Thursday, 2 October 2014

Van Gogh

BlogtoberFest 2014 - Day 2 - Van Gogh

Yesterday I started Jeanne Oliver's new e-course Studying Under The Masters - Portraits and Self Portraits. Week One is based on Van Gogh so I went to my library and grabbed this book on him even though the course is full of videos and info I wanted some hands on pics to look at.

I decided to do this course as I know very little about art history and this course looks at their portraits and self portraits and as you know I love to draw girly faces and hope to improve my portraits.

When I was in New York City in Sept 2012 I went to the Met and to MOMA and these are the Van Gogh paintings I got to see!!!

I haven't had time to watch all the videos yet or do any of the exercises involved so stay tuned for a blogpost in a couple of days for an update...

Talk to you tomorrow...

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Welcome to BlogtoberFest 2014

BlogtoberFest 2014 - Day One -Welcome

Welcome to BlogtoberFest 2014 and thank you so much for joining in the challenge of blogging every day for a whole month. If you are worried about being able to blog for the whole month well, so am I.  Life can be very busy and computers can be difficult and make things take too long so for days when you have little time then just add a photo or your favourite quote. There are other suggestions on the BlogtoberFest 2014 page and I will try to pop round and visit your blogs during the month.

Many thanks to {tinniegirl} who originated BlogtoberFest back in 2008 for allowing me to host again this year. I joined in in 2011 and 2013 and enjoy the once a year challenge and would be disappointed if it disappeared so it's great to be a part of what keeps it going.


For those who don't know me - I live in Perth, Western Australia on several acres of bush.  I'm addicted to gelli plate printing and to using them in my art. I also do acrylic and mixed media painting and like to do mixed media girly art as well.  A few months ago I moved into my son's room as he left home so I have some space to myself - yay!

I start a new online course today so I'm off to watch some videos and will talk to you tomorrow....bye!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Molly - Gelli Print Hat Girls

Molly is another one of my gelli print hat girls.

Here are some evolution pics:

I was inspired by Andrea Matus DeMang to try a colourful background, normally I prefer a plain background so the gelli print clothes stand out...

Some of my Girls with Hats/Headwear:

Here is my first girl with a hat from April 2010, then I used scrapbooking papers, which is why I love the gelli plate as I can create my own unique papers.

PS Do you love creating gelli prints?  Want a place to discuss gelli printing?  To show off your work?  Share your ideas? Discuss the pros and cons of different paints/paper/plates/tools etc?  Get some great ideas on what to do with the thousands of prints you have created?

Then I would love you to join me at the Gelatin Printing Enthusiasts Facebook Group. This group is open to people who use a Gelli Arts Plate or who make their own gelatin plate.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Funky Flower Power

Over the past few weeks I've been creating flowers.

Flower Power, Acrylic, 60cm x 60cm, 20" x 20"

Here are some evolution pics...

This one I added gelli print flowers to the canvas and I had some trouble with it, threw a tantrum and then covered it with white gesso, the painted over it and wiped back some of the paint and the gesso...sigh....It's not how I wanted it to turn out...I wanted to show off the gelli prints but didn't like the ones I'd chosen....

I grabbed some old canvases to experiment with my Funky Flowers idea...
This one has had many transformations from Nice Girl to Poppies and then to Funky Flowers...

This one has also had many transformations too from being part of a four some abstract landscape to more Funky Flowers....

This one too...

So I had to make a flower stencil for the gelli plate!!

And it all started when I made these postcards for a swap...

So I've been busy this month painting flowers...which is your favourite painting?

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Studio Table Untouched

The ladies from Cre8tive Klatch are encouraging everyone to join in with Seth Apter's Studio Table - Call for Particpants. The idea is to show the reality of what your creative table looks like not one designed for a magazine.

This was great timing for me because last week I built one of those shelving units all by myself - a job that's much easier with two people and I had to give my art space a tidy up anyhow.  I also planned to reveal my recently re-arranged room to you too.

For my Gelatin Printing Enthusiasts friends - I built this second shelving unit to fit all my plastic baskets/containers of my prints!! Previously they were on the floor in baskets and not in baskets!! I've shifted my desk so my papers are nice and close to me!!!

Before shot!  This was my son's room but he's moved out of home so I'm very grateful that I now have this space to use.

If you want to join in and show everyone your studio/creative table then head over to Seth's blog for more details.  And leave me a comment below so I can have a sticky beak too!!  :D

Monday, 8 September 2014

Gelli Print Lanterns and Stencil

Lanterns was theme for today - I created a gelli print collage...

then an image of a stencil came into my head so I had to make that and test it out...

I've been thinking about creating artwork based on lanterns for about a year now and when a friend posted a pic on Instagram of some lanterns and wrote Inspiration I left it....until today.

These ones are decorated...

Left  - first pull, Right - second paint layer, then remove stencil and pull print. These are ready for decorating otherwise they look like urns.

Bottom right was a clean up print - this is when you have a little bit of paint left on the gelli plate, wait for it to dry, cover with another layer paint and pull the print.  If the two colours are too close together on the colour wheel you will have trouble seeing the difference in the layers.

On black cardstock - sometimes the first layer doesn't work out too well after I take the stencil off - right hand side.

Since both sides of the stencil end up with paint on them I put the stencil between two sheets of paper after I've taken it off the gelli plate...

and I clean the brayer on greaseproof/tracing paper - it's real cheap and soaks up the paint the best - great for clean up prints. It's also very thin and great to make gelli print washi tape out of or for using for collage and art journaling.

Finally, I decided to decorate the back of some envelopes which I'll use to mail out the Gelli Print Packages I sell in my Etsy store.

PS  Do you love creating gelli prints?  Want a place to discuss gelli printing?  To show off your work?  Share your ideas? Discuss the pros and cons of different paints/paper/plates/tools etc?  Get some great ideas on what to do with the thousands of prints you have created?
Inspire and be inspired as a part of the Gelatin Printing Enthusiasts Facebook Group. I would love for you to join me there.