Monday, October 13, 2014

Loosen up

Last weekend while wanting to ink up the gelli plate i also wanted to cut up and collage and swoosh around some paint. I got out some crayons, markers, pens and made some marks on photocopy paper. Then rolled out the paint on the plate...

out came the scissors + blade as i chopped and sliced them up...

I was trying to let the materials lead me and found myself adding ink + paint washes..
it felt a bit like 'undoing the graphic designer within', here's what happened:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Matching your (gelli) prints...

Sometimes it's good to focus on the smaller, brighter things..
like making beads..

source a bit of fimo in some lovely colours and thread 'em up.
...put together an outfit... with optional kooky pose.

Then! realise that you really love those colours ..
(change into old gear and head to the paints). Grab gelli plate...
Print up a whole lot of sheets in ranges of colours inspired by selected outfit... slice, chop them up
collage into smaller works:

Or, just be inspired by colour combos you find ...
whether they are from your wardrobe or not.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Best of both worlds...

Last week in Randel Plowman's online collage course our project was to make little artist books.
One of the suggested topics was birds. I have a few drawers of monoprints from my gelli plate.. so i decided these would make great feathers, the collage below was created entirely from my gelli prints. Not even the tricky ones either, just pretty much straight block colour tone on tone.

i scanned it in, enlarged part of it and created an accordian style book 3x4 inches

 Every time I hear a kookaburra 'laugh' i am reminded of the song that children learn in primary school, "kookaburra sits in the old gum tree, merry merry king of the bush is he,
laugh kookaburra laugh
so i added some hand lettering too.
reverse, far right panel is cover

More lovely gelli plate printed textures.. ready for some more embellishment
- or just yummy bits of colour echoing nature...


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