This week’s challenge was to use multiple layers; there was also a great quote but I haven’t used it because I want my pages to document our lives. This is our grandson Rory, who is learning to drag race just like his Dad, Adam (seen filling the tank). I used gesso, Tim Holtz Distress paint, an old painting, gelli prints and fabric trim.
Today’s artist was Rae Missigman, whose work I love – I have a few of her stencils and often watch her videos. Her process has inspired mine over the years, so this was in my comfort zone. I started with gelli printing straight onto the page using Golden Fluid Acrylics, then cleaned off the stencils over the top. I added layers of Neocolours, stencilling, collage, mark making etc.
This week I have been playing in my standard A4 art journal. The ‘true path’ page uses gelli printing on tissue and a Stencilgirl stencil.
The brighter page is all Dylusions paints, with Tim Holtz and StencilGirl stencils.
I won’t describe the challenges as this is a ‘pay for’ class but am still loving it, even if half the time I ignore the rules and do it my own way…
I had a quick play with my 5×7″ card size and 4×4″ round gelli plates late this afternoon. I used Daler Rowney paints and a bunch of stencils. This is my fav print from the bunch; I like the happy mix of colour and scraps of pattern.
This week’s quote was from the Buddha, and the challenge was to use drips and splatters. Heck yes! I used Dina Wakley paints, Gelli printed tissue and gel medium.
As I finished each set of Gelli Prints the other I cleaned my plate by covering it in white or off-white paint, laying down my paper and letting it dry. When you pull the dry print, all the old paint comes off. Often these are interesting prints, with little bits of colour and ghostly shadows of what has come before.
These two really appeal to me, with their pale colours and little dabs of paint. Typically, I had used the back of some printing proofs – now I wish I had pulled them on better paper!
I’ve been playing with my Gelli Plate, a bunch of Stencil Girl stencils and some Dylusions paint to make painted paper. I like the Dylusions paint for gelli printing – it gives good coverage and doesn’t dry too quickly, even in the hot weather. Oddly enough, it dries fast in my art jounal. These painted papers have at least 2 layers, some have 4 layers, of paint. The prints will be cut up for card making or kept for in my art journal, collage projects, etc.
This afternoon I tried out a technique I’d seen on the Gelli Arts youtube channel. It didn’t go quite go as planned; the weather was too hot and I didn’t have Golden Open (slow drying) paints – but the idea is good and one I’ll come back to. As I worked I cleaned my brush off on a spare piece of cardstock.
The prints weren’t good enough to use on their own, but cut up with a stitched-edge die (thanks for the loan Denise) they made great general use greeting cards. Scanning them made me realise how dirty the scanner glass is, but you get the idea…
Acrylic paint, paper heart, Gelli print scraps, Stencil Girl stencils, calligraphy pen, fine black pen.