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I’m so excited to be a part of the ETI and Gel Press Blog Hop today! I hope you will find tons of inspiration with the amazing designers and projects today. I had so much fun with these products.
I chose to make a framed monoprint using the Gel Press 5×7 reusable printing plate, with accents made using ETI Easy Mold Silicon Putty and the new ETI FastCast. I love how this project turned out and hope you will find some useful tips.
Supplies I used:
Gel Press 5×7 plate
ETI Easy Mold Silicone Putty
Colorbox Art Screen by Ann Butler in Lattice
Acrylic paints (I chose 4 colors)
Assorted objects for molds (I chose silk and real flowers)
Misc: paint brushes, paper towels, wire mesh or another product with texture
I started by making molds using ETI Easy Mold Silicone Putty. This is a quick way to create molds and is odorless/non-toxic, and extremely simple to use. Instructions in the package are very easy to follow! Start with two equal parts, both colors, of the mold components. Please know that you have a 3 minute window, so the putty needs to be blended, with the color being even and having no streaks. This will take about a minute to blend evenly. Make sure to have your object ready that you want to use to mold. If you plan to make multiple molds, you will want to mix only enough for ONE at a time. I tell you from experience that the putty will form very quickly and you do not want to ruin it by running out of time to create a mold.
Once the two colors are blended, roll in a ball, and press the object into the putty. This will set in approximately 30 minutes. I used the ETI FastCast to pour in my rubber mold, so I was able to use almost immediately pour. However, if you choose to use resin for instance, you will want to let the mold cure for at least 24 hours. I wanted flower molds that I can continue to reuse for other projects, and created the molds using both silk flowers and real flowers (in my case, it was a succulent that broke and I couldn’t revive).
Once the molds were set, I was ready to try the FastCast™. Again, the instructions that ETI provides in all their products are amazing and detailed. This is a two component clear urethane resin. You use a 1:1 ratio and it will turn white once it’s set. I see lots of options for this product. It was great for this project.
As mentioned, the instructions are great. I learned quickly though – when it says to mix enough for one mold at a time, then please follow instructions. (uhhmmm, speaking from experience – see photo below 🙂 ) . Pour equal amounts and blend, following the instructions to a T! As most of the other ETI resins I’ve used, it makes note that the temp of the resin should be around 70-75F. I just put the bottles in a container of warm water for about 10 minutes. Once mixed, I poured into the mold, and repeated for each mold. As mentioned above, when the FastCast is set, it will turn white. I left these in the mold for a bit longer even though they were white, just because I was working on other parts of my project.
My next step is to work with the 5×7 Gel Press plate. I will try to be as detailed as I can with photos. It’s almost impossible to get the same result every time, even if you do the steps ‘exactly’ the same. That’s the great thing about working with these. I had so much fun experimenting with different patterns, textures, and stencils! What I finally found that I really loved was doing layers of paint to create my image. What I mean by this is I let each layer of paint dry in between my brayering (whether solid, stencil, pattern, etc). Then when you put the last layer on and do your print, all of those layers will come through! Here’s how I did it:
Note: I only used 4 colors of paint for this print
a. Layer 1: Start by placing paint on your Gel Press plate. I chose one color, a dark blue. Use your brayer to roll across the entire surface. The look I am going for is to create a ‘border’ effect. To get this, I continued to brayer the insides only of the plate, then rolling that on a piece of scrap paper to release the ink. I found it best to use a light pressure while rolling and continued until getting the desired outcome. Now, let this dry for a few minutes, until it’s no longer tacky.
b. Layer 2: I put a couple drops of brown on the plate and brayer it. This time, I did it all over but some areas may have been a little lighter than others. I used Colorbox Art Screens by Ann Butler in Lattice. The art screen is not quite the same size as the gel plate, so I started with it in the center to fill as much area as I could. Press the screen onto the brown paint, then use a paper towel to lightly blot random areas. I then pulled the screen and did the same to the other areas to get coverage. Again, let this layer dry until no longer tacky.
c. Layer 3: I chose a teal for the paint on this layer, along with a floral stencil. After brayering the paint, and positioning the stencil, I decided to add some texture. I used a wire screen to push into the paint, on top of the stencil even, just in spots. I then removed the stencil, and let this layer dry.
d. Layer 4: This is the final layer. Before brayering anything on this layer, you want to ensure you have your cardstock ready to pull the image. I used a drop of cream paint for this layer and brayered. Once this layer is covered, I did not let it dry. I immediately placed my cardstock over the plate and pressed down around the entire plate. Burnish all over to make sure the cardstock is adhered to the paint/plate. Slowly pull the cardstock away from the plate and voila! Your image appears. I loved how it turned out!
I had to switch gears and go back to finish my FastCast flowers. I used small paint brushes and the same four colors of paint. The first coat was the cream on all flowers. I then added shades of the blue, brown and teal to each flower. Set aside to dry completely.
I wanted to post a zoomed in shot of one of the flowers. You can see the texture which came from the original silk flower I used. That carried through to the mold. I thought that was pretty cool!
3. I found an old, ‘falling-apart-dirty’ 5×7 photo frame at a thrift store. It had good bones, and I knew I’d find a project for it. I cleaned it up, and painted with chalk paint. As you can see from the photo, no specific details, other than paint with a darker color (same blue that I used on the print) on edges and few areas first. After this dried, I applied the cream color over the majority of the frame. Let this dry, then use a piece of sandpaper to gently rub around corners, edges and random areas.
Final step: Place the print in the frame and adhere the flowers to two corners of the frame.
That’s it. Thanks for going through the entire project with me! I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed making this.
Here’s the list of all blogs participating in today’s hop! Check each one out and leave a comment, then let the Gel Press and ResinCraft blogs know which projects inspire you most! Plus you have the chance to win an awesome prize!
Here’s the list of blogs participating today! Good luck.
Have a great day!