Tag Archives: art experiments

Reproduce Print

I am very excited about a new discovery I made on my Gelli-plate recently.

It was a happy surprise to reproduce print from a dictionary page onto smooth, vellum paper that I can use for collage.

I applied a mixture of Golden fluid acrylics, colored india ink and acrylic glazing medium for my prints.

The color of the paint is what color the words print. Once the paint dries, other colors can be layered on top of it of the first print. For the example below, I printed the dictionary words in red and then layered a light yellow on top when I made a second print.

It seems that words with dark ink reproduce the best print. I am using pages from an old children’s dictionary:

Here is another example of gold paint for the words and turquoise and pink layers on top:

I am very excited about the possibilities of using these prints in my art making! I like how the words are obscured so that it gives a little mystery.

Below are some other Gelli-plate prints I made on old book pages and vellum:

I hope you have fun discovering new possibilities in your art making!

Cheers! 🙂

A Marvelous Maple

The maple tree in our yard is turning many marvelous colors!

I took these photos on Wednesday when we had our first SNOW of the season…

It was a shock to many trees in our area that still have their leaves

Many people woke-up to fallen branches and trees in their yards as the branches could not hold the weight of this unexpected snow. Always so sad to lose a lovely tree!

I experimented with my Gelli-plate a little more. This time I printed on a couple of garden magazine pages.

I will use the negative and positive shapes of this oak leaf in my art journal:

May you have a marvelous weekend!

Cheers! 🙂

Printing Imperfections

I haven’t printed with my Gelli-plate in awhile so I decided to take out my 5×7 inch plate the other day.

I wanted to experiment combining colored inks with fluid acrylics. I also added an acrylic glazing liquid.

I recorded my colors in my art journal with a pencil drawing of my paint and ink containers:

I started by printing some Ginko leaves. I normally add the paints directly to the Gelli-plate and mix them with my brayer but it wasn’t working so well with the inks so I started using a paper plate to mix them.

When the brand name logo of the paper plate started showing up on my leaf prints as you can see in the photo above, I decided to use a plastic paint palette.

The paint palette had left over acrylic paint on it but I discovered the uneven surface gave an amazing print:

It is always fun when printing imperfections lead to wonderful new ideas!

I took a 3/4 inch square punch of each of my prints and glued them in my art journal:

Now I have an idea for my October Square-A-Day project! I can’t wait to show you.

Cheers! 🙂

September Square-A-Day Project

Hello Friends,

I hope you are enjoying my daily art squares as much as I’m having fun creating them!

I tried to tell a story in each art square with watercolor or Copic markers and a touch of collage. Sometimes I added a little Micron black pen too.

My stories for September’s square-a-day project are simple, something I did or saw or felt for that day.

I was inspired by the artwork in this book by Roxanne Evans Stout:

I hope you share favorite squares that may inspire you in your own stories…

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. In case you are wondering, square #17, the words say, “Ferris Wheel.” It was the name of a paint sample. I thought it looked like a child’s name. Our local fair occurs in September. 😉

A Slice of Color, Please!

I have been making collaged “color wheels” for an online class with Lynn Whipple for 2019 Year of the Collage.  I used a variety of papers, mostly my own.

They remind me of pizza…

6AF15AE2-65BB-416D-993F-B98BEAA1FCDC

I will take a slice of color, please!

I think color is the one thing that appeals to my “appetite” the most when I am creating – no matter what art medium I am exploring.

0824CC32-17D4-4134-BD8D-175402F9DEDD

Louise Primeau at ARTiculations on WordPress recently featured an article about me and many different art mediums I have explored.  Here is a link if you’d like to check out Louise’s blog and the article: https://louiseprimeau.com/featured-artist-jill-kuhn/

Thank you Louise!

Next, week, I will show you how I used these color wheels in a project.

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. What slices of color appeal to YOU?

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!

56B50122-8CF1-4C83-B88C-B3AAE5CD21A1

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).

13edf3a7-7d8f-4d4f-a245-ad79abbda203

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:

13E8DF85-88E4-4C40-8AE3-03F783B99D36

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

72997A9E-4596-44B9-ABF5-85970FBD6F53

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

241A8FFC-1FF5-4BBC-AFB5-458402AECEE9

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! 🙂

Drawing Cactus and Succulents

I decided to take another little blogging break as I need to have a second surgery.  Not my hip this time, thank goodness.  🙂

I had a Mammogram and the doctor found a small lump that has to be removed.  I am thankful it is not cancer!  Praise God!  It is a good reminder the importance of getting an annual Mammogram.

I recently painted a couple of pages in my art journal:

5996CF6B-74CB-4E78-90A1-B5621F5684E7

I just love the texture I got, don’t you?  I started with black gesso, added several colors of acrylic paint with a brayer and used a stencil on some parts.  I started drawing a vine with a black micron pen and flower shapes with a paintbrush and black Sumi ink.

I used leftover paint on my brayer for this page.  It was easier to draw the flowers without so much acrylic paint on the page.

B837515E-63CF-4F3E-B5E8-98A2958E3924

I liked this first book of Botanical Line Drawing so much:

888DB14A-D4B0-4932-9380-E8D1B4D70FC2

I decided to treat myself and purchase the author’s second book on Drawing Cactus and Succulents.  This book actually has the names of each plant so I can learn as I go.

820C3432-98A0-4EEE-B370-818AE3BCFD3B

I like the simple steps of illustration in both books.

Perhaps I will have some interesting journal pages to show you when I return.  I plan on joining my cat with some Cat Napping  while I heal.

Happy Creating!

Cheers! 🙂

Pattern and Color Play

Sometimes I make art for classes that are just for practice but I dislike wasting good art paper.

Yesterday, I decided to add pattern and color to two of such papers.

My first experiment were repetitive triangle shapes on 90 lb hot press paper.  I added more pattern and color with water soluble crayons and then softened them with water:

Next, I mixed a tiny bit of transparent orange acrylic paint with matte medium and brushed it onto my paper.  I added more pattern on top with a plastic tool by Plaid.

3F984147-1ADA-4C20-AAD5-180085E8E7D2

My second experiment was adding to shapes I had done with sumi ink and water soluble crayons to create a feeling of rhythm.  I added additional pattern and color similar to my first experiment.

I mixed a tiny bit of transparent red with matte medium but got a little too much red so I softened it with more matte medium for the second half on the left.

441FB923-9FD1-4AC4-BC73-AF1D8FBDF242

I used the end of my acrylic brush to make marks into the wet paint on this one.

CE4EA9FE-3042-42ED-8601-2029C164F333

Orignally, I was going to use both papers for collage material but I’m not sure I will cut up the first one!  I like it too much.  It reminds me of sailboats and summer.

I encourage you to experiment with pattern and color play over some artwork you’d like to repurpose.  You may surprise yourself!

Cheers! 🙂

Flower Magic

Yesterday, I experimented with Ecoline liquid watercolors.  I just love how vibrant these colors are right out of the jar.  It was fun to wet my watercolor paper first and then drop in color with an eye dropper.

I learned some of these techniques from the online class, Flower Magic hosted by Ivy Newport.

I added F&W acrylic ink in gold on top of this flower.  I also added salt over the wet paint but it was extremely slow drying.

668B3593-9189-4D09-8C78-5709517E7F40

My next flower, I added Inktense pencil by sanding the pencil over the wet paint.  I like the look of the fine granules.

398F7B93-380E-4890-8C33-D2876E930B0D

And my last flower I added Ecoline gold.  It didn’t spread as well as the F&W Acrylic gold ink.  I also added Inktense pencil shavings in two different colors.

4E4AF8DF-F21F-46A7-92C1-42AFB836607A

There is little control in this method of painting with an eye dropper.  It definitely felt like flower magic as each flower took shape.

Do you have a favorite color combination?  I hope you share it with me.

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:

e9603b25-af05-4edd-a1c3-59121f22ebfe

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

7eceb32f-a7c1-4a41-9cf2-7ca0c84b0caf

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

7353e481-4385-4c64-8621-1f977a441fd7

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

Art Rocks!! 

Cheers! 🙂