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.
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.
After I let the paint completely dry in about 10 minutes, I removed the paper pattern carefully from my Gelli-Plate.
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:
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.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my process. I made other masks with this technique that I hope to share with you soon.
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Tagged color pencils, Gelli-Prints, fun, creative play, acrylic paint, art experiments, Posca pens, mask
I continue enjoying drawing these quirky faces…
Experimenting with different drawing materials such as a Pentel Sign Pen:
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:
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:
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:
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!
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Tagged art experiments, art journal, creative play, drawing faces, fun, imagination, ink, inspiration, quirky
One of my favorite black papers for drawing is this Strathmore Artagain paper:
It is super fun to draw on with Prismacolor pencils…
Faces and imaginary hats were my inspiration yesterday evening:
And pattern play with color!
Posted in color pencil, Drawing, Faces, imagination, Uncategorized
Tagged color pencils, Colorful, creative, drawing, faces, fun, hats, pattern play, playful, Whimsical Art
Remember this “handala” mandala from last week?
Well, I finished it this week…
I used a flower stencil, a black Micron .01 pen and a new 2-inch circle punch:
Creating a Hand-made Paper Wreath:
And I used hand-painted papers for my circles…
I encourage you to try your “hand” at making a paper wreath!
Posted in Drawing, Hands, stencils, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged art experiments, circles, Colorful, creative play, flowers, fun, hand painted papers, Hands, happy, Mandala, paper art, paper wreath, stencils
I LOVE starting a 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:
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…
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! 😉
It is busy and colorful and FUN!!
I look forward to exploring MORE mixed media with this new art journal!
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, Doodles, Hands, imagination, ink, Mixed Media, stencils, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, Colorful, creative play, dina Wakley journal, doodle, flowers, fun, Hands, mixed media art, smile, stencils
Do you remember tracing around your hand when you were in elementary school?
This is how my hand doodle started with a simple tracing…
Next, I started adding flowers and dots and swirl patterns and before I knew it, I had created this:
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!
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, Drawing, imagination, ink, meditation, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged art journal, black and white, doodles, drawing, flowers, fun, imagination, ink, micron pen, My hand, relaxation, zen doodles, zentangle
OK, I agree, my title is a bit punny for one of the last five watercolors I did in July:
Next, I decided to expand my horizons (so to speak) and painted this landscape:
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:
We recently had a full moon that inspired these summer stars:
I enjoyed playing with a dagger brush and different color combinations for them.
Time was short so I experimented to create this fantastic feather:
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:
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!
Posted in #worldwatercolormonth, Alphabet Art Journal, imagination, ink, Lake, landscapes, paper collage, Photograpy, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, drawing, fun, imagination, ink, landscapes, learning, painting outdoors, paper collage, relaxation, smile, summer, the lake, watercolor
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.
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”:
I enjoyed creating this colorful page… the quote is one of my favorites!
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Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, Alphabet Art Journal, cherries, Colorful, creative, favorite quotes, fun, letter “C”, paper collage, watercolor recipes