Author Archives: karlakrafts

5×7” Gel Plate!

5×7” Gel Plate!

I found where I had buried my new 5×7”gel plate! I got it out if the package and put it to work!

New gel plates are oily, so I expected bubbles in the paint.

I test drove my newly cut Japanese stencil!
Metallic gold Craft Smart paint pulled with Art Smith acrylic in medium magenta. The gold, “celled,” as expected. The magenta was thick, smooth and opaque.

I let both layers dry before pulling them. I used copy paper to pull, and a new brayer to paint! I am well pleased!

#the100dayproject2024, #fix,finishandfind Day 45

Star Gazing

Star Gazing

The star was the sun, and we had on our protective glasses, of course.

That’s my neighbor, Mary, and me. The glasses were compliments of our neighbor, Tom Huber. That’s him and his wife, Jane, behind us. Here they are:
That’s their dog, Lou, (Thelma Lou.)

Lots of other neighbors came out. I’ll add pictures when I get copies.

I had given my glasses to Vivi to take to school. I knew Peter’s school would provide them. I used some homemade gadgets until Tom shared glasses.

I made a pinhole camera from a cardboard box. The box had another small hole in a corner, so I got Two images with it!

I also used a colander, and got lots of images!

I fixed that box, so I’m counting today. It was great fun!

#the100dayproject2025, #fix,finishandfind, Day 44

Extending My Challenge

Extending My Challenge

I have decided to extend my challenge tag to, “fix, finish and FIND!” Look what I found, yesterday!

This is a Carol Doak paper piecing box that I do not have! I found it in a thrift shop in Matthews, NC. $2! It’s in new condition and still has its CD of patterns in adjustable sizes.

I also found this:

It was $4 but has three full page circus posters like this one:

Despite the title, there’s really not much else worth harvesting. I still thought 3 prints were worth the money. I feel a triptych coming on!

#the100daychallenge2024, #fix,finishandfind, Day43

Nice Try!

Nice Try!

Tonight, I tried combining images to form a “scene” with my stencils. One boat, though, sailed too far down stream! I can fix that by moving the stencil slightly when I print.

#the100dayproject2024, #fixandfinish, Day 42

Good and Bad

Good and Bad

I tried stencils and masks with my Scan N Cut, again. I put two designs on one piece of yupo to save space. Both were pre-programmed in the machine. Both fit the 5×7” space, but I didn’t get the lower design scooted to the left enough.

I’m not sure I can fix the lower stencil, but I did fix the mask! I took the scissors to it!

If the mask is used vertically, It can be a fancy, “Y,” or a lower case,”h!”

Y
h

#the100dayproject2024, #fixandfinish, Day 40

Playing with Patterns

Playing with Patterns

Today, I printed up a sheet of 1/4” graph paper and played with patterns for small collages or quilts.

I like a Mondrian* kind of grid and have done two wall quilts in a similar fashion, though neither one is finished! 😅 I want these works to be small enough to abandon (give away😉!)

*Piet Mondrian artwork

Day 38, #the100dayproject2024, #fixandfinish

Another Harvest!

Another Harvest!

Tonight, I finished harvesting this 2022 Hammacher Schlemmer Christmas catalog.

The Hammacher Schlemmer is one of the absolute best for harvesting images! The catalog can be requested for free! I got this many images:

I have sorted them by size and shape. One category is words. I store them in different size baggies.

There was something usable on every single page, including the covers.

Back cover

What a great choo choo on the front!

Day 38, #the100dayproject2024, #fixandfinish.