Hello everyone!

Welcome back to another blog post, this time for Day 21 of the Blog Along with Effy (details below). Today’s post is another art journal post as I made some Wanderlust inspired pages over the weekend.  This is Kate Crane’s lesson from Week 15 and still in the silhouette theme.  I’ve been jumping back and forth with lessons and managed to do three different classes, just not in the right order lol.

Anyway, this class involved making pages using a gel plate or a brayer if you didn’t have a gel plate. As I ended up making three pages in total I decided to split them into two posts, one for the gel printed pages and one for the brayered page.  You can read about the brayered page here.   This post is all about the gel printed pages (I made two!) This is a class lesson so I am only sharing a few photos to show some of the choices I made and then the finished page.

The journal I use for Wanderlust is the small one that I made from 12.5 x 9.5 inch cold pressed watercolour paper, so that is the size of the double page spread you see below.

In the class Kate gave an option for people who didn’t have a gel plate.  I must be a bit strange as I have SIX gel plates!   In my defence they are all different sizes and shapes, but still, six…  It’s weird because I also have six sewing machines!  (And an overlocker!)   I still only have one pair of hands so I can’t use them all at once but it didn’t stop me acquiring them lol.  This is not a post about sewing machines but I will say that only one of them is a new fancy computerised one, all the others range in age from 1937 (precise I know) to 1980s and all but one were second hand.  I like old machines!  I’m also wondering what else I have six of and whether that’s a thing I need to think about lol.

Anyway, back to the gel plates. Even with six I didn’t have one that fitted my page exactly haha!  I am NOT buying any more, so I just had to make do.

This one was a pretty close fit for a single page. I probably would have used this if I wanted to do single pages but I wanted to make a double page spread so…

This is my biggest one and fills most of the double page so that’s the one I decided to use.  Yes my plate is always covered in leftover bits, it just adds to the texture of the next print.


We are in the silhouette theme and were adding cutouts and windows.  As I mentioned on the brayered background page, these were the pages that ended up with windows on them. Here’s how they started out… The top two photos are of the first page, the bottom two photos are of the second page.

Here are the colours I used for the pages:
Stream might have been a mistake – I know how dark it is and yet I still used it.

I decided to make my own version of a “round window” a bit like Blue Peter!

I *think* I should have made the edges wider but I wanted as much of the background as possible to show through the window.

But then maybe I wanted a wheel instead? Decisions, decisions…

In the end I kept the window as it was so there would be more space to show the background.  To hide all the white around the edges, I filled it with trees!  As I mentioned in my spirit tree post, I had been getting a lot of practice painting trees lately, and this is partly why!

I made sure to crease and fold my window before gluing it down so that the page would open flat.
I used some of the leftover painted diecuts from the last post.

So I’m thinking that the tree on the left still has some of its leaves left but the tree on the right has already dropped its leaves – there’s one on the bottom right corner.

Here’s a closer look at the words, found in the same leftover pages I used in the spirit tree page.

So that was the first gel printed page completed and it was time to work out what to do with the second gel printed page.  I ended up using some of these painted bits including the leafy frame on the far right and the black frame on the left, as well as a few of the butterflies. The leafy frame had been heat embossed with an aqua embossing powder but it was still happy to be painted over with black acrylic. The “frame” on the left is actually just the negative leftover from cutting out the middle bit, but it looked like a frame so I kept it to use in something some day, and this was the day!

Maybe these are the trapped? captive? dead? shadow butterflies on the left side of the page…

And the coloured ones could represent the free, live butterflies?  I don’t know, it just happened this way but then I found a quote I could use in a Tim Holtz sticker book.

So maybe it’s all about the beauty of becoming?

It does still feel a lot more chaotic to me than the first page with the window and the trees, but it was really just a bonus page as I had made two and decided to use both and use up some of my black painted leftover bits and pieces.

Let me know what you think in the comments, and as always, thanks for reading!



Blog Along with EffyDay 21

Links to all the days of the April blog along
April 1st – Day 1 – You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing
April 2nd – Day 2 – Cat hammocks and sneak peeks
April 3rd – Day 3 – Favourite Children’s Books
April 4th – Day 4 – Green Crochet Socks Story
April 5th – Day 5 – A Short Family History of Scones
April 6th – Day 6 – Happy Tartan Day
April 7th – Day 7 The Unbearable Lightness of Old Wallpaper
April 8th – Day 8 Off with their heads my Queen
April 9th – Day 9 – Andy Warhol Cat
April 10th – Day 10 – Tiny Book Covers WIP
April 11th – Day 11 – Happy National Pet Day
April 12th – Day 12 – Collage Fodder, Recycling, Stealing from Kittens
April 13th – Day 13 – Company of Liars ATC Book Cover
April 14th – Day 14 – This is What Happens when you Make all the Things
April 15th – Day 15 – A Short History of Blogging, Tips, Tricks, AMA
April 16th – Day 16 – I just want to drink tea, pet cats and read books
April 17th – Day 17 – You can never have too many cats
April 18th – Day 18 – Days 61-70 of #the100DayProject 2021 – Book Quotes on ATCs
April 19th – Day 19 – They Were A Thing of Strange Wild Edged Beauty
April 20th – Day 20 – There is nothing like a dream to create the future
April 21st – today!
This month I decided to join in with Effy Wild’s blog along – 30 posts in 30 days and hope I can think if enough things to say. every. day. I’ll do my best to keep up.  The idea is to blog every day (obvs) but also to comment on other people’s blogs to keep the conversation going.  There is a facebook group where you can link your posts and find other people’s to go visit and comment. During April you can find all the Blog Along posts linked on my home page for convenience. If you leave a comment, I’ll be sure to return the favour!

Art Journal Journey
Inspired By… April Challenge – This is my fourth post entered for this month’s challenge.  This post contained two spreads inspired by the Wanderlust lesson given by Kate Crane but also by all the little unloved diecuts that were in my stash and asking to be made useful and not discarded.  I was really pleased to have made these little diecuts useful again by painting them black and now have three journal spreads using them!  I also used some plastic lids to do the patterns on the gel plate.  I try to recycle as much as possible, plus Earth Day is coming up soon so I’m trying extra hard to do more this month.


homemade art journal, gel plate, paints, inks, diecuts, found words, stickers etc

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Bleubeard and Elizabeth
April 22, 2021 3:43 pm

Wow. These areboth incredible spreads. I think the tree with the window in front of it is amazing. I absolutely love both of these. I agree the butterflies are much wilder, but that window with the trees is out of this world. Thanks for sharing both of these with us honoring Eileen’s theme at Art Journal Journey, too.

April 21, 2021 7:34 pm

I love these colours and the butterflies look amazing! I love how you created your window to open like that. As for gelli plates I have about 8 and they are all different sizes, I did buy some to be shared with friends at a crafting session but I have just ordered another which fits A5 journals! I only have one sewing machine but I do have an Embellisher machine for needle felting on the same table! Oops, haven’t used that for ages!! Hugs, Chrisx

Erika N
April 21, 2021 1:53 pm

I love all your colors with the black silhouettes on them. The blue butterflies are pretty but just don’t stand out the same way. I really like the tree scene as it reminds me of sunset. Or sunrise. Thanks for joining us at AJJ again Elle. Hugs-Erika

Cheryl Turtlemoon
Cheryl Turtlemoon
April 21, 2021 11:20 am

Oh wow! I actually squealed at this post! So fabulous! Love how you did this and thank you for sharing the process and thinking.

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