Gelli Elephants blowing bubbles :-)

Animals, Art, gelliplate, life, monoprinting, Printing, Stencils, Textures, Uncategorized

As well as making some stamps today out of clay, I found I was inspired to make a print of an elephant on my day off. First we went out for a scrumptious meal as we knew that our daughter wouldn’t be able to eat for a couple of hours after having some teeth out to prepare the way for braces. Obviously she wasn’t that interested in food today, but did manage some prawn crackers.

On our return from the dentist we considered watching the movie Water for Elephants – I love the fact that the elephant responds when the circus crew realise she doesn’t understand English. After a discussion, we opted instead of a James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig. It gave me time to do a bit of sewing and printing.

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Don’t you just love those toe nails!

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And the winner of the blog hop free giveaway is …

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Because of the amount of entries and me feeling generous, there are two lucky people winning prizes today! My daughter pulled one name out this morning and I pulled a second one out this afternoon. So well done to

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And well done to

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Well done to both of you and thank you to everyone who entered! There will be another free giveaway in December ready for Christmas – something extra special and printed of course! So, watch this space as you may win the next prize giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

Emily Slater (who entered through the Squarebird Facebook page – please send my your address so I can post you your prize and Jane Christensen – who entered via the blog – please send me your address details so I can post you a lion gelli print. Yay!!!

Still time to enter free giveaway!

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Just a quick reminder that there’s still time to enter my free giveaway as part of the October Gelli Blog hop. Please comment whether you would like to win the turtle or lion original gelli print that I’ve showcased this week. There is also a mystery prize for the winner, picked at random after Friday’s closing date. Thank you everyone who has entered so far.

Also don’t forget to check out the other participants of the blog hop as there are some more freebies! Why not enter them all?

Meanwhile, here is an ATC (Artist Trading Card) I made and sent off recently to Australia as part of Be Creative Swap. I made it using a plaster rose and an attempt at quilling a rose bud. The brief set by Myfanwy Hart was to incorporate a tag in some way as part of the ATC.

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Here is what I received in exchange ๐Ÿ™‚

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Birds on Gelliprint

Art, Birds, gelliplate, leaves, Mono printing, nature, nature, Printing, Textures, watercolour

Another bird Gelli to add to the collection with textures produced from leaves, scrunched up paper and layering of watercolours

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The difference with this bird study and the others is that this time, I didn’t mask out the bird shapes first, but became inspired by the shapes I saw in the print when I pulled it off the plate.
You can see from this image (of a cat brooch I made and set against the background print) that there appears to be a bird shape appearing.

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Similarly, where the hummingbird is, there was also an outline (but I didn’t have a photo of that stage to show!).

The October Gelli Blog Hop

Animals, Art, blog hop, gelliplate, Mono printing, Printing, Textures, watercolour

Hi everyone! For those of you who are new to Gelli printing, I thought I’d share with you a technique that enables you to create textured prints with minimal effort and using basic equipment. Most Gelliprinters talk about printing with acrylics, but I actually love printing with watercolour and I’m going to tell you why in this blog as part of the October Gelli blog Hop, which kicked off by organiser and Gelli enthusiast, Michelle Reynolds.
Wednesday 15th Oct Michelle Reynolds http://shellsinthebush.blogspot.com.au/
Thursday 16th Oct Joanna Grant http://joannabananadesignoriginals.blogspot.com
Friday 17th Oct Jacques Williamos https://theelevatorpress.wordpress.com/
Saturday 18th Oct Linda Stokes http://www.lindastokes-textileartist.com/
Sunday 19th Oct Phillippa Montier http://pipart71.weebly.com
Monday 20th Oct Lauri Crowe http://www.laurijeancrowe.com
Tuesday 21st Oct Gail Schmidt http://www.shabbycottagestudio.net
Wednesday 22nd Oct Tami Sturm Howes http://www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

I belong to a Facebook group called Gelatin Printing Enthusiasts – a growing community of fantastic, creative people who just love printing with the Gelli.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/gelatinprintingenthusiasts/

So, why do I like using watercolours? The tubed variety obviously comes in gorgeous colours, but they blend easily and react differently on the plate. I have deliberately incorporated the speckled effect of watercolour by applying water to the plate to dilute the paint and then using the brayer to distribute it. I then allow the paint to settle and separate into areas of dots.

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I started on the lion picture by applying the lighter colours first and building it up layer by layer.
A mask was cut out in the rough shape of a lion’s face. I’ve used this technique with the birds I’ve shown on this blog and most recently with the turtle. The mask blogs out any areas I don’t want that colour to appear on.

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A screwed up piece of paper was the dabbed over the entire surface to create another texture and give some movement in the background.

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Gradually the layers were built up enough to show an outline from the mask so that I could apply inks, coffee syrup and watercolour paint using an aqua brush pen (these are amazing as you can add water or paint, coffee syrup, ink to the reservoir of the pen handle). I love them!

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When I was happy with the result of the lion and the paint was dry, I reapplied the mask over the image of the lion; added two bands of colour to my Gelli plate (Prussian blue, white, yellow ocre).

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Again, I waited for the paint to separate slightly to create a natural texture.

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The fact that some of my drawing was covered by the reapplied paint from the Gelli adds to the effect (a bit like when using a screen print). So this picture has five layers on it and if you run your finger over the finished print, there are raised areas.

Now to my free giveaway:
I am offering one lucky person the chance to win a turtle Gelliprint OR the lion I’ve show today. To enter, please comment below either ‘Lion’ or ‘Turtle’. I will select the winner next Friday. Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

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Turtle Gelli

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This was a little experiment which seems to have worked out well and it’s another print inspired by the aquarium we visited over the weekend.

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Hope you’re all looking forward to Friday when I showcase my free giveaway on this blog as part of the October Gelli Blog Hop ๐Ÿ™‚

Introducing the October Gelli Print Blog Hop

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Good morning everyone! Today starts with the introduction of a blog hop for everything Gelli! See below for details on the blogs taking part and hop over and have a look at what these lovely creative people are up to with their Gelli plates. As you can see from the list, it will be my turn on Friday, so be sure to drop by and hopefully be inspired – there will be a free giveaway to enter too :-). In the meantime, enjoy Michelle’s entry today and Joanna Grant’s tomorrow … There truly is some amazing/astonishing/artastic work out there!
Wednesday 15th Oct Michelle Reynolds http://shellsinthebush.blogspot.com.au/
Thursday 16th Oct Joanna Grant http://joannabananadesignoriginals.blogspot.com
Friday 17th Oct Jacques Williamos https://theelevatorpress.wordpress.com/
Saturday 18th Oct Linda Stokes http://www.lindastokes-textileartist.com/
Sunday 19th Oct Phillippa Montier http://pipart71.weebly.com
Monday 20th Oct Lauri Crowe http://www.laurijeancrowe.com
Tuesday 21st Oct Gail Schmidt http://www.shabbycottagestudio.net
Wednesday 22nd Oct Tami Sturm Howes Www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

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Leaves for autumn

Mono printing, nature, press, Printing, life, Textures, Uncategorized

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Despite the downpours this morning, I managed to collect several different shaped leaves to creat different effects on the print.

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I particularly like this one, which has texture to it now the paint’s dried

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I’m going to experiment with metal textures tomorrow, so please come back soon and check out the results ๐Ÿ™‚

Cockatiel

Art, Birds, commission, flowers, gelliplate, leaves, life, monoprinting, Printing, watercolour

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Today’s gelliprint was worked in subdued lighting and with a limited palette of colours as I await the delivery of new paints – Golden Open Acrylics – should be here tomorrow.

The evenings are getting darker at around 7:15pm. ย Working in synthetic light can have its surprises when you step outside into the natural light – the colours can appear very different to what you envisaged!

Again, I sketched out a bird and cut three masks from the sketch to block out any paint on the gelli. ย There’s a bit more to do on the final print, but the chrysanthemums and their leaves were quite pleasing for a first pull off the plate.ย ย I’ll add a bit more colour when it’s daylight and may even print more chrysanthemums on the background. ๐Ÿ™‚