Scrappy gel prints make a rainbow


I have been looking a this bin that houses old, unloved gel prints for a long time. Sometimes I drag one out and stamp something on to and cut it, or use it to cut letters, or any number of other not very interesting things. Well, I decided I was going to make something and use them up if I could.

I took them all out and sorted them by colour, I trimmed off the white bits, where I pulled a print from a plate smaller than the paper, and ended up with this:

Weird, really cause I have more green than anything else and I would always say with the exception of lime and sage, I don’t really like green much. This is all the trimmings and thus, all the proper rubbish to be recycled. Some got binned because they were made with water reactive things and smeared when brushed over, some bits got lost to the squaring up process

In truth, I ended up pulling out a few bits that had usable areas from the bin, but not many. Then I stuck them down to large pieces of heavy cardstock. I aimed to keep the sticking to an area that finished a block, so some smaller pieces got stuck on the top, masking any white space or covering a join, just for extra interest or to balance the composition (if you can call it that!) and make the overall piece “better.”

I didn’t have an equal amount, but the red and the orange seemed to often have both red AND orange in them so it made sense to combine

I didn’t have a tom on yellow either but still managed a decent piece – my camera did NOT like the yellow against the pink mat. See how different the mat looks above vs below? Yellow is also not a favourite colour but I love this piece – it is lovely in real life.

I made a mistake on the green – i use the leftover from cutting the yellow piece from the A3 card and I had WAY too much green. I have a handful of that leftover. I could have filled the whole A3 sheet had I started with one.

I did not make the same mistake with the blue! I began with a full sheet.

and with the pinks. I had lager pieces that were so similar, and same paint so not as much diversity in this one as I would have liked

And then I had some browns, a a single sheet of black on white. The brown & red bits were a small scrap but they really were the pop of colour this needed

And lastly, purple.

A nice shot of them all together, mostly to show the variation in size

Now, what the heck am I going to do with them??

Day 40! Excited that in 10 days I will be in Book two!

2 thoughts on “Scrappy gel prints make a rainbow

  1. You can edit that yellow photo pretty easily–open the image in photoshop and add a photo adjustment layer “Warming Filter”. I’m not sure which of the filters will be best as I don’t know the original colours, but I’d guess the 81B with an opacity adjustment will do well. It’s one of those fixes that takes longer to open Photoshop than to make the adjustment.

    That colour shift is prone to happen when you shoot images that have primarily warm tones or primarily cool; the camera’s auto-processor assumes that all the pixels will average out to a neutral 18% grey without a warm or cool cast. When you have a warm yellow and a warm pink filling the frame, it throws the processor off as it tries to make the image average neutral.

  2. Good morning! What a fabulous collection of scrappy pages. Love the orange, not sure about the yellow, but it may be the camera as you said. I really like the greens, but I think my favourite is the last one. I have started those watercolours. I did a practice piece first, trying out all the pens I have. I actually enjoyed doing the rectangular shapes.

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