Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Hubble Bubble !

Hello there!
Thanks for stopping by this windy Wednesday. 
Up with the lark this morning! 
I figure if I get up early, 
I will have more time to spread my day out...(?)

Wednesday’s blog is something new, so how about a brand new fabby stencil, designed by none other than 
our JO RICE!

So we decided to appropriately call this particular design:

And what a pleasure it has been to play with!
I spent a very pleasant evening yesterday in my new art room
(which by the way looks like it has been burgled) 
Didn’t take long to settle in, did it.

Guilt, be gone!!
Let me show you my findings....

I told you! It’s bubbly brilliant !!!

First, let me show you how I arrived at all these lovely backgrounds and settings.

Set the stencil on a clean 6x6 Gelli Plate.

Drip a couple of drops of reinkers in the circles. 
They come individually, or they come in a box all together, 
the full ranger....

Less is more. Don’t over egg it. 

Now dab dab dab the ink around with those clever little 
mini blending tools,  (special offer too)
and fill the bubbles with the ink, like so:

Peel off the stencil and put it somewhere safe, because the ink on here is every bit as important and good as the ink on the Gelli Plate!

So now we’ve got ink on here, believe it or not!

Told ya! Not one but three prints !
I have used our white square Gelli Card

But hang on! Let’s go back to the inky stencil....

The Gelli Plate is on the 7x7 Mega Mount
so it’s real easy to flip and position.
This time I have taken my larger Gelli Plate, so that I can get the whole edging too, and laid it onto the wet inky stencil. 
Press down to transfer the ink.

The thing about ink on a Gelli Plate 
is you think there’s not enough ink.

Here we go again...

Print after print...

over and over again...

 adding layers,

gauging the positioning exactly through the mega mount. 
Looks random. Isn’t!

On and on...

slowly the colours start to blend, and it gets really fantastic...

Let’s pick one and take it to the next level.
Dust a little Squeezed lemonade Distress Ink
 over the top
with a Clarity Stencil Brush .

Pick a stamp. The Forest ridge will do the job.
Replace the stencil and stamp the trees through the large bubble,

Shuffle the stencil to mask off other areas, 
and stamp through the next bubble,

and the next one. I blotted this one, 
because the outlying area was more faded too.

Let’s place an owl in another bubble, 
quietly observing his domain...
add more lemonade to large bubbles too!

The owl comes from the Woodland Animals Set.

Frame with the chisel end of a Pear Green Promarker.

Mount on a complimentary colour. 
This burgundy worked beautifully.

Very interesting to develop. Easy too.

Well done Mrs Rice!
You’ve done us proud. Your bubbles are brilliant!

But now I really MUST get to work. 
We have a situation Captain Kirk!!!

much love,


  1. With all those bubbles it made me wonder if it is just a tad too early for Champagne! What a great stencil design and inspiring ideas as always. x

  2. Hmmm lots of crafty fun to be had with this stencil, Ab Fab Jo, lovely artwork our Barb x

  3. My poor husband will be working forever with a Clarity wish list as long as mine!!!
    Barbara you've produced an amazing piece of art with the fabulous Jo Rice stencil.
    Your art room looks well lived in now - just as it should be xxxxx

  4. Stunning! And Jo has designed a fanastic stencil, I love it

  5. Hi Barbara ... Love the art work today ...on my wish list the stencil..happy crating ...x

  6. Brillient,just love this

  7. Wow just love it thanks Jo for bubbles and barbara for wonderful artwork

  8. Absolutely brilliant - on my wish list - I love it

  9. Jo is brilliant. I'm really looking forward to seeing her at the SECC. I love what you have done with this stencil, Barbara. Quite simple but so effective.

  10. Hallo liebe Barbara,

    das ist ja wieder eine ganz fantastsiche Schablone. Was für eine geniale Idee in die Kreise zu stempeln. Ich bin wirklich begeistert von all den kreativen Ideen. Ich bewundere die Werke wirklich immer wieder sehr gern. Ganz liebe Grüße Silvi

  11. Hi Barbara. What a great idea Jo : ) Love the bubbles and what you did with one of the backgrounds Barbara. Take care.

  12. Hi Barb,
    2nd attempt to post, my previous one was short and sweet and easy to remember::-

    In the words of Ron Weasley this is "blo*dy brilliant" xx

  13. How fab.with the stag it will make great christmas cards

  14. Hi Jo and Barbara,

    to be honest... my first thought: some bubbles nice but not breathtaking.

    But the result with the stamped scene inside is absolutely breathtaking!!!!!!!!!!!

    Good job Jo and Barbara!!!

    Rolf xxx

  15. Another MUST HAVE stencil. I'm new to the gelli plate and really appreciate the inspiration you share on your blog.

  16. Fabulous stencil Jo, and Barbara you have worked your magic once again :-) on my list for SECC this weekend. Well done Jo & Barbara for another great stencil.


  17. I'll definitely be adding this one to my next order. It looks such a versatile stencil. I love how you've used it too Barbara. Great work ladies. x

  18. Love the finished work barb a must have stencil xx

  19. How fabulous - love the stencil design Jo and you have made it come to life Barbara! Just might have to have that one.... Susan x

  20. Love the new stencil and the fab delicate artwork. Want to buy it now and the stamps, but I have to wait for the NEC when I'll be all 'saved up'. Oh dear how can I manage to wait that long!

  21. Wow this is fabulous what a brilliant stencil the woodland set is fab you have a fantastic arty team happy crafting xxx

  22. WOW! Brilliant design Jo and well done Barb for showing us how it could be used. I want/need this stencil x

  23. Just wonderful Artwort and the stencil is "a must have" on my list. Have a nice day xxx

  24. Wow got to have this stencil. The blog makes my day - fantastic colours
    Best wishes Anne xx

  25. Wow! Love Jo's stencil and your take on it Barbara, beautiful. A must have.

  26. Hi Barbara I am sooooo impressed I love this idea - off to play with it now. I love Jo's Stencil. xxx

  27. Lovely stencil and great way to use it!

    Enjoyed yesterday's lesson but didn't have time to comment. I was going to say what a lovely cat brooch you had on and when I went through it a second time realised it was the microphone....duh!!!

  28. Hello Barb, a great new stencil. Way to go Jo. Love the ideas you have come up with Barb. I was going to ask a ditzy question the other day, whether or not you can use the re-inkers direct on the gelli plate. You must have read my mind. Bx

  29. Super demo. Already ordered my bubbles when I saw them on the website. Like the gelli plate being used with inks, such a lot of prints when it looks like there is nothing on it, magic! XX

  30. So cool and brilliant!
    Have a nice day!

  31. Great creation. Thanks to Jo for that stunning stencil. Can see it very well used with the dolphins stamps.
    Laurence xx

  32. As soon as I saw this stencil on the website last week I fell in love with it. So it was the first thing on my shopping list for my trip to Doncaster last Saturday. When I get there Jo is sat there creating away with the stencil and when I asked if she was the Jo responsible for the stencil she shyly answered yes but didn't take all the credit! Oh no Dave got a mention in the creation too. Aren't crafters great? They are so generous in my experience sharing ideas, skills and techniques but are so reluctant to take credit for their ideas and skills. Well Jo you can take credit for a terrific and already well used stencil in my collection. WELL DONE YOU! And Barb you must take credit for sharing more fabulous techniques and ideas with you amazing artwork. Fab as always. Thank you ladies. x

  33. That is absolutely fabulous!! Can't wait to try that out & love the new stencil.

  34. Hi Barb, thanks for sharing the new stencil must get myself one as this looks great fun.
    God bless
    Jan xx

  35. Stunning work. Gotta have that stencil! well done Jo (and Barbara!) Thank you, Jan

  36. this is brilliant, love what you did, you are so very clever xx

  37. Really fantastic Barbara, great stencil , and you have created a beautiful scene.
    Well done Jo!

  38. This is great I love the stencil and your finished card is lovely
    Jackie x

  39. Wow loving this stencil love the papers you have made brilliant xx

  40. Hi Barbara oh wow what a great stencil, thank you Jo for designing it and thank you Barbara for sharing your beautiful artwork. This really is stunning and has inspired me to have a go with ink on my geli plate - now all I need is a few hours to play! Take care love Diane xxx

  41. that stencil sure is brill. i am impatiently awaiting mine to arrive. cool artwork. love the colours, hugs xx

  42. Great post. Fantastic artwork. Shows Jo's Bubbles off so well. Looking forward to buying the stencil tomorrow at the SECC.

  43. Love this stencil Barbara, a great design by Jo. Another item for the wish list and lots of ideas to try out. Anne x

  44. How fabulously tactile. Love your creation Barbara and love Jo's bubbles too x

  45. Hi Barb,
    Fantastic! Love what you have done here. Fabulous stencil - well done to Jo for designing it. Another one for my list of must haves. Love Alison xx

  46. Barbara this is stunning, absolutely love it. Love all the printing inside the Bubbles, fabulous!

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  47. Love the stencil and love what you did with it. It looks deceptively simple but your idea shows how creative it could be. Definitely a must have. Carol

  48. Hi, I love this artwork Barbara, and all the background pieces too. You are just so clever and so talented. It always amazes me that you can look at something and know where to take it to turn it into a perfect piece of artwork.

    I think I need this stencil now. If I gave this a go as somewhere to start it would tick 3 boxes for me - get back into doing craft and in a bigger more arty way and enjoying it (been kind of fearing it for a while for some reason!), use my gelli plate (still unopened, bought last year!), get into stamping again and more arty with it, get inky (don't know how long I've had most of them, all unopened!) and make my first piece of wall art. Guess I can't count, that's more than 3!!!! Even better then!!!!

    And (I don't believe I'm admitting to this) I've still got a Clarity voucher to spend, yay, birthday present from my brother, in June! (I know hang my head in shame!!!!) Guess I got too caught up in stuff and all the good stuff just got pushed aside. In my defence I also got one for Christmas and had it spent and more on top within a few days, as soon as I joined the club!!!! The trouble will be trying to work out what else to spend it on when there are so many brilliant stamps and stencils to choose from. Choices, not very good at them!!!! But on the upside I don't have to worry about anything selling out while it takes me an age to make my mind up, which has happened many times with many different things!!!! Clarity will just make more so there's always a never ending supply, perfect.

    love Brenda x

  49. Looking at the finished article, it really has so much visual depth to it. I know I am going to use this stencil a lot when I get it. You have given us so many ideas today. I am amazed how much the use of the gelli plate has developed from that first showing last year. How much further can you and the team take it in the next year, I wonder. xxx Maggie

  50. I love everything you do! Thank you so very much for sharing your incredible talent with us, especially me here in Alberta, Canada.


Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x