Thanks for popping in.
Sitting in the garden and writing to you after a little siesta,
and feeling better for it, I must say.
The birds are twittering and the sun is pouring through the trees.
Struggling to lift my spirits, but I know I am not alone.
But this too shall pass.
In the meantime, I immersed myself in paint and a brand new stencil today. A very special one, designed by Mel.
It is beautiful to look at, and wonderful to use.
Bottom left here:
(You can buy them individually, or 5 for the price of 4)
Shall I talk you through the steps, so you know how I got there?
Use a large Gel Press Plate. An 8″ x 10″
and mount it on our large 9″ x 11″ Megamount
That way you capture the whole image and get an outer edge too.
Spread a thin layer of orange acrylic paint over it with a brayer.
Dab most of it off again with a flat kitchen paper towel.
It will sometimes give you a very cool pattern.
Squirt some more acrylic paint onto the dry orange blotted paint now. I went with Man City and Man Utd: RED and BLUE.
They blend together to get a fantastic mix.
|Viva Decor paints|
In year 1 of Salford University,
I lived quite close to Man Utd’s ground, Old trafford.
In year 2, I went over to the other side of Manchester, right near Man City. I lived at No. 6 Banff Road. It’s right by Curry Mile now.
Always did have lots of great Indian restaurants in that area.
I LOVED living in Manchester.
I LOVED the Mancunians.
You could sit at a bus stop and have great talks with total strangers.
You’d get on the ORANGE bus, and a whole new conversation would start with somebody else.
I spent a lot of time waiting for buses from Rusholme to Salford…
So here we have a cool mix of red and blue, you see?
And of course, an interesting blend of purple in the middle.
While the paint is still wet, place the new stencil on it.
Blot it with punchinella, dab it lightly with scrunched up paper towel, and then let the paint dry.
Underneath the stencil, the paint will stay wet, because it hasn’t been exposed to the air.
As soon as the paint you can see is dry, whip the stencil off and pop a sheet of copy paper down onto the Gel Press Plate.
All being well, you will pull a lovely lineart print.
You could do this on card too, but I have a plan for another day,
and I need it on a thin piece of paper to work.
The actual print we are working towards is still on the Gel Press plate. See? If I place a sheet of white paper underneath the plate, you can see it.
Magic really, isn’t it.
But how to get the beautiful pattern print from the Gel Press Plate to card…
I came up with this technique years ago,
when I was trying to clean up the Gelli plate after a messy session!
Just spread a layer of acrylic paint over the dry print on the plate.
In this case, I have used a mix of light blue and cream.
Too much here.
I have to roll some off, until I can see the print through the paint.
Keep rolling it off onto copy paper until you can see the image lightly.
Flip the wet, painty Gel Press Plate over on its mega Mount,
and lower down quickly onto a sheet of our large Stencil Card.
It is just ideal for pulling prints.
Flip back and rub the back of the card, to help transfer the paint.
Carefully peel back the card, and you should reveal a beautiful and original print. A one-off.
There are a few white patches, where the print didn’t transfer.
Let’s use it to add more interest..
Smear Lime Kiss yellow Artistry ink over the whole surface.
Wow! Bit radical, I know!
I wondered what possessed me as soon as the lime yellow hit the card! But too late. Continues undeterred….
The great thing about acrylic paint is that it’s like a plastic table cloth. You can wipe it clean.
So I spritzed the whole thing with water and dabbed it dry, taking the colour right back to our lovely Man U. Man City blend, except where there was a little white card and the yellow ink had soaked in.
Mounted the print on a piece of water colour paper to finish.
Happy with that.
It’s cool because it’s NOT perfect, because it is a little rough in places. But there is a depth to it which draws you in.
Just like Manchester.
I loved life there so much, I encouraged Grace to go to University there too. Which she did, so she and I both know the Secret of that city.
I lived there during the winter of ‘79 too.
Those of you who recall, those were pretty harsh times.
Those poor firemen stood in that picket line opposite the University on the Crescent for months and months and months.
Strikes, strikes, strikes.
But the Mancunians dealt with that, and they’ll deal with this.
They are a tough bunch. I love ‘em.
Love & Hugs,