Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Explore * Love* Laugh - Berry71Bleu October Challenge

Hello, today I'm sharing my spin on the Berry71Bleu October Challenge.  This month Berry71Bleu's sponsors are Speedball and Gelli Arts so I had the pleasure of working with their fabulous products.  I created this fun art journal page:

I started out by creating a monoprint with the gelli plate and Speedball block printing ink.  The Speedball colors I used are: Magenta, Violet and Gold.  I love the consistency of the Speedball paints, they're nice and thick so you get great coverage and vivid color.

I used various stencils and stamps to create interest and texture in my monoprint.

I cut circles from another monoprint to create this beautiful flower.

I used some vintage book text and image for my focal point.

I add a scrap of cardboard and some rubons here and there.

Finally I added some doodling, I feel like adding a little bit of black helps to ground the design.  Well, I hope I've inspired you to play along with us this month because we have some great prizes to share with you!!  Take a look at how generous Speedball and Gelli Arts are:

First Prize: 

Random Prizes:

 6x6 Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate
You will get 2 tubes of Green and Blue Speedball paint.

Main Sponsors:  

 Product Catalog

A Tradition of Excellence: For more than 100 years, high quality art products from Speedball have created Unlimited Possibilities for Artists in both classrooms and professional studios around the world. Speedball is committed to artistic innovation and expression.

Printmaking Is A Time-Tested Craft That Is Ideal For Contemporary Art Expression: Today with the advent of new techniques and materials, Printmaking has gained renewed interest and unprecedented support. Printmaking begins with Speedball - America’s leading manufacturer of printmaking materials - unequaled for quality, safety and ease-of-use.

Economical and Time-Flexible: The Beauty of Printmaking is in its flexibility and economy. Projects can range from simple printmaking exercises lasting only for a short session to more complex projects that can be expanded to include advance detailed techniques. Printmaking is more popular than ever and Speedball Art Products is the artist’s choice!

Speedball Block Printing Inks: Give your creations all the brilliance they deserve with inks from Speedball. Speedball’s Water Soluble Block Printing Inks come in 18 brilliant colors available in 37cc, 75cc, 150cc tubes plus 8oz. and 16oz jars. These inks are easy to clean up with water, non-toxic, gluten free and super for printmaking with linoleum, wood, Flexible Printing Plate, Speedy-Carve™, Speedy-Cut™ and Polyprint. All Speedball inks are AP Non-Toxic and are excellent for use in the studio, school or home. Speedball also carries Oil-Based Block Printing Inks available in 10 brilliant colors in 37cc tubes or 7 colors available in 75cc tubes. Suitable for printing on papers and fabrics, they are non-darkening, waterproof and permanent.

A special thanks to Speedball Art Products and  Gelli Arts for supplying the Design Team with Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plates and Speedball Block Printing Paints.

We love gelatin printing and we've developed a better way to do it!

Our Gel Printing Plate looks and feels like gelatin, but is durable, reusable and stores at room temperature. It's easy to clean and always ready for printing. Monoprinting on a Gelli plate is simple and fun. The gratification is immediate, and the prints are too cool!

Thanks so much for joining me today, have a wonderful day!!!


  1. love this layout with the vibrant colors and lovely vintage image !! she looks so pretty, wonder who she is!!

  2. oh wow this is so beautiful!! awesome work

  3. Norma, gorgeous page; that image is one of my favorites. The weird thing for me is last night I took that image out to use on a journal page. I guess great minds think alike.

  4. This is wonderful - I love the colours and the photograph is beautiful! TFS


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