Category Archives: gelli printing

A Firecracker

Did you know there is a Firecracker flower?

So I figured, there has to be a Firecracker bird!

This weird bird burst onto my paper just in time for the 4th of July celebration in the States on Thursday!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

And happy 4th of July for those who are celebrating!

Cheers! 🙂

If The Shoe Fits…

Today’s weird bird is a “shoo-in” to tickle your funny bone! Hahaha!

After all, if the shoe fits…

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You will want to wear a smile!

Which “shoe-bill” fits you?

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Thick Or Thin?

Paper that is!! 🙂

I promised Laura Kate who is a fiber artist, that I would post about sewing on paper today.  I hope you check out Laura Kate’s AWESOME blog!

I like experimenting with many different art materials as many of you may know!

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In January of this year, I shared about sewing on Canson mixed media paper in my art journal.  If you want to revisit that post, you can find it here: In Stitches…

Last year, February 20th, I shared about sewing on Swedish Tracing Paper, you can find more about that here:   Swedish Tracing Paper

I recently created some new experiments using Swedish Tracing paper.  It is difficult to SEE that the sewn image below is a eye… I love looking at the back of a piece too!

Sew, (pardon my pun) what papers are best for sewing?  Thick or thin?

Well, I have discovered that depends if you are hand sewing or using a machine?

If hand sewing, such as this eye-opener on 140 lb hot press watercolor paper, it helped to use an awl to pre-punch my holes.  (A needle would also work if you don’t have an awl).

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If machine sewing, be sure to use a sharp needle (paper will dull it rather quickly) and sew at a slow pace.  I used rice paper here:

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If the paper is slippery like deli paper, it is better to double it so the stitches won’t rip out.

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I often use my sewn paper experiments on my Gelli plate.  I like how the stitches create their own subtle patterns.

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I think the best way to learn is EXPERIMENT!!  And record your findings in a journal.

How do you remember YOUR art experiments?  I hope you share them with me.

Cheers! 🙂

Happy Mail

Yesterday, I worked on creating some happy mail

I made three postcards to exchange with classmates in “2019 Year of the Collage,” online class with Carla Sonheim.

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A Fish

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Color and Pattern Play

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Just for FUNny

 

This book has several excellent ideas as well:

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How about YOU?  Do you like to get happy mail?

I am giving away one postcard (original art) in a drawing, please comment below if you’d like to participate in one chance of winning! 😃

A winner will be chosen randomly on Thursday, February 28, 2019 and announced Friday, March 1st, 2019! Good Luck!

Cheers! 🙂

What Day Is It?!

Hump Day vs weird bird Wednesday…

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What’s your vote?

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Wishing you a HAPPY Wednesday!!

Cheers! 🙂

A Three-Ring Circus Bird

I was experimenting with different collage papers the other day and decided to add watercolor around the glued papers.

Some of the papers I used were from Sharon Mann, when we did our collage paper exchange.  If you missed that post, you can read more about it here:  The Speedball Bird

Other papers were from my own collage experiments that I had sewn on my sewing machine and then printed on the Gelli-Plate.

I made two tags for my art journal and found they had a “circus” feel to them:

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That is how today’s weird bird came to be… He is from the “Flying Circus!” 😉

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A Three-Ring Circus Bird

I used Sharon Mann’s collage papers for this bird!  Thanks again Sharon! 🙂

I finished my “circus” tags with a few pen doodles:

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Do you have happy memories from attending a circus?  I hope you share them with me!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Drawing From Memory

I prefer to draw from a reference photo but yesterday, I decided to try drawing from memory:

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It helped to have a good teacher.  The teacher was Jeanne-Marie Webb from the online class:  Paint Your Heart and Soul 2019.  This year the theme is painting loose.

I drew two faces with charcoal pencil, Derwent Inktense Blocks and chalk.  Next, I fragmented the faces by cutting up the eyes separate from the nose and mouth.  I glued the features so they didn’t completely match on a separate piece of paper.  I collaged my Gelli-Plate printed papers with my drawings.

I am starting to see improvements in my face drawings… Hoorah!

How about you, do YOU enjoy drawing from memory?

Cheers! 🙂

Art Rocks!!

I spent the last several days in bed with the stomach flu so I was excited when I felt better yesterday to do a little Gelli-plate printing!  Yahoo!!  🙂

I was experimenting printing on transparentcy film which I learned from Carla Sonheim in her online class:  2019 Year of the Collage.  I used Golden High Flow Acrylics for this technique.

I wanted to show you one that reminded me of rocks in a stream:

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I did the second print or what is called a “ghost” print on deli paper:

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And here is a photo of sheet music behind the printed transparentcy:

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So many possibilities!  I can’t wait to get back to my art table!

Art Rocks!! 

Cheers! 🙂

In Stitches…

I’m having fun sewing on paper in my art journal and adding collage papers.

I can only sew in one direction since my journal is bound but I like the challenge it adds:

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I start by gluing a piece of paper randomly on a page that I explained more about here: It’s A Splash!

Since the stitching is on BOTH SIDES of the paper, one side is a total surprise:

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These paper collages are keeping me in stitches!  I enjoy using two different colors of thread, one for the bobbin and one for the top stitch… they add an unexpected color surprise!  And each collage is unique!

What have you created or discovered this last week that brought you unexpected joy?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Bird Band

Unfortunately, this bird band has been banned in several neighborhoods because of their LOUD and REPETITIVE playing and singing…

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The Oom-Pah-Pah Feathered Trio

The “Oom-Pah-Pah Family Feathered Trio” was last seen in a neighborhood in New Jersey…

Be on the look out, this bird band may be flying your way!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂