Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Day To Remember With My Granddaughters

Besides dabbling in crafting and pretending to be an artist ;-) I also love to take photos to record a moment in time. Yesterday was the perfect day when Ali came over to play with Grandma and later when I went to have dinner with them. Oh yes, Grandma had to take her bubble machine to dinner and oh boy did we have fun. Lots of laughs.

I am not a professional photographer but I love some of the pictures I took yesterday. So grab a cup of coffee and relax as you scroll through this post.
Ali had pulled several prints off of the Gelli plate before I remembered I wanted to take some photos. Luckily I found the box I had packed my brayer in as it made applying the paint easier for her. 

She used acrylic metallic paints for most of the prints she pulled. She did use the tube water color paints successfully also as well as the acrylic ink.

Here she is placing lace in the wet paint. She did two different prints with the lace . One with rice paper and one with regular copy paper. The copy paper gave a crisper image. It is also sturdier when wet. Later on we will make some wrapping paper using this method. Will be interesting to see how brown wrapping paper works. Also we will do more experimenting using different things.

Here she is inking another stamp to stamp on her bubble wrap "Gelli" print. She thougth Grandma was crazy ironing the paper after it dried until she noticed that the paper was flatter so she could stamp.

Here she is stamping more images on the print.

Here is her completed piece. Both Ali and I love the wonderful texture that bubble wrap gives. This was done on a  piece of  copy paper.
This was an experiment. Ali first rolled on acrylic ink. Then rolled on a thicker acrylic paint. She then placed a stencil in the paint. She removed the stencil and used a piece of rice paper. This was the resulting print. The paper curled up but I think I can flatten it by placing it under a stack of books. The paper had a crease in it before she placed it in the paint but I think it gave the print more character. I'm not sure how she is going to use this print yet. Perhaps I'll use my Cameo and cut out some print and cut fish for her to pop dot on it and we can frame it.

I gave Ali a piece of water color paper and she stamped with foam stamps I found at the dollar store with Stazon ink. Then she took my pan metallic water colors and painted over the stamped images. I explained to her how different inks are used for different things. If she had used the ink she used on her bubble print the images would have smeared when she applied the water colors. She was amazed to see that the water colors did not change the color of the stamped images.

This is her finished piece. The picture does not do her artwork justice as you can not see the shimmer from the paints. She is planning to add small photos to this. 

It will be interesting to watch her grow as an artist and a crafter. Right now her parents are checking to see if there are any art classes she can take.

This is Bug my mischievous granddaughter. Here she is pointing the bubble machine towards me. This girl is so full of energy and you never know what she is going to do next.

Here Bug is bubbling Big Sister. Heaven help us if she ever gets a paint gun in her hand. LOL!

This is my favorite picture. I love when I get shots like this. Especially since I keep forgetting that I can set my camera to take multiple pictures.

Now it is Ali turn and you can tell she is not going to show Grandma any mercy. This is one girl you don't want to mess with. Although she can be girly for the most part she is tom boy.

The parents had fun watching the girls and the bubbles float in the air.

You can tell that Ali is intent on bubbling Grandma. I finally had to go stand behind the girls and then I still wasn't safe. It was good clean fun and since it was sprinkling outside I did not have to come home and take a shower after chasing Bug around in the house.

The Summer break is over and I think this was the perfect way to end it for the girls. I wish them well as they start a new school year.

Now grandma has to get busy and make a mini album full of pictures for the girls of our fun summer time. I think it will be the perfect Christmas gift for them.

Thank you for visiting and do come back. I am working on a card for a dear friend using some of my pulled prints and a embossing folder. 

I am finding making pulled prints with my gelatin plate is becoming addicting and now I will need to find ways to use those prints. If you have not played with a gelatin plate see my previous post and give it a try. By the way I have had my do it yourself gelatin plate for over a week now un-refrigerated and it is holding up great. Who knew that something so inexpensive to make could be so much fun. :-)

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


  1. What a special day with grandma. Couldn't get any better than that. Your granddaughters are so, so cute too! Glad you had fun showing them your stuff. Great little artist in the making.

  2. Myoriah your granddaughters are lovely. What a wonderful crafting day.

  3. Myoriah
    What a wonderful memory for everyone concerned.
    You have a gorgeous family. Love Bugs mischievious little face. Ali looks so content making lovely art.
    Grandma you must be so proud of your family.
    Bubbles are so much fun for people of all ages aren't they?


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