Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rubbing Plates used as Printing Plates

In yesterday's post, below, I described start-to-finish the process used by my friend Mary Ann Russo to create rubbing plates using stencils.  Mary Ann makes rubbing plates to use with Shiva sticks and hand-dyed fabrics.  I on the other hand use them to make rubbings on paper (see yesterday's post) or to make prints on "catch-all" papers.  (These are the foreign newspapers that I spread under artwork-in-progress to catch leftover acrylic paints; I clean my brushes on these papers before putting the brushes into water to be washed.  After a "catch-all" sheet has been used enough to have become a colorful background, it's then used for Gelli Arts prints or prints of other kinds.)

In today's post, I'll show 10 papers, all but one printed with acrylic paints and Mary Ann's rubbing plate created with my 9"X12" stencil Vases.  The first (purple) print below was made this way, on paper previously painted with the use of my 9"X12" stencil Twinship, which is visible as blue patterns of the background.  The second print (far left) was made with crayon -- after placing paper over the rubbing plate, I rubbed crayon across the top of the paper, picking up outlines of the raised shapes below the paper.


For detailed information on creating these rubbing plates, just scroll down to yesterday's post, below this one.  Nine of the prints above were made by brushing acrylic paints over the rubbing plate, then pressing papers down onto the plate.  The rubbing plate was washed before paint could dry on its surface.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rubbing Plates, Flip-Flops and Stencils

Because I will soon be posting my new art papers made with a rubbing plate, I'm now re-posting the original write-up that covers this technique: 

My friend Mary Ann Russo made a series of rubbing plates using my stencils, then used those plates to make prints/rubbings on fabric.   Next, Mary Ann and her granddaughter, Marissa, cut up some flip-flop synthetic sandals and, with a heat gun,  used the rubbing plates to make rubber stamps.  I used those rubber stamps in my artwork; I also borrowed those rubbing plates to make prints/rubbings of my own -- on paper.

Mary Ann's method called for cutting matboard (sturdy cardboard) into squares and rectangles slightly larger than the stencils and coating them  with water-thinned gel medium on both sides, and along all edges.  Coating with water-thinned gel medium is an optional step that Mary Ann took because she wanted the rubbing plates to be washable.

After the gel medium had dried, Mary Ann masking-taped the stencils in place on the coated cardboards and used a spreading tool to apply a mix of molding paste and acrylic paint thru the openings of the stencils.  (Acrylic paint was added to the molding paste to make the resulting 3D patterns easier to see.)

 Above is an example of one of my stencils -- 9"X12" Twinship -- being placed onto the rectangle of pre-coated matboard.

 Above, Mary Ann is placing the mix of molding paste and acrylic paint onto the stencil, which rests on the matboard.  Notice that she had secured the stencil to the matboard with strips of blue masking tape.  This tape also holds the matboard in place on her working surface.

Above, Mary Ann uses an old spoon to spread the mixture thru the openings on the stencil.

As soon as this step is finished, she lifts off the stencil --

-- and places the stencil to soak in a water-filled basin.  It will be cleaned later, when all the rubbing plates have been created.

Here are other rubbing plates Mary Ann made:

The rubbing plate above was made with my 6"X6" stencil Links.

The printing/rubbing plate above was made with my 9"X12" stencil
Ivy 9.

The printing/rubbing plate above was made with my 6"X6" stencil Ferns 6.

The above plate was made with my 6"X6" stencil Grid.

The plate above was created with my 6"X6" stencil Ivy 6.

The above plate was created with my 6"X6" stencil Marbles 6.

Here are rubbings that I made using crayons with these plates on pre-painted papers --


Besides using her rubbing/printing plates to made rubbings on fabric with Shiva Sticks, Mary Ann Russo also used the plates to make rubber stamps.  First, she cut up a pair of flip-flops -- synthetic foam sandals:

Her next step was to use a heat gun to soften the surface of one of the flip-flop pieces and to press this soft surface against a printing/rubbing plate.  Below are two of the rubber stamps she made this way:

Above are two imprints made with these flip-flop stamps and black ink.

Below are two acrylic paintings of mine; the flip-flop stamps were used to create texture in selected areas: 

Mary Ann's rubbing plates can also serve as collagraphic printing plates to be used with a Gelli Plate.  Acrylic paint would be brayered across the Gelli, then these plates would be placed face-down onto the Gelli and gently pressed into the paint, leaving an impression.  Then the plates would be lifted and a print would be pulled, using paper with the Gelli Plate.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Bold Red Flowers on Readymade Dark Backgrounds

5.75"X5.75" blank greeting cards from JAM* are a perfect fit for use with my 6"X6" stencils -- but this time, I've used part of my 9"X12" Nosegay stencil with one of JAM's dark bronze metallic fold-over blank cards.  With a Sofft Art Sponge I applied bright red, heavy-body acrylic paint thru my stencil, having first secured both the card and the stencil with masking tape, to hold them in place while I applied paint.

JAM makes bifold (also called "foldover") blank greeting cards in a wide range of sizes; one other size is 5"X7", in another dark color; these are on non-metallic cardstock.  I like card blanks that are already filled with color, ready to go -- having them on hand certainly saves time!

 Since the above card measures 5"X7", I used only a portion of my 9"X12" stencil Buds with the same paint and applicator as on the earlier card.  The only difference is that I added daubs of red-gold glitter as a finishing touch.

Below are these two stencils shown in their full 9"X12" sizes:

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*I recommend JAM's foldover cards because they are made with cardstock sturdy enough to stand up to mixed-media use.  

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Valentine's Day Collaged Greeting Cards -- Thanks to Stencils from!

My Feb. 4 post showed some of the Valentine collages I've made using cut-outs from stencil-printed papers.  Continuing in this vein, I'm showing more today --


Stencils used in making these prints include --

6"X6" MIMOSA 6

Happy Valentine's Day!