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Gelli Printing With Arteza Paints! Product Review

Hi All!

I wanted to share with you a product review that I just posted on my YouTube channel.

I’m Gelli printing with the Arteza Acrylic Paints in my Rolodex aka Gelodex structure and love them!

They are ideal for Gelli printing because of the formulation being highly pigmented with a nice amount of tack.  Not a lot of water in these paints at all and yet they a priced very affordably.

Please check out the video and Enjoy!

Here is a coupon code Mcclendon10 for 10% off your total purchase, should you decide to try out the paints.

Links for the products used in the video, to make it a little easier 🙂

Metallic Acrylic Artist Paint Set – 36 Colors, 22 ml/0.74 oz

Acrylic Premium Artist Paints Set – 14 Colors (14 x 120 ml / 4.06 US fl oz)

Acrylic Premium Artist Paint Set – 60 Colors, 22 ml/0.74 oz

General Product links…

I received these paints as a part of a collaboration in which I agreed to try and give my review of their products. Well, I love Arteza acrylics and believe them to be ideal for Gelli printing! Please enjoy the video as we continue with our Rolodex aka Gelodex books 🙂
This is a collaboration with Arteza and as an affiliate I receive a small commission on the sales at no extra cost to my subcribers.

Also Please Join my… “Gelli Printing Lovers!” and “Book as Art aka Gelodex” boards on Pinterest!…

For More of my Offerings! 🙂

Here is the link to sign up for my Free Infinite Pool Course…  in my Studio School

Patreon FREE Prints to Download!:

You may be asking “What’s Patreon” Robyn? Here’s a video that gives insight, thx 🙂

For weekly behind the scenes studio tips and tricks join my on Patreon for $10 you will get 2+ weekly videos, and downloadable art and ephemera to include some of my own Gelli Prints and – Support the writing and production of my next book and… Be listed as a “Patron of the Project” in the published book

Love and Peace and Happy Creating!

ArtMythos: Look At What We’ve Been Up To…

I’m so excited to share what the members of my ArtMythos Online Course have been up to. We spend a lot of time over in our secret Facebook group sharing and talking about all things art. Here are some snippets of those conversations.


Some gorgeous examples of what some of our members created these past few months!

Artwork by Celia Fulton Walden

“Still loving those ink blots. I am starting to think that these inked papers and the organic ink blots are helping me make a bridge between how I work sculpturally. Fingers crossed! At least I’m having fun.” – Celia Fulton Walden


Artwork by Lynda Fish

“I used to paint doors, walls and windows with encaustic (wax) paints… experimented in my journal with gelli prints instead. Writing on walls! Plus some other experiments using torn paper ensos and ink blots.” – Lynda Fish


Artwork by Tammy Swafford

“I found some envelopes to Gelli print on and created an envelope book. Here’s some pics!” – Tammy Swafford

(This technique was shown to my students in one of our”studio video series” inside of our ArtMythos: classroom!)


Artwork by Lisa Rene Aguilera

“Here are some reverse/resist inkblots I made while experimenting with resist fluid. I used a photocopy of a black & white napkin design, put some marks down with the clear fluid, folded the paper in half to make my inkblot, waited for it to dry, then went over the entire paper with distress stains. Lots of love to you all!”

I’ve been sharing my love of inkblots with the ArtMythos: members and they are doing some incredible experimentations and beautiful techniques of their own!


Artwork by Vicki Louise Neil Ross

“Really beautiful. Such a soothing palette.” – Celia Fulton Walden


Artwork by Celia Fulton Walden

“Today’s pages and Sumi-e paper and ink experiments.” – Celia Fulton Walden


Artwork by Tammy Swafford

“Finished the Clean-Up Journal. I would like you (Robyn Mcclendon) to know that I really appreciate you telling your story in today’s video. Your prompts always make me think and approach my art in new ways. I did a few prints today, and I really like what’s going on in the paper from the hardware store. I have also included pictures from my finished journal.” – Tammy Swafford


Artwork by Maryse Perdriat

“My first prints with Gelli plate on deli paper, craft paper and copy paper. What great fun!!!” – Maryse Perdriat

Even my members who are new to Gelli printing are doing beautiful and organic prints using my techniques that make experimenting with this monoprinting process equally rewarding.


Artwork by Lisa Rene Aguilera

“Hi there! I have been working on a few different projects, and finally got one finished! I wanted to share here in a flip-thru.” – Lisa Rene Aguilera

“Awesome. You have really inspired me! Thanks for sharing.” – MaryJo Dahl


Artwork by Helen Buiskool

“A few of my recent pages. Just playing…” – Helen Buiskool


Artwork by Lynda Fish

“Some playful explorations in my journal… mixing in old watercolors, acrylics, feathers etc with Gelli printing because I love the old wall effect.” – Lynda Fish

“These are gorgeous, Lynda! Such rich color.” – Lisa Rene Aguilera


Artwork by Vicki Louise Neil Ross

“Great play day with art group! Did four journal pages! BTW, the Zen Pen is great!” – Vicki Louise Neil Ross


Artwork by Dawn Nowacki

“Hi, all! This is a short video flip through of my Robyn-inspired journal.  Thank you for all the inspiration, gang. I’ve been appreciating everybody’s posts. And thank you, Robyn, for the class! Hugs, Dawn.” – Dawn Nowacki

“Love!!! The one on left. Reminds me if East Indian batik prints!” – Vicki Louise Neil Ross


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To learn more about the ArtMythos Online Course click the link.

I invite you to come hang out with us!

Much Love and Happy Journaling!


The Painted Page – Mixed Media

Everyday that I enter my studio I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for the presence of Art in my life….

What are you grateful for today? Let’s decide to count our blessings…because there is enough stuff that happens everyday to keep us off center if we allow…Enjoy!


Love and Peace


Journal Flips – 365 Days 18 – 23

Please Enjoy this short video of my ” 365 Days in the Life of a Journal” Flip days 18 – 23….

Love and Peace



“Day 8…Forgiveness Is Fundamental”

Day 8…Journal Entry… I found myself writing my feelings…no images just words…

It was very cathartic…I realized I had a lot to release a lot to forgive myself and others…

The first words I wrote on the page were…”Forgiveness is so fundamental for healing”


We can carry pain and blame others for what they’ve done to us or why things have turned out the way they have…

Or we can forgive them and ourselves for allowing it..

saying yes to it…

going along with things…

and just move on…

You see if we don’t take responsibility for what has happened in our lives and to us, even when others are involved…we give up our power to change things…

Because it will always be something outside ourselves that created the problem and therefore beyond our control…

But when we say yes we allowed this thing and now I don’t, I can then change the outcome and the results in my life…

In the words of Einstein “The definition of Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”

We often times do this with the decisions in our lives…we see the repeat patterns, and somehow keep playing the same song…

My journaling allowed for self examination and a renewed view of myself…

What forgiveness can you do today that may lead to a renewed spirit?

Much Love and Peace


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“Day 7…Things That Make Me Happy”

Day 7 Journal entry was about beginning to explore my inner happiness…

Creating art always makes me happy it settles me and rolls away the stress…


And so as I began the process of allowing myself, without judgement, to explore my life…thinking about what makes me happy… became a natural progression…

Take time today to ask yourself…”What Makes Me Happy?”…make a list and spend sometime feeling the happiness that comes from the items on the list…

Then ask yourself… “How many of these happy makers am I allowing in my world right now, everyday?”

Celebrate the ones you are allowing and make room for more of the ones that you’re not…

Much Love and Peace


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“Saturday Share”

I love bookbinding and have been making books for over 25 years…

I’ve taught in Book Arts programs at major universities in the Fine Arts Department…

As well as having set up the books arts department at the Smithsonian Institutes Resident Associates Program…

I thought I would share some of these books with you on Saturdays in a feature titled ”Saturday Share”


This book is a traditional Coptic binding which is one of the oldest binding techniques…


This includes covers I painted black & white on davey board (an archival book board), the signatures are made of Rives papers in black and cream…

Have a creative weekend…

Much Love and Peace


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