Hi Gel Press™ Junkies! I recently purchased a bird stamp set designed by artist Natalie Kalbach that includes a large foam stamp with a bird design on one side and flat on the other, plus a rubber stamp (same size) with a different bird design on it. I used this set to play with the idea of flipping the images and creating mirror images using the Gel Press™. In doing so, I created four small canvases, each representing a season.
DecoArt Acrylic Paints
Natalie Kalbach Bird Foam Stamp Set
Masks and Stencils
Mixed Media Paper
4 – 8″ Square Canvases
Place a few drops of yellow, orange and red DecoArt acrylic paints onto the Plate and press the foam stamp into the plate. Pull the print using mixed media paper. Repeat using only red paint.
Next, brayer red and brown paint onto the solid side of the foam stamp and stamp it onto the Press.
Pull a print and I have a mirror image of the stamp. Now I can use the other side of the foam stamp that has details of the bird to stamp over this print using brown paint.
For the last bird, brayer blue paint onto the Plate and press the rubber bird stamp into the plate. Pull the print and I’ve got another mirror image.
Apply dark blue acrylic paint to the Plate and press the stamp into it to “ink” up the stamp. Then use it to stamp the print from the previous step. Pull the print and I have another mirror image.
I made more birds than I needed for this project but that is how it goes when I take out my Gel Press™! Fussy cut them out and embellish. I used white and black paint pens to make the eyes more prominent.
Now for the backgrounds. I used deli paper for the following prints.
Apply a few drops of brown and red paint to the Press, brayer and pull a print. Stamp the print with a wood grain stamp and darker brown paint.
Apply light gray and blue paint to the plate and lay down the tree masks that come in the bird stamp kit. Print the wood grain deli paper from the previous step. The wood grain shows through where the masks were placed. Since this is the winter background, splatter white paint over the print with a fan brush.
Use the same process as above using green and yellow as the first layer. Use light blue paint and lay small leaf die-cuts on top for the second layer. This is my spring background.
For the fall background, use the same two-step process and the summer background is a ghost print using a flower stencil mask. I auditioned the different birds with the four backgrounds until I found the combination I liked best.
The deli paper made it easy to mount onto the canvases using matte medium. Paint the sides of each canvas and glue the birds on using heavy gel medium. Paint a coat of varnish onto each one to seal everything in place.
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