Friday, January 29, 2016

Jane Davies and the Gelli Plate


Back in November, I took an online workshop with Jane Davies, this one on the use of a Gelli Plate. 

Here are some of the early prints I pulled, following directions in the assignments:

This print was created for later use as a source of collage papers, so it will be cut into pieces as needed.

In the lower half of the above print, I used my 6"x6" stencil Mimosa 6.

In the next two prints below, I used the 9"x12" stencil Facets ...

The above assignment was to print a plain background using translucent paint and to overprint it with a stencil and a layer of opaque paint.


The assignment above called for doing the reverse -- a stenciled layer of opaque paint, overprinted with a translucent paint. 

Our assignment was to make two more examples of the same exercise, so this time I used my 9"x12" stencil Prayer Flags --





It was a fun project because it introduced me to flipping back and forth between opaque and translucent paints.  I had never tried that; this was my first time to ever use opaque paint on a Gelli Plate.

In another assignment for this workshop of Jane's, I used one of my favorite stencils by Maria McGuire, Doodle It Tornado Bloom --




This stencil's imprint is the star of the show inside the big central green square, above. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Visit 4 to Twin Pages in the Art Journal of Mary Ann Russo


This post is the fourth visit to a new art journal created by my friend Mary Ann Russo.  Each page of her beautiful journal is made from half of a multi-layered Gelli Plate print.  Below I'm showing the left page and right, facing, page:




Clicking on the above photo to enlarge it, you can better see the details that make this set of pages so rich and compelling.

In making these Gelli Plate prints, Mary Ann chose several stencils from www.StencilGirlProducts.com.  

The top-layer stencil that she used, with her black acrylic paint, was my 6"x6" stencil Marbles 6.  The stencil itself looks like this:



(This stencil has a 9"x12" "big sister," Marbles 9:)


  
Mary Ann's multiple-layer printing shows how beautifully a stencil's design can improved upon when it's layered with other stencils.  The result is art that's much more eye-pleasing and complex than when any single stencil is used by itself.

More of Mary Ann's art journal pages will be posted here ... stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Silhouette of a Wildflower Bouquet on Dark Cardstock


Above: this greeting card cover was created with spray paint and my 6"x6" stencil Silhouette of a Wildflower Bouquet.

Because this deep bronze "metallic" cardstock (JamPaper.com) is very dark, I lined the inside of the card with lightweight paper, cut to fit.  

Above is what the inside of my cards looks like, after the light paper is added.

Other artists would probably skip that step and, instead, use white markers or pens to fill out the inside of these greeting cards.  

Check with the Postal Service before mailing 6"x6" greeting cards -- there is a non-machinable surcharge for sending mail of these dimensions.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

WROUGHT IRON GATE, TWINSHIP and GINGKO 6 STENCIL


Last November-December, I took an online workshop with Jane Davies.  The topic was Gelli Plate printing.  Under Jane's direction, we went beyond making prints.  Below are mixed-media collages that came out of that workshop.



The artwork above was created with Gelli Plate printing in combination with the stencils Twinship (9"x12")...



and (6"x6") Gingko 6 Stencil ...



Another mixed media collage that came out of this workshop --




-- was made with thehelp of my 9"x12" stencil Wrought Iron GateThis 9"x12" stencil looks like this:



I can't show the processes we followed in this workshop of Jane's, since that's Jane's territory, not mine.  But I'm sure she will offer this online workshop again. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

A Third Visit to the New Art Journal by Mary Ann Russo


Today's post is the third visit to a new art journal created by my friend Mary Ann Russo.  Each page of her beautiful journal is made from half of a multi-layered Gelli Plate print.  Below I'm showing the left page and right, facing, page:




Clicking on the above photo to enlarge it, you can better see the details that make this set of pages so rich and compelling.

In making these Gelli Plate prints, Mary Ann chose several stencils from www.StencilGirlProducts.com.  

The top-layer stencil that she used, with her mix of modeling paste and black acrylic paint, was my 6"x6" stencil Marbles 6.  The stencil itself looks like this:



(This stencil has a 9"x12" "big sister," Marbles 9:)


  

Here is another page from Mary Ann's journal:




The above page -- one of my personal favorites -- was likewise made with several stencils; the white imprint on the right half was made with my 9"x12" stencil Twinship.

Mary Ann's multiple-layer printing shows how beautifully a stencil's design can improved upon when it's layered with other stencils.  The result is art that's much more eye-pleasing and complex than when any single stencil is used by itself.

More of Mary Ann's art journal pages will be posted here ... stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mixed-Media Collages with Stenciled Papers


Back in November-December, in an online workshop led by Jane Davies, I used several of my stencils in working thru the assignments.  I can't share the processes we covered in the workshop since everything was done under Jane's direction and all that how-to belongs to her.  But I will share my artworks that used stencils in their making. 

In this mixed-media collage below, the 3 rounded shapes were cut from a paper printed with my 9"x12" stencil Prayer Flags--




And preparing papers for the mixed-media collage below, I used my 6"x6" Gingko stencil as well as Swatton Borders #2--




The original stencils look like this--


Prayer Flags (9"x12")

Gingko (6"x6")

More collages to be posted on another day!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Adult Coloring Books of Your Own Creation -- with Stencils


We know that adult coloring books are big right now...wonderful for relieving stress.  

But each coloring book is produced in large numbers -- and everyone buying the same edition ends up with the same "floor plan" as everybody else who bought the same edition.

Why not turn your journal into a UNIQUE adult coloring book with stencils and Sharpie pens in black or assorted colors?




Here I've created two examples.  Below, I used one of the 3 circle stencils from the June 2015 StencilGirl StencilClub collection Crop Circles.  Above, I used two of my 9"x12" stencils,  Feathers 9 and Twinship .

Above:  This surface is stained with diluted acrylic paint.  It's now ready for the individual spaces to be filled in with color pencils.

The steps I took in making the above examples follow:




Above:  I placed a stencil atop my substrate (the cover of a greeting card blank cut from sturdy watercolor paper.)  Below:  I traced around the stencil openings with a black Sharpie:


 
 


Above:  The stencil has been lifted off the substrate.  Below:  the substrate has been covered with another stencil, Twinship:





Above:  The substrate has been freshly stained with diluted acrylic paints. When it dries, it will look like the second image at the top of this post.

I followed the same steps in making the first image at the top of this post, except that for this tracing, I omitted drawing lines thru the central figure of feathers, to make the feathers stand out better.  Rather than stain this one, I left its original background white, ready to be filled in with colored pencils.  

The possible combinations are endless! 

The two examples above fall on the crude side, but that convey the general idea.

To see a different example of using stencils to create your own coloring pages, check out Carolyn Dube here:

 The June 2015 stencils can be ordered by visiting StencilGirlTalk.com and using the right side bar to become a StencilClub member.  Once a member, you can purchase past stencils at your regular membership price.  Email stencilgirlproducts@gmail.com citing the month you wish to purchase; then StencilGirlProducts will provide you with a invoice through PayPal.


Thanks for visiting!

 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Another Visit to the Art Journal of Mary Ann Russo


Today's post is the second of many to show the pages of an art journal created by my friend Mary Ann Russo.  Each page of her beautiful journal is made from half of a multi-layered Gelli Plate print.  The difference between this post and my earlier post is that here I'm showing the left page and right, facing, page in one photo:



Clicking on the above photo to enlarge it, you can better see the details that make this set of pages so rich and compelling.

In making these Gelli Plate prints, Mary Ann chose several stencils from www.StencilGirlProducts.com.  

The one she used with her black paint was my 6"x6" stencil Marbles 6.  The stencil itself looks like this:


(This stencil has a 9"x12" "big sister," Marbles 9:)


  
Mary Ann's multiple-layer printing shows how beautifully a stencil's design can improved upon when it's layered with other stencils.  The result is art that's much more eye-pleasing and complex than when any single stencil is used by itself.

More of Mary Ann's art journal pages will be posted here ... stay tuned!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Foil Prints made with Stencils and Gelli Plate -- Continued


As a follow-up on yesterday's post, I went looking for more photos taken of prints I had made using foil of various kinds, alongside stencils and my Gelli Plate.

Here is an assortment of the commercially available foil sheets that come in printer-paper size; I probably bought them at Michaels or A C Moore:


However, for the prints shown in today's photos, I used other foils...




The three close-ups above were the result of printing on sturdy gold foil giftwrap, using my 9"x12" stencil Mimosa.

The print below was made with the same stencil but instead of sturdy giftwrap, I used giftwrap tissue, which is more flexible and gives different results:


For more on this discussion, please see the two posts preceding this one, below.