So much for a lie in!
I was up by 6am! Couldn’t sleep.
Wanted to know whether:
a) Mo Farah had won Gold in the 5,000 metres, and
b) Brazil had beaten Germany for a gold medal
on the football pitch.
And the happy news was YES on both counts.
Get in there!!!!
Even my German Mum said she was happy for the host team.
They so so so needed some validation, some reaffirmation.
Then I was up, so I was up.
One of the bonuses of completing our retreatathon,
is that I can now show those who didn’t attend
what we actually did!
To be honest, I am feeling pretty wiped out, so to be able to call on a step-by-step in the Gray library is Gray-t!
There was a fabulous new Stencil,
illustrated and designed by our lovely Annie,
which we used quite a lot!
Here’s the Gel-Printing Plate piece.
which went SO wrong on the hottest day of the year,
(hereinafter to be known as the day of the 32 Card-Trick).
and so much better after we put the paint in the fridge for a few hours before we started!
(to the reader who mocked me, and said that heat would never affect acrylic paint – Du hast keine Ahnung!)
Put the Gel-plate down on one of our Megamounts
Spread 2 translucent acrylic paints over the 8″x10″ Gel-Plate.
We used a red (Autumn Fire) and a green (Limelight)
Then let it dry.
Most had a great result, some had a second run at it before it worked, some just had to put it down to experience.
The thing about pulling prints like this is there are so many stages, and each one will affect the outcome.
So to get them all right – the amounts of paint, the drying time etc – was a real coup.
But one thing is irrefutable:
when it does work well, and you pull a brilliant, original print,
the feeling of accomplishment is superb.
Ask our dear friend Mel, she who illustrates so many of our images. She was with us when the Parching Ladies were in town.
|Mel, Pat and Linda….x|
She is a fantastic artist, has an art degree, is exceptionally creative.
One in a million.
Had never used a Gel-printing plate.
In fact, had never pulled her own print.
You had to be there.
Here she is with my dear old friend, Ken Kilminster,
who was her buddy for the day.
You should have seen her face when she revealed her print.
and we all fell about laughing at her.
Even Linda Williams,
who had never pulled a print in her life either,
was squealing with delight when she aced it.
A few expletives about messy hands and what not,
but boy oh boyo! Was she happy!