Friday, 21 November 2014

Jam of Gelli Prints

A collection of gelli prints is a jam - this is what the ladies in the Gelatin Printing Enthusiasts Facebook Group decided to call them.


So here's my latest jam of gelli prints....


Vintage papers from a 1930's book....

Envelopes - I like to print on the back so the front is free for the address...


Some clean up prints...


PS Do you love creating gelli prints?  Want a place to discuss gelli printing?  To show off your work?  Share your ideas? Discuss the pros and cons of different paints/paper/plates/tools etc?  Get some great ideas on what to do with the thousands of prints you have created?

Then I would love you to join me at the Gelatin Printing Enthusiasts Facebook Group. This group is open to people who use a Gelli Arts Plate or who make their own gelatin plate.



Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Visit Laney - Blog Hop Around the World

Last week I participated in the Blog Hop Around the World and Laney McDonald from Sugarplum Patchwork so graciously volunteered to carry it on...

Laney McDonald's Art Tags

Laney McDonald from Sugarplum Patchwork - Hello there and welcome! My name is Laney. I'm an artist with a love for bright, happy colors. I've always loved everything creative - sewing, embroidery, drawing, stained glass, painting, collage and on and on. I was even a ballet dancer many moons ago. I still love a myriad of creative activities. Sometimes I stitch, sometimes I paint or draw. I believe creative expression is good for the soul. Here you'll find me writing about what I'm creating, what I'm thinking and what inspires me. I hope you'll be inspired too. 

Please go check out her great blog post and if you would like to join in with the blog hop then that would be awesome - you need to answer the 4 questions and find others to carry on the hop too.
Thank you.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Little Houses

I created these Little Houses for a swap.

I used index cards (8" x 4" or 20cm x 10cm) as the substrate. I then collaged gelli prints on and used a black gel pen to outline the features. The windows are made from gelli printed vintage book pages.


These were great fun to make and I hope my swap partner likes them.  

Monday, 10 November 2014

Blog Hop Around the World

I was invited by Phillippa Montier to take part in a blog hop.  I first met Pip when she joined the Gelatin Printing Enthusiasts FaceBook group and shared her beautiful gelli prints with us and was thrilled when she joined in on the Gelli Print Blog Hop.

What am I working on?

At the moment I'm working on some items to sell at the Klatchapalooza Market - it's a pop-up online market over the last weekend in November - great way to get some original art for gifts. 

Here's a sneak peek...there will be 8 inch square slimline canvases with gelli prints on them and I've altered some of them ...



 
How does my work differ from others of its genre?


I love to create monoprints on the gelli plate and each one is unique and different. I also create my own stencils to help with uniqueness.

When I create my girls I use the gelli prints for their clothes and hats and I print the backgrounds too.

Here is my lantern stencil - I do a drawing first, then cut it out from acetate and then get out the gelli plate and have fun.

 
How do I create what I do?


I either have a plan or I don't. So I will create gelli prints just for fun, to experiment or with an idea/colour/texture in mind.

If I'm creating one of my girls then I have a plan and will create some gelli prints esp for her.  Otherwise I look at a gelli print and let it 'talk' to me or I just collage some prints and see where it takes.

Here is Alice - The Mad Hatter 




 
How does my creating process work?


 I like to browse Pinterest for inspiration. For my gelli print girls I look for different hats or headwear. I also do some art journaling and mixed media on different substrates such as index cards or manilla folders. Sometimes I copy something that I see then I get ideas on how to alter it and so will go on to create more of the one thing but they are all different - I think about changing size, shape, colour, background.

For example - my Mantra Mobiles - I saw a quote on Pinterest by Matisse and wanted to create a piece that I could look at every day to remind me.  So I created the first Mantra Mobile and then thought I would find another quote and make another etc differing the background shapes and colours etc.


Many thanks to Pip for inviting me to join in with blog hop.

Here are the next blog-hoppers who will be posting next Monday, head over to these amazing blogs for more blog-hopping fun!

Laney McDonald from Sugarplum Patchwork - Hello there and welcome! My name is Laney. I'm an artist with a love for bright, happy colors. I've always loved everything creative - sewing, embroidery, drawing, stained glass, painting, collage and on and on. I was even a ballet dancer many moons ago. I still love a myriad of creative activities. Sometimes I stitch, sometimes I paint or draw. I believe creative expression is good for the soul. Here you'll find me writing about what I'm creating, what I'm thinking and what inspires me. I hope you'll be inspired too.






Friday, 7 November 2014

Mantra Mobile Tutorial

My first tutorial for Cre8ive Klatch is up on their blog. The aim is to present a project that can be created in 10 - 15 mins - something quick and 'easy' that will inspire you to keep on creating....


I first made the mantra mobile back in July and am very happy to be able to share it with you and inspire you to create your own. There are just so many ways you can vary this project to make it your own.  I would love to see yours when you make it so please join the Cre8ive Klatch FaceBook Group and share it there.  See you in the group!!


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Trying to Find My Mojo


 A year ago I wrote a post about Losing My Mojo...I have spent the past year trying to find it again....


- I threw myself into gelli plate printing and even started the Gelatin Printing Enthusiasts facebook group which has nearly 1800 members...


- I joined some art journaling groups and tried that...


- I joined another group where we created and swapped our art...

 - I spent hours browsing through Pinterest....

- I  joined 29 Faces in February and created 24.....

- I grabbed some old non-varnished canvases and altered them - chucked some paint on them
- I found a theme - gum leaves - and made several different paintings...

- I found I liked to doodle funky flowers - so I painted some of them on the old canvases...

- I'm taking an online class - Studying the Masters - Portraits and Self Portraits

 - I joined Cre8ive Klatch - where I have to provide a tutorial each month - my first tutorial will be out on the 7th Nov!!

 - I joined Klatchapalooza Market - where I have to create a minimum of 12 new artworks to sell online over the last weekend in November...

- I hosted BlogtoberFest 2014...

- I joined in on blog hops and hosted one too...

- I got my Etsy store up and running....
- I forced myself to enter the local art festival and ended up creating two paintings as I didn't like the first one...
But...

But I still feel as though I haven't found my mojo...

But I still feel that I have lost that excitement I used to have for painting...

But I feel that I have lost a lot of confidence...I wasn't happy with my painting for the arts festival so I created another one and then I didn't go to the opening night because I couldn't face people...

And...

I ended up with too much on my plate and not enough time to participate in the things I wanted to do...

Which has helped me....

- Find my One Little Word for next year...you have to wait till Jan 1st to find out but read the sentence below for a clue...

- See the need to decide where I'm going and what I'm doing and to concentrate on one thing...

- see the need to cut a few things out of my life....

So....over the next two months I need to:

- finish up and send out all the swaps I joined and not join anymore....

- get the 12 artworks ready for Klatchapalooza Market...

- write some tutorials for Cr8ive Klatch....

- finish the online class - Studying the Masters - Portraits and Self Portraits

Here's a few links to help you find your muse/mojo/open your creative block...

http://cre8iveklatch.blogspot.com.au/2014/10/ideas-for-bringing-back-your-muse.html

http://www.willowing.org/2013/06/28/5-ways-to-get-through-creative-block/

 http://rachaelrice.com/2013/09/16-things-to-do-when-your-creative-mojo-has-left-the-building/

29 Ways to stay creative

The Cold Easel Syndrome   thanks Suzi Poland

Creatives, if you've lost your passion, don't be afraid of change

What Do We Do When We Lose Our Passion For Something We Once Loved