Sunday, 10 August 2014

Gum Leaves - Gelli Prints and Mixed Media

Many artists have a particular style and create a variety of works in that style. But not me. Unfortuantely.  I've picked a subject and created artwork in different mediums - gelli plate, mixed media and acrylic using a layering/block out technique.

Gum Leaves 1 - Gelli Prints

I created some gelli prints as I wanted to print onto canvas using my scrunched up paper technique for texture, so these were experimental.  I placed the gum leaves onto the gelli plate then pulled the print and then took the leaves off to create the second/ghost print.









Here's the small canvas I experimented on - previously I had collaged sewing patterns onto it and done some washes and dry brushing over it. I didn't press down hard enough in certain places for the paint to lift off the plate and onto the canvas.



Gum Leaves 2 - Mixed Media

Gum Leaves 2, Mixed Media, 61cm x 92cm, 24" x 36"

This painting originally looked like this, it was part of a series that I did in 2012.


I used soft pastel to outline the leaves, then I cut out greaseproof paper to mask off the leaves before placing it onto the gelli plate to created the white background.  I had to do this 6 times and when the paint is on the plate you have to move that canvas quick to get it on there before the paint dries. I don't think I'll be doing that technique again as the scrunched up paper texture didn't really show through - this is probably due to the sewing pattern I collaged onto the canvas being very textural/bumpy.

I then painted some washes over the white section and then used a brayer/roller with a dark colour (phalo turquoise) to pick up the bumps in the paper for a more textured look.


The left hand leaf could probably use a little more contrast to highlight it more so I'll think about that...

Here's a couple of detailed photos to try and see the sewing patterns underneath:


Gum Leaves 3 - Acylics - layering and block out technique.

So I grabbed another painting I had started but not yet finished and covered it in warm colours then cool colours then pastels then stamped all over it and here's where it's at (I actually find this very freeing otherwise the painting sits there and shouts out FAILURE!!!! everytime I walk past it - instead it should shout out FINISH ME!! PLEASE!!):


What's next??  Well, tune in later in the week and find out!!!  (By then I shall know too!)  :D

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?
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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

More New Stencils For the Gelli Plate

I've created three new stencils for my gelli plate. 



The roll of acetate was proving difficult to flatten so here's a few more tips:

Tip of the day No. 1: Do not try to flatten acetate roll by pouring boiling water over it - your stencil will buckle and you will cry.



Tip of the day No. 2: You can try to iron out the buckling and flatten the stencil but start off on the lowest heat and have a tea towel folded in half with the acetate stencil in the middle.



Tip of the day No. 3: Buy acetate sheets if they are available.  They may be more expensive than the roll but they are a better size but seriously all the bother and difficulty is not worth $1.  (The roll was $5 = 500mm x 550mm/20 x 22 inches and the sheets are $3 = A3 = 2 x A4 = 29.7 x 42.0cm, 11.69 x 16.53 inches. Its area is 0.125 square meters, or 0.15 square yards,1.35 square foot, 193.75 square inches.)

The previous stencil inspired me to create this fish one:
 


This stencil I had thought about but then found something I had in mind on Pinterest - so I made some changes and added a few more bridges.








What am I going to do with all these prints?  I'm going to package them up and sell them on Etsy! They'll be in the shop early next week, I need to create a few more to fill up the envelopes!

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?
Inspire and be inspired as a part of the Gelatin Printing Enthusiasts Facebook Group. I would love for you to join me there.











Sunday, 27 July 2014

Gelli Prints With New Stencil


Gelli Print Collage.
 I created a new stencil with a 60's vibe. I first used a cereal box but went out and bought some acetate whilst down town today.


Tip of the day with acetate - if you can buy it in the sheets then don't get a roll of it as it will curl and make placing on the gelli plate difficult.  Tip number 2 - make sure you have only smooth edges after cutting, check for pointy/spiky bits as they are not gelli plate friendly.


Round gelli prints too....

That was fun, I think I'll have to come with another one. Have you ever made stencils/masks?  I'd love to see them so let me know.

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?
Inspire and be inspired as a part of the Gelatin Printing Enthusiasts Facebook Group. I would love for you to join me there.




Friday, 25 July 2014

Gelli Plate Playtime


I was inspired by this Dina Wakely stencil to create my own and had some fun with it.




I bought some cheap cookie cutters and used them to create patterns on the gelli plate - I used some of the prints for the stencil above.


And some other prints I created this week, some on brown paper too:




And some ghost prints from feather stencils I received from Sarah at Rainbow Ghecko Gallery:


Sunday, 20 July 2014

Weekend Wanderings

A few photos from our weekend trip to visit friends on their farm about 3 hours and 300kms/186 miles away in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia.  They have a wheat farm so there are no cute baby farm animal pics, more on the road pics.

Saturday afternoon - Salmon Gum Trees (I think).

Sunday afternoon - on the way home - wheat fields, Red Morrell gum trees, Dowerin Tin Dogs, and dark grey clouds and sunshine.








How was your weekend?  Hope it was a good one!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The winner is...

The winner of one of my heart pendants from the Alice - The Mad Hatter giveaway is...

Number 4 is Ain't No Ninny!!! Congratulations!!  I'll try to get in touch with you to let you know!!


I'm looking forward to next month's Blog Hop!  See you then!