Wednesday, 14 January 2015


Hi there,

It's time again to share with you what is on my desk this week.

Here is some progress shots.

It started with one of my mono prints.

I added some collage and some more acrylic paint and used my Portfolio oil pastels and a Stabilo all pencil for her face.

I wanted her dress to be black and white.So I used a stencil to make a stamp from my moldable foam block to make some patterned paper in black permanent ink.

I chose a piece where the pattern was only partially stamped because I liked the contrast of the white.

Last but not least came her hair.......

I had a bit of a problem with the hair.

 First I used oil pastel. it was a dark brown colour and when I darkened the background the hair seemed to just blend into the background. So I decided to wipe it out with a baby wipe. However because it was thick it took some wiping and I just manged to remove it before the paper started to lift. I then decided to use acrylic.
 I laid down a layer of gesso,where the hair was to go, to give it a key as the head was in oil pastel then painted her hair in acrylic. I then used a stabilo All pencil to define the hair and it started to lift the paint off. At this stage I started to think that I was going to make a right 'hash' of it but a black oil pastel saved the day.

 I would just like to point out a little tip that Stabilo All pencils are known to write over almost anything and I have found that if you smear the Portfolio pastels with your finger or add water (as they are water soluble) you can write over them with the Stabilo All pencil quite successfully.

I know this post has been a bit of a long one but if you are still with us I just want to finish off with a couple more mono prints.

I am still trying to get to grips with mono printing. I was a bit disappointing in my last lot of prints but it is only my second attempt so hopefully my technique will improve with practice.

I want to thank all who have visited and been kind enough to leave a comment on what you see. I love to hear your thoughts on what I do. It means a lot. x

Linking this post to WOYWW.


  1. She's turned out beautifully - the dress is gorgeous, and I love the way it picks out the black in the background. Your gelli prints are fab - keep at it, I often have whole sessions that just don't turn out right - I liken making gelli prints to taking photographs - I have to take about a hundred in order to get 4 or 5 I'm really happy with!

  2. Great looking face! It certainly doesn't show that you struggled with the hair.
    Happy Wednesday,

  3. Such fun paintings!! I love all the color and texture!

    Happy Crafting!
    Jeannie #17

  4. I absolutely adore that mixed media look! It was very interesting for me to see your process. I like how you used the oil pastels and the texture it created on the face! Great use of the stencil as a stamp - I've done this with just regular foam because the blocks I have are too small. A wonderful project overall! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #47

  5. Your gelli prints are great - you seem to be intent on making a regular pattern on each print...not easy when it's back to front work! I love the girls face..what a great job..specially like the idea of the stencil/stamp for the dress.

  6. FANTASTIC!!! Love it.

    XXX Jeannette

  7. She is beautiful and I really appreciate your showing the steps in your process. I must get my gelli plate out and give it another go. You are full of inspiration.
    sandra de @25

  8. Her expression is just wonderful! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  9. Gorgeous face, what a beautiful piece. Happy WOYWW, Angela x 33

  10. Hello Fuzzy Fingers,
    I love your mixed media girl. The hair came out looking great. I don't have a gelli plate and I'm resisting....... so far.

    Happy belated WOYWW
    Peace, Kay (12)

  11. Very creative on the dress. Will have to keep that in mind. Lovely gelli prints. I nedd to play with mine more. I'll know where to look for inspiration ;-) Creative Blessings! Kelly #69