I mentioned a few posts back that I took the Gelli Printmaking class from Carla Sonheim. The two prints above are the best ones that I ended up with. Below are two prints that were inspired from the techniques we used, one of which is making your own organic stencil and mask shapes.
November 14, 2013
November 5, 2013
I worked up a quick Gelli plate image of a stencil that I made of my daughter. She took this gorgeous photo of herself with her phone and when I saw it, I knew I had to incorporate it somehow in my art.
I am adding the stenciled piece to the Gelli Print Party at A Colorful Journey.
November 4, 2013
New Gellies, all magenta. What's that about? Just on a magenta kick, I guess. You know I only post the ones I think are the best. Well, this time, magenta won.
A bundle of folded Gelli pages waiting to be made into a book.
Okay, magenta toned down with soft yellow paint. The circles are a new stencil I made with a punch. Same with the flower above.
The first one above is joining Carol's November Gelli Party at A Colorful Journey.
Speaking of making stencils, I made one of my beautiful 18 year old daughter from a recent photo. I used Photoshop to alter it into a stencil, then cut it out on transparency. When I get a print from it I will post it.
October 29, 2013
I am always on the look out for new techniques for art making. I purchased an online class from Carla Sonheim. This is the first time I've done this, but I was intrigued with what I saw in her samples. See how the paint flows on these, my first attempts? Isn't that cool?
October 9, 2013
October 8, 2013
Indeed, I am not a person who should ever say never because you know I like to dabble. I haven't taken photos yet and our internet was down for days, but for now I'll share what I have been up to.
It all started with the Walnut Ink I made. I use it every day. I was looking for more ways to incorporate it into my art. Well, low and behold, I discovered Zentangle. This was something I couldn't believe people were doing. Doodling all day? I couldn't believe someone would write books on the subject. Well, I believe it now. Eventually I want to incorporate it into my Gelli art papers, etc.
Stay tuned for photos.
September 24, 2013
I've been using my new walnut ink every day. I mostly use it to actually 'journal' in my art journals now. (:
I also use it in a spray bottle for backgrounds.
All the brown in the four pages above is walnut ink.
I also made 3 new stencils. Wings, a large heart and a violin player.
|Watercolor flowers with woven bottom|
September 14, 2013
|~Channeling my inner medieval scribe~|
|Raw walnuts in a 5 pound bucket|
|My cooking set up in the garage|
|After 4 hours of simmering|
|Sampling the color after 4 hours|
Here's the basic recipe. It is the green outer hull around the walnuts that you use to make the die/ink. I left the bucket of them in the garage for a week, giving the walnuts a chance to brown up a bit. After that I pounded them with a stick to loosen the hulls off the nuts. Working with gloves on, I peeled the outer shells off and threw the inner shelled walnut on my compost pile for the squirrels. After putting the hulls in the cook pot, I covered them with plain water and brought it to a boil and then simmered it for four hours. Over night I turned off the burner and continued simmering for about another 3 hours the next day. I then strained and filtered the liquid through cheese cloth and added a bit of denatured alcohol to prevent mold growth in the future.
|Here's my final product!|
September 11, 2013
This is the cover of a new art journal I just finished. Most of the entries are accompanied with lyrics from songs that have moved me. I've been wanting to do this for some time. Plenty of pages are still incomplete, waiting for lyrics and images to go with them.
I used long stitch binding for this book. The cover is made from Tim Holtz's Grunge Paper. This was the last of it in my stash and I need to get more. Grunge Paper is just sturdy enough for book covers and takes gesso and paint like a dream.
This spread is a bit masculine, but the lyrics are from a song called Lost Sailor by the Grateful Dead.
"The apples of the valley hold the seeds of happiness. The ground is rich from tender care. Repay, do not forget; dance in the dark of night. Sing to the morning light." ~Evermore by Led Zeppelin
"Remember how they taught you, how much of it was fear? Refuse to hand it down. The legacy stops here." ~Melissa Etheridge
Okay - this is not a lyric, but taken from The Velveteen Rabbit:
"Generally by the time you are real, most of your hair has been loved off and your eyes don't see as well and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all because once you are real you can't be ugly - except to people who don't understand."
August 29, 2013
I've created a few new Journal art pages in a larger format (9 x 6). This one is an homage to my gardens that I have been nurturing in our good Midwestern soil for about 20 years now. Gardens are an ever changing entity and mine is no exception. I have, however had roses since day-one among my perennials.
I call this style Crush because of the layering of color and texture. So fun! Finnabair is a master of this and I admire her work tremendously.