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This is the first, wildest, wisest thing I know: the soul exists...it is built entirely out of attentiveness.
|6 x 8" picture frame|
So on the Gelli Arts Facebook page (with over 3,000 members by the way) I found reference to someone doing a frame for a bulletin board in a similar way to this.
These are Gelli printed deli paper strips put on with mat medium. Then when totally dry I coated it with gloss varnish.
Would be darling for a mirror I think. Using the frame with a painting would be trickier, but you could use deli paper in colors that complimented the painting?
Doing the mitered corners was a little tricky but you get the hang of it after doing one. Just a reminder of some of the "craftier" sides of Gelli paper.
|5 x 7 journal cover with foil|
I cannot remember where I read about someone covering their journal cover with heavy duty aluminum foil. I sure wish I could find the reference again. But hubby and I were sitting on the screen porch yesterday listening to the PBS "story a day" and I brought out a piece and using a small clockmaker's tool I picked up for 25 cents, I did some Zentangle® patterns on the foil. (With a soft magazine underneath). Probably an old ball point pen would work too.
The thing I couldn't remember was what the technique called to do next…somehow color was added to the foil that highlighted the design. I "think" they used alcohol inks which I don't have. So I will need to experiment more with this. I ended up sprinkling the foil with "Brusho" which is fine paint powder that explodes into action when you spritz it with water. Then when dry I sprayed it with clear acrylic to hopefully waterproof it. Added some of my home made "washi" tape just for a little more pizzaz.
I need a tutorial on Brusho. Anyone know where to find one?
|original painting is about 11 x 14, Collage of hand painted paper and paint.|
I have posted this image before, but now it is framed and going into a show. The title is "The Power of One" and it is inspired by the courage of people who take a stand... who know that one person CAN make a difference and are not deterred by the thought of "what can one person do?" Instead they set out to do what they can.
The composition reflects what Gerald Brommer calls "opposing forces". I originally started it out as a simple project in working with a "non objective composition" series. I used my hand-painted Gelli print papers, ink and and paint. Ended up I resonated with the piece. Don't know if it will resonate with others but it will be one of the paintings in the newest Howard Young Hospital Art Show in Woodruff, WI starting next week.
I will have a total of 4 in the show. Stop by if you are in the north woods.
|Self stick name tag 2 x 3"|
|collage on regular size 4 x 6 note card with book mark|
|Inside of card with Gelli print stenciling|
|Journal Prompt #29 "Bridges"|
I hope I am not duplicating a post here…I had this little pile sitting by the computer that seemed to say "post me". After I did, I thought "hmmmm…" Well, the name tag and the journal prompt were done today…so I know I have not posted them at least!
The journal prompt was really a hard one for me.
Something about it didn't click for me.
The author wanted us to think about "magic wands" and goals and then what would the "bridge" to these goals look like.
Some of the quote were about "pixie dust". All metaphors of course, but they were not clicking for me. I think I am too old for pixie dust. Hahaha.
But the bridge to goals did have more resonance for me and I ended up sketching a rope swinging bridge…yikes. A metaphor for slow and careful courageous journeys? The map bits and the swirling ink on the bit of Gelli print paper show many paths, and may detours and the idea of journey is good for me. On the other side of the bridge is things I strive more of…more loving, more attentive, more empathy, more listening, more art, more healthy, etc.
The nametag for my hubby above makes him a "walking billboard" tonight at the art reception. He will advertise my upcoming Zentangle: part II class on Sept 2. The 40 degrees last night up here got me to thinking of September again!!!
But we might be getting into the 80s this weekend?
Let's hope so.
|5 x 8 journal page|
Deli paper background
|Student kit for Gelli Plate workshop (see more below)|
|Samples of various Gelli Plate techniques|
Okay…so after a good email chat with Gelli plate instructor, Laurel Check, I decided a couple things about my upcoming class on Aug 19th, Minocqua, WI (see side bar for details).
1. I needed a good kit of materials for students to get started with*. (see my description below). In addition there is a supply list that is emailed to students.
2. I needed (like Laurel) to allow students who do not want to spend $25 on an 8 x 10 Gelli plate until some experimentation is done, to bring either plexiglass or glass to work on as a substitute.
One of my kits is laying on top of piece of glass taped with "Duck" tape. It comes in such great designs now!!!
My early experiments with glass and plexiglass really show up the advantages of having a Gelli plate! BUT I do think you can get a "feel" for the fun multi media approach.
*So..take a look at the kit above.
Starting with top left:
A styro plate to cut out some fun designs (circles to start folks off), cotton string, plastic grid, deli paper strips, rubber textured shelf matting, bubble wrap, plastic circles cut from mailing envelopes, old charge or gift card, plastic coated playing card cut into interesting shapes with craft scissors, onion bag netting, and in the middle, plastic hanger from a local store. (I plan to bring in some ferns, and leaves as well on the day of the workshop.) And students will bring things too.
The apron is just one demonstration of some of the many techniques and a reminder that it is fun to do on fabric as well as paper.
|Moleskin sketchbook 5 x 8" WC and ink|
|5.7 x 11"|
Collage: hand painted papers, acrylic and ink
Continuing on my quest to do a series of "compositions"…this one is called "vertical or horizontal" (obvious I would guess!)
This one is dedicated to "those who have lost their way". Labyrinths, you will remember, unlike mazes, provide a safe journey in and out and despite the trees you will find your way. There you find solace and meditation.
|"The Power of One"|
12 x 12 on 300# Arches wc paper
Collage: paper, ink, acrylics
I am spending some time on a rainy Saturday afternoon exploring some of the different compositional ideas I learned in the Gerald Brommer workshop last April. He calls this composition idea "opposing forces".
I thought as I composed it, "if you can't move a mountain, move a grain of sand." I think that is a song title.
It is also a good time to experiment with using some of my Gelli prints to show to the class participants (in August). See side bar for info on that.
We have had dark skies and lots of rain all day here in the north woods. So disappointing for folks who only have weekends and also for folks who offer local events on the weekends. The only good news is that shop owners in Minocqua always do better on rainy weekends! Makes perfect sense.
Got the news today that I got an honorable mention at the Art in the Garden exhibit at Howard Young on Thursday night. I was not able to be there, but am very excited about that. I have not taken awards there before! I'll post that painting soon.
It's fun to use natural "stencils" when using Gelli print plates. These are asparagus ferns, wild strawberry leaves and another leaf that is unidentified. Also feathers are fun to use!
Makes especially nice stationary, book covers, and cards.
Lovely afternoon today in the north woods…spent our cocktail time down on the pier. Greg got lost of projects done and I was in the studio or curled up with my book most of the day. Obviously spent a little time in the studio too!
These were done, by the way, on just plain copy paper. They remind me a little of Cynthia's sun prints.
11 x 14
|Close up of detail in Boro|
So if you care to scroll down and find the first post on this collage you may be able to see the changes I made in it. There has been some collage add and some "tweaks" in the center of interest including just a touch of orange-red spatter and some tiny gold beads.
I always love a surprise at the center of interest when I am looking at non-objective paintings. I am striving for that.
The issue of the composition is what newbies like me struggle with. When I took the Gerald Brommer workshop last April I was delighted to find that this was exactly what he wanted to teach me. I kept all his handouts and my struggles toward that goal.
I think I need to let this piece go now and start on another one. Practice is what I need! (Boro, you may remember) is a Japanese term for a patchwork quilt made of worn cloth. Wabi-sabi is the elegance of imperfection.