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Mask It!

I tried a new technique on the Gelli-Plate last week that I learned from Carla Sonheim.  You can find out more about my mask series here, Making Masks!

I did this technique on a 5 x 7 inch Gelli-Plate using Golden Fluid Acrylic paint.

I created my pattern by folding a piece of copy paper in half and cutting the paper with scissors.  I laid it directly on the Gelli-Plate without applying paint first.  I have always put paint on the Gelli-Plate before my pattern so this was a new concept for me.

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Next, I placed about a quarter-sized dab of paint directly on top of my pattern used a brayer to spread the paint evenly over my design.  Note:  The copy paper pattern ripped when I applied paint on the top of it so I learned to use thicker paper such as cardstock to mask it for future projects.

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After I let the paint completely dry in about 10 minutes, I removed the paper pattern carefully from my Gelli-Plate.

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Next, I added a contrasting color of acrylic paint directly on my printing plate with the brayer and and placed a 9 x 12 inch sheet of Fabriano hot press, 90 lb paper on top, pressing over the paper with a clean brayer on the back of my paper.

Important step:  Let paper rest until the paint dries for an additional 10 minutes.

After the paint dried, I pulled my print slowly from the Gelli-Plate:

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I decorated my print with Posca paint pens, Uniball Signo white pen and a black Micron pen.

I’m not sure that I’m done decorating this one, but I thought you may enjoy seeing it.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my process.  I made other masks with this technique that I hope to share with you soon.

Cheers! 🙂

Making Masks!

I have started a new art series with making masks!  With Halloween a day away, my timing seems like a scary coincidence! Lol!

Each week, I plan to create masks using a variety of art materials… The ones I’m showing you today were inspired by the Gelli-plate printing method I learned from yesterday’s post.

I love when one idea leads to another.  I call it, “the domino affect!” 😉

I will show you the before and after photos of my paper collaged masks I created and then explain the materials I used after each one.

I collaged other papers I created with the Gelli-Plate for this one.  Some of my prints were made on deli paper so they are more transparent.  Others were done on watercolor paper.  I outlined the features with a pencil and a turquoise color pencil in some areas.  After I outline the areas, I smear the lines with a paper tortilla to give dimension.

The second mask is much different and yet I used the same paper pattern:

Color changes things so much!! I used a limited color palette for this mask.

I added white circles with a Uni-ball Signo white gel pen.  Using tracing paper, I cut out the shapes I wanted from copies of doodles I did previously.  I used a pencil and a paper tortilla to add dimension to my mask.

I hope my process of making masks may inspire you in your art making!

Cheers! 🙂

Gelli-Plate Prints

Many of you know how much I LOVE to print with my Gelli-Plate!

When Carla Sonheim announced that she was going to teach a NEW online class on How to use more of your Gelli-Plate, I immediately signed up!  🙂

The class starts today, so if you want to learn more about it, check out her online class at CarlaSonheim.com

I’d been wanting to purchase the larger 9 x 12 inch size Gelli-Plate so I splurged when Dick Blick Art Supplies was having a recent sale.

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I decided to do a test drive (so to speak) of my new Gelli-Plate so I made these prints using Golden fluid acrylic paints, stencils, leaves and household items:

I have A LOT more prints but these were a few of my favorites.

Which one do you like best?

Cheers! 🙂

Drawing Faces…

I continue enjoying drawing these quirky faces…

Experimenting with different drawing materials such as a Pentel Sign Pen:

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I messed up her neck a bit so I gave her a high collar.  Hehe! 😉

I used same pen over watercolor for this gal – I like how this pen bleeds a little with water:

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When I went to my local art supply store recently, I met Linda Schneider (LindaSchneiderArt.com) who does beautiful calligraphy.  I used to do calligraphy when I was in college.  Linda self-published a book using calligraphy flourishes to create women’s hair, hats, etc; called, “Designing Faces, Figures, Florals and More!”

She inspired me create the faces I’m showing you today.

I used a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for this drawing:

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What I like about this pen is the ink is permanent.  It is a little harder to control than the other pen however.  This pen also comes with refills.

And here is a mixed media piece that is a bit wild:

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I started with a light background in watercolor, added her face with the outline using a black Micron pen, added Neocolor watersoluble crayons and more scribbles with the Pentel Sign pen.

Who knew that drawing faces could be so fun!

Cheers! 🙂

Pattern Play

One of my favorite black papers for drawing is this Strathmore Artagain paper:

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It is super fun to draw on with Prismacolor pencils…

Faces and imaginary hats were my inspiration yesterday evening:

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And pattern play with color!

Cheers! 🙂

A Hand-Made Paper Wreath

Remember this “handala” mandala from last week?

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Well, I finished it this week…

I used a flower stencil, a black Micron .01 pen and a new 2-inch circle punch:

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Creating a Hand-made Paper Wreath:

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And I used hand-painted papers for my circles…

I encourage you to try your “hand” at making a paper wreath!

Cheers! 🙂

A New Art Journal

I LOVE starting new art journal…  Just think of the possibilities!! 😃

A friend I met in the beginning of my WordPress journey – Laura @createarteveryday – who is now posting only on Instagram, told me about this journal from Ranger/Dina Wakley:

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I purchased the 8×10 inch size journal at Amazon.  It has about 3-4 different surfaces in it, one of them being burlap which I have never journaled on… I’m curious to see what happens with it!

Laura says that Dina Wakley has several mixed media art videos available on YouTube using this journal.  I look forward to checking them out!  🙂

My first page, I started with a stencil of my hand…

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And before I knew it, the wheels of my imagination started turning…

I added color with Ink Tense Blocks, Neocolors, Ecoline watercolor (the pink swirls of color), Gesso on the hand and for the flowers, fluid acrylics and stencils finishing with a black Micron pen and white gel pen.  Basically, a little of this and that!  Lol! 😉

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It is busy and colorful and FUN!!

I look forward to exploring MORE mixed media with this new art journal!

Cheers! 🙂

My Hand…

Do you remember tracing around your hand when you were in elementary school?

This is how my hand doodle started with a simple tracing…

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Next, I started adding flowers and dots and swirl patterns and before I knew it, I had created this:

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If I was to read my hand, I’d say that a new doodle series may be in my future! 😉

Happy Creating with your hands!

Cheers! 🙂

Rocking It…

OK, I agree, my title is a bit punny for one of the last five watercolors I did in July:

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Next, I decided to expand my horizons (so to speak) and painted this landscape:

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Not a subject I normally paint, so I was pleased with it… below is my reference photo I used from a photo I took of a nearby creek:

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We recently had a full moon that inspired these summer stars:

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I enjoyed playing with a dagger brush and different color combinations for them.

Time was short so I experimented to create this fantastic feather:

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I used a straw to blow wet pools of watercolor paint and gold acrylic ink to give it some pizazz!  The collaged letter, “F” I created from one of my leftover watercolor circles from a previous project.

I ended my last painting for July with this door and quote:

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I was ready to close the “door” on this project and start something new!

Thank you ALL for your encouragement on this month’s project, as always, I appreciate your kind comments and likes of support… it means so much to me!

Cheers! 🙂

Rainier Cherries

I so LOVE the blushing red and golden yellow, sweet cherries that are considered a premium type of cherry in the Pacific Northwest!  Yesterday, we received a box of them from a friend.

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According to Wikipedia.com, Rainier Cherries are a cross between “bing” and “van” cultivars.  This sweet cherry was developed in 1952 at Washington State University by Harold Fogle… I did not know this! 😉

This cherry is named after Mount Rainier.  This mountain is the highest mountain in my state, located 59 miles south to south-east of Seattle.  It has a summit elevation of 14,411 feet.  Mount Rainier is of the Cascade range on the western side of Washington state… I live on the eastern side (close to the Idaho border).

I found these cherries to be a good subject to paint in watercolor for the letter, “C”:

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I enjoyed creating this colorful page… the quote is one of my favorites!

Cheers! 🙂