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8 Loose Watercolor Tips | New Gel Printables

Thank You & Welcome Back!

Well hello, again fellow artists! Welcome back to Notable Ink and many heartfelt thanks for your patience and well wishes while I’ve been offline. I took a much-needed hiatus from creating and posting art for self-care and working on my business.

Many of you have kindly asked about my health. Most of you know I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and yes that continues to be a roller coaster ride. But, I’m staying positive and pushing through!

New Branding

Speaking of pushing through, let’s talk about our new look! Several months ago I made the best business decision ever, I commissioned Braley Quall from Wild Hollow Design House to rebrand Notable Ink.

Let me tell you, Braley is nothing short of amazing. Her designs are on target for the look and feel I hoped to achieve and collaborating with her is a pleasure beyond words. If you want more insight into what she created for me, check out her gallery.

New Website

Once the branding was done, it was time for a new website. Friends, this is the THIRD website I’ve created and I can understand why designers want 10K to do it for you. Alas, that’s not in my budget, so I scoured the world wide web to find a theme to go with my delicious new branding.

Vast searching led me to Jennifer Johnson’s gorgeous self-serve themes at Hello You Designs. Jennifer loaded the theme for me and I was off to the races trying to customize the theme to my brand. It’s been an adventure and Jennifer patiently answered my rudimentary questions at the onset.

If you find that something isn’t working on the site, please email me at amber [at] notableink [dot] com. I set this up myself, and I’m still working out the kinks.

New Products

So why bother with all this work? Because, I want cohesive, fresh, and professional branding and packaging for new products. Gel Printables are the first products to be released and new photopolymer and digital stamps are just around the corner!

Gel Printables

Yep, Gel Printables are exactly what they sound like. Handmade gel prints created with acrylic paint, alcohol ink, and a gel plate that have been digitized. They’re high-resolution 8 x 10-inch digital gel prints.

After completing a few gel print sessions, I experienced some intense hoarding. You know like we used to do with pretty pattern paper. I was afraid to waste it. So, I decided to scan it, color correct it, and print it. It sounds easy, but it took some serious troubleshooting to get right.

I was so pleased with the results, I decided to share them with you! Talk about creative freedom when you can print off as many as you need. Love it!

Video Tutorial

Holy smokes now that you’re all caught up, let’s make art! As I said on the homepage, I believe everyone is an artist. And I’m dedicated to providing you with tutorials and tools to empower you to create.

I know what it’s like to doubt your ability and I hope you gain a bit more confidence with each new art project you make and video you watch.

Thanks Again

Thanks again for visiting the blog. I hope you take a look around the website. I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment on the post or shoot me an email via the Contact page. I’d love it if you shared your story with me on the About page.

Art Supplies

Most of the supplies used in the tutorial are linked below. Affiliate links are used when able at no cost to you. As an affiliate with companies such as Amazon.com, I make a small commission on qualifying purchases. Thank you for supporting my small business.

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6 Comments

  1. Andrea Palmer says:

    What a great comeback. I too get into a pout pod and then wake up and go straight to my desks . Looking forward to all of your helpful instructions and guidance. Your work is beautiful and gives lots of inspiration. I really need to use my gel press more. Stay well.

    1. OMG, pout pod, I’m gonna steal that phrase for sure! Thanks so much, Andrea! It’s fab to be back to creating and posting. And I agree, say YAASSS to the gel plate. I always love the pulled print reveal. Thanks again!

  2. Patricia Wilson says:

    I loved this and missed you. I had troubles with my computer and thought that I had lost everything when it was repaired. So glad you’re back. Very interesting video. Thank you.

    1. Hi, Patricia, thanks so much I missed you all too! Computer troubles are the worst. I had a few issues with the site this morning and was stressing me out. All the major things are solved (I think) and there are just a few quirky things to iron out. I’m thrilled to see the comment section is working so we can chat!

  3. Suzanne Russell says:

    Welcome back! I’ve missed you terribly as you are a primary inspiration for me. I love the new site and branding. Hope you feel better with your illness. Im sure this new adventure will be a success. Looking forward to seeing the next video as well as your stamps.

    1. That’s so sweet, Suzanne, thank you! I’ll be back soon with more videos. I’ll see you here and on YouTube.