Thank you so much for stopping by!
Sorry I’m a little late this morning; blame the M25 up to Heathrow last night. At one point, there were 8 lanes, 4 in either direction, in total gridlock. And I was looking longingly at the homeward bound side, thinking, “Great, whenever I get to Terminal 3, and pick up my baby, I can turn around, and join the back of that lot!” The only consolation was that Virgin Atlantic were backed up from New York, so Grace was late, too! What a crazy world we live in.
But to the old frond I found! I had completely forgotten about this huge and fabulous palm frond or fern I drew many years ago, until Dave found it in our old garage which has just been demolished,
(Didn’t need much pulling down!)
And Sunday being Sunday yesterday, I thought I would clear the island in the kitchen, prepare loads of blogs for this week, have a Gelli Plate play so that Grace and I had more time together!
So this week, my friends, you are getting various things served on Gelli Plate backgrounds – including tomorrow’s YouTube!
I used the large 8″ x 10″ one, too. This was due primarily to the fact that I left my little one at the office! But there you have it; work with what you’ve got – that’s my approach to most things!
So Monday’s blog is trees and flowers.
This is pretty cool…
For anybody who has just stumbled across this blog, the Gelli Plate is a brilliant piece of kit for creating mono-prints, for transferring ink, and loads more!
Let’s get cracking.
I have worked with the Golden Open Acrylics here.
We stock the colours I use. Be warned: they are expensive, but what can I tell you? They are fantastic, you don’t need much at all, a tube will last an age, and the way they work is brilliant.
More like an oil than an acrylic, and very slow drying.
What do I think? Well worth the investment.
Lay the Gelli Plate on a sheet of matching white Gelli card,
to make positioning your prints easier.
(it’s THE BEST COLOUR EVER!)
Spread it out with your Speedball brayer,
Introducing the fab XL Palm Frond, which has been brought
back out of retirement !
Lay it on the paint, wiggle it slightly,
Transfer the image to a clean piece of card.
It’s a brilliant paint impression!
Not ink, PAINT. Think about that…
Do this several times.
You can get a second and third faded print from the stamp, too.
You end up with your Gelli Plate full of leaves in relief:
Now look at the first print from the Gelli!
Wouldn’t mind a wallpaper like this….
William Morris, here we come!
Pull a second one.
(This is going to be beautiful – have faith)
Right. Next colour Phthalo Blue. Do the same thing again.
Spread it out again.
Ink up the stamp,
add it to the white piece. ( I left a gap for one)
The Gelli Plate holds a perfect amount of paint for your stamp.
There is no other way as efficient as this that I have found.
And you are creating a great print as you work!
Start overlapping the colours with the second generation paint.
Start a couple of new pieces with the dark blue frond,
the first generation of paint.
Stamp on the ghost print you pulled, too.
The blue in the background came when I pulled the second
ghost print from the blue.
So you end up with several pieces from one little session:
the vibrant Gelli Print gold one,
the layered up, stamped with paint one,
and the ghost print.
Let’s go with the ghost.
Lay out the Word Chain words,
Stamp them with a Stream Adirondack.
and trim back the piece, ready for mounting.
I’m going to use this piece as a background.
But let’s take a close look first…
How cool is this?
So there we are, a bright, refreshing piece
for someone who has a big dream.
They just need to keep the faith that it WILL happen.
Now I have a date with my little girl.
She has a magical dream;
just sometimes dreams fade, or seem unreachable.
And then Mums like me come along,