Sunday, February 23, 2014

Some play time...

Today I managed to set aside a couple hours to play with my new large Gelli plate. After watching a video by Andy Skinner I pulled out some Nickel Azo Gold, Titanium White and Paynes Grey which are colors I don't use often and had some fun.

This one is on 14x17 mixed media paper but I think I need something heavier for the larger formats.

These two are from pulling left over paint from the plate and some brayer cleaning. The red is Lumier which seems to work good. I have started using Golden's Retarder to extend the drying times and it works great.

I also am in very first almost art show. My local Dick Blick store had a Tape Up art show in the store and I took in one monoprint collage I made last weekend. Now I need to step up my game and try for some others.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Big Gellin...

My mom bought me the 12x14 Gelli plate for my birthday and it came yesterday. Could hardly wait to play with it. I need to get some bigger sheets if paper though.

I also found a line of stencils I hadn't seen before from and bought some as a birthday present to myself. I did manage to play with one of them today.

This is a monoprint collage that I did today and I'm really liking how it came out. My local Blick's is having a special thing next weekend where you can bring in up to four pieces to display and try to sell so this one is definitely going. If I'm productive enough this week I will take more.

This one is almost done. I'm thinking I'll add some hand drawn lines and circles.

This one is from cleaning the brayer and my hand carved stamp and may still be a work in progress or may be used in collaging.

Another play one.

This is another play one so we shall see what becomes of it. I want to start making collages from monoprints and my grand plan is to at least start one this week. As long as I don't fizzle after work that is.

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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Crafty Time...

Last weekend was crafty time with the girls but first we all went to art journaling with Mary Freeman. It was fun to watch the girls get into it. My friend Rebecca (scrapbooker) has gone with me a couple times but this time we were joined by Misti (another scrapbooker) and Stephanie (likes to Zentangle).

I recently started another journal but a much larger size. I'm enjoying having all that room to work although I was initially afraid of all that space to fill in.

This page ended up much differently than it started in the colors. The beauty of paint is if you don't like it just cover it up. I still want to add some words so it isn't done yet.

After a lovely lunch and a trip to the art store, the rest of the day was spent with each of us working on various projects and enjoying each other's company. I'm addicted to Gelli plate printing so worked on that.

This first round was using an idea from Jane Davies where she sets up a color/pattern on the plate and prints on sections of various pages and overlapping as she goes. I'm definitely going to try that again.

This one is a combination of a page I used for cleaning the brayer and then added some printing.

This one was printing layers using the whole plate and a large stamp, a stencil and hand cut masks. I really like this method but want to branch out more.

Next step is to collage with Gelli plate prints.

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