draw the image onto the frosted side of the plate with a gray watercolor pencil. I traced an earlier drawing of mine but you can use any image you like to create your design.

Step 3. Paint the frosted side of the plate in any style you choose using the watercolors. You can use a drawing underneath the plate as a guideline or you can paint an abstract design. Use a watercolor pencil for any lines then paint with the Chinese and Japanese watercolors. Let the paint dry before pulling the print.

mononprint painted on plexiglass

Step 4. Soak your watercolor paper in a basin of water for about 10 minutes.  Remove the paper from the basin and blot it with a clean towel. The paper should have a slight shine but not dripping wet.


Step 5. Lay the paper down on the plate. Start at one and and be careful to line it up with your marks. Do not move the paper once it is on the plate.

Step 6. Lay a sheet of wax paper over the paper and plate and put it into the press and tighten it down for a minute or two. If you don't have a press, use a rolling pin or brayer and roll it over the plate with even pressure starting at the center and working to the edges.

Step 7. Remove the plate from the press and carefully lift the watercolor paper.

Step 8. While everything is still wet, touch up areas with a brush and water. Bring out the dark areas using darker colors.

Step 9. Bring out highlights and details with white until the desired look is achieved. What I like about this process is the texture you can't get using traditional painting. The press creates an embossed edge which finishes it nicely. 

Step 10. Sign your artwork with a chop, stamp or pencil and frame under glass.

Monoprint by Karen Elaine 2012

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 October 2012 17:25 )

Peace Crane Card & Envelope

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In this project, I wanted to make handmade paper and an envelope to go with some beautiful Japanese Yuzen paper I had in my collection and decided to incorporate a folded crane in the design. If you don't have large sheets of Yuzen paper, use fancy origami paper for this project instead. The fibers in Yuzen paper will make a strong handmade sheet of paper. I added scraps of Yuzen paper paper to the pulp and I used the same paper to fold the crane and make the envelope lining. The paper was made using the two sheet and envelope deckles from the Paper Mill Pro, blue Angel Wing inclusions, Gold Dust and Silver Sprinkles which all come with the kit. I noticed that the Paper Mill Pro kit is on sale on Arnold Grummer's site. If you haven't picked one up yet, now is the time! I added some blue and green paper to make the base green color for the card and envelope.

Supplies for the card
1 5 x 8 sheet handmade paper
1 sheet handmade envelope paper
1 sheet scrap handmade paper in contrasting color cut 2" x 3 1/2"
1 sheet Yuzen paper cut 6" square
1 sheet Yuzen paper cut 4 3/4" x 7"
Asian lettering stamp
Heat gun
gold embossing powder
gold pigmented stamp pad


1. Fold a flapping crane out of the 6" origami paper (click here for video on how to fold a flapping crane)
2. Fold the top wing down at an angle and flatten the crane.

3. Stamp an image on the scrap sheet of handmade paper. I used a Kanji stamp to accent the crane.

4. Drag the edge of the scrap sheet against a metallic pigmented stamp pad and sprinkle gold embossing powder on the edge. Use a heat gun to melt the powder.
5. Glue the scrap paper on the upper left side of the card.
6. Glue the crane in the center of the card.

Making the envelope:
1. Score and fold the envelope.
2. Punch out corners on one end of the Yuzen paper with a corner rounder. If you don't have a corner rounder, use scissors to round the corners.

3. Glue the Yuzen paper to the inside of the envelope and let dry.
4. Glue the edges of the envelope and let dry.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2012 03:02 )
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