Gelli prints

What’s the perfect thing to do on Good Friday? Make art of course! I got out my 6×6″ Gelli Plate, Golden Fluid Acrylic paints, a pile of stencils and got to work. I mainly printed on 120gsm white paper but a few telephone pages were harmed in the making of these prints…who needs to look up Stratford numbers anyway? I made dozens of prints, these are just a few favourites.

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Tony came home as I was cleaning up and we had one of those conversations where I was reminded once again how lucky we are to have each other, and how respectful and careful we are of each other’s feelings. We even ended up commenting on that; that we choose to operate on a level of care and respect.

Look, I say, holding up the two purple ones with red and white patterns underneath. They match. No they don’t, says Tony. Yeah, they do – they’re both purple with red and white underneath. Tony: that doesn’t mean they match! Me: well close enough… he shrugs and laughs.

Round two. We’ve been talking about repainting the middle room, currently lime green, in a cream shade so I can display more art. He’s watching, amused, as I rifle through my pile of prints, considering my next step with them – a journal maybe? Suddenly he says – you could cut them into proper squares and display them in a grid on the middle room when the walls painted. I’m so excited I flap my hands at him 😉 He just laughs and says he regrets the suggestion already. Then he looks at me and utters his favorite line “So, what are they going to be?”

And my reply: They’re not going to ‘be’ anything, they just are. Oh, he says, and smiles at me.

Even the newsprint I cleaned my brayer off on each time has been put aside to do something with. Both pieces have such cool colors and this amazing texture. And for the record, I love my Gelli Plate!

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I don’t remember

I don’t remember why these photos are so blurry, but I do remember why I married Tony 18 years ago today. He made me laugh back then, and he still makes me laugh. Most of the time he looks quite serious; this is the Tony relatively few people get to see (mind you, looking at these photos, how many would want to?).

My wish? That we grow old together, still laughing. I know how fortunate we are to have each other.

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Secret art

I have spent most of today doing some art but can’t share it! I’m part of a group of 9 doing an altered art project using 9 piece wooden puzzles. Each person chooses a theme and colour scheme and sends one pieces off to each artists for them to alter. Themes this time include whimsical fairy tales, Rockabilly, space & robots, shabby chic, super heroes and ravens/HIM (wonder who that was?). The pieces are fairly small so it has been quite hard on my wrist and thumb but I’m loving it anyway and have completed 7 1/2 out of the 9 pieces. It’s always fun to collaborate with other artists and this project is no exception. Can’t wait to get my pieces back and fit it all together. In the meantime, here’s a rough scan of the puzzle I’m using.

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