DIY picture pendants are very easy to make as you will see from my tutorial here.

DIY picture pendants are fun to make once you know how and I am here to show you how!

You may know I gave away some printable designs a few weeks back to make glass pendants, if not, you can see here.

But these pendants are different because you won’t need to buy the metal trays.

We are going to make the pendant bases ourselves.

DIY Picture Pendants

These kind of DIY picture pendants are often made with Domino tiles but what if you don’t have any domino tiles?

Worry not! I have designed this tutorial to make use of Amazon packaging, the kind that small items are delivered in.

DIY Picture Pendants
I think many of us have lots of these at the moment from shopping online during lockdown.

If you follow my YouTube tutorial, you will see just how easy these pendants are to make.

They look as if they might be quite challenging but if you are into crafting, they will be very easy to recreate.

But what if you don’t have any images?

Again – worry not!

You can make exactly the same DIY picture pendants I have made because…

…I am giving away a sheet of nine images sized especially to use to make these picture pendants.

The link is further down the page.

There aren’t many Terms and Conditions attached to using my images but please read the few I do have here.

DIY Picture Pendants
Six of the nine designs on the 6×4 inch free printable

These images are beautiful vintage book illustrations that I have altered.

The original images I have used to create these designs are old book images from the late 1800s.

I have altered them to create images that are perfect for making DIY picture pendants and I am presenting them here for you to use as well.

The thing I have loved most about this project is the simplicity of the supplies needed.

I sometimes like to design projects that use stuff you might have around the house.

Particularly as we have all had to spend so much time at home over the last 11 months.

You will need a printer of course, to print my design sheet onto 6×4 inch photo paper.

And you wil need some cardboard packaging to recycle like the Amazon packet I used.

You could use cereal box card too but you’ll need six layers instead of three.

I also used Dimensional Magic to give the DIY picture pendants that shiny domed look.

Don’t worry if you can’t get it any where you are as I have some in my Amazon.com and .uk stores.

The links are below.

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In my tutorial, I also use my 5mm paper bead rolling tool to make the pendant bails for the necklace to go through.

You can buy this in my Etsy store if you are in the USA or my Folksy store if you are in the UK.

Etsy

Folksy

And in case you missed it further up…

…here is the link to my YouTube tutorial.

And here is the link to get your free printable images to make these picture pendants.

And finally, if you are here from YouTube looking for my free cupcake images, click here to go to that post.

Thank you for your visit here and I will be back again soon with more free craft prntables for you to play with.

Enjoy making your DIY picture pendants!

Here are some free printable cupcake images to cheer you up in February!

Please note – there is a link at the bottom of the page to all the cupcake designs I am giving away.

I don’t have many terms and conditions attached to how you can use any of my free printables.

But please read the few I do have here before downloading and using them. Thank you.

There are also Amazon Affiliate links in this post and you can see my Amazon statement here.

One of the images in the free bundle – see further down for all the images.

Free printable cupcake images to use in many crafts.

Free printable cupcake images may be just the thing to cheer you up if the weather wherever you are is anything like it has been in the UK.

Where we live on the east coast, we are under several inches of snow right now.

Yes, I know it’s no big deal to some of you but we don’t get snow very often!

February always feels like the longest month to me, even though it is the shortest.

So I decided to create some free cupcake images for you to use in your crafts.

What can you use the images for? Well, you could use this image below as it is, to print off and use to make a greeting card for someone special.

A print out of the Hello Cupcake greeting card design.
The design, cut out and mounted with 3D sticky pads on a red card blank.

I have designed this cute little quartet of cupcakes so you can print it with or without the ‘Hello Cupcake’ sentiment across the middle.

I printed mine off onto thick, glossy photo paper.

Then I cut it out and mounted it onto some very thick red card that I folded into a square card blank.

I used 3D sticky pads (UK) (US)to make it stand out from the card.

You could glue an insert inside, with a poem or message if you wanted to.

Or you could use my free printable cupcake images, to make stickers.

free printable cup
I printed this off through my Silhouette Cameo machine.
free printable cupcake images
Using ‘kiss cut’ settings, you can create stickers.

One of the cup cake designs is for Silhouette Cameo users.

The stickers you see here were made by using the heart shape design I adapted to use with electronic cutters.

There are two cupcake heart designs in the bundle, one is for cutting by hand and one is for those using a cutting machine.

Use this to print onto glossy sticker paper and cut by hand
Use this to print onto glossy sticker paper and kiss cut on a Silhouette Cameo cutter

The design on the right has been arranged with more space so you can create an offset line around the hearts.

free printable cupcake images
Stickers cut offset on my Cameo machine

So where are the free printable cupcake images and how can you get them ?

There are 17 free designs for you (see the images below) and I have put them all on Google Drive for you to download the full res versions.

UK A4 Size for hand cutting
US Letter size for Silhouette Cameo cutting
UK A4 size for Silhouette Cameo cutting
US Letter size for hand cutting

There are no catches at all and you may use my designs in your crafts as often as you wish.

So just read my terms and conditions, click on this Google Drive link and enjoy!

There are many more free printables in the pipeline so subscribe and make sure you get them all.

For more free craft printables and craft ideas, click the links below.

There are lots more of my free printables here.

And lots of my craft ideas and tutorials here on my YouTube channel.

And if you are stuck for craft supplies, check out my Amazon shopfront links below.

There you will find lots of the products and supplies I use in my tutorial videos.

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Thank you for reading and I hoope you enjoy using my free printable cupcake images – see you again soon.

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Made with one of my free printables – available below.

Valentine crafts – 22 free Valentine’s printables for you to make cards and gifts.

Click on the links underneath the images to go to the full size JPG and download.

Get this sheet of 12 one inch square Valentine crafts designs (see below).

And then watch this quick video to see one way to use my free valentine’s printables.

There are other, bigger, indivudual free Valentine printables further down this post so keep scrolling!

At the end of the post there are links to where you can get the supplies I use in the video.

A sheet of 1 inch square designs to cut or punch out.

Click here to get this 6×4 printable sheet with 12 designs on it as seen above.

You can use my designs to make bag charms, necklaces, card toppers, scrap book embellishments and cute little fridge magnets or to give people you love/like.

To create a simple fridge magnet…

…just follow the YouTube tutorial but instead of puting the glassed design into a pendant tray, just attached a piece of self adhesive magnetic strip to the back and voila! A fridge magnet to slip in someone’s pocket as a surprise on Valentine’s Day!

A fridge magnet made with my free printables

And if you are making pendants, don’t worry if you don’t have pendant trays or glass cabochons…

I made a video a while back showing how to make a DIY pendant bezel and glaze it if you don’t have and glass cabochons.

You can adapt what you will learn in that video to use these one inch square designs.

Glass pendant made with my free printable and glass cabochon/metal pendant tray.
Junk jewelry
Pendants made with homemade pendant bezels and heavy glazing instead of glass.

More free printables for your Valentine crafts – these designs are bigger and can be used on cards.

Click the links underneath to get the full size JPGs to download.

Watch the video and make this!
Click here for download
Click here for download

Print and cut out these hearts to use in you Valentine crafts projects – choose from UK A4 or US Letter Size.

Click here for download UK A4 Size
Click here for download US Letter Size

And for those who prefer less color in their images images…

Where to get supplies if you can’t get to a craft store.

This is where I buy my crystal clear double sided tape.

The best tape I have found – it is invisible – no marks like you get with other tapes.

And if you need help sourcing supplies like those below, checkout my Amazon stores.

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Amazon.co.uk

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One inch glass cabochons
Pendant trays
Silver or Gold colour ball chain to cut to size, with connectors.

Thanks for reading and watching…

Hope every one is keeping their chin up during what is a turbulent time for all of us worldwide.

Keep busy, be creative and think positive thoughts no matter how hard it seems.

And I hope you have fun with your Valentine crafts and my free Valentine printables – see you again soon!

My European style paper beads template is available as a free download to my readers and viewers indefinitely. The link is further down the page.

European style paper beads template

My latest YouTube video shows how to use my European style paper bead template to make these ornate paper beads.

You want a European style paper bead template – right?

European style paper beads template
These are the beautiful European style paper beads you can make with my template

You really want that European paper bead shape, but you just can’t get it and it’s so frustrating if you are new to making paper beads.

That is why I designed European style paper bead templates a few years ago and have been selling them selling on Etsy.

The template you see below (link above) is also for European style paper beads in two parts.

European style paper beads template
Another of my European style paper bead templates.

So what is different about my new template?

Well my newest template for making European style paper beads is more compact and it saves on paper.

The new template looks like this…

European style paper beads template
My newest European style paper bead template

The reason it saves paper is because I have put it all on one sheet.

It is still a two part template with a very gradual taper but I have moved the strips closer together so that both parts will print out on one sheet.

And this template is for making 12 complete beads whereas the other template I sell only makes 11 and it prints over two sheets.

European style paper beads template
Follow my YouTube tutorial and make these ornate European Style paper beads really easily.

I know this new compact paper bead template is not going to be for everyone because the strips are close together.

But if you want to try it, you can get it now as a free printable up until January 31st 2021 by clicking the links below.

I HAVE NOW EXTENDED THIS INDEFINITELY WHILE SO MANY PEOPLE ARE STILL STUCK INDOORS.

It’s my Happy New Year gift to the early birds who are faithful to my channel.

And you can keep it to use as often as you like. All I ask is that you honor the terms of downloading it.

UK A4 size

US Letter size

Let me know what you think.

After Jan 31st 2021, it will also be available in my Etsy shop for people who don’t visit my channel.

If your eyesight is poor, you may prefer the other template in my Etsy shop which has the strips space further apart.

The previous template in two parts, which prints on two sheets of paper, will be easier to cut for some people.

But if you have good eyesight and can cope with the lines close together, this new template is more economical to use.

If you are a Silhouette Cameo user – I have good news for you!

This European style paper bead template is now available in my Etsy shop so you can cut your bead strips with ease in only a couple of minutes.

European Paper Bead Template for using in a Silhouette Cameo machine. My files also work in Cricut machines but you must know what you are doing as I am unable to advise on after sale Cricut queries.
This is how easy it is! After you have bought the electronic cutting template from my Etsy shop, you can open it in Silhouette Studio and cut your strips perfectly in a couple of minutes.

And if you want to get hold of craft supplies such as the clear gloss I use to glaze my beads, visit my Amazon shops.

UK shoppers click here.

US shoppers click here.

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That’s all for this time.

I’ll be back again soon with some lovely freebies I am designing for Valentine’s Day – so subscribe here and make sure you don’t miss the free printables I give away.

And have fun using the template for making European style paper beads.

You can make something pretty from something no one likes! (See further on for an explanation).

Free paper bead design for YOU!

This is a very quick post as I know everyone is busy getting ready for the holidays.

There is a new video tutorial on my YouTube channel showing you how to use this free printable.

Click here to see the video.

There is a story behind this design. The image is actually part of a photo I took of the Christmas tree in our town of Felixstowe.

It may not be the best tree in the world but it lights up the cold night in Felixstowe – so leave the poor thing alone you unkind people!

And thank you to the Lion’s Club for our tree, regardless of it not being good enough for some people – thank you. 💖

This free paper bead design features one of the ‘worst Christmas trees in Britain’!

Well that was according to the Sun newspaper which is, ironically (and of course only in my opinion!) the worst newspaper in Britain.

So not sure why they are poking fun at our Christmas tree.

Anyway, I had no idea of this when I went into town one night to have a look at the Christmas decorations and take a few pics to show my 92 year old mum.

Imagine my surprise when I heard we had made the national news (albeit The Sun) for having one of the ‘worst Christmas trees in Britain’.

Great. Thank you Sun.

We even made the national TV news (although I think calling their content ‘news’ is a little misleading in this case).

So I took a section of one of my pictures and used it to make a free paper bead design to give away on here.

I only fill the top of the page because that’s the only part that gets used – and it helps save your printer ink.

And as each free paper bead design I post gets downloaded by people all over the world…

…our much maligned tree can be appreciated by the lovely international crafting community who can see the artistic merit in the lights and texture.

A lovely tree doing its very best to cheer us up despite being taken away from its forest and ridiculed.

To get your free paper bead design, all you need to do is…

click here and download. It is that simple.

Juest scroll down the free printables page until you see this image,

The links for US and UK sizes are directly below it.

And if there are any resources in my YouTube video you don’t know where to buy, try my Amazon shops. I always try to have most things in there although it isn’t always possible. Worth checking though.

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That’s all folks!

Everyone is running around getting ready for their holidays so I won’t keep you.

I will be back very soon with a tutorial and access to a free printable (and Silhouette Cameo cut file) for a limited time only to make these European style beads.

Getting this precise European style bead shape isn’t easy but you can do it with the new printable template I have just finished working on.

The template was designed primarily for sale in my Etsy shop but I will have a two day window when it is free for my readers and YouTube subscribers to download.

After that, people will have to buy it – so watch out for my next post to grab it quickly!

Thanks for reading/watching – Happy Holidays wherever you are and whatever you celebrate.

Enjoy the free paper bead design and love that poor misunderstood tree!

And I will be adding all my future free printables here too – so subscribe today and you won’t miss anything.

Above you can see three examples of the kinds of designs I give away – there are many more than this.

Those of you who watch my YouTube craft tutorials will know I regularly give away printable designs to use in your crafts.

You will also know that during each tutorial, I always used to give you a password to access the pages where you could download the designs.

From today, that has all changed – I now have one page where you can scroll through to find a design you want, click on the link to download the full res image and also, click on the YouTube link to see the tutorial that goes with the free printable.

To get access to all the free printables that I currently have, click here.

And if you want to know as soon as I put more designs on that page, simply subscribe to either this blog or to my YouTube channel.

See you soon!

Free Printables

(Plus some paper bead news and the free printable coming next – read on!)

News flash – I have now created a special page where will find all my free printables in one place. You no longer need passwords to access them and I have also put in the YouTube tutorial links showing you how to use most of the free printables. Click here to go to the page.

As promised, here are four more free Christmas printables for you.

You can get the previous set of free Christmas printables by clicking here.

Free clip art is always welcomed by crafters, so I have been busy creating some nice cosy Christmas images for you to download and use.

You can use them on cards, tags, gift wrap, scrapbooking, journaling – the choice is yours.

Free Christmas Printables
Click here to download the full res image
Free Christmas Printables
Click here to download the full res image

All I ask is that you abide by the Terms & Conditions of using my images – there aren’t many but I would appreciate it if you would respect the ones I do have😍.

The image of Santa giving out presents is actually an old 1911 pic that I have altered and added snow to give it a real wintry feel.

There are more free Christmas printables in the pipeline…

I will be giving away the design for making these beads very soon.

If you are a paper bead maker you may enjoy using the free design I am giving away in my next post.

free Christmas printables
One of the free printables coming next time – see previous pic for the beads you can make with it.

I’m not sure which day I will be publishing, so if you want to make sure you get notified, just subscribe to this blog and you will be notified of new posts as soon as they come out.

My next post will be about how to use the design and I will be showing you exactly how I made the beads in the picture.

And if anyone is interested in making pillow paper beads, you will love my latest discovery!

It’s been more decades than I want to admit since I discovered the joy of paper beading and in all that time, I have managed to never make pillow beads.

So I was really excited when I discovered a crafter with a channel called Wokos Crafts on YouTube

Woko has some beautiful videos on paper beading, especially the one showing how to make pillow beads.

free Christmas printables
My first attempt at making pillow beads – I’m sure I’ll get better with practice! Watch Woko’s tutorial if you want to learn.

If you want to learn how to make pillow beads, click the link above for Wokos Crafts and you will see how it is done.

It is a very simple technique and you don’t need a bead tool. Woko is very softly spoken and relaxing to watch.

And if you want to use the same colors that I used, you can download and print my designs onto glossy paper, by clicking the links under the pictures.

And in case you are wondering, there are stringing holes in pillow beads beads but they are in the corners.

If you liked my free Christmas printables, keep coming back because there will be many more free printables in the coming months.

And if there is anything in particular that you would like, maybe a certain colour scheme or pattern, let me know.

A typical paper bead design – suggestions for colors are welcome.

I do have an etsy shop where I sell paper bead templates but as life is way more than just about money, I love being able to give away some designs on this website too.

I also sell paper bead making tools in my shop for making small hole beads (3mm) and large hole European style beads (5mm).

But coming up very soon, I am going to show you how I make beautiful European Style paper beads without using my bead tools.

I will be demonstrating how I get the core holes to the perfect size for the bead cores to fit.

I will be showing you how to make these beads using my template very soon.

Enjoy your crafting projects and please consider subscribing here so you don’t miss any free printables.

And enjoy the free Christmas printables – ’tis the season to be jolly fa la la la la, la la la la!

Free Printables

News flash – I have now created a special page where will find all my free printables in one place. You no longer need passwords to access them and I have also put in the YouTube tutorial links showing you how to use most of the free printables. Click here to go to the page.

(If free Christmas clip art is not your thing because you celebrate different holidays, read on to the end because I may be able to help you too.)

Are you looking for free Christmas clip art?

Not long now until the various seasonal holidays – Christmas being one of them. If you are looking for last minute free Christmas clip art, you might like these colorful images I have created.

If you prefer your free Christmas clip art with no words over the design, here are the links to the designs only.

You are welcome to download them and use them in your Christmas projects for cards, scrapbooking, journalling and any thing else you might want free Christmas clip art for.

But please read my terms and conditions. There aren’t many but please make sure you stick to them.

Is free Christmas clip art not your thing? Do you celebrate a different holiday?

Let me know what holiday you celebrate and tell me what kind of free clip art you would like to have.

Of course I cannot guarantee I can fulfil what you want but I’ll give it a good try!

I may add some more free printables before Christmas so come back to check next week.

Hope you enjoy my free Christmas clip art and I hope have happy holidays, whatever you celebrate.

King Midas paper beads with a touch of gold

In this post about paper bead techniques you will find the following:

  • A link to my YouTube video showing how to make gold tipped paper beads.
  • The free printable downloads I have for you in this post and the links to download them.
  • A brief outline of why I created this technique and how it benefits your paper bead making.
  • Links to my Etsy shop where you can buy my paper bead making tools and bead strip template I use in the video.
  • Links to my Amazon shops where you can buy many other craft tools and supplies.

(If you want to jump straight to the video, click here.)

Paper bead techniques, if used creatively, can add something very special to your finished paper beads.

The thing that has always bugged me about paper beads is leaving the ends unfinished.

Depending on the shape of your bead, you can sometimes use metal bead cores to finish them off nicely and give your beads a bit more strength and rigidity, as with the pink European Style paper bead in the image below.

But what if you are rolling tapered beads? Most tapered beads are not suitable for bead cores, as you can see in the image below of the blue bead.

The bead on the left does not have the right shape to accomodate a metal bead core.

So I spent ages trying to think of a paper bead technique that would address the issue of unfinished ends/core holes.

And BAM! It finally hit me a few weeks back how I could strengthen the ends of tapered beads while giving them a really finished, professional look.

You can see the video showing how I did it by clicking here to go to my YouTube channel.

Developing and trying out new paper bead techniques keeps crafting interesting and fresh.

So I was pleased when I tried my idea out and it really worked well. I’ve called these beads my Midas beads because it’s just as if King Midas touched the ends to give them a touch of gold 😍

This is what I made with them.

You can see how to string a necklace like this in the video.
This technique gave a lovely golden glow to my bracelet – you can see how to do it in the video.

But I didn’t stop at gold!

When I designed the free printables that I wanted to give away with the post. I did one of the designs in various blues.

That was for Allison, one of my subscribers who lives in Australia with her cat YumYum who also likes my videos 😻. We chat sometimes online and she told me she likes all shades of blue and pinks.

So what did I do? I forgot to add in some pink to the design! Anyway Allison, at least I remembered the shades of blue! Hope you like it.

And as blue is a cooler color, I made the ends of the beads silver which works pretty nicely.

I made these using the free printable and the paper bead technique shown in my video.

So here are the two designs I did for crafters to download, click the links

To use the free printables, you will need to print them off, cut the bead strips and use a paper bead tool to roll the strips into beads.

(Please click here to read the Terms & Conditions of using any of my free printables.)

If you are new to paper bead making, you can find out how the process works by watching my video.

News flash – I have now created a special page where will find all my free printables in one place. You no longer need passwords to access them and I have also put in the YouTube tutorial links showing you how to use most of the free printables. Click here to go to the page.

It’s unusual for me to cut my paper bead strips by hand now.

I used to use my plastic paper bead template to mark out my paper bead strips on the printed designs and then I would cut them along my drawn lines using a metal ruler, cutting mat and craft knife.

paper bead techniques

And that is fine for most people. But as I cut so many paper bead strips, I now use my electronic cutter, which I touch on briefly in the video.

It is so much easier and quicker to let the cutter do the work. I use the Silhouette Cameo machine.

My Silhouette Cameo cutting machine

You can check out this machine in my Amazon shops.

https://www.amazon.com/shop/rainbowlane

https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/rainbowlane

You can read my Amazon Affiliate statement here.

I have also added the Arteza Irridescent paints that I use in the video, to my UK Amazon storefront. Unfortunately, the same paints are showing as unavailable on Amazon.com right now so I added a set of metallic paints that I know are very good for people who shop on .com.

Paper bead tools and templates.

If you don’t want to go to the expense of buying an electronic cutter, check out my bead strip templates in my Etsy shop. You will find my paper bead rolling tools there too.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ImagesForCrafts

free printable designs
My 5mm & 3mm paper bead tools
paper bead techniques
My paper bead strip template – four sizes in one.

Have fun using the free printables, there will be more in my next post.

If you have any questions, either leave a comment here or go over to my YouTube channel and leave a message in the comments section.

Thanks for being here and watch out for more paper bead techniques in future posts.

(Note: if you are here from my YouTube Channel, details of my Esty, Folksy and Amazon shops can be found at the end of this post. You will also find the link to the free digital design at the end too.)

News flash – I have now created a special page where will find all my free printables in one place. You no longer need passwords to access them and I have also put in the YouTube tutorial links showing you how to use most of the free printables. Click here to go to the page.

Paper bead ideas come to me all the time as I have been obsessed with paper beads since the 70s.

And as someone who is also obsessed with sploshing paint around, despite having no particular talent for it, I always have hundreds of ordinary but colorful abstract paintings laying around begging to be turned into paper beads.

One of my favourite ways of making abstract art is by using a Gelli plate with acrylics and like many gelatin print enthusiasts, I have literally hundreds, if not thousands of fairly mediocre paintings stuffed in portfolios and drawers.

Many people use their Gelatin prints to make beautiful cards but making paper beads is another fantastic way to use your art to save it from being shut away forever.

Watch my latest YouTube video to see how I do it.

It’s exciting to actually use all the hundreds of gelli plate prints we produce to create truly unique pieces of jewelry from paper beads

A few of the hundreds of mediocre Gelli prints I have.

Paper bead ideas in action! This is what I made from a single Gelli print that was hiding away in my stash of ‘nothing special’ prints.

A necklace made using one of my Gelli Plate prints.

For those who don’t know what Gelli/Gelatin Plate printing is, it’s a very easy and exciting way to paint using a thick, floppy rectangle of what looks and feels like Jello (jelly if you are in the UK).

It’s used in conjunction with a small roller or brayer as it is also known.

The exciting thing about gelatin printing (also called mono printing) is that while it is used by professional artists to produce stunning pieces of wall art, it can also be used by amateurs and hobbyists to experiment with paint in an easy way that enables them to produce beautiful, unique work.

Journal pages very quickly created using a gelatin printing plate and acrylic paints.

If you want to see how I create my gelatin prints for journals, click here to watch.

And later in this post, I will introduce you to professional artist Miranda Grayling who combines Gelli plate with mono printing and silk screen printing to produce stunning artwork which sells really well.

Paper bead ideas come thick and fast when you go though your stash of ‘unremarkable’ prints.

And lets face it, unless we are professional artists or highly competant amateurs, us Gelatin printers do have stacks of so-so prints that we don’t quite know what to do with.

No I have not saturated the colours in any of these images – the brightness is because I used some fluorescent paints alongside the ‘quieter’ ones.

We all play with Gelli printing for different reasons. My reason is definitely because it is a source of calm when I feel stressed.

For me, the act, or process of creating the prints is the main reason I create that way.

The end product is not the focus of each session. I think this has become even more obvious to me during this awful world crisis where we have all been locked up.

Out of all the arts and crafts I do, Gelli plate/Mono printing has been the activity I have gravitated to the most when I have felt unusually stressed and low during the last few months.

I haven’t really been thinking about what I am producing. The real purpose was to simply do something creative and enjoy the time while I was doing it without worrying about the end result.

And so now I have an even bigger stock of Gelli print paintings/stroke backgrounds to use for my paper bead ideas.

The many paintings I produced over the last 7 months, while feeling upset and worried like millions of other people, kept me busy while my emotions were up and down.

It was an escape because sometimes I would spend hours and hours just doing print after print after print to keep from going mad.

I have now paused the printing and am slowly begining to cut the prints up to make jewelry.

While I have been having fun cutting up my Gelli prints, my friend Miranda has been busy selling hers at an exhibition in Denmark.

Miranda Grayling is a UK based artist who regularly sells her work at exhibitions both here and abroad.

I highlight her work here to show the spectrum of ability that the Gelli plate printing supports.

Anyone from an absolute, ‘never done it before’, beginner to a pro like Miranda can use the Gelli plate to explore their creativity and grow as a creator.

It should be said though, that Miranda does also combine her mono-printing with silk-screen printing to create her beautiful collages but for hobbyists who are learning, the Gelli plate alone does hold a myriad of possibilities for making wonderful layered images.

You can visit Miranda’s FaceBook page, Artwork By Miranda by clicking here.

And now for the free digital download I promised in my video…

Get this painting to print and make these beads, Link to image below.

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