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Advent Day number 17 and Blue Blog Thursday all in one…
Well, yesterday’s blog with the car and snow could have worked well for today, so you can always pop back to the snowdrift if you missed it.
I think I would like to show you
a Gelli Plate step by step I prepped for the TV last time,
but then decided it would take too long to attempt on Live Telly!
I used a large Gelli Plate
on a Mega Mount
and the beautiful new foxes
illustrated by our friend Mel
for this 4-layer trick.
Now even if the foxes aren’t your bag, read on, because the background is very interesting.
Not particularly blue, but interesting nonetheless!
More pictures and less words here….
Spread a little Phthalo Turquoise
System 3 Acrylic paint
on your 8″ x10″ Gelli Plate,
and keep rolling the brayer until the paint’s quite patchy.
Then take the grass which comes in the fox kit and stamp onto the paint on the Gelli plate; it will lift the images.
Clean the stamp asap.
Let this layer dry completely for 5 minutes.
and spread over the whole plate with the brayer.
I blend them directly on the Gelli Plate with the brayer.
Right. That’s it.
I’ve use the word Phthalo twice in quick succession. Time to investigate its meaning….
Characteristics: Phthalo blue is a bright, intense blue that’s very dark when used thickly. Used as a thin glaze it’s very transparent. Mixed with white it’s an opaque, beautiful sky blue. Phthalo blue is available in green and red shades.
Common Names: Thalo blue, monestial blue, Winsor blue, monastral blue, phthalocyanine blue, heliogen blue, intense blue, Old Holland blue, Rembrandt blue.
Mmm… So in other words, suck it and see, Barbara.
Place a sheet of bubble wrap over the paint and press gently.
Lift the Bubble wrap away, but leave the stencil.
Lightly blot in between the stencil with a sheet of copy paper.
Let this layer dry completely, but
LEAVE THE STENCIL WHERE IT IS!
Now lift off the stencil and blot the wet paint underneath.
Let this layer dry completely though.
LAYER NO. 3
Gold next. Spread a layer of gold paint
over the Gelli Plate
with the brayer,
but keep rolling away in the centre,
to lift some of the Swirly pattern.
You control this with the brayer.
While the gold layer No. 3 is drying,
add the moon to the foxes, in readiness…
You can see why I decided not to do this one on TV can’t you?!
Blimey! Dean would have lost the will to live by now!
Right. This is the crucial layer, the one which pulls the whole print.
Add a little Daler Rowney Buff Titanium and a tiny amount of Paynes Grey
to the Gelli Plate, spreading it evenly over the whole Gelli.
But this is when we have to get a wriggle on!
Flip the whole Gelli Plate and
place it on the Foxy Picture with the masks.
See? You can see the print through the Mega Mount!
Flip it back, rub the back of the white card,
and pull your print.
See all the different layers?
This one is very moody and midnighty,
but you can apply different lighter colours of course.
Now there are just a few finishing touches.
Mask off the area around the foxes,
The Yellow will soak in where there’s any card still exposed.
Add the moon mask again.
Add a little shadow with a Black Archival.
Tear a piece of copy paper and add a hill with the black Archival and make-up sponge too.
Remove all the masks and store for another day.
And that my friends, will do.
A great 4-layer Gelli Plate trick,
which I was never going to have time to do on the box,
but that’s the magic of this ‘ere blog.
I can take all the time in the world….
So if you fancy getting the foxes, we will give you their masks as a gift. It is nearly Christmas after all.