Sunday, July 26, 2015

Gelli paper for a frame...

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.  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Aluminum Foil Embossing

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?

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Power of One (framed)

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.  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Best of Show

Being chosen for Best of Show in any art show is just so exciting.
I was particularly delighted to get this award last night at the Manito Art Show in Manitowish Waters, WI.  It is one of the most delightful shows of the season in the north woods.  

The show had over 200 pieces with art in fiber, wood, sculpture, paint, encaustic, mixed media, and more.  Really fun to walk through.  The reception last night was catered and had live harp music as well as presentation of scholarship awards.  

I also had another piece sell which was a delight as well.
The judge was Thomas Fleming, professor of Art at UW Marathon County in Wausau.  He wrote a very very nice review of the painting that I thought you might enjoy reading.  

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Journals and Gellis and Zentangle..oh no!

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.  

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Tangling over Acrylics

I have become rather fond of tangling over acrylics lately.
I use an apprentice pen for this.
The bright blue you see is acrylic paint that was painted on first.
I love that with that intensive hue, you can use charcoal for highlights similar to the Renaissance Tiles.  And graphite shading works very well too.  AND I am totally enjoying "ha-nuka" tangle!!!  I used two versions here.  

Heart line is embellished with paint from "sparkling H2O" paint.  Not visible with the scan but in real life it "shimmers".  

Friday, July 10, 2015

I haven't got a "CLUE"

5 x 8 journal page
Deli paper background
Journal Prompt week # 28 is to post about a game you loved as a child.  GUESS what game this is?

We just taught it to our youngest grandchildren.  Ah the power of deduction!!!  It's fun to see people posting about hopscotch, ball bouncing games, pinocle, and paper dolls!

I took the opportunity to practice some different printing styles…something I really would like to practice more.  Strathmore has a class online in September that I think will deal with calligraphy.
I am signed up for that one!

Can't believe it's week 28 of the journal prompt commitment.
So far I haven't missed a week BUT some weeks were not very imaginative.  The coordinator is in Europe on a trip but she looks at the FB group often and makes encouraging comments.  Her posts are splendid!  

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Student kit for Gelli Plate Workshop

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.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Diva Challenge to tangle in color...

Well how's that for "catching" up on the Tangle-A-Day?  I have not been very far behind but during the holidays we have so much company that there is little time to get on the computer.  So killing two birds with one stone here and doing the Diva Challenge (add color) and posting my calendars at the same time.

The black background on the 4th was acrylic paint.
And then Moon Glow gel pens for the tangle.  I always think of that tangle as a "variation" on Coaster.  I don't know if it has it's own name.  

Favorite new ones are "Ta-Da" and "Abundies". The "Be Strong" one is my "Journal Challenge" from last week.  

Thinking back on the Fourth!

Moleskin sketchbook  5 x 8" WC and ink

When you have a house full of guests, it's hard to get to the computer!  We had about 10 over the 4th of July and what wonderful weather we had for Sat and Sun here in the north woods of WI!  PERFECT.  Warm, windless and sunny.  Absolutely no weather whining!
(POURING rain today…Monday). 

The little sketch is one I did while waiting for the parade in the town of Lac du Flambeau.  This was the little shop across the street from where we sat.  It was a short parade (as always) with tons of emergency and fire truck vehicles!  One tiny band and lots of wonderful Indian costumes.  A few family floats and etc.  Candy thrown out.  We had a huge cook out at the cabin afterwards and Beth's amazing 4th of July dessert pictured above!  How festive is THAT! 

Fireworks were late and shorter than normal (10:15-11:15 pm) and our youngest grandson (8) fell asleep in the middle of them!  He literally could not keep his eyes open.  But he had been fishing with dad at 6 am!!!  And no nap. And swimming all day!  

We were all exhausted on Sunday!  But it was another great day and we were down on the pier in our suits reading or swimming or canoeing or fishing.  So lots of opportunity to relax and recover!  Some of the company left on Sunday afternoon and the rest will take off after breakfast today.  We need a break!  And some time to catch up on laundry and cleaning!  
But we wouldn't have had it any other way.  GREAT time.  Hope you all had a good 4th too.  

Today is my sister's 70th birthday!  Happy Birthday dear Connie!  Everyone sing Happy Birthday to her!!!  She is South Carolina. It is 89 and sunny there today.  We will get to 70 "maybe" but will warm up again by next weekend.  Hope to get into my messy studio this afternoon and do some housekeeping!  Time to do laundry and a little cleaning as we are hoping to have  company again next weekend!   

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Leftovers are Fun

These little book marks about 1.5" x 5" are a fun combination of all the things I love…Gelli printed papers, Tulip Slick paints (dimensional), and Zentangle.  I simply let the "slick" paints make the strings for the tangles.  Making sure to leave lots of paper to show. Love the newest tangle "Ta-Da". 

These make great little signed pieces of art to slip into a package or a card.  So don't throw paper trimmings away!!!

Zentangle and Wonderful Weather

Well, trying to keep up with the tangle a day calendar…
Am enjoying trying out some new tangles like "Frost Flower" which I think is "swell".  Love that word.

We are having two perfect north woods day in a row.  Even though we are not getting to 80 either day…it is upper 70s and no wind and lots of sunshine.  THAT is so much better.  Whew.  Maybe I can stop the weather whining for a few days?

Greg and I went out to garage sales ALL morning on Friday and came home with a ton of stuff.  Some of which was actually on our list.  Hahaha.  Lots of wonderful "finds".  Laugh…we usually stop for lunch somewhere or pack a lunch but lo and behold we stopped our local bank to cash a few checks and they were having "beach party" day.  At the bank???  Yup.  A full blown pot luck for their customers!  Meatballs, sandwiches, salads, desserts, lemonade and tables set up in the lobby.  Only in the north woods would you have lunch at the bank.  For free.  How we chuckled.

And that worked slick cause we had a fish fry planned that night with friends and didn't want a big lunch!  So we didn't get home until almost 4 pm!  Met lots of fun and interesting people too.  

Today is dawning sunny and the lake is like glass.  
Humming birds at the feeders.
Wild daisies blooming.
Not a complaint here!  
I'm preparing for the week of company ahead.  Folks arrive tomorrow afternoon and we'll have folks for a week.  It'll be so fun.
Less art work this week…but maybe I'll get the grandkids to do an artsy afternoon and post some of their work.

Have a good weekend.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Gelli Print Journal

I thought I'd tidy this journal up a little…I've been keeping it for years.  No chronological order but it is just stickers, tickets, stubs, or programs from events we've attended, movies we saw, or trips.  Not everything, of course, but ones we though especially different and interesting.  The pages are back to back Gelli prints on copy paper and the cover is just a file folder that I Gelli printed.  

I did "sew" the thing together today just so I can show it off at my art groups in July without too much embarrassment.  It's just very "relaxed".  But it is a fun record to look through.  And gives another idea of how to use the Gelli prints in a creative way! 

I still have a lot of room to add things.
You'll note in the first photo the Blue Canvas Band ticket we attended at Dillman's Resort last Sunday night.  Totally fun.

Frost Flowers tangle is a hit

With all the rain here in the north woods of Wisconsin, there is NO excuse for not keeping up with my tangle-a-day calendar!  

The new tangle "Frost Flower" is interesting and fun.  I put it in my "mac n cheese" tangle book…it is easy and I love the little sparkles in it.  It has the look and feel of a "real" Zentangle as it is simple and has lot of variations.

I think beginners would enjoy it.  I wonder how it would look on a renaissance tile?  I am sure it would be dynamic on a black tile!  

Our en plein air group has now cancelled out 4 Thursdays in a row up here.  Will the rain never end?  Our big storm last Monday night brought a lightning strike 500 feet from our cabin hitting a tree and exploding it!  The lightning exited from the base of the tree exploding the root exposed above the ground.  The sound was deafening and scared the whole neighborhood! 

Living in a forest, one wonders how the electricity gets attracted to one object over another.  Seems like all the trees are about the same height.  No damage to any homes or people so that was good.  The midwest had a lot of damage in Illinois!  Scary.  

When the sun DOES shine we all run outside immediately and jump up and down!  With the 4th of July ahead we are so praying for some good  weather.  I'll have 10 guests that weekend!  PLEEZE!  They all want to boat, swim and fish.  

Thank heavens for my cozy studio on these dark dark days!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Merit Award

Greg and I were finally able to get over to Howard Young to see the Art in the Garden Exhibit this afternoon.  What a wonderful display.  Much enjoyed.  

Here is my "merit award" piece.  
Now I need to get my application for the Manito Arts Show in the mailbox by tomorrow.  

We made it through the midwest and northern WI storms of yesterday.  Lots of wind and driving rain and some lightening strikes that were "close to home".  But we were lucky and no damage and our power did not go out.  

Lots of folks south of us had a much rougher time.
Cleared off and was pleasant today…about 73 in town (about 68 here at the lake).  Tomorrow we will have rain again by afternoon.  Sigh.  We have not had one 80 degree day in June up here yet.  

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Dedicated to those who have lost their way….

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.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Power of One: a Collage

"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.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Using Nature in Gelli Printing

Gelli prints
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.  

Final Collage composition

"Wabi-Sabi Boro"
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.  

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Zentangle class in Minocqua on June 17

What a nice group this morning.
We wiled away a rainy morning making these beautiful Zentangle tiles together!  

This is the new meeting room at the Minocqua Chamber of Commerce.  

Happiness is starting 8 folks on their Zentangle journey.  

Only in the 60s in the north woods today…now at 3:30 the sun is "trying" to break out.  That would help.  The mosquitoes are getting bigger and bigger!

Today is hubby and my 25th wedding anniversary so we will be off this evening celebrating at a new restaurant (for us) in Boulder Junction.  Twenty five GREAT and HAPPY years.  Lucky us.