Monday, February 7, 2011

Shiny, Happy Gelling! (with my apologies to REM for ruining their song title...)

Well, in my defense for that awful title, there was music involved.....

This is a quicker and easier post than the next to come. What I was looking for was something glitzy that could possibly be used in place of one of the shiny mica gels.
A lot of us who have done any amount of mixed media have snagged some great German Glass Glitters~~the real deal, the type that cuts your fingers if you don't pay attention to how you handle it.
That's what we're using here.
When deciding between the silver or gold, I grabbed the silver on a whim. Which was GOOD because the gold will be in another post, and it has some unique properties.

The music is from a book I had while taking lessons...and I thoroughly enjoyed ripping the pages out...
I tore a piece of the sheet music into a shape I found pleasing, and also would accommodate the fatter heart stencil. Yes, I really enjoyed tearing into that book...pun intended! It was adhered to the canvas with some regular matte Collage Pauge (Traci Bautista's product; I love it! No smell, no tacky when dry!) and I made sure to wipe the excess from the background. Then I gave it a shot of watered down Quinacridone Red and used a blow dryer to help the drying time.
I am still having trouble with everything drying slowly, thus a little space between posting.

Nicely filled!
Again, mix your soft gloss gel with a small amount of glitter; if you feel like there is not enough, add more before filling the stencil. This is sort of one of those hand/eye coordination much gel to fill that hole....??? I can usually hit it pretty close, but since the medium stays wet, if you have to mix a bit more, don't panic, just mix and fill. In fact, when you put the second load in, give it a bit of a gentle mix in the stencil, just to make sure it's all pretty much the same.

Oh! Naked heart!!!
Then repeat as before, pulling the stencil straight up. Take your time and let the canvas and gel come loose from the stencil. Of course, wash it immediately in cool water and watch the fingers if there are shards of the glitter left, because you will find them... 
Then patiently wait for said heart to dry, and lo and behold!

This one dried completely clear with the silver glitter very visible. There seems to be a more glass-like appearance to this heart, though I can't tell you why. Gel has a mind of it's own; I have learned to respect it.
This is another nice simple base to take further into a Valentine, but I have a rather snarky one I am working on at the moment, and it will probably be two posts, providing it is DRY in time......
If you have comments or questions on anything (in other words, I frequently miss whole steps and never notice it, or lose the photos in the computer) please ask! I will try and answer, and if I should not know the answer, maybe I can make up an excellent story instead...heeheehee!
Now go sling some gel and have fun!



Silke said...

That is so cool, Anne. I was completely stunned that the soft gel medium dries completely clear, especially since you've applied a thicker layer, right? I'm going to have to try that - it looks fantastic with the glitter in it. Would you believe that I do not own glitter at all? A German without German glass glitter - I think I have to remedy that at once!! Love, Silke

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Well Silke, sometimes it DOES and sometimes is doesn't! I have not quite figured out why yet, unless relative humidity has something to do with it.
I am going to pull another glitter stencil today and see what it will be the gold one. I ordered my glitter off Etsy--that seemed to be the best prices for the amounts. I am assuming one of the stores still has it as the original store I bought from is gone....


audrey said...

Anne, I am SO impressed with you!! You have been blogging, FBooking, teaching, emailing, DeMenging... and only God knows what else. (: You apparently found a semi filled with TIME or you've become very capable of managing what time you do have! Bravo! Maybe you could give a lesson on time management. hahaha
This heart with the glass glitter is very cool and I like it on the sheet music. Oh, that reminds me - you're heading up a group for the DeMeng paper swap, too!! I missed out on your group (only because I am SO SO far behind on EVERYTHING - your group filled up before I read any of the group posts), so I'm in the 2nd group headed by Edie. Should be interesting and fun!
I am loving these posts you are doing. Thank you so much!!
♥ audrey

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...


Believe me, I have NOT found a semi full of time! I am doing my spastic chicken dance......I just had a little time in the studio this weekend and hopped to it.
Everything has been done in between other stuff; sometimes I have 15 minutes and just do what I can. Doing it that way, at least I can get things done, or partially done as these demos are.
They will all end up fancier Valentines, but for the moment, they just show what can go into the gel!
Glad you got in on the second swap--that just sort of FLEW!


Anonymous said...

Very nice work. I have that "Losing My Religion" song stuck in my head. Sort of. I keep changing the lyrics. "That's me in the hallway" "That's me watering the plant". "That's me brushing my teeth".

It's driving me crazy.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh yes---I like that song a lot! But now I have your lyrics stuck in my head...LOL!!!
"That's me on the snow plow, that's me--stuck--right--in the road......Losing my religion"
Yeah, it's adaptable!


dosfishes said...

Coooool! Thanks for the tutorial, some samples on the way to you tomorrow.....more snow too! Oh happy day, but only a couple of inches.
It hit 50F today - waahoo! xox Corrine

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

And how many more days till Spring Corrine????
omg....I am ready now! You had a heatwave today--not fair!
Glad you're enjoying my experiments! ;-D


Bella Sinclair said...

That is SUCH a neat effect! Respect the gel? Oh, you betcha I do. And you, too.

By the way, have you ever used a...whatchamacallit...a dehumidifier thingy to dry out foods. Think that would help? I dunno.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Bella, I had one of those and burned it up! LOL!!! Although it makes sense.....I'm still going to dig out the hairdryer I think; I'm getting a little happy with the depth of this stuff and of course....more snow. >:-[
Now if I can just find my container of crushed shells, I'll be happy!


Ima Weed said...

I like this effect. It is great to see the process step by step. I have not yet worked in any mixed media. Of course I already have so much stuff that I have tried to promise myself that nothing else can come in until something leaves.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh trust me---all that stuff you have can most likely be used in Mixed Media!
Not that I'm trying to coerce you into any other purchases.... :-D


freebird said...

This turned out fantastic. It dried so very clear. That glitter looks super but I know what would happen if I had it around. I'm chicken when it comes to glass in my fingers! Something else would work though it might not look quite as nice.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I just use my palette knife after I have scooped gel--then I scoop out the glitter, so really, I have very little contact with it.
Usually when people get it in their fingers is when they go to sweep off the table with their hand....I just use an old paint brush or a rag.
really, it's easy to work with and is beautiful!


chickory said...

turned out great! you should look into "art glitter" - ive ordered from them and their vintage glass glitter is amazing. are you going to show us all the gel hearts at the end? hope so.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Tah Da!!!! I love this gellin process...I bought some tiny little balls to add to my thick gel a soft soft green. I am not sure where I will end up. Is it still snow hell there? Hurry up Spring! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Blacklady said...

i like your works, great works.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi All,

Yes, I will line the hearts up after they are dry, and possibly after I get done embellishing them. I think it will be fun to see the before and afters.....although *after* might be a bit down the road. LOL!
And yes Mary Helen, it is still snow-hell here. I can barely move this morning from plowing wet slush yesterday, hubby fell on ice at work (heaven forbid they use sand or salt or anything in the parking lots!) so we BOTH are now ready for winter to be O-V-E-R!!!!
And it's snowing as I type.....LOL!!!
Karin, welcome to the bedlam here!!! :-D


Carol said...

I'm enjoying this step by step gell class. Anything I can learn is fabulous as I'm starting out knowing nothing at all. Thanks. Stay warm, it's hot and humid here in Sydney.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Carol!

Glad this is of help~~ don't hesitate to ask questions either.
Tomorrow's post, if I can get all the photos up (LOL!!!) should be most enjoyable...savvy?


*Ulrike* said...

That is so pretty Anne! When you're through tearing those pages up I could give you some things I'd like to see torn!
Take Care,

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh dear....
I'm afraid to ask *what*....
So, um, WHAT would you like ripped???

Anne the Ripper

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Ripping up the music sheet. Now I know what I will do with all that violin music. I love working with glitter glue gonna have to get the gel and glitter together. You are sounding like you are feeling pretty good.

Gloria said...

How did I miss these?? Where was I? heheehe. Great tutorial and is it okay to print it out? I am going to try this out. You have some very good results going there and it shore does luke likk funz. :DDD It's a tutorial so I'm sure it will be okay to print out, right?

Sympathy for The Devil said...

i love that you are very creative, i mean, for a queen punk like you, you are tooooo awesome!
so this is awe and some! :D

speaking of Valentine, i dont have anything planned for valentine's day, heheh... poor me xD

bytheway my PC is doing okay now, yes i run Windows7 and it works properly!!!

Sympathy for The Devil said...

kiss hug!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Peggy,

Ripping up the music was such therapy! LOL!!! Of course, I wished I had all the old sheet music that had been Grandmother's as it would have had a lovely age patina..... ;-)


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Mita!

Maybe I should send Cap'n Jack to YOU for Valentine's Day..... ;-) Just buy rum....heehee!
Glad your PC is up and running; I've been having to tweak mine. What a pain.
I'd rather play with my paint and stuff!
I'd rather do anything than fight the computer...oy.


Deborah said...

OOooooOOoooooooooooo pretty! And, I don't know how you stand that cold. Texas was brutal. Felt like the arctic. Lovin my blue skies today.
**kisses** Deb

Marie S said...

Nice job Anne, I love this one.

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