Call for Jane Christensen! You won a print from my free Gelli giveaway!

Art, blog hop, gelliplate, life, Mono printing, monoprinting, People, Printing, Uncategorized, watercolour

Hopefully you will see this post Jane. You may have missed the announcement that your name was selected (I decided to choose two lucky winners as I had entries both on this blog and through Facebook). I’d love to hear from you – or of any bloggers know Jane and could get the message out to her, I’d be really grateful. Thank you 🙂

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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 🙂

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Turtle Gelli

Art, blog hop, gelliplate, Mono printing, nature, nature, Printing, Stencils, Textures, watercolour

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 🙂

Introducing the October Gelli Print Blog Hop

Art, blog hop, flowers, gelliplate, life, Mono printing, nature, People, Printing, watercolour

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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 🙂

First ever gelliprint portrait

life, Mono printing, People, Printing, Storage, studio, Textures

Ok, when I learned all about the printing trade in my early teens, a gelliplate didn’t exist. We used glass panes, perspex, polystyrene, wood and metal, foam and cardboard plus the traditional carved up potato! So, I’m delighted to share this experience with you of my first ever gelliprint portrait 🙂
I prepared the gelliplate with a brayer and watercolours. Can anyone guess what object I used to provide a textured feature of the face?

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Another bit of creativity today was making up a flat-pack paper storage unit for my print studio. The room isn’t large enough for a plan chest, but I do need somewhere to store my prints and paper or card flat. This was perfect

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Card cut intaglio print no.2

Intaglio, life, People, Printing, Textures

I cut a template printing plate using picture mounting board, gradually peeling off the top coloured layer to reveal the white beneath.

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Then I used a roller and watercolour as a printing medium, applied a thin layer and allowed some of the paint to catch the white (can produce a textured effect).

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A note to newcomers to printing … Remember that whatever picture you want to end up with will be the mirror image of the printing plate. Have fun 🙂

A productive day … and fun in the auction house

life, Printing, Textures, Uncategorized

Today I went to auction again, this time because my son was selling some boxed Star Wars figures and needed some funds for uni.  It was interesting because of the range of Lots in the auction rooms and there was an eclectic mix of people bidding.  Hard to tell, how much the figures were going to go for, yet there were boxed collector cars, stamp collections, boxes of postcards and children’s toys also on offer.  I found a tall draw chest that I had plans to bid on which had an estimate of £10 on the lower end of bidding.  It started a lot higher, so I opted for a desk that would provide me with more working space. When I’d won the bid  I watched with amusement as the auctioneer cocked his head to read my bidding number card, which I hadn’t realised I was holding upside down!  Last time I went there (my first auction visit in twenty-four years, he winked at me when I won the bid for the cast iron press – clearly seeing how delighted I was!).

When we returned home after a successful sale, my son helped me move the furniture and my cast iron printing press into the newly decorated shed that my OH has been working on while I’ve been working in the city.

I picked up a bargain table/desk with shallow drawer for under £30 and now have somewhere to store my papers flat and keep them dry (a complete contrast to when they were in the covered yard which had a leaky roof!).

These are some of the images I took from the day, including some gelliplate nature printing and the discovery of the remains of a wasps’ nest inside one of the drawers in the yard (which I thought looked a bit like a little rose)

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