Today’s Gelli Plate Art #monoprinting #gelliarts #printmaking #abstract #followart



Today’s Gelli Plate print was created with various craft and artist acrylic colors and some of my homemade masks. I cut out a bunch of freeform stencils from old file folders to use in the layering paint process. The fossil looking on the left top area was actually created with a hot glue gun–melted glue drawn onto a scrap piece of cardboard and allowed to dry. It’s a great impression stamp, and although I’ve made several glue stamp plates, this design seems to be one of my favorites. The center image was an actual leaf from one of my garden specimens (an added bonus to living in Florida–year round nature specimens!). Although it didn’t pick up the veins, I liked the resulting bold silhouette. The black inkblot section was created by fingerpainting with my gloved finger so as to have a more free-form color block instead of rolling it smooth with a brayer.

After a printing session, the best part is sitting in the family room sorting through the art prints of the day. As usual, they get a few added embellishments with colored pencils and any other mark making tools that are within reach–apparently I cannot help myself–always interested in the details that I can place into the layers . I’m looking forward to tonight’s creation.

Gelli Plate Beginnings #mixedmedia #gelliarts #abstract #printmaking



Wind Chimes


I’ve been having a wonderful time experimenting with the large Gelli Plate as a starting point for creating my newest mixed media abstracts. The layering process sets up a unique base to add other marks and sometimes, additional paper layers. After pulling several print layers from the plate, I decided to add hand drawn elements using colored pencils and acrylic paints. The overall effect is varied and leaves a lot of visual eye candy to enjoy.

Mixed media on German text

I began using some old books for mixed media experiments. Here are a few samples of art marking on an old German book I purchased from a university library sale. I really liked the old German typography, and I used various pastels, pencils, and paint to overlay visual interest while allowing the text to show through. Some pages I will rip out of the book and add to my collage art, some will stay in the book itself. It is convenient to work on a page in between other studio projects, and it’s always helpful to have interesting images lying around to use when needed.

white rock



 german girl


Daily Mixed Media

My intention for 2014 was to do more daily art–something creative to keep the studio tools engaged and my art brain in experimental, play mode. So far, so good. I’ve mostly been adding some new mixed media pieces in my Canson XL art journal; these are small entries measuring around 5×7 inches, and the results have been very satisfying. It’s relaxing, and there is no pressure to create a masterpiece during these exercises. It’s just simple art fun, and that’s the best kind of creativity.

Usually I start with some graphite marks and some found papers. From there, I use oil pastels (water soluble), acrylics, graphite, watercolor pencils, and anything else lying around that will work in building color and form! The fun part is using all these art toys and seeing what happens in the end.

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