Sunday, March 18, 2018
Well, I finally broke down and bought a permanent 6 * 6 Gelli plate. I use it a lot in my work and the DIY plate I made a few years ago that started out as a 10 * 10 has a shelf life and after time, shrinkage and remelting it is now a 3 * 5. :0 That printing plate is still going strong and it works perfectly for tags or small note cards but I felt the investment in a permanent plate was worth it. This is one of my most favorite journal pages to date and I think I am going to convert it to an art card for an upcoming show. I would love to hear what you think.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
mixed media over monoprint
When I developed this Buddha painting I felt like a sculpture pushing (adding darks) and pulling features (adding lights). I used a very simplistic palette of just Prussian blue and white over a Gelli print, but I feel it has some impact with the texture of the print showing through.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Mixed media (Gelli print, acrylic, watercolor, oil pencil, ink, pastel)
Good morning sunshine! Rise and Shine!
One of my more favorite Gelli paintings as I love everything chicken. Having a small flock is one of the reasons we moved out of the city and into a community that is chicken friendly.
So to honor this funny little man I pulled a page from my paper journal and just went at it. One of the benefits of painting on either a toned or pattern background is that not only does the mid tone color of the underpainting works to tie the painting together, but the subtle texture in the print can add a certain je nais saia quoi, even of you only see specks of it here and there. You can see that interesting pattern come through in the area behind the waddle and in the eye area and it really lends itself to adding the texture without having to paint it. I love it!As 2017 is the Chinese year of the rooster I plan on completing a set of these paintings to be sold in art card form so stay tuned.
I hope this inspire you to grab some supplies and play. If you enjoy these pieces just remember that sharing is caring.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
This painting is an example of recovering from a major disaster. Everything was going along wonderfully and I was using my black paint pen to add some details when it exploded - see the viewers left eye - and when I was sopping it up I touched the paper towel on the shoulder area. Ugh.
As I had originally intended, this is a little demo on how I achieved the final painting even through adversity.
Add your details. For this I used a black oil pastel, this works well for blending and adding that furry fuzz illusion to your cat. Paint the eyes, don't forget those highlights. There is no way you can ever recreate this painting as no two Gelli papers are the same but I hope you are inspired to try out this idea. Remember its only paint.
5* 8 inch
mixed media (Gelli print on paper, acrylics, oil pastel, oil marking pencil, ink, watercolor pencil)