So…this is how the last assignment in Jane's online class sort of went. Design some "starts" using your gelli plate, masks, mark making textures, and try not to think too much about it. (That last part was easy.) She suggests twelve 8" x 8" starts. Above you see 5.
Hey, it's one week to Christmas. Let's get real. Incidentally the pink one at the top left did not make the final cut. I will just cover it over with a new combination of paints later.
After you play around putting gelli plate marks on your papers, you then go back with a paint brush and "tidy" things up. In other words make the painted marks look more precise and more orderly and more painterly and more intentional. This is becoming more of an easy task now that I understand from practice why this important. Casual, loose, and fresh does not mean sloppy.
Then begin to add some collage work to the pieces. I added three pieces to the above painting. I tried to stay in the color family already started but am thinking I'll need to add some spice to it soon. The pale circles in the burnt sienna paint were there but I made them brighter using alcohol on a Q-tip.
Speaking of spice…here is a piece of collage that definitely is in the spice category. Orange against blue has always been fun for me. So three pieces added to this one and some mark making. The scribble lines were made by using a Fine Line applicator and some Pyrrol Orange fluid paint, thinned. Swirly lines, for me, help to relax the painting and getaway from too much linear work. The softer circles in the background were actually there on the gelli plate but I had to paint around them so they would show up. I used a Glazing Pen by Sukura for the tiny dots which actually have texture. This one might be finished.
This one has some interesting possibilities. the three vertical collage papers I made myself, of course, and the texture on them is made by lightly sanding the paper while it is on a textured surface…sort of reverse of what you normally do in a rubbing. The sandpaper removes the paint revealing the texture of what is below. You have to be really gentle in this depending on the weight of the paper. Doesn't work too well on Deli paper. I am thinking of some gold spatter on this one.
Jane usually critiques these photos on the class blog. But I haven't gone back to read her critique yet. It'll probably say…"do more".
It usually does. I like the color combinations in this one but I may go back in with more paint and soften some areas on this one.
Gold and turquoise is a nice combination.
The class is over now…this is the last session. (6 sessions). They flew by! Jane will leave the blog up until mid to late January so folks can continue to post and talk and etc. until then. I have found this kind of collage very additive and it's so cool to know I have this to play with anytime I want to relax and make art!!! I will probably frame at least two either from summer class or this one to put in the Hawthorne Park show in March. I may ask my blog readers to help me decide which ones as it gets closer.
Greg and I are leaving for a week in South Carolina for Christmas so I may not be posting again until after Christmas.
Merry Christmas everyone.