Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How to make a Pet Portrait using Gel Press Plates

To start, you need a simplified picture of your pet.

You can uses an online editor like Pic Monkey and print out a copy. I made my image a line drawing using Photoshop. It doesn't really matter how good it prints as log as you have high contrast image with simple lines.

This is my image now... you can see it is reversed from the final project.

If you need to you can go over the main lines of your pet photo with a sharpie, this will really simplify it. It is very important that you have a simple line drawing.

Now just play with the gel plates (I used Gel Press plates) making patterned paper with acrylic paints. Make as many sheets as you want. You will perfect the next step as you go, so you may not want to start out with your favorite prints.

Once you get a few sheets you like, you can start on the pet portrait.

Since the gel plates are clear you can place your pet photo ( with the sharpie lines) under the gel plate facing up. You can now see your simplified pet photo through the gel plate. I think you can now see where I am going with this....

Now very QUICKLY, trace on the gel plate, in black acrylic paint, over the sharpie lines. Before it dries place your patterned sheet face down and press. This will transfer your pet portrait on your printed paper.
It is imperative that you do this step as quickly as possible. That is why the simpler the drawing the better.


I just love this. It was pretty easy to do and a great way to honor the loves of your life!!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

How to make a secret message for people that always drink out of your glass!

Tired of people stealing our drinks or your glass? This project is great for getting even or just getting a good laugh when you see the look on their face when they reach the bottom.!

For the full tutorial click here.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Purple Rain Prince Resin Tribute Candle

Purple Rain Resin Candle- Tanya Ruffin

Using a dollar store sanctuary candleAmazing Clear Cast resin, and Violet resin dye I made a tribute to the late great Prince.

Click here for Full Tutorial

I just wanted to share my Prince painting. :)

I am also going to make some necklaces with my Amazing Prince Love symbol!

Go Craft Your Own Way!


Tequila Sunrise Resin Candle Holder- Glenn Frey Tribute- Tanya Ruffin for Geaux Create It

Using a Dollar Store Mason Jar mug, Amazing Mold PuttyAmazing Clear Cast and Alumilite dyes I created a touching tribute to Glenn Frey. The Tequila Sunrise resin candle holder. 
Click here for this post on the AMP blog. 

Watch this 5:30 minute video.

Go Craft Your Own Way!


Thursday, May 5, 2016

I'm not sure if it is this way in the rest of the US, but in Louisiana, Cinco de Mayo is an excuse to drink Tequila and Margaritas. It is often mistake as Mexican Independence Day but it is really (according to Wikipedia) "the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862". Either way, in the US and especially in Louisiana, we love Cinco de Mayo and the Mexican culture. To commemorate that day here is a southern spin on a Mexican Sugar Skull.

For classes in resin and anything craft go to my studio website at Create Studios- Baton Rouge

Mold with any of the molding products ( Amazing Mold PuttyAmazing Mold Rubber or Amazing Remeltand cast a large resin flower with Alumilite White (Amazing Casting Resin). 
I had a cheap flower bracelet and molded the huge flower beads. 
To see that video, click here.

I also found a mold online of the Virgin Mary that I just love!!!

For the full tutorial click here

Craft Your Own Way!


Friday, April 29, 2016

How to create a copper resin counter top

Copper resin finish - Tanya Ruffin with Geaux Create It

When I wanted to paint a piece of MDF that I had used in a previous studio space to look like copper, I never imagined how great it would turn out!

You can make your counter any color you want using the powders!

For the full tutorial click here

Craft Your Own Way!

Tanya Ruffin with Geaux Create It

Tanya Ruffin with Geaux Create It

Wednesday, March 16, 2016