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GPP Crusade No. 39: Pulling Prints

"No, no! The adventures first,
explanations take such a dreadful time."
— Lewis Carroll

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playing with cut out swirlies

brayer the swirlie on top of an index card so you can stamp the swirlie or the inverse of the swirlie

the first page is destined to be an art journal background, stamped with the cut spiral, the reverse of the spiral, ad infinitim

my initials

i cut out my initials the way i would write them, and then turned the card over and used the reverse as the stamp (if that makes sense)

art journal background

happy independence day

how patriotic!

the texture is unreal

fossil-like detail from the page below

i painted this page first with a brayer before stamping

i think this would work on an art journal page --- today's ICAD #42

i even printed on a box

heart art journal background

I grabbed some summer free time to do Michelle Ward's super-awesome Crusade No. 39: Pulling Prints. The GPP crew is currently on Crusade #53, but the wonderfulness of the Crusades is the ability to go back in time and respond to previous creative challenges. It was Melanie's monoprints that lead me to this particular adventure.

Here are the ingredients I used for Pulling Prints: Two 2"  Speedball Soft Rubber Brayers, (one is for paint, the other is kept dry to roll on back of papers) a few tubes of Speedball Block Printing Ink, heavy white cardstock for the art journal backgrounds, scissors, and INDEX CARDS. I kid you not!

Cruise over to Michelle's site for full details. This was majorly fun, addictively fun, perfect for Traci's Get Your Art On challenge of half hour a day for a month. I am sooo happy I tried this! I've done mono-prints or block printing before and I have a mild brayer addiction. It's not just stamping with your etched or cut design, it's the reverse and inverse and subverse, I mean it's super cool. I'm going to use these bigger pages as art journal backgrounds, or cut them up for collage fodder.

Check out my response to Crusade No. 48, Been There Done That and Crusade No. 53: Mad Scientist.

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Reader Comments (11)

tammy - love hearing your enthusiasm. love seeing it too. great photos, and fab backgrounds. i'm cracking up at your observation that brayering and printing can result in reverse, inverse and subverse. so true! as long as it's not perverse ;) the more you work the more you discover. and it's all so quick and easy. glad you had a chance to try it. cool that you followed melanie's lead to stroll back through past crusades. thanks for sharing your work with the team and reminding us how fun brayers are! that's it...i'm getting mine out :)

07.12.2011 | Unregistered Commentermichelle ward

Oh WOW! I love what you've done with the crusade challenge! Your colours made me gasp and I really like the idea of using your initials - I may borrow that one....!

07.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Tammy, your site is such a great resource especially for a newbie like me. I am in awe. This looks like a lot of fun and an excellent reason to get a brayer. Did you use tyvek for your swirly shape? Thanks so much for sharing so many wonderful and useful tips.

07.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Farmer

You've NO idea how inspiring this post is!!! Great pages and ideas here with tons of luscious, yummy color!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

07.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerri Kahrs

that is SO cool. your prints are gorgeous. I love the crusades and keep meaning to work my way backwards through them (I've only done the last 2). Think I might have to check out #39 for myself.

07.12.2011 | Unregistered Commenteriamrushmore

Thanks everyone!

The swirls, stars, initials, hearts used to make the imprints were cut from index cards per Michelle's challenge. They were stamped onto heavy cardstock.


07.12.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

Very cool patterns indeed. My favorites are the swirls, specially in white (masked). Awesome idea to go back on the crusades, I'd love to do that some time too.

07.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

Awesome colours and your initials look fantastic. Thanks for sharing your work with us all.

07.14.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCath

oooh! Nice! Love the colours!

07.14.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Pulling prints is my most favorite crusade. I love seeing what you made, most especially the patriotic ones!!!

07.15.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTJ

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